Open Data Albania is researching on economic entities, business companies owned by women and contracted by local government units for significant monetary values. This research was conducted as part of the activities of the ” Monitoring of Municipal Clients in Public Contracts” project supported by Leviz Albania. The analysis includes 1000 companies contracted by the municipalities for the highest-values for the period 2015 to (July-December) 2021.

AIS has been monitoring contracts and contractors of local government units since 2015, when the new administrative and territorial reform and division started to be implemented. For purposes of this analysis, business or economic entities include entities registered as natural persons or as business companies. Women-owned companies and entities include those, where a woman owns more than 50% of the company’s capital in shares or quota. Contracts with Municipalities or Local Government Units include contracts signed through public procurement with Municipalities, their subordinate institutions and companies or enterprises, where the local government has shares and quotas.

The main purpose of this research was to identify the subjects owned by women and their weight or share in the process of municipalities allocating public money through contracts. Through public procurement, municipalities select economic entities to provide works, supplies and public services paid by taxpayers’ money.

The statistical sample for the analysis includes the 1000 largest-value contractors for 2015 – 2021. It is only 113 of these companies or 11.3%, where women represent the majority in terms of ownership. In 810 companies, 51% of the capital is owned by men. The remaining 39 out of the 1000 largest-value contracted companies are owned by another company, while 38 others are owned by a mixture of men and women.

Only 98 of the 1000 largest-value Municipality contractors are fully owned by women (women own 100% in shares or quota). 775 are owned by men.

Below is the list of Companies, which are fully owned by women, and which are part of the list of the 1000 largest-value municipality contractors for 2015 – 2021. For each of these companies, you may find information and data about their capital ownership structure, as well as their management, performance, legal matters, payments from the Treasury, other contracts and cooperation in the Open Corporates Albania database. In total, the companies that are fully owned by women have been awarded only 1% of the total value awarded to the 1000 largest-value contractors. This shows that the distribution of money by Municipalities for public contracts through tendering is dominated by men.

The company that is fully owned by women and stands on the top of Municipality contracted women-owned companies for 2015 – 2021 is ARFAJ shpk, owned by the single-shareholder Rezarta Bokciu. This company is not administered by its shareholder. The company has managed to win 10 contracts with the Municipalities competing without cooperating with any other companies. The value of these contracts amounts to 465 703 303 Albanian Lekë. This company is also awarded other contracts with municipalities, where it has competed as part of a consortium of operators. The company is also successful in contracts with the Albanian Reconstruction Fund. The lists of contracts and visualizations of their economic performance are also published on the Passport of this company in OpenCorporatesAlbania.

The second company in the list is Gega Center GKG shpk, which is also fully owned by Donike Gega and operates in the fuel sector with 65 contracts with municipalities, amounting to 166 001 976 Albanian Lekë in total. This company also has other contracts as part of consortiums of operators.

For each of the listed companies, the Open Corporates Albania Portal , its Municipality Contractors section provides you with a passport, containing information on the company, its activity, date of establishment, owners, managers, economic performance over the years, legal matters, as well as a list for Treasury Payments, and contracts won through tender procedures. This Report and the Business Passports were created as part of the activities of the “Civic Monitoring and Transparency on Municipal Private Contractors for Services and Public Investments” Project, financially supported by Lëviz Albania, a project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

The databases where you can find open and transparent data for the distribution of contracts and public money include Open Procurement Albania, containing data for tenders of important Institutions in the country. Spending Data Albania treasury payments, including any payment made by budgetary institutions to third parties, and Open Corporates Albania containing open data for contractors and businesses of importance to the Public Interest.

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Translated by: Etleva Kondakçi