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Public-private partnership opportunities in Latvia and Azerbaijan

Sstaa Logo EED Economic cooperation between Azerbaijan and Latvia - is it between our countries? Even though agreements between the government of Azerbaijan and the government of Latvia on the principles of trade and economic cooperation have been signed, as well as the Convention on the elimination of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion, Latvia and Azerbaijan are still not sufficiently evaluating their economic potential. Just to mention that, according to the central bank of Latvia data, Azerbaijan's foreign direct investment in Latvia in 2017 amounted to about € 12 million, while Latvia's investments in Azerbaijan are negligible. In addition, there are now just over 40 joint Azerbaijani-Latvian companies in Latvia (compared with about one and a half thousand Latvian and Lithuanian companies in Latvia) in various sectors such as Construction, Wholesale and retail trade, Transportation and storage, Accommodation and food service activities, Financial and insurance activities, Real estate activities, Arts, entertainment and recreation. Interesting, according to the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan, trade turnover with Latvia in January-May 2017 exceeded $ 3.7 million, most of which, $ 3.4 million, is export from Latvia. In the last year, trade between countries increased by 11.5%. Why is economic cooperation between Latvia and Azerbaijan so insignificant and can it be improved? It should be noted that Latvia does not define Azerbaijan as a priority country in Latvia's foreign policy, Latvia stimulates the eurointegration of other Eastern Partnership countries - Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, as these countries are most actively moving to the EU. In turn, the Azerbaijani government "balances" between the West and Russia. Azerbaijan, being a serious exporter of oil, is on the "Eastern Partnership Roadside" without showing a strong initiative, while remaining among the countries of the Eastern Partnership. Positive political atmosphere would foster the interest of Latvian businessmen in Azerbaijan and its economic potential. To strengthen economic relations between Latvia and Azerbaijan, the Latvian-Azerbaijani business forum is regularly held in Latvia, the last one was in July 2017. But this is too rare and too little to get to know the country and its economic potential in full.

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EBA spoke about investment opportunities and business environment in Georgia in the Investment Management Exhibition, which was held on March 20-21 in Frankfurt, Germany.

European Business Association spoke about investment opportunities and business environment in Georgia in the Investment Management Exhibition, which was held on March 20-21 in Frankfurt, Germany. 22222222222222 International Management Exhibition (IME) is an international event, which serves as a matchmaking platform for connecting investors with public and private investment project opportunities in Energy, Infrastructure, Logistics, Industry, Mining, IT and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). The focus is Central Europe, South Eastern Europe, Eastern Partnership Countries and Central Asia.

This year IME was mainly concentrated on the investment opportunities in the region between Germany and China along the ancient central silk road via the Caucasus and Central Asia. IME believes that Belt and Road Concept could facilitate significant improvement of the Eurasian Continent, if the international investors community and the governmental authorities of the region work close together in the coming years. 333333333333333333 The basic concept of IME in Frankfurt 2018 is to build on the amazing success of the 13 new Central and Southern European new member states and benchmark, network and coordinate the investment and economic development both of FDI and SME development.

Exhibition was opened by the President and CEO of The Region of Frankfurt Rhein Main Mr. Eric Menges, Founder of IME Mr.Bekim Xhafa and Consulate of Chinese People Republic in Germany


Mr.Wang Shunqing.

Chinese Consulate mentioned about the importance of Belt and Road Initiative for China, Europe and the countries between. Over 20 country representatives from public and private sector presented investment projects, including Austria, Netherlands. Republic of Kosovo, Albania, Latvia, Lithuania, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Korea, Serbia, Czech Republic, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia, Georgia and different regions of Germany like: Bayern, Baden Wurttemberg, Hessen and Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Institutional investors, Financial service providers, Project developers, Cities & Regional Authorities, Economic free zones/industry parks attended the exhibition.

Presentation about Georgia’s investment opportunities was made by Mariam Kuchuloria, Deputy CEO of EBA Georgia. She talked about favorable business environment for foreign direct investments in Georgia, presented different projects and mentioned about the role, the country can take in the Belt and Road initiative. 44444444444444 It was decided that IME representatives will visit Georgia in the nearest future to get more information about the specific projects and support Georgia to really compete with other countries at the IME 2019.

Mariam Kuchuloria

Deputy CEO

mariam.kuchuloria@eba.ge

www.eba.ge

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Why Ukraine should become a Balkan country

Ukrainian politicians, diplomats, journalists and intellectuals should start paying more attention to how the countries of South-Eastern Europe (SEE) are currently preparing for their entry into the European Union. Kyiv can accelerate its own European integration by entering a number of SEE cooperation formats specifically designed to prepare the Western Balkan states for their future EU membership.

G%C3%BCnther%20Fehlinger How can Ukraine persuade the European Union to provide it with a membership perspective and to start entry negotiations? Many decision-makers in Europe still do not see Ukraine as a serious candidate for accession and do not trust its government’s dedication and/or ability to deeply integrate Ukraine into the EU. Western European politicians and diplomats are therefore shying away from the tasks, responsibilities and costs associated with Ukrainian accession.

This is in spite of the fact that Western public opinion, the European Parliament, and experts on Eastern Europe have become remarkably pro-Ukrainian since the Orange Revolution of 2004. Yet some Western states are afraid of Russia and averse to risking a rise in tensions with Moscow. It will not be easy for Ukraine to change the Western political class’s negative perception of its potential and the European public’s skepticism regarding its future EU membership.

