"Generating SME product and process innovation with a new tourism
mobility model, stakeholder alliances and skills alliances to facilitate
the market uptake of local enterprises in remote and sparsely populated areas”
Project co-funded by the European Union and National Funds of the Participating Countries


The region’s surface is 2880 km2. In its administrative division Gjirokastra Prefecture has 3 districts (Gjirokaster, Tepelene, Pemet), 6 municipalities (Gjirokastra, Libohova, Permeti, Kelcyre, Tepelena and MeMalliaj), 26 Commune and 271 villages (Figures 6, 7). The south east borders mainly of Gjirokastra and Permeti district are political borders with Greece, whereas all the other border is an administrative one and it goes in the west and southwest with the district of Saranda and Delvina, in the northwest with that of Ballshi, in the North with Berat and in the northeast and east with the districts of Skrapari and Kolonja. Gjirokastra Prefecture has a favorable geographical position. It is situated in the centre of southern Albania and it is passed through by the two most important valleys of southern Albania, the valley of Upper Vjosa and the Valley of Drino River. Here, in these valleys is concentrated the greatest part of Gjirokastra Prefecture population and at the same time these are the main economic and industrial parts of the region, in which are concentrated the main agricultural crops, industrial and administrative centres.

The Region of Gjirokastra is situated in the southern east of Albania with an area of 2.884 km2 and a population of 72.176 inhabitants. Since the 2015 local government reform, the region consists of 7 municipalities.The Institution of Prefect in Gjirokastra Region is headed by the Prefect, who is a representative of the Central Government. The legislation in force gives to the Prefect concrete responsibilities for the cooperation and coordination of the local institutions and the central institutions in the local level. The prefect is the guarantor of the compliance with the law and public policy at local level and works for the implementation in the region of the objectives included in the government programme and provides necessary measures to attain them. The implementation of three EU co- financed projects (in two of them LP2) have created favourable conditions for the staff to display great competences in project management and partner’s coordination.

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