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Newsletter N° 02 - November 2011 TABLE OF CONTENTS EDITO Activities . . . . . . . . . . . ã SME Seminars ã BSO Exchange Facility ã BSO Twinnings 1 1 2 3 EAST INVEST NEWS SMEs at the heart of East Invest! Dear Readers, We are pleased to present the second edition of our East Invest Newsletter. It is released somewhat later than foreseen due to the very intense working calendar the East Invest team has been dealing with for the last months in preparation for the SME dedicated activities. While t
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    Page 1 of 3 EastInvest Newsletter EAST INVEST NEWS SMEs at the heart of East Invest! Dear Readers,We are pleased to present the second edition of our East Invest Newsletter.It is released somewhat later than foreseen due to the very intense workingcalendar the East Invest team has been dealing with for the last months inpreparation for the SME dedicated activities. While the SME trainings arewell under way, we wish to share first results with you. More detailed resultsare to follow in the next edition of our newsletter.Even if the SME activities play a central role at present, activities areprogressing on the Business Support Organization (BSO) side: the first BSOexchanges have been approved and more are to follow. We also wish tooffer you an update on the BSO twinning process as its preparation phase iscoming to an end and the implementation phase to start within shortly. East Invest: Excellent value for money forover 200 SMEs from the EaP countries SME training on EU Acquis and Internationalisation 24 Training seminars for SMEs have been organised to take place in the6 Eastern Partnership countries between mid October and late November2011.   In each country, the seminars are conducted in EU Acquis andInternationalisation and are taught on two levels – “starters”, forcompanies who have no or little experience going abroad and“advanced”, for companies who have previous international marketexperience and want to extend their range of activity.The “starters” SMEs are being taught by the EaP experts that went through the “train the trainers” facility before thesummer, while the “advanced” SMEs are being taught by a panel of experienced EU experts.The organization of the seminars comprised several challenges: besides organizing 24 seminars in 6 countries in acustomized way and a limited timeframe, recruiting the relevant experts and making sure that they can safely make it fromone country to the other added to the complexity of the jigsaw puzzle. The major challenge proved to be the recruitment of EDITO   Activities ........... 1 ã SME Seminars 1ã BSO Exchange Facility 2ã BSO Twinnings 3 Contact ............... 3 TABLE OF CONTENTS Newsletter N°02 - November 2011    Page 2 of 3 EastInvest Newsletter SMEs from the relevant priority sectors: Agrifood, Tourism, Textile, Transportation, ICT and Sustainable Construction.The East Alliance partner organizations from the EaP countries were invited to promote the SME training with interestedcompanies from the priority sectors in the region. The national focal points and local seminar organizers were given aspecial impulse to recruit companies. Based on the feedback received so far, language and communication means wereamong the main barriers for SMEs, with smaller businesses in remote regions not having access to internet, and very littlenot to say no knowledge of English.Nevertheless, to date over 450 SMEs have registered for the seminarsthrough the East Invest website, with less than half being foreseen to beor having been included in the SME training. The recruitment ofcompanies was most successful in Georgia, where 44 companies, some75% of the total applications received, have been accepted onto thetraining programme. The uptake of SMEs has not been so straightforwardacross the region however. In Azerbaijan, the volume of applications wasquite high as well, yet 12% of the companies which applied are in facteligible to participate.The distribution of applications from across the 6 priority sectors is broad,with 41% of approved applications coming from the agrifood sector, incontrast with only 9% from the sustainable construction sector and 6% from the textile industry. 17% of the approvedapplications are related to the tourism industry, 16% to ICT and 11% to transport and logistics.At the end of the SME seminars, the participatingcompanies are going to be evaluated on their capacity toengage in international trade and access the EU market.A positive evaluation of their capacities will open thedoors to the further East Invest activities: the study visitsfor the “starters” SMEs and the B2Bs for the “advanced”SMEs.For more information please refer to:  BSO Exchange Facility BELGIUM, POLAND AND THE UK are the first Europeanexchange destinations! For its first evaluation round mid September, EUROCHAMBRESreceived 8 exchange applications from Azerbaijan, Georgia andUkraine.4 applications have been approved and the successful traineeships willstart as from January 2012. Managers from EaP business supportorganisations will be hosted by their EU colleagues from Belgium (Wallonia Export & Investment Agency); Poland (PolishChamber of Commerce) and the UK (London Chamber of Commerce and Industry).The maximum duration of the traineeships is 2 weeks and it offers the managers the possibility to enhance their   Priority subjects : §   Quality management §   Strategy and planning §   Personnel §   Communication/ knowledge §   Clients and membership §   Services/ finance/accounting   Sectoral Breakdown of Participating Companies (Starters + Advanced)  Agrifood41%ICT16%Transport &Logistics11%Textile6%SustainableConstruction9%Tourism17%    Page 3 of 3 EastInvest Newsletter capacities in the highlighted fields and strengthen EU-EaP cooperation.20 more applications have been received for the next evaluation round in December 2011!East Invest offers 50 places in total. Applications can be submitted to EUROCHAMBRES at any time throughout theduration of the project, and will be reviewed periodically.Business support organisations from the 6 EaP countries wishing to benefit from the BSO exchange facility by sendingtheir management staff for a short-term traineeship to their EUcounterpartand learn through direct experience ‘on theground’, are invited to visit the activity page (for more information, guidelines and application form)  BSO Twinning projects to kick off in January2012! The East Invest twinnings are one of the activities within East Invest that aimto enhance the capacities of BSOs from the EaP countries to the benefit oftheir members, SMEs, and the economic development of the latter. They areto encourage concrete and sustainable co-operation between EU and EaPbusiness support organisations (BSOs) by supporting the implementation of joint projects. The areas of cooperation/assistance have been determined bythe audits and needs assessment of 15 selected BSOs in the EaP countriesthat were carried out in the beginning of the year.The main objectives of the twinnings are to establish a long term technical cooperation (12 months maximum) betweenthree or more similar BSOs, offering transfer of know-how in one or more specific areas; and to create sustainable linksbetween BSOs from the EaP and the EU that will go beyond the duration of the project period.15 twinning proposals involving 33 European and 15 EaP project partners organisations were submitted toEUROCHAMBRES and the project management committee for evaluation and approval in October 2011.The results of the evaluation were communicated to the partners in the first half of November 2011 and the twinningconsortia have until the end of the month to submit their amended activity plans.A joint kick-off meeting for all successful twinnings is in preparation for the second half of January 2012. On the occasionof the kick-off meeting, the consortia members will have the opportunity to present their activity plans and exchange witheach other.Each twinning is to last for a maximum of 12 months and involves 2-4 EU partners and 1 EaP partner.For more information on the activity please refer to:  Subscription to the newsletter is possible via the dedicated form on the East Invest website:  To unsubscribe , please send an e-mail   15 Twinnings ; 1 188 000.00 Euros15 EaP   and   33 EU   EastAlliance partners; 6   EaP   and 14   EU   countries;  Kick-off : January 2012   EUROCHAMBRESAvenue des Arts 19 A/DB - 1000 Brussels, BelgiumT+32 (0)2 282 08 50  F+32 (0)2 230 00 38   This publication has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility ofEUROCHAMBRES and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.A European Commission initiative, managed by EUROCHAMBRES, implemented by the East Alliance. This project is funded by the European Union.
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