PPD Network working group together with the Republican Confederation of Entrepreneurship held on March 2, 2018 the roundtable for BMOs and BSOs dedicated to public-private dialogue. The topic is relevant for all the Eastern Partnership countries, and in Belarus one can observe an active process of participation in the dialogue of business associations and organizations supporting SMEs.
The round table was attended by 40 representatives of business associations of Belarus and the Eastern Partnership countries, from the Baltic countries, as well as international experts from the EU. EBRD representative Igor Severin spoke about the SME support and financing program. The international expert Guenther Fehlinger presented in his detailed presentation the experience and lessons of South-Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Eastern Partnership, Ukraine and Central-Eastern Europe. Participants discussed the experience of public-private dialogue in Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine; the ability of business associations to participate in the dialogue and the criteria for evaluating its effectiveness. Serghei Borisyuk, Chairman of the Association of Customs Representatives, Belarus, noted in his speech that it is necessary to use the potential of the Regional Position Paper "Enhancing Change and Growth", which was approved at the 4th Eastern Partnership Business Forum in Tallinn in October 2017.
Mariam Kuchuloria, executive director of the EBA, Georgia, told why they succeeded in creating a successful European Business Association in Georgia. Christian Gessl, Adviser to the President of the Executive Committee of the Autonomous Territorial Administration of Gagauzia, Moldova, spoke about creating a recognizable brand of consultant associations in Moldova, Armenia.
The speech of the Secretary General of the Handicrafts Chamber of Ukraine Elizaveta Miroshnichenko on the work of the Handicrafts Chamber was interesting for the Belarusian participants in terms of using the accumulated experience that can be applied in Belarus and will promote the development of handicrafts in Belarus and the expansion of self-employment.
Ilgar Huseynli, President of the Social Strategic Researches and Analytical Investigations Public Union, Baku, acquainted listeners with the practice of public-private dialogue in Azerbaijan.
Dr. oec., Svetlana Jesiļevska, President of the Eurointegration and economic development public unit, spoke about public-private partnership in Latvia.
The rich program of the round table continued with the discussion of issues of regional development and the development of an international network of business associations and organizations, including the international consortium and the PPD network. In the format of brainstorming, the final stage of the round table was held, after which the results were summed up.
The round table lasted more than 6 hours. The main result of the event was the decision to form a bank of ideas for joint international projects within the framework of the Eastern Partnership, further development of the PPD-network platform on the basis of an international consortium. It is also strategically important for business associations to seek the opportunity and participate in events dedicated to the support and development of SMEs in all EaP countries and the EU, to organize joint meetings in different countries.
The success of the event was enshrined in the signing of an agreement on cooperation between the Handicrafts Chamber and the Republican Confederation of Entrepreneurship
Coordinator for the PPD-network