EPRD as partner of international consortium has been awarded Tacis project „SME support in priority regions – Ukraine”. The contract was signed on 8 of May. The contract value is 2.7 Mln Euro and the project’s duration is planned for 22 months (till February 2008).
The project aims at the widest geographical coverage of Ukraine with main base of operations located in Kiev. Regional coverage activities will be coordinated with the SCURPE benefiting from their network of representatives and in collaboration with regional administrations (at Oblast and City levels).
Regional activities will concentrate on three Oblasts: Rivne, Zhytomir and Chernihiv, since these three oblasts are considered as less assisted for SME development (as per the 2003 Small Business Development Rating study prepared by the SCURPE on the basis of Oblast Administrations statistical and reporting data).
The project aims at the widest audience, including SME owners, managers and employees, associations of entrepreneurs and consultants, civil servants, policy makers at legislative level and government top executives, research institutions and “think-tanks”. Students, trainers and university teachers should be also carefully associated to have this initiative benefit future generations and breed better informed entrepreneurs.
Specific project objectives are as follows:
1. To carry out a study of the current situation, constraints for development and business opportunities in each selected region also taking into account business opportunities coming from the development of Pan-European Transport Corridors;
2. To elaborate a new concept of direct SME support approach with a particular attention given to the division of responsibilities between central and local authorities as well as to elaborate a scheme of preferential credit facilities for SMEs;
3. Transfer the best experience and effective models of running business in each cluster to a wide range of interested SME and state authorities for further dissemination;
4. To elaborate separate training courses for managers who are already running or intend to run their businesses in the targeted clusters, then to provide those courses to vocational education institutions for inclusion into their educational programmes;
5. To support the improvement of regulatory framework in this sphere (e.g. drafting sector standards)
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