Representatives of UKT, the Albanian multi-utility managing the sewer and water supply networks of Tirana, and representatives of the Italian company Idrostudi srl, met in the Albanian capital on 14-17 April, in the framework of the 6-month Project “Water supply, sewerage networks, and future city development: Theoretical update and on-the-job training of the UKT staff members in view of the Territorial Reform”.

The activities of the three-day meeting mostly focused on the ongoing digitalisation of the information about the Tirana water supply network. During the meeting, participants also planned a business trip of UKT staff members to Italy, which would allow the technical staff to meet with the experts from Idrostudi and BM Tecnologie Industriali.
Discontinuous drinking water supply, water loss of up to 70% of the overall volume supplied, and contamination of the drinking water by wastewater are amongst the pressing problems of the aqueduct of Tirana. The main goal of the Project, which started in January, is to train the UKT technicians, providing them with the skills required for the urgent rehabilitation of the aqueduct. The latter will soon be funded by the World Bank through a 10.5 million EUR contribution from Italy.
The Project is co-financed by the CEI Fund at the EBRD (contributed by Italy) in the framework of the CEI Know-How Exchange Programme (KEP) with 36.000 EUR, out of the total project cost of 73.000 EUR. The Italian companies Idrostudi srl and BM Tecnologie Industriali serve as Know-How providing institutions, while UKT is the project Beneficiary.
KEP Italy Call for Proposals 2015 is currently open. Public and private sector bodies, international and non‐governmental organisations operating in the public interest are invited to apply for the CEI co-financing by 1 July 2015.
Launched in 2004, the CEI Know‐how Exchange Programme (KEP) is a development instrument supporting projects focused on the transfer of know-how and best practices from EU to non-EU CEI Member States. The rationale of the programme is based on the assumption that the economic development in non‐EU countries can be strengthened through the transfer of best practices and benchmarks already in place in more advanced economies.
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