It's a country with strong Balkan mentality. So in a more general way Balkan countries mentality is alike between them (Albania, Greece, Montenegro, Serbia etc.) they will never accept this, but finally it is so! Even so there is a different between countries which have been under communist region from those they don't but the different is not that viewable even after a long stay.
To understand the country and the people it is necessary to have a short look in some historical events that affect this people.
Albania lived under a disciplinarian communist monarchy for about 50 years, and this is happen directly after the second World War when the world start to develop, Albania was between those countries who missed that moment being in a darkness, hiding because of region's rules.
The change to the democratic region on the start of the 90s was too strong and catastrophic and so also people who really support this changes with there comportment, like Ramiz Alia, there offer where never recognized from the people, and also others who used the situation to gain even if they don't really deserved so (Sali Berisha – piece of the previous system and responsible for future mistakes, Ismail Kadare – too cleaver, understand well Albanian people and lived -and still do, all his life with luxury privileges)
I would like to keep a little on this two persons which in Albania use to be so famous and respectful. There is a fact that happen mostly in Balkan countries, people chose there leaders on the basis of how famous they are not in base of there knowledge or there abilities to manage a state. So this is an example about how different from other countries standards could be -a fact somebody should know when visiting for business this country.
But Albanian's important events are without end. There should get build a state in a few years or even months. So for an inexperienced lieder like Berisha wasn't so much possible to succeed! There should get formed the governments authorities except the executive which was the only who worked at the moment, there was still the judiciary and the legislature to formed.
In this conditions wrong people where priviliged and good people where put to side this are the chaos’s rules!
Before even country start to recover they use to lose all there money in cheating pyramidal sceam banks which operate in Albania until 1997 and was cause of a kind of civil war where anyone was against everyone ales. A children reaction with arms, that give the opportunity to the main responsible people, to save there self.
After the civil war time and for the last 15 years Albania is not really dangerous, as maybe many people may believe. The criminality has a fixed direction. In Albania it's easier somebody to become a victim because he is in the wrong place the wrong moment than to be the really target. Now if you go to Albania to make business with criminals (like arms and monition trading or drugs or other like that) than this advices are not for you!
Just try don't to become a target. This people have been very poor before, and some still are, so they are very jealous for anything you may have or how much do you affect the people around you. So don't become too famous, even if that is something very good for your business, at last don't become to quickly famous.
Don't let people create a myth around you, don't let people to imagine wrong what you are, so answer any of there questions how ever stupid they look some times, it's better to lie about your income for example, or about your visit purpose than to say just “that's not your business”!
They use to say by corrupting in Albania there is everything possible. In fact many professions in that place are developed in the base of corruption. A corrupter police officer can not affect your business, but a corrupt judge or ministry employ can destroy you.
The mistake of the corruption misunderstanding is that corruption is not without rules. And here is where you need the support of a local person. No any person with really official authority will ever accept a gift directly from a foreigner's hand or local he don't know. A wrong way to corrupt may destroy your business idea in that country.
Some times there is after corruption, that means that even if you did your work without corrupting there is somebody who is waiting your gift for his support, so don't forget the people who helped you there!
Feel free to ask for any issue about this country's official or unofficial business procedures.
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