One way for Kyiv to speed up this process is to redirect its international focus towards other current or recent accession candidates. In particular, Ukrainians should use the experiences and institutions of the Western Balkan countries and learn from the former Yugoslav republics how they have achieved their current positions vis-à-vis Brussels.

Since the Kosovo war, Europe has built a sophisticated regional reform infrastructure for the SEE that has led to significant progress in the “Europeanization” of the Balkans, i.e. its legal and practical incorporation of the EU’s acquis communautaire. Ukraine should explore whether it can join some of these SEE regional pre-accession mechanisms, and try as much as possible to participate in the elaborate membership-preparation system established for the Western Balkan states. There are 16 SEE bodies, created with the help of Brussels, to foster transnational integration in former Yugoslavia and Albania. They are:

• Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) • Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) • Regional Anti-Corruption Initiative (RAI) • South Eastern Europe Health Network (SEEHN) • South Eastern Working Group for Regional and Rural Development, (SWGRRD), • Center for Public Employment Agency for Southeastern European Countries (CPESSEC), • Regional Youth Cooperation Center (RYCO), • South Eastern European Law Enforcement Center (SELEC),
• Center for Security Cooperation (RACVIAC), • Education Reform Initiative for SEE (ERISEE),
• Regional School for Public Administration (RESPA), • Regional Disaster Preparedness Center (DPPI), • South Eastern European Center for Entrepreneurship Learning (SEECEL), • Center of Excellent in Finance (CEF), • Regional Environmental Center (REC).

In addition, there is a top level intergovernmental dialogue format, the so-called “Berlin Process”, that regularly brings together political leaders of the Western Balkans and interested EU member states. This informal meeting series was initiated by Germany in 2014 to foster political stability and national security of the SEE candidate countries.

Some of these bodies and formats may be persuaded to incorporate Ukrainian representatives and organs. If successful, this could help Kyiv to better frame the country – in both practical and symbolic terms – as an EU candidate, and to gradually enter the EU’s current group of accession candidate countries “through the Balkan backdoor.”

Would the Balkan founding countries of these regional structures agree to Ukrainian membership? Moldova – like Ukraine, an EU Eastern Partnership member – is already in most of the listed SEE structures, including the RCC and CEFTA, and has helped them to develop. Ukraine’s membership would add further weight to these structures because of its market size and geopolitical relevance as a pivotal country between Russia and the West.

Some Balkan elites could see Ukrainian membership as a threat to their dominance of the EU’s current SEE integration framework. Yet, it should be clear to all those Balkan politicians and diplomats who promote their countries’ rapprochement with the West that, in the last decade, supporting Ukraine has become a marker of a pro-Western stance for many decision-makers in Washington, Brussels, London and Berlin. Ukrainian membership in the new SEE structures could therefore also help Western Balkan countries to develop their image and relations vis-à-vis the US, EU and Germany. Ukrainians tend to argue in favor of their readiness for, and inclusion into, the EU from a somewhat Manichean world view. They often present themselves as expressly non-Russian, anti-Eurasian and pro-Western, and advertise their country’s relevance as being Europe’s bulwark against Eastern barbarism. This argument might be true or not, but it is not very effective in Western Europe. The EU does not define itself in opposition to Moscow as Kyiv does.

Instead, Brussels’s Europeanization concept is to pacify and unite the continent via deeper economic integration, partial cultural approximation, cumulative bureaucratic standardization, and ever more democratization. The provision of security assurances, international integration, geopolitical weight, and even some non-military collective defense – above all, via the EU’s economic leverage against outsiders – is part and parcel of this process.

The latter benefits are especially attractive to Ukraine. But they are not the key drivers or primary purpose of EU. The modus operandi of the union is instead an accumulation of baby steps, leading over time to qualitative change in an indeterminate direction, rather than implementation of grand schemes to change the world according to a clearly defined end result.

Ukrainian diplomats and experts are, of course, familiar with the peculiarly postmodern nature of European integration and its effects beyond the EU’s borders. Yet the broader political and intellectual elite of Ukraine - and especially its party leaders - have not yet sufficiently internalized that Ukraine can only become a full part of this process by seriously adapting to it. Ukrainian representatives’ frequently bombastic rhetoric, various PR campaigns, excessively emotional appeals, sweeping historic refences, and many symbolic gestures are understandable. They should be seen against the background of Ukraine’s epic confrontation with Russian imperialism, the enormous suffering and thousands of deaths caused by Moscow’s continuing hybrid war against Kyiv, as well as many Westerners’ continuing naiveté with regard to the nature of Putinism. For Ukraine, the EU is today thus doubly attractive as both an overtly economic project and an implicit security provider.

Nevertheless, the EU cannot change the bureaucratic rather than geostrategic logic of its operation because of the Russian-Ukrainian war. Further successes in Ukraine’s European integration will thus have to follow long-winded procedures somewhat similar to Ukraine’s complicated formulation and ratification of the Association Agreement, or to the protracted negotiation and implementation of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan with the EU.

The Western Balkans’ various cooperation frameworks with Brussels and Berlin provide ready-made pathways to follow a strategy of incremental approximation and integration by pragmatic rather than rhetorical means. In addition to driving forward the ongoing association process with the European Union, the transnational SEE partnership schemes and other similar instruments for the transposition of knowledge, rules and practices should be actively studied, approached and utilized by Kyiv as well as its Westerns friends.

