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The kick-off meeting of Entrepreneurship for Youth
The EU last week launched a youth entrepreneurship project in Azerbaijan, aiming to strengthen capacity building and to ensure greater civil society participation in the development of the entrepreneurial eco-system. The EU-funded ‘Entrepreneurship for Youth’ aims to promote dialogue among stakeholders and engage local entrepreneurs, business professionals and representatives of CSOs in capacity...
Map of Opportunities for SMEs
The European Union’s EU4Business has developed a Map of Opportunities for SMEs – a systematic and comprehensive collection of all possible tools offered to Ukrainian small and medium-sized enterprises by EU programmes, EU4Business, COSME and Horizon 2020. Here you can find out how to get to international markets, where to find funding and how to develop business skills and improve the business...
Participants in the Belarus Fashion Forum
On November 16-17, the Belarus Fashion Forum was held in Minsk, with the support of the International Trade Centre under the EU4Business ‘Ready to Trade’ project, funded by the European Union. The Forum – organised by the Belarusian Fund for Financial Support to Entrepreneurs and the Belarusian Chamber of Fashion – is an annual educational platform where leading international experts and fashion...
The signing ceremony in Minsk
The Republic of Belarus and the European Investment Bank (EIB) are starting a new era of cooperation by signing the first ever loans provided by the EU bank in this country. The loans include €75 million to two local banks to support SME finance in Belarus. Another €84 million loan will finance the upgrading of wastewater services in the capital Minsk. The EIB loans to small businesses,...
The industrial policy training in Bangkok
With the support of the EU-SMEDA project, a representative from the Industrial Policy Department of Armenia’s Ministry of Economic Development and Investments recently took part in a 5-day training course on ‘ Enhancing the Quality of Industrial Policy ’ held in Bangkok, Thailand. Armenia needs to develop a new industrial policy, to follow on from the previous policy in the field for 2012-2016...
Created in Moldova, Appreciated Worldwide – launch event in Chisinau
Moldovan businesses and business associations, civil society representatives, government officials and diplomats gathered in Chisinau on 8 November to mark four years of DCFTA implementation in the Republic of Moldova. The event marked the launch of the national campaign to increase public awareness of opportunities opened up for Moldovan products under the Free Trade Agreement with the EU, and...
Up to 75 companies will receive support in developing export capacities to the EU
The European Union is funding a package of support for 75 Moldovan companies, to help them understand more about how they can benefit from tariff-free imports from the Republic of Moldova, and gain greater access to the EU marketplace. The deadline for companies to apply is 14 December. The package will be delivered through a technical assistance project (Support to the Quality Infrastructure...
Trade mission to France
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is organising a trade mission to France in February for eight Ukrainian light industry companies, funded by the European Union as part of its EU4Business initiative. Companies have until 21 November to apply . The trade mission will take place from 12-13 February 2019, and is aimed at exploring the French market and the specifics of...
Economic Forum 2018
The Development Facility of the European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) today joined forces with key sector players and other partners, including the Central Banks of Moldova, Armenia, and Georgia, to hold an Economic Forum in Chisinau. Top among the conference’s themes was the role of regulators and banks in supporting sustainable economic development and the advancement of local currency...
ProCredit Bank Ukraine Headquarters
The European Fund for Southeast Europe (EFSE) has provided ProCredit Bank Ukraine (PCB) with a senior loan in Ukrainian hryvnia equivalent to €20 million. The new facility continues the successful cooperation between EFSE and ProCredit Bank, and aims to secure much-needed local currency funding to support business and economic development in Ukraine – a key EU4Business priority. An EFSE partner...