References by field of expertise: References in Enterprise Development and Trade

Project Title: Expansion of the European Turkish Business Centres Network

Lot 2: Establishment of 6 Business Centres in Afyon, Corum, Erzurum, Malataya, Uşak and Trakya, Turkey

Location: TURKEY
Value: €9,529,250
Client: EC MEDA
Description:

The overall objective of the programme was to create a favourable environment for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Turkey, thus creating productivity growth and the job and wealth necessary to achieve the objectives set by the European Council in Lisbon ("The Lisbon Strategy"). 

 

The specific purpose of the programme was to increase the competitiveness of Turkish SMEs at selected provinces by supporting and assisting their general business operations and processes through provision of information, training and consultancy services with consideration of environmentally sustainable methods and participation of women entrepreneurs; thereby, contributing the social and economic development of the provinces.


Project Title:

Preparation of the Terms of Reference for the service tender 'Support to the Albanian Copyright Office,' Albania

Location: ALBANIA
Value: €40,000
Client: EC IPA
Description:

The overall objective of the assignment was the strengthening and enforcement of the capacities of the ACO (Albanian Copyright Office) and RCOs (Regional Copyright Offices) and their partners, in the chain of the institutions which responsibilities and commitments in the process of respecting and protecting copyright.

 

The specific aim of this project was to assist the ACO in the preparation of the relevant documents for the IPA 2008 Technical Assistance project and in the revision of the Intellectual Property legal framework


Project Title: Diversification and Increase of Exports Support Project Formulation Study, Bolivia
Location: BOLIVIA
Value: €54,000
Client: ALA
Description:

The project provided the decision-makers in the Government of Bolivia and the European Commission with sufficient information in order to achieve several goals. They were as follows:

  1. Assess continued relevance of the Identification Fiche for the proposed development of a new exporting pattern based on the promotion of the exportable offer of the country and to generate potential business for export oriented producers, in particular SMEs (The Project); this involves in particular though not exclusively a revision of the problem analysis, the stakeholder analysis and the proposed strategy.

  2. Prepare a Financing Agreement on which to base the financing and implementation of the proposed project;

  3. Prepare complete documentation to allow a sound implementation of the project based on good practices.


Project Title:

Feasibility study and formulation of a project to improve compliance with standards and technical requirements of the EU, Central America and other international markets to facilitate market access for industrial products in Costa Rica

Location: COSTA RICA
Value: €84,000
Client: DCI-ALA
Description:

The main objective of the mission was to develop a feasibility study for a project in the area of Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) as the intervention logic and presented according to the practices and procedures of the European Commission. This feasibility study also included the formulation of an intervention project, the analysis of quality factors such as relevance, relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the project.


Project Title: Trade Needs Assessment, Egypt
Location: EGYPT
Value: €65,000
Client: ENPI South
Description:

The overall objective of the mission was to promote deeper economic integration between Egypt and the EU in the area of international trade in goods and services. The mission specific objectives were to:

  1. Provide a factual assessment of ongoing trade related cooperation (EC-Egypt) and identify Egypt's trade and trade related assistance needs including in the area of industrial policy.

  2. Define a set of concrete proposals for technical assistance intervention (to be financed out of the NIP 2010 or thereafter) which takes into account the requests for Twinning already put forward by the MTI.


Project Title: Internalisation of Russian SMEs through the Chamber of Commerce Network
Location: RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Value: €199,672
Client: ENPI East
Description:

The main objectives of the project were to:

  1. Organise a one-week study visit for 10 selected executives from RF Chambers to the EU, focused on best practice in internationalisation services. Prime target countries: Spain (PIPE programme), Austria (Go International), Netherlands (PSB);

  2. Organise individual short traineeships for 10 selected executives from RF Chambers to individual Chambers in the EU, to expose them to the internal functioning of an international affairs division within an EU Chamber;