Günther Fehlinger is Chairman of the NGO “Europeans for Tax Reforms” and Board Member of the Action Group for European and Economic Integration of the Southern Balkans.

Andreas Umland is Senior Fellow at the Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation in Kyiv, and editor of the book series “Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society” published by ibidem Press at Stuttgart and distributed by Columbia University Press at New York.

PPD: the opinion of an expert from Ukraine

Every post-Soviet state, which has today chosen the European path of development, completes an important and necessary stage of reforms – in political, social, economic and cultural area, shaping the new public conscience. Often, such changes appear to be quite painful, as social tension in the society increases. So, development of new instruments, capable of embracing a broad spectrum of stakeholders became extremely necessary.

Public and private dialogue (PPD) is capable of uniting the efforts of many actors – the government, the public sector, the scientific circles and other individuals, which have common interests. It is especially important that such dialogue may include various shapes and sizes of companies and organizations, giving the small and medium enterprises (SME) a chance to become the full-fledged participants in the reforms, with the aid of business associations. 18118981 454274351593581 8306800148696356993 n Cooperation of the authorities and business associations within the context of PPD appears to be the most effective, because it allows finding the actual variety of problems, developing solutions and controlling their implementation, which prevents crisis occurrences, improves the business environment and raises the level of trust of the business to the power. As a constant work platform, PPD is capable of showing immediate results via coordination, transparency and accountability. The Handicraft Chamber of Ukraine was established in 2009, in order to join the efforts of craftsmen, the micro-, small and medium businesses (MSMB), and to introduce the concept of handicraft to the social and economic turnover, as well as to shape the independent handicraft sector, which is capable of solving the problem of cooperation of education, employment and business sectors.

Over the years of cooperation with the government, our organization completed a long stage of establishing the dialogue with the power and the complete destruction of this dialogue, whenever the interests of big industrial groups were put before the priority of MSMB, and there was an illusion of competitiveness amid the prospering monopolies.

With this in the background, the situation became even more complicated by the social dialogue – which experiences a deep crisis in the post-Soviet countries, and by the political engagement and the ineffectiveness of business associations.

Since 2014, the MSMB sector in Ukraine completed both the stage of massive shutdown and the stage of shaping a brand new class of entrepreneurs, which made a conscious choice to develop their business in Ukraine. Today, such companies produce high-quality goods, changing the attitude to the Ukrainian product and shaping the new image of the country. The MSMB in Ukraine showed enough will to join efforts and to be heard, which gave the green light for the Handicraft Chamber of Ukraine.

Amid these processes and thanks to the East Invest II project, namely the PPD priority, the Handicraft Chamber of Ukraine got the opportunity to reboot the public and private dialogue. The said priority solved a super-task within the project, because, in a short period of time, it managed to define the common sore spots for six countries, create the working grounds in these countries, thus turning the challenges into opportunities and making the PPD an innovative working tool.

For our organization, the instrument of PPD became a new point of departure in working with the government, an opportunity for cooperation with the working business associations and bringing the multi-level and multi-sector cooperation into life. Besides, the PPD may start the new form of social dialogue in the Eastern Partnership countries, given the current positions of MSMB in it.
The key step taken on the path to qualitative changes was shaping a powerful engine, the PPD Consortium and the development of the common position, thanks to which, the voice of every participant in every participant country becomes louder – day by day.

Elizabeth Miroshnichenko Secretary-General NGO Handicraft Chamber of Ukraine

New initiative PPD Network

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.

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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.

1c6525e4d37f63770ee5b2addea9e9ad 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

Natalia Harbuz Coordinator for the PPD-network
natalia.harbuz@ppd-network.org
www.ppd-network.org

Round Table for business associations and associations supporting small and medium-sized businesses

PPD activity in Belarus

Dear colleagues,

On March 2, 2018, was held the Round Table for business associations and associations supporting small and medium-sized businesses. The organizers were the Republican Confederation of Entrepreneurship together with the International Consortium PPD-Network, CEE-BC.

PPD in Belarus

Representatives of business, experts from the Eastern Partnership countries participated in the Round Table. The existing experience in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine was discussed. The moderators of the Round Table were Vladimir Karyagin (Belarus) and Marina Yamkochan (Armenia).

During the round table, an agreement was signed with the Confederation of Employers of Lithuania.

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An agreement on cooperation with the Handicrafts Chamber of Ukraine was signed.

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At the end of the round table was held a meeting of the working group of the Consortium . The participants made suggestions on the organizational development of the PPD-Network, communications, lobbying in the EU. The work plan for 2018 was discussed, as well as the formation of a bank of ideas for joint international projects.

Presentations you can find here: http://ppd-network.org/en/round-table-for-business-associations-and-business-associations-supporting-small-and-medium-sized-businesses-demand-and-or-offer

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2 марта 2018 года был проведен Круглый стол для бизнес-ассоциаций и ассоциаций, поддерживающих малый и средний бизнес. Организаторами были Республиканская Конфедерация Предпринимательства совместно с Международной Консорциумом PPD-Network, CEE-BC.

В круглом столе приняли участие представители бизнеса, эксперты из стран Восточного партнерства. Обсуждался существующий опыт в Азербайджане, Армении, Беларуси, Грузии, Молдове, Украине. Модераторами круглого стола были Владимир Карягин (Беларусь) и Марина Ямкочан (Армения).

