EU4Business – Integrating SMEs from the EaP countries into domestic and global value chains

22-03-2017
EU4Business

Project duration

2017-2020

Budget

€6 million

Project Website

EU4Business – Integrating SMEs from the EaP  countries into domestic and global value chains
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Brief Description

The programme helps to integrate small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine into domestic and global value chains, facilitating their access to new markets and boosting economic development.

Objectives

The objective of the project is to help SMEs become more competitive, thus helping them achieve greater integration into domestic, regional and global value chains and markets, with a focus on the European Union.

Actions in brief

  • Development of roadmap for selected value chains in each country, including:
    • Analysis of value chains
    • Public-private forums to validate findings
    • Selection of a group of beneficiaries (enterprises and their supplier/producer clusters) in each beneficiary country
    • Identifying potential buyers in the domestic, EU and other target markets
  • Strengthening the capacities of SMEs to increase value added production and improve competitiveness, including:
    • Awareness-raising and information events on key issues critical for trade success
    • Develop doing-business guides for targeted sectors with focus on DCFTA requirements
    • Coaching, training and business advisory services to pilot group of SMEs
    • Connect SMEs to financing facilities and investors
  • Enhancing the capacities of sectoral BSOs to provide SMEs with quality and relevant services along the value chains, including:
    • Assessment of capacities of sectoral BSOs
    • Develop specialised service portfolio for selected BSOs
    • Conduct trainings for BSOs
    • Creation of information-knowledge sharing platform
  • Business linkages created for SMEs to expand sales in domestic and international markets and value chains, in particular the EU, including:
    • Develop networks of potential buyers
    • Support SMEs to take part in technical study tours, collaboration meetings, trade fairs and buyer/seller meetings
    • Develop e-trade platforms to facilitate access to domestic and global markets
    • Plan and organise buyer/investor country visits