Albania Threshold Program Monitoring & Evaluation

How MCC Tracks Progress

MCC emphasizes both achieving and measuring results in its threshold programs. During program development and implementation, MCC worked closely with the Government of Albania and with USAID, the threshold program in-country administrator. Both USAID and the Government of Albania contributed to establishing program milestones and refining program indicators for the Albania threshold program.

Final Implementation Reports

USAID provided MCC with a final report based on information provided by implementers and USAID program managers. A brief overview of some highlighted results is also available in the Final Status Report.

Results Reporting Table for Albania Threshold Program

Albania’s threshold program indicators were tracked quarterly by MCC in a Results Reporting Table that reported progress over each quarter compared to the baseline and program targets. 

 
Performance Indicator End Result Baseline   2007
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2007
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Q4
2008
Q1
2008
Q2
2008
Q3
2008
Q4
2009
Q1
Notes
Tax Administration
1. Tax revenues collected by the Large Taxpayers Office as a percentage of total tax revenues 50% 30% Target 30% 30% 30% 30% 50% 50% 50% 50% 50% These data include VAT revenues only. Source Data from the Albanian General Directorate of Taxation
Actual 40% 49.3% 50.7% 51.2% 51.4% 48.8% 50.2% 50.2% 59%
2. Percentage of VAT returns filed electronically by LTO-Tirana taxpayers 15% 0% Target 5% 5% 5% 5% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15% For the period October to December 2008, total amount of tax collected by GDT = 11,909,640,000 Leke (around $123 Million) and total amount of tax revenue collected by LTO = 2613081341 Leke.
Actual 0% 15% 20% 32.6% 46.7% 59.3%
3. Tax Court established 1 0 Target 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 No longer in the threshold plan. Ministry of Justice has drafted legislation to establish administrative court with tax function through another project.
Actual 0
4. Percentage of firms stating bribery is frequent in tax collection 35% 42% Target 42% N/A N/A N/A 40% 37% 36% 35% 35% The first “actual” figure is from World Bank BEEPS 2005 data and the second “actual” figure is Transparency International Survey as there is no new World Bank BEEPS data. Last “actual” figure is from project’s Business Impact Survey – completed by a local survey firm. Figures are inconclusive
Actual 42% N/A N/A N/A 26% N/A N/A 18.8% N/A
Actual N/A N/A N/A 44% 44% N/A N/A 36% N/A
Public Procurement
6. Percentage of procurements completed electronically 2.5% 0% Target 0% 0% 0% 0% 2.5% 2.5% 2.5% 2.5% 2.5% 98 e-procurements out of 3,854 total e-procurements.
Actual 0% 0.2% 2.1% 2.5%
7. Percentage of PPA staff trained in IT integration and using e-procurement software 100% 0% Target 0% 30% 40% 50% 75% 100% 100% 100% 100%  
Actual 0% 32% 48% 48% 60% 80% 100% 100%
8. Reduction in the cost of government procurements -20% 0% Target 0% 0% 0% -5% -20% -20% -20% -20% -20% “Actual” taken from GOA records of amount budgeted for each e- procurement award versus the awarded contract value for each e-procurement award.
Actual N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A -15% -15%
9. Value of gift expected to secure government contract as a percentage of contract value 2% 6.15% Target 6.15% 4% 4% 4% 2% 2% 2% 2% 2% Baseline is World Bank BEEPS but since no reports have come out since 2005 this quarter’s “actual” is from project’s Business Impact Survey – completed by a local survey firm. Source and Method of computation is in Annex B
Actual BEEPS 6.15% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Actual BIS N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A .82% .82%
Business Registration
10. Total registration cost as percentage of income per capita 13% 31% Target 25% 25% 25% 25% 13% 13% 13% 13% 13% Calculated as follows: income per capita = USD 2,980 (source: World Bank Report 2006). Total registration cost (1 Euro – USD 1.40) + other costs for legal documents for registration (USD$162.50).
Actual 31% N/A N/A N/A 6.0% 6.0% 6.0%
11. Percentage of businesses that paid a bribe to register 5% 19% Target 15% 15% 15% 15% 5% 5% 5% 5% 5% Baseline data source is World Bank Doing Business Report but since the World Bank did not measure this indicator in the last report the project measured through surveys conducted by local survey firm.
Actual 19% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A 0% 0%
12. Number of days to register a business 1 47 Target 47 37 37 37 1 1 1 1 1 Average time it takes to register a business is now <24 hours; can be done in an average of one procedure in one place; the NRC and service windows
Actual 47 3.5 3 2 1 1 1
13. Number of change applications processed by NRC 5,000 0 Target 0 1,000 1,500 2,000 3,000 5,000 8000 Steady increase in monthly numbers of change applications managed by the NRC
Actual 0 231 1,495 5,738 7,914 11,685 13,763
14. Number of new businesses registered at NRC 9,000 0 Target 0 500 2,650 6,650 8,000 9,000 10,000 This number includes companies as well as self-employed persons
Actual 0 516 3,711 12,098 16,713 19,334 22,000