Было подписано соглашение с конфедерацией работодателей Литвы, а также соглашение о сотрудничестве с Украинской Ремесленной Палатой.

В конце круглого стола состоялось заседание рабочей группы Консорциума. Участники внесли предложения по организационному развитию сети PPD, коммуникациям, лоббированию в ЕС. Был обсужден план работы на 2018 год, а также формирование банка идей для совместных международных проектов.

Презентации вы можете найти здесь: http://ppd-network.org/en/round-table-for-business-associations-and-business-associations-supporting-small-and-medium-sized-businesses-demand-and-or-offer

PPD Network working group participated in the XIX Assembly of business circles of the Republic of Belarus.

The central event of the III week of Belarusian entrepreneurship - the Assembly of Business Circles of the Republic of Belarus was held on March 1, 2018, in the National Library of the Republic of Belarus.

PPD%20Network%20working%20group%20 This event was attended by 7 representatives of PPD Network from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, where they were able to learn in detail about the National Business Platform of Belarus-2018, to get acquainted with the business environment and current changes in business climate, the development of public-private dialogue in Belarus.

This year the main idea of the Assembly is formulated "From opportunities to reality". In 2017 and at the beginning of this year in Belarus, a whole package of legislative acts was adopted to support entrepreneurship, reduce the regulatory burden. Among them, Decree No. 7 of 11/23/2017 "On the Development of Entrepreneurship", Decree No. 8 of December 21, 2017 "On the Development of the Digital Economy". Image 0 02 05 33de6a422a675a9d1b1e6c950c112db824e644e1fed9605227c07cf7137aa452 V This creates the most favorable conditions for the development of the IT sector, individual entrepreneurship, small and medium-sized businesses. Therefore, during the plenary sessions, the participants in the Assembly exchanged views on how to achieve synergies between business and government actions for implementing the adopted legislation, what else is needed to improve the business climate, why the adoption of Decree No. 8 caused rather critical assessments among business representatives. The Assembly was held in a new format: after the completion of two plenary sessions "Optimization of the business climate in Belarus" and "Digital transformation of business and economy of Belarus", the participants continued their work in three round tables. Natalia Harbuz, the coordinator for the PPD Network, spoke at the roundtable dedicated to the expansion of international business relations in Belarus, a business partnership. She shared the experience of creating a consortium and practices of dialogue between the public and private sectors in the Eastern Partnership countries. During the discussion, the speakers noted that the creation of an international consortium can be seen as a successful history of the implementation of the project East Invest 2. The signing of the memorandum in October 2017, the creation of its own website and regular meetings at various venues confirm the interest of business associations in continuing cooperation. The main objectives of this cooperation are defined, among them - the expansion of communications within the Eastern Partnership countries, as well as the EU countries, the development of public-private dialogue in their countries. Participation in the Assembly has become a valuable experience for the further development of PPD Network.

CIS AND EURASİA YOUTH STARTUP PLATFORM

“CIS and Eurasia Youth Startup Platform” which will take place on July 9-13, 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to take part in the “CIS and Eurasia Youth Startup Platform” which will take place on July 9-13, 2018 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The “CIS and Eurasia Youth Startup Platform” is a 5 days long project organized by the National Assembly of Youth Organizations of the Republic of Azerbaijan in cooperation with Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of Azerbaijan and funded by the Inter-state Humanitarian Co-operation Fund of the Commonwealth of Independent States (IHCF)

The event will gather 50 foreign participants from 9 countries. Startup ecosystem actors and young entrepreneurs from Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan Ukraine and Uzbekistan are welcome to apply.

Who can apply? People who work on developing of startup ecosystem in their countries People who represent startup networks or umbrella organizations Startup Influencers Young entrepreneurs, Investors and Business Angels People at any age can apply to attend the event, but please note that during the selection process priority will be given to young people who are between 18-35 years old.

Working languages: English and Russian (no translation will be provided) For more information: Click here

Дорогие коллеги, Мы хотели бы пригласить вас принять участие в "Стартап Плошадка Молодежи СНГ и Евразии", который пройдет 9-13 июля 2018-ого года в столице Азербайджана городе Баку. "Стартап Плошадка Молодежи СНГ и Евразии" - это 5-дневный проект, организованный Национальным Советом Молодежных Организаций Азербайджанской Республики, при поддержке Министерства Молодежи и Спорта Азербайджанской Республики и «GEN Azerbaijan», при финансовой поддержке Межгосударственного Фонда Гуманитарного Сотрудничества СНГ (МФГС). На мероприятии примут участие 50 иностранных участников из 9 стран. Приглашаем к участию игроков стартап-экосистем и молодых предпринимателей из Беларуси, Грузии, Казахстана, Кыргызстана, Молдовы, России, Таджикистана, Украины и Узбекистана. Кто может подать заявку?

  • Люди, работающие над развитием стартап-экосистем в своих странах
  • Люди, представляющие сети стартаперов или зонтичные организации
  • Инфлюенсеры стартапов
  • Молодые предприниматели, инвесторы и бизнес-ангелы
  • Участники любого возраста могут подать заявку на участие в мероприятии, но просим учесть, что в процессе отбора приоритет будет отдаваться молодым людям в возрасте от 18 до 35 лет.

