ACIT (Albanian Centre for Competitiveness and International Trade) is an Albanian economic think tank established in 2002. ACIT was set up as a project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Later in 2008, ACIT transited from the project status and was registered as non for profit organisation. Its major goal is to improve the quality of economic policies as important instruments for growth and development, as well as for increasing the public benefit from opportunities created by globalization trends and integration processes. Its concept was based on USAID’s project guidelines, further coined from an intense and participatory discussion with various stakeholders in Albania.
Starting from the year 2002, ACIT has been continually providing a special support to economic operators in several industries. This support aimed at increasing the competitiveness by helping to improve economic governance and the environment of development policies. This was done by increasing the managerial, financial and marketing capabilities in the selected sectors. The contribution of ACIT to the public debate on economic policies and development has been consistent throughout the years. ACIT is the only Albanian think tank which has been a full member of the former Business Consultative Council for several years, an important institution established by the Minister of Economy for improving decision making thank to business community contribution. In different contexts, the research and study work produced by ACIT has been highly appreciated for offering sound analysis of economic developments and for the efforts in influencing policy making processes.