  3. Select (along with EUROCHAMBRES) 5 senior executives from RF Chambers to attend EUROCHAMBRES' Summer Academy (June 2008), offering a unique networking and training experience in Chamber management;

  4. Moderate 5 hearings with SMEs across Russia (organised by local CCIs), to discuss their needs in the area of internationalisation and their expectations towards local and regional Chambers;

  5. Carry out 5 local Chamber audits, focusing on the internationalisation potential;

  6. Organise a final conference, presenting the conclusions and internationalisation plan.


Project Title: SME Development in Syria - How to be Competitive through Procurement
Location: SYRIA
Value: €44,000
Client: EC
Description:

The global objective of this assignment is upgrading business performance and raising Syrian companies' international competitiveness.

 

The specific objective of this assignment is to raise awareness of the importance of procurement to deliver sustainable total cost savings in companies through actively managing suppliers. Through skills and know-how transfer the participants will be enabled to apply professional procurement systems in their own operation


Project Title: Options Analysis Study for Sibovc South-West Lignite Mine
Location: KOSOVO
Value: €199,000
Client: EC
Description:

The global objective of this assignment was to facilitate the necessary investment for the development of Sibovc SW lignite mine.

 

The specific objective of this project was to inform the decision makers in Kosovo on the possible options for a public and private partnership for the investment required for opening the SW Sibovc mine, and the market reaction to these options.


Project Title: Improvement of Administrative Efficiency on National Level, Croatia
Location: CROATIA
Value: €1,328,496
Client: EC
Description:

The overall objective of the project was to facilitate and enhance policy making on the national level by providing the basis for an analytical assessment of SME policies based on reliable data and validated methodologies.

 

The purpose was to provide the Ministry of Economy, Labour and Entrepreneurship (MELE) with the capacity and capability necessary for the continuous assessment of the overall business environment in Croatia, evaluation of needs to create a nurturing environment for SMEs, supporting their growth and stabilising their role as an important part of the national economy. In addition this contract also provided assistance in developing appropriate methodological tools and a functioning data collection system, which allows for impact assessment and the ability to tune the measures and incentives provided to benefit SMEs, by MELE and HAMAG.


Project Title: Expansion of the European Turkish Business Centres Network

Lot 3: Establishment of Business Centres Network – Co-ordination centre (BC-NCC)

Location: TURKEY
Value: €1,600,500
Client: EC MEDA
Description:

The The overall objective of the programme was to create a favourable environment for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Turkey, thus creating productivity growth and the job and wealth necessary to achieve the objectives set by the European Council in Lisbon ('The Lisbon Strategy"). Specific activities of this lot included:

  1. Institutional capacity of TOBB on "how to manage the Business Centre Network" in Turkey developed
  2. Technical assistance to TOBB on establishment of BC-NCC in Ankara provided.
  3. Monitoring and evaluation model/toolbox for the BC Network developed
  4. Strategy for the publicity/visibility and internationalisation "BC Network in Turkey" developed
  5. Tools and methodology to support the inter-BC cooperation and networking developed
  6. Toolbox for the assessment of potential on establishment of new Business Centres (small and large scale) developed
  7. Institutional capacity of BCs and local chambers on "BC-NCC services" developed
  8. "SME Trends and Review" document (national level) prepared

Project Title: Training on WTO GATS Agreements in Egypt
Location: EGYPT
Value: €70,000
Client: EC
Description:

The overall objective of this project was to assist the Government of Egypt in meeting its international obligations under the GATS WTO Agreement and to improve its effective participation in the relevant WTO committee. The purposes of this contract were as follows:

  1. Enhancing the capacity of the WTO Central Department, of the Trade Agreements Sector, MTI to understand and monitor the implementation of the trade – related aspects of the General Agreement on Trade in Services agreement (GATS) under WTO

  2. Improving the capacity of the staff on using the transferred knowledge and analytical skills


Project Title:

An Action Plan on Commerce with Environmental Regulation in the Textile Industry

Location: BANGLADESH
Value: €90,000
Client: EC
Description:

The global objective of this assignment was to retain or enhance as far as possible the market share of Bangladesh textile and clothing exports to the EU.