Рабочие языки: английский и русский (перевод не будет предоставлен) Получить больше информации: здесь

WoMEN's ROLE in economic growth and policy development

Mariam Kuchuloria

Mariam Kuchuloria - the Country Facilitator for the Public Private Dialogue activity from Georgia -takes part in Woman Leader Award as Women Leader in Non Governmental Organization.

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Round table for business associations and business associations supporting small and medium-sized businesses. DEMAND AND / OR OFFER

On March 2, 2018, the Republican Confederation of Entrepreneurship, together with an international consortium and PPD-network, holds a round table for business associations and organizations supporting small and medium-sized enterprises.

The event is aimed at developing and encouraging business associations to participate in public-private dialogue. Representatives of business associations, small and medium enterprises and representatives of state structures will discuss the existing experience in Belarus, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Ukraine; The ability of business associations to participate in the dialogue and the criteria for evaluating its effectiveness.

Issues of regional development and development of the international network of organizations, including the international consortium and the PPD-network

The round table of the exchange of views on the formation of a bank of ideas for joint international projects within the framework of the Eastern Partnership, obtaining a synergy effect, the possibility of participating in technical assistance projects will conclude.

Location: Business Center of the Republican Confederation of Entrepreneurship

Address: Zhukova Ave., 44-404, Minsk

Time: 11: 00-15: 00

Organizers: Republican Confederation of Entrepreneurship www.rce.by Contacts: Mikutskaya Ekaterina +375 44 7637082 rce.by.tvv@gmail.com International consortium PPD-network CEE-BC www.ppd-network Contacts: Garbuz Natalia +375 29 6117244 natalia.harbuz@ppd-network.org

Registration is required by the link: http://www.ppd-network.org/en/march,-02-2018

How to start a business in the Eurasian Economic Union

This handbook is a tool for investors and young businessmen who are planning to start their business in the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union.

The document systematizes information that must be possessed in making initial decisions on starting a business in Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan

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Round table "Social technologies of business"

On February 2, 2018, a round table will be held on the topic "Innovations and modern technologies of student mentoring and tutoring for students of youth" at the address: 46, Prosveshinsky Prospect, Minsk (BSEU building). The event will be held from 12.00 to 15.00, organized by the Belarusian State Economic University.

 

The round table will be attended by faculty members of universities, students, representatives of ministries and departments, regional educational development institutions, teachers of general secondary education institutions, representatives of student business companies, business communities, NGOs and the media. The event is realized within the framework of the project "Creation of a volunteer club of student mentors" Business Tutor "with the financial support of the Small Grants Program of the US Embassy in the Republic of Belarus. The executor of the project is the Consulting institution "Social Technologies of Business", the partner is the Belarusian State Economic University. The project will be implemented in January 2018.

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EBA member companies in the food and agriculture sector will now be able to receive support for exports to the EU and for DCFTA related issues.

The support will be within the framework of the EU project - "The Food and Agriculture SMEs Support Initiative".

Implementation is to be provided by the Georgian Farmers Association in partnership with ISET, Atinati, CiDA and the Export Development Association.

Today a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the European Business Association, the Georgian Farmers’ Association and the Export Development Association.

If you have questions or are a Georgian SME in this sector wishing to export to Europe, please message us.

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Meeting of the Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee A. Shorets with representatives of the Minsk Capital Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers

On January 22, 2018, the Minsk City Hall hosted a meeting between the Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee Andrei Viktorovich Shorets and representatives of the Minsk Capital Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers. The hall was also attended by members of the Republican Confederation of Entrepreneurship, members of the Council for the Development of Entrepreneurship and the Minsk Capital Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers of the ACS at the Minsk City Executive Committee, deputy heads of administrations of the city districts, media representatives. In total, more than 100 people gathered.

At the beginning of the event, the Mayor of Minsk A. Shorets made a welcoming speech. Chairman of the Minsk Capital Association of Entrepreneurs and Employers V. Karyagin spoke about how the dialogue between business and government is developing. A. Shorets presented gratitude to the Union from the Minsk City Executive Committee and the best, according to the city authorities, businessmen. V.Karyagin congratulated A.Shorts on his election as an honorary member of the Union, which took place in December 2017, and handed him a diploma, a certificate to a commemorative medal and a medal "155 years to Count Carol Czapski, gifts from the jazz club E. Vladimirov.

Then the vice-chairman of the Union and the director of the Center "XXI Century" took the floor (in June the Center will turn 30) G. Ilyaschuk. In her speech she raised the problems of development of business tourism, expansion of international relations of enterprises, purposeful work with sister cities of Minsk and economically active regions abroad.

Further in the debate, the businessmen spoke. They voiced the problems of the business community as a whole and the problems of their specific companies in particular. Entrepreneurs asked direct questions and received the same answers from the representatives of the city authorities. A. Koryagin, A. Kalinin, M. Suprunovich, I. Gordievsky and others in their speeches not only touched upon the problems of business, but also proposed specific projects and programs for implementation.

At the end of the meeting Andrei Viktorovich Shorets suggested holding meetings with representatives of the capital's business once a quarter.

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Georgia is on the path to European integration and has been taking successful steps to prove that it not only can qualify to join the EU, but that it belongs there.

Beginning from March 2017, Georgian nationals can travel visa-free to the 26 countries of the Schengen Area and stay for 90 days. Since the liberalization of the visa process over 174,596 people from Georgia visited countries in the Schengen zone.

