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GSB Broker – Albania
Growing Sustainable Business Initiative
Project Name: Agricultural Commodities Info Sharing
1. Design system for collection and processing of time-sensitive data on agricultural commodities’ prices
2. Structure a product allowing transmission of commodities prices 3. Disseminate the information via mobile telephony. Data is disseminated upon
SMS request from the client (modeled after fee-based SMS upload services
available to customers)
Rationale for GSB involvement
Partnership Facilitate partnership between software/data processors, mobile telephony
Objective(s) companies, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Statistical Institute, donors and
organizations currently working in the filed of agricultural commodities data
collection and processing.
Coordinate partners’ commitment and involvement throughout the process and
liaise with other interested parties.
Assist with designing co-financing model for the data collection and processing
system (Main objective #1).
Co-fund for preliminary technical assistance (Main objective #2). Assist with cost and profit-sharing agreements from the end product/service.
Develop new business line both for:
- mobile telephony providers - new SMS telephony product Expected - software/data processing companies (in provision of direct support to Business government and public offices) Outcome
This also allows for further market penetration/development of a new
Expected Increase knowledge and bargaining power of small and medium holder
Development farmers throughout Albania. Hence, undercut middle men margins and
Impact generate additional income for local farmers. Potentially all 450,000+ farmers
in Albania could benefit from this initiative
Allow for better planning and specialization related to cultivation and
processing of agricultural commodities
Direct support to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection
and the National Statistical Institute
AMC, GTZ, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection, Project Mountainous Areas Development Agencies (MADA), Microsoft, Vodafone, Partners UNDP
First collaborative meeting, 7/12/07 focused on project description,
clarification of accomplishments to-date, steps needed for forward action,
partnership potential and responsibilities
stMain outcomes of 1 meeting:
- partners agreed on the benefits of such initiative in principle
- Ministry of Agriculture needs support in collecting and processing the
data; willing to invite an external expert to asses the needs prior to
Current status engaging private IT firms in to providing support
- Providing fast IT solution for data collection and processing would be
relatively easy however the system needs to be legalized and
institutionalized beyond the mandate of the current Ministry appointees
- Market for SMS text services well developed in Albania (customers can
sign for pre-paid packages for daily horoscopes, songs lyrics, weather
information, etc.) – similar approach could be utilized for disseminating
information on agricultural commodities prices. Broker to discuss
marketing campaign options/challenges with both mobile providers
Lead Company Vodafone, AMC, Microsoft, Ark IT, others TBD Name
Vodafone Albania Sh.a. is the second largest provider of wireless
telecommunications services in Albania and a subsidiary of Vodafone Group
Plc, a UK-based global wireless operator. Vodafone Albania won a second
license to operate GSM 800/1800 network in February 2001 and has been
Brief Company providing services since August 2001.
Vodafone Group the world specialist in mobile phones. Vodafone Group
(British) is one of the rare groups that have a significant world coverage in the
telecommunications field. It principally specializes in the mobile telephony
and telephonic transmission network sectors (which it builds after developing
? No partnership agreements or LOIs at present ? No commitments made at present
Albanian Mobile Communications (AMC) operates since 1996, and was the
sole provider of mobile telecommunications in Albania until February 2001,
when the international tender for a second license in Albania was completed.
AMC is majority owned by Cosmote Mobile Telecommunications, the leading operator in Greece. AMC had nearly 639 000 subscribers at the end of
September 2004, of which 98% were prepaid subscribers. Microsoft Corporation engages in the development, manufacture, licensing,
and support of software products for various computing devices worldwide. It operates in three divisions: Platforms and Services, Microsoft Business, and
Entertainment and Devices. Microsoft was founded in 1975 by William H.
Gates III and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft is
currently looking to i)expand its presence in Eastern Europe and ii) champion
ARK IT provides information management and information technology
consulting, solutions and products to its customers. The ARK IT in Albania
works closely with governmental institutions as well as with the private sector,
with multinational and national businesses.
The main business partner of ARK IT in Albania is Deloitte & Touche.
As system integrator type Oracle Partner, Ark IT provides network services,
consulting, custom and specific application programs integrated with Oracle
products. Ark IT has close relationships with Oracle Greece (Adriatic Region).
ARK IT works in the Swiss market in a close collaboration with ARK
Management AG, Mediscope AG, and Proxena Gmbh - other software and data processing companies to be approached
Date last edited: July 13, 2007