 

The specific objectives of this assignment was to remove concerns of European and Textile buyer regarding the social and environmental conditions under which the Bangladesh textile industry manufactures and export products.


Project Title: Support to Yemen's Accession to the World Trade Organisation
Location: YEMEN
Value: €171,270
Client: EC
Description:

The global objective of the assignment was to assist the Ministry of Industry and trade in acceding to the World Trade Organisation and strengthening long term strategic thinking on trade policies and mainstreaming of trade policies in the Yemeni environment. The specific objective was two-fold: 

  1. To strengthen capacities within the Ministry of Industry and Trade in relation to long-term strategic thinking on trade policies and mainstreaming of trade policies.

  2. Support the Ministry of Industry and Trade in management of the Programme Estimate ti run various activities in relation to the Accession Process as per the identified priorities and requirements.


Project Title: Training Project for Managers of Industrial Zones on Innovation Strategies
Location: CZECH REPUBLIC
Value: €64,000
Client: CzechInvest
Description:

Within this project GDSI provided training to managers of Industrial Zones on various aspects of Regional and national innovation strategies, including the following:

  1. Policies and institutional structures for innovation

  2. Development of Free Economic Zones

  3. The practices of Free Zone management

  4. Enterprise space and innovation

  5. Operation and infrastructural demands of call centres

  6. National and regional level support to innovative SMEs

  7. Conceptual perspectives on industrial zones and regional development

  8. Private investment in industrial space

  9. The attraction of FDI from a regional perspective

  10. The promotion of investment in rural and disadvantaged areas


Project Title: Development of an Industrial Zones Strategy
Location: CZECH REPUBLIC
Value: €798,460
Client: CzechInvest
Description:

The overriding goal of this assignment was to draft an industrial and business property development strategy setting out the steps needed to establish the optimal public/private partnership so as to promote clustering in the region and ensure the flow of inward investment.

 

The project involved the preparation of the Industrial Zones Strategy, Clustering policy and blueprints for several infrastructural works projects to be financed under European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


Project Title: Support to Trade and Industrial Development in Bolivia
Location: BOLIVIA
Value: €40,000
Client: EC
Description:

The global objective of this assignment was to increase economic cooperation between the European Union and Bolivia by improving the flow of foreign trade and the investments between the Bolivian and European countries. The project aimed to provide sustainable mechanisms that favour economic development through maintained growth and development of the private sector in Bolivia.


Project Title:

Technical Assistance to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Haiti to Provide Support to Entrepreneurs

Location: HAITI
Value: €199,999
Client: EC
Description:

The total objective of this programme was to encourage and to promote the decentralisation process of Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Haiti. The specific objective of the project was to promote the establishment of national departments throughout Haiti and to strengthen their capacity to provide support to entrepreneurs throughout the country. These departments acted as focal points for investors in the private sector.


Project Title:

Administrative Capacity Building for Kaliningrad oblast, Russian Federation

Location: RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Value: €5,999,933
Client: EC
Description:

The overall objective of the project was to strengthen the administrative capacity of the Kaliningrad oblast, contributing to improving the conditions for business development, and to foster competitiveness and the socio-economic development of the region. The purposes of this project were:

  1. to assist the implementation of the municipal reform and the restructuring of the regional and local finance and budget systems;

  2. to put in place conditions for increased investment and enhanced competitiveness of the region, including development of clustering, R&D capabilities and PPP arrangements;

  3. to develop and implement Information and Communication Technologies and information systems at different levels of the Regional Government, as means to promote electronic governance (E-Government- G2G, G2C, G2B), improve information flows, increase efficiency, reduce administrative costs, etc.


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