According to the National Tourism Administration of Georgia a record-breaking number of 7.5 million tourists have visited the country in the past year. The number of visitors from the European Union countries has also been on the rise, such as of British +39.9%, Dutch +31.1%, Spanish +29.9%, French +29.6% and German +25.7% travelers.

In June 2014, Georgia signed an Association Agreement (AA) and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with the European Union. This allowed Georgian products to access over 500 million people in the EU, by implementing reduced tariffs and putting in place manageable entry requirements that meet the EU standards.

The European Business Association is privileged to stand side by side with Georgian and EU businesses during this unprecedented period of change and growth.

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72% of Georgians are in favor of joining the European Union

According to a survey of 2,298 people in Georgia carried out in December last year, 72% of Georgians are in favour of joining the European Union.

This is the highest percentage of any Eastern Partnership Country and creates an ideal environment for European companies wishing to invest or find partners in Georgia.

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Preparation of the III Week of Belarussian Entrepreneurship

The Republican Confederation of Entrepreneurship started to prepare for the III Week of Belarusian Entrepreneurship. This year it starts on February 24 and will last until March 3, 2018.

The program of the Week will include seminars, conferences, profile meetings, speeches of top managers and business leaders of the country, as well as round tables and panel discussions, the participants of which will consider topical issues and priority directions of business development in the Republic of Belarus.

Also the organizers of the Third Week of Belarusian Entrepreneurship will be the Department for Entrepreneurship of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus, the Belarusian Fund for Financial Support of Entrepreneurship and the leading business unions and associations of the country.

Traditionally the most expected event in the life of the Belarusian business community will be the 19th Assembly of the business circles of the Republic of Belarus. The meeting of the largest domestic business forum with the participation of heads and specialists of ministries and departments, diplomats, business leaders, founders and directors of private enterprises, banks, representatives of regional and sectoral business associations is scheduled for February 28, 2018. Delegates will exchange expert opinions and forecasts of private development business in the country. The participants of the Assembly will be presented with the project "National business platform of Belarus - 2018".

In this connection, the Republican Confederation of Entrepreneurship invites representatives of business, as well as all those interested in the development and improvement of the business climate in Belarus and in holding a constructive dialogue between business and government, and take an active part in the preparation and shaping of the program of events of the Third Week of Belarusian Entrepreneurship.

For this we ask you to fill out our questionnaire (questionnaire) and send your proposals to: Rce.by.tvv@gmail.com

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         With the daily update of the preliminary program, the Week of Belarusian Entrepreneurship will be available on the website www.rce.by

Meeting of the Organizing Committee for the 3rd Week of Belarusian Entrepreneurship

On January 10, the Republican Confederation of Entrepreneurship held a regular meeting of the organizing committee with a conference call for holding the 3rd Week of Belarusian Entrepreneurship.

One of the main issues that were discussed there is preparation of the draft of the National Business Platform of Belarus-2018. The platform will include the following blocks:

  1. fair competition;

  2. Tax Code - simplification of taxation;  

  3. Regional development - the establishment of Community Advisory Councils in the field with the inclusion of members of regional organizations in them;

  4. business regulation: de-bureaucratization, confrontation of corruption;

  5. dialogue between business and government;

  6. Issues related to the implementation of Decree No. 8 "On the development of the digital economy" of December 21, 2017 and the digital economy.

It is planned that the Platform will include 70-80 questions on the principle: one idea is one point of the Platform to facilitate their implementation.

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The British Georgian Chamber of Commerce and the European Business Association today signed a cooperation agreement to provide services to members in each country.

BGCC is the official representative of The Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK, is a member of The London Chamber of Commerce and works in a partnership with UK Trade and Investment Agency.

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Meeting with the Minister of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade

On January 9, Vladimir Karyagin, Chairman of the Supreme Coordination Council, met with Vladimir Koltovich, Minister of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade of the Republic of Belarus (MART). The issues of development of the concept of competition, preparation of the National Business Platform of Belarus were discussed in detail. In particular, the reflection of the issues of competitiveness development in antimonopoly practice and antimonopoly regulation in the National Platform, preparation and thematic content of the XIX Assembly of business circles of the Republic of Belarus. The issues of the possibility of creating the Code of Good Practice (taking into account international experience), the development of antimonopoly legislation, the holding of a number of events jointly with the MART, the issues of advertising, organizing and conducting tenders, protecting the rights of consumers, etc. were also discussed.

It was suggested to send an expert from the Ministry of Antimonopoly Regulation and Trade to participate in the preparation of the National Business Platform of Belarus-2018.

Instructions for starting a business in Belarus

You are probably aware that a program of support for small and medium-sized businesses is operating in our country. And if not, then look for details in our article.

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Kinds of support for small and medium businesses in Belarus:

subsidy for starting a business in the Republic of Belarus from the employment center;

soft loan for the development of small and medium-sized businesses in Belarus;

subsidy for job creation from the State Social Protection Fund;

a grant for business development from the innovation fund of the regional executive committee;

free receipt of land in rural areas for farming.

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The priority of the state program is the development of agrarian business and business related to innovation, export, import substitution, energy and resource saving.

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Meeting of Vladimir Karyagin with the Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee

On January 4, Chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme Coordination Council of the RCP Vladimir Karyagin met with the Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee Andrei Viktorovich Shortz.

