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The EU Business Climate Report 2017 was launched during the recent EU-Azerbaijan Business Forum on 8 June 2017. The survey aims to assess the current conditions for doing business in Azerbaijan, highlighting key reform achievements and remaining bottlenecks. Improvements made but economy still weak Despite notable improvements in the EU businesses' perception of the economic situation over the...
Participants at the East Invest 2 Annual Partner Conference 2017
21 June 2017, Kiev More than 100 business support organisations (BSOs) representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the EU Member States gathered in Kiev today for the final conference of the EU funded East Invest project. Participants discussed private sector's engagement in policymaking across the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries and showcased East Invest...
Over 500 representatives of business and government attended the EU-Azerbaijan Business Forum in Baku on 8 June. The forum was organised by the EU Delegation to Azerbaijan, in cooperation with the Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO) and the German-Azerbaijani Chamber of Commerce. It aimed at increasing networking and contacts between EU and Azerbaijan companies, and...
Participants at the Unleash The Future forum in Yerevan on 30 May.
Over 200 representatives of the Armenian tech and science community gathered for the Unleash The Future forum in Yerevan on 30 May. The event was organised by SmartGateVC in cooperation with the Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST) , and with the support of EU4Business and EU4Innovation. The aim of the forum was to link different generations of Armenian entrepreneurs and...
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EU4Business has launched a new project in three Armenian provinces – Lori, Syunik and Armavir – to train young people in growing their start-ups. Successful Start, launched in May by the Small and Medium Entrepreneurship Development National Center (SME DNC) in Armenia , will help scores of budding entrepreneurs establish viable companies by developing their business skills and helping them...
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Internationalisation and skills needs are two of the biggest challenges facing SMEs in Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, the 17 th Meeting of the Platform 2 on Economic Convergence with EU Policies heard in Brussels on 18 May 2017. Platform 2 works to improve economic integration between EaP countries and the EU and help EaP countries align with relevant EU policies to improve their business...
Participants at the EU4Business first General Assembly, 17 May 2017
The 1st General Assembly meeting of the EU4Business initiative took place on 17 May in Brussels. It brought together over 80 representatives from the six Eastern Partner countries, country missions to the EU, implementing partners (EBRD, EIB, OECD, World Bank, GIZ, KfW, GFA, Eurochambres, ITC, IKZ, EBA) and European Institutions. Discussions focused on key achievements and the way forward for...
Participants at the SME Academy on Access to EU Markets, from 10-12 May, heard that 65% of Moldovan exports are now reaching EU countries.
65% of exports from Moldova are now reaching EU markets, the vice-chair of the country’s chamber of commerce and industry told an SME training academy in May. 35 representatives of SMEs attended a three-day academy in Chisinau, organised under the EU4Business East Invest 2 project in cooperation with the Moldova Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 10-12 May. Mihail Bîlba, vice-chair of the...
Participants at the high-level conference celebrating the 10th anniversary of ODIMM, the Moldovan SME development organisation.
Some 3,700 jobs have been created by SMEs in Moldova over the past decade, while around 2,500 companies have benefited from financial support, a conference in Chisinau heard on 17 May. ODIMM , the Moldovan Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Sector Development Organisation, celebrated a decade of working for SMEs in the country at a high-level conference at the Republican Palace. Over 100 people...
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Training visits to the EU for representatives of Business Support Organisations (BSOs) from the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine) are extended following the success of visits over the past year. BSO reps from the EaP countries have been undergoing training at their EU counterparts since August 2016. Meanwhile, EU experts have also been...