While the Armenian Business Support Organisations take their first steps in forming an Alliance after having a very fruitful week of roundtables and brainstormings, Belarus and Ukraine share their experiences on how they built their roadmap, what were the reasons that brought all the people together and what they have already achieved.
Belarus currently has successful examples of cooperation between the public and the business community, whereas the process itself needs to be further intensified and systemized.
In practice, the initiative for the protection of SME interests needs a number of non-profit organizations representing major business associations. The Republican Union of Employers “BelUE " that brings together more than 100 enterprises, including 5 associations, is one of them.
The Union members are business associations; trade unions; educational establishments; commercial organisations. It collaborates with a number of partner organisations.
The goal of the Union "BelUE" is to lobby the interests of its members, to create an effective business environment, to promote trainings for employees and cluster development.
The Union "BelUE" acts on the basis of common interests, equality and autonomy of its members. General meetings are held each year, and the Board and executive management meet at least once a quarter. At the meetings they develop the strategy and define the priority areas of activity, as well as estimate the performance.
At the initiative of the Board or executive management, they may convene extraordinary meetings on topical issues.
The Union works toward increasing the number of its members; each year, 20 new members join the Union.
The Union "BelUE" actively maintains contacts with other business associations, including the foreign ones, as well as participates in joint meetings and implements various international projects.
The associations (unions) compete with each other, thus facilitating their further advancement and contributing to the increase of their number that broadens their representativeness and role, and improves their financial condition.
As part of the dialogue between the public and business community, the value and the role of non-profit organizations in the public-private dialogue will increase.
In the Republic of Belarus, along with active involvement of representatives of the business community (including SMEs and non-profit organizations) they are involved, mainly in scope of public advisory councils at the ministries and departments, in the discussions of new regulations stipulated under law.
In 2015, 64 Councils were in place.
It is proved that the efficiency of SME representatives in the public advisory councils should be increased with the view to consolidating their efforts. When nominating candidates from the business community in consultative,
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advisory and expert bodies, their activity level, representativeness of organizations and appropriate competencies are to be taken into account.
To further increase the role of the business community in the dialogue with the authorities in Belarus, it is necessary to create a clear mechanism for considering business proposals and monitoring their implementation.
To tackle this issue, the experience of other countries should be shared and favourable business and investment environment is to be created.
Finally, it should be stated that since 2006, more than three hundred and fifty proposals have been sold to improve the business climate in the Republic of Belarus, being set out by the National Business Platform of
Belarus that represents the Republican Confederation of Entrepreneurship every year.
At the XVII Assembly of business circles, to be held on March 2, 2016, the platform for 2016 will be presented. The National Coalition of small and medium businesses in Ukraine has its features. In 2014, 4 business associations from different regions of the country started to build the All-Ukrainian network of business support organisations, which was further called National SME platform. Discussions on the legal form of this association extended for one and a half years: is it to be registered in the state register, who has the right to be a part of the Platform, and the main thing - what governing bodies should have this organization? "Pulling of a blanket" among public organization leaders in the sphere of business support and development became the biggest problem at that stage. In Ukraine there is an ancient proverb: "Where two Ukrainians - there three Getmans", and in this case this expression is “in all its beauty". Instead of creating the Coalition, the process of formation of the National platform for small and medium businesses has turned into fight for leadership over the enterprise community in Ukraine. Only one and a half years later, in September, 2015, at the All-Ukrainian Conference of Small and Medium Business in Kiev, a decision was taken not to have a leader and to have a separate Coordination Center, the Center of the International Private Business (CIPE). The responsibility for decision-making was equally vested in members of the National SME platform; respectively, one organization - one voice. They decided to have three types of membership: member associations; not member organizations and analytical centers. This enables distinguishing the spheres of responsibility and capturing the opinions of the business of community in different regions of the country.
As of the beginning of 2016, more than 70 organizations from 15 regions of Ukraine have been the members of the National SME platform. To maintain communication, the SME Platform website, the page in Facebook, the network members’ mails and advocacy-campaigns were developed. In October-December, 2015, the AllUkrainian advocacy campaign on support of the simplified taxation system was held in Ukraine, which resulted in adoption by the authorities of the budget based on the former Tax Code. Hence, the consolidation of efforts through the National SME platform proved to be effective while protecting the legitimate rights of businesses in
From Belarus - Natalia Garbuz - firstname.lastname@example.org
From Ukraine - Anastasia Baklan - email@example.com