During an hour-and-a-half meeting they discussed the problems and prospects for the development of entrepreneurship in Minsk, the interaction of government authorities with the leading business associations of the city. Priority directions for the development of the city's economy were defined: measures to increase the production of goods and services and their exports, the development of foreign and domestic business tourism, the strengthening of ties with twin-cities of Minsk, etc.

Meeting with the Chairman of the Supreme Court

Today, on January 3, on the first working day of the new 2018, the Chairman of the Presidium of the REPUBLICAN CONFEDERATION OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP Vladimir Nikolayevich Karyagin met with the Chairman of the Supreme Court Valentin Olegovich Sukalo. The issues of business dialogue with the branches of government, including the judiciary, the need to support the reforms carried out in Belarus, a more detailed study of cases entering the court, as well as the full implementation of the set of documents on the development of entrepreneurship and business initiatives adopted last year, and a number of other issues were raised issues.

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The Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili has held a face-to-face meeting with President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, who is on an official visit to Georgia.

The head of the Government thanked the President of Armenia for his visit and emphasized positive dynamics of the good-neighborly relations between the countries throughout many years.

EBA Georgia and Armenia are brokering business between the countries and with Europe.

If you have questions, message us.

@EBAGeorgia @EBAArmenia

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Vladimir Karyagin: "We are not fat coins!"

On December 22, at the end of the meeting, A.G. Lukashenko with entrepreneurs outside the plan on the proposal of the President was made by the Chairman of the Supreme Coordination Council Vladimir Karyagin who said:

"I note that the year 2017 is really the year of a radical change in the development of the business environment. The preconditions for significant improvement of business by domestic entrepreneurs are created. It is good that these developments were based on the Presidential Directive No. 4, previously adopted in 2010. Well, that it was possible to defend it, because they were willing to cancel this document. The new quality of the development of the dialogue between business and government is characterized by openness, joint development and discussion of projects.

All documents adopted in 2017 are developed and finalized in cooperation with the Business Community. Entrepreneurs and officials often evaluate the work done in the business climate differently. Some officials, especially the old school, believe that if the decree or some normative act is adopted, then all work has already been done. Entrepreneurs sitting in this room think differently. In their opinion, if this normative act allows them to increase the number of jobs, produce more products, realize it and pay salaries to their employees, then this is the criterion for evaluating this document. And today one more important criterion of an estimation - time spent. The whole world is struggling to reduce the cost of goods and services. That's why we need to refine these documents to details, to their practical application, so we have to do a tremendous job.

The President mentioned the rating of our country. Yes, we achieved something. But no country is standing still. Now all countries are working to change the conditions for doing business, all are straining. Here is an example of Hungary, where today a wonderful business climate has been created in terms of taxes. Yesterday (December 21, 2017), US President Trump celebrated the victory, because his tax reform, which American entrepreneurs dreamed for more than 60 years, found support in the Congress. A wonderful business climate has been created in Georgia, which 8 million tourists visited this year, and 300 hydroelectric stations are under construction. We need to continue to work, because we need to be leaders.

It is not always openly stated what is being done in these countries. We must think about the competitiveness of the country and the competitiveness of each company. An important element in this is the image of the country. About all that we are doing now to improve the business climate, as a rule, do not know abroad. Although we work perfectly with the Foreign Ministry and positively assess its work and the work of diplomatic services. But we need to bring information together to our partners in many countries of the world. That is why, Alexander Grigorievich, I personally invite you together with the government on February 28 to the assembly of business circles.

Last year, the Assembly was attended by 98 representatives of 56 state bodies of all branches of power. Our foreign guests, in particular, the representative of the American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that he first saw what is really happening, that he could not even imagine such a level of dialogue between business and government. We then started this work in the Working Groups on improving the business climate. Representatives of financial institutions of other countries, whom we invited, saw the dialogue unfold. Therefore, it is very important that people come to us, we are going to specifically invite many associations to take part, so that they personally see, draw conclusions and disseminate this information. This will seriously affect the positive image of our country.

A very important issue that was not raised in today's meeting is the issue of fairness, fair trial and judicial protection. Earlier, at the trial of Kamenkov, we were confident in the possibility of protecting the enterprise. Today, after the reunification of the Supreme and Supreme Economic Court, many cases are delayed, they are repeatedly transferred, but the main thing is that they are not read. Nobody understands the essence of entrepreneurs' appeal. Since you are an olbudsman - I say this only because - we need to review the judicial system. Two days ago I sent a letter to the Chairman of the Supreme Court Valentin Olegovich Sukalo asking me to accept me, I would like to work out these issues. There are a number of complicated cases that even appeal to the General Prosecutor's Office, but they all come back without proper consideration

Alexander Grigorevich, you called the present here in the hall a lot of money. No, all sitting in the room - hard workers. The interests of these people are inseparable from the interests of the people. We recently conducted another study of the Business Optimism Index. According to its results, 59% of entrepreneurs from all existing problems put second low purchasing power of the population on the second place. This means that we are most interested in making people work harder with their labor. 500 dollars, a thousand, two thousand - this means that a person will invest money in an apartment, education, health ... We are in the same boat with the state and the people. Sitting here people want such changes and work for this every day. I ask that you accept me on a number of significant issues for the development of business and the economy of the country. "

 The President instructed the competent persons to consider which of the issues relate to his competence, and which can be resolved at other, lower levels.

