More than 100 business support organisations (BSOs) representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the EU Member States gathered in Kyiv today for the final conference of the EU-funded East Invest project. Participants discussed private sector’s engagement in policymaking across the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries and showcased East Invest success stories/achievement for SMEs and BSOs across the region.
Business representatives notably endorsed a regional position paper with recommendations for the six Eastern partner countries’ policy makers and the wider donor community to improve the business environment for the SMEs sector. Specific topics identified by the stakeholders as having the biggest impact on the activities of the SMEs included the business climate, innovation, SMEs access to markets, finance and skills as well as taxation and customs procedures. The wider use of digital solutions in all these areas was underlined. The regional position paper will be the contribution of the East Invest 2 business organisations network to the 4th EaP Business Forum that will take place in Tallinn in October 2017.