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Meeting of the President with entrepreneurs

December 22, 2017 at 11.00 in the Palace of the Republic held the first such format meeting of the President of the Republic of Belarus A.G. Lukashenko with entrepreneurs. This event was also attended by government members and more than 250 representatives of the Business community from different regions of Belarus and representing various sectors of the economy.

At the beginning of the hour the President spoke. In his speech, the head of state touched upon many issues. In particular, the development of entrepreneurship in rural areas, pricing, the increase in the activity of IT technology, etc. But the main question was whether the legislative changes that were carried out in 2017 were optimal (the decree "On the Development of the Digital Economy" was signed the day before).

According to the planned program, the first was Zhanna Tarasevich, the director of the business union of entrepreneurs and employers to them. Professor M.S. Kunyavsky. She raised the problems of property, the need to change the tax code, the unequal criterion of licensing doctors of the 1st and 2nd categories in private and public medicine, as well as the illegality of imposing penalties.

Andrei Smolyar, the head of the transport enterprise, the chairman of the board of directors of Intertransavto, in his speech raised a number of problems in the field of transport and logistics: aligning the conditions with neighboring countries.

Viktor Lemeshevsky, the director of the PAK Group of Companies, issued a number of proposals on increasing the competitiveness of Belarusian enterprises and their work in competitive markets.

Andrey Serikov, co-founder of the Markformelle Group of Companies, raised the problem of standardization and, in particular, the high cost and slowness of standards (for shoelaces, accessories, etc.).

Valeria Kritsunova, the head of the "Rest in the village" association, spoke with questions on the development of agroecotourism and the creation of an industry of tourism in the country.

Andrey Zayats, director of Raduga-Svet Trading House, expressed his opinion that even in the current legislation, it is necessary to simplify. He also thanked for simplifying the business in the catering industry.

Immediately after the speeches, the President gave specific instructions to the competent persons: the administration of the Administration, branches and departments.

In conclusion of the meeting outside the plan, the President gave the floor to the Chairman of the Supreme Coordination Council Vladimir Karyagin. Here are the main theses of his speech: on the fair judicial system, the fundamental changes in the climate of the business environment, the dialogue between business and government, etc.

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Enjoy reading Christmas edition of PPD Newsletter

Newsletter 43 explains how we can use the RPP to develop joint projects and get sponsor help.

New Year 2018 is a great opportunity to implement your Project Idea, find partners and sponsors interested not only in the region but also in Europe.

May the New Year begin on a prosperous note!

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The EBA is giving a lecture on Leadership

The European Business Association is giving a lecture on Leadership to the business students at the International Black Sea University.

Many leading European companies are members of the EBA Georgia and the requirements of innovation, strength and modern communications are essential in the modern European market.

Copies of the lecture are available on request.

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EBA Georgia supports businesses

Support for SME is now huge and EU Ambassador believes it will be the most potenially impactful current initiative.

EBA Georgia agrees that the Small and Medium Size Business Sector is underdeveloped and crucial to Georgia's future.

EBA Georgia supports businesses wanting to trade with Europe.

To know more visit www.eba.ge

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First Georgian franchise into Europe

Deputy Minister Giorgi Cherkezishvili and Enterprise Georgia / აწარმოე საქართველოში Deputy Director Zviad Kvlividze met today with Prospero's Books CEO Tako Johnson and European Business Association Georgia CEO David Lee at the Ministry to discuss the first Georgian franchise into Europe.

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Enjoy reading PPD Newsletter 42

This Newsletter explains what the RPP is, how we can use the RPP to improve the business climate. We also will tell you about the companies that support and endorce the RPP and explain what it means to support and endorce the RPP.

Finally, we inform you about the opportunity to introduce you and your company by filling out the Form.

PS. Contributions accepted: your ideas, suggestions and news are needed! We all benefit from the experiences and ideas of one another. Please send your feedback to newsletter@ppd-network.org

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SSTAA endorse Regional Position Paper

Social Strategic Researches and Analytical Investigations Public Union (Azerbaijan) was established in 2000 and was registered by the Ministry of Justice. The main objectives of SSRAIPU are to support SMEs and municipalities in the regions and doing researches in this field. For supporting development of SMEs SSRAIPU cooperates with government and parliament for adopting efficient laws, local NGOs and embassies. SSRRAIPU participates in the EaP CSF from 2011 and is a member of WG 2- Economic Integration. During 2013 and 2014 Ilgar Huseynli, the president of SSRAIPU, was coordinator of Eastern Partnership Countries Civil Society Platform of Azerbaijan. SSRAIPU is also a member of international coalition- EITI. From 2012 to 2016 Ilgar Huseynli was a Council member of EITI Azerbaijan NGO Coalition.

Relevant experience:

  • Organized activities for enhancing capacities of SMEs in the field of anti-corruption;

  • Held seminars and round-table discussions in Azerbaijan for BSOs on “Communication” and “Membership” activities within the framework of East Invest 2 project which was managed in all Eastern Partnership Countries and financed by the EU in April and July of 2016;

  • Organized “SME Academy” in 2016 with the support of the EU on enhancing skills and knowledge of SMEs about EU market;

  • Working on researches on detecting problems of SMEs in the regions of Azerbaijan and preparing package of offers for government

  • Local partner of “Benefitting from EU open market: SMEs practical guide to DCFTA” funded by EaP CSF within the framework of Re-granting schema and Handbook was prepared.

    E-mail: ssraipu@gmail.com