We, the participants of the international platform PPD Network, which brings together experts, representatives of SMEs and business associations from 6 Сountries of the Eastern Partnership, as well as the European Union, urge you to join the Open Letter of representatives of small and medium-sized businesses of the Eastern Partnership addressed to the Conference of Eastern Partnership Leaders “Together out of Crisis”.
We appeal to you, as representatives of the business community of 6 Сountries: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, to support our initiative and put your logo on this document
President of the CEE BC Christian Gessl underlined that the group of CEE BC’ associations are interested in expansion of trade and economic relations between economic entities of the European Union and EaP, strengthening the potential of private business in foreign trade. ByItSmart (Belarus) gives the tool for this. B2B online platform, developed in Belarus and named BYITSMART, makes foreign trade simple and understandable, helps businesses, states and society build trade bridges with innovation technologies.
Director of the ByItSmart Elena Bobyr is confident that the cooperation will be successful and the BYITSMART platform will be in demand by SMEs. She notes that the important difference between this platform and other similar projects is the “warm” audience of potential customers. Everyone who posts information about themselves is interested in a partnership. For 6 months, the platform brought together more than 1600 companies from 47 countries.
BYITSMART platform and developing partner network will contribute to the change of traditional services when promoting goods to foreign markets, involve the business associations in the learning process and development of offline services with special offer to its members.
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Partnership Annual Conference “A STRONGER ECONOMY FOR STRONGER SOCIETIES - INVESTING IN PEOPLE FOR SUSTAINABLE GROWTH” on 7 December 2018 in Vienna, Austria. The conference highlighted in a cross-sectoral way particular achievements within the "20 Deliverables for 2020", which best demonstrate tangible results reached in 2018 on the topics of economy, skills, education and youth.
Dr. Karin Kneissl, Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs, and Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, warmly welcomed the participants at the opening of the event. Panel discussions followed with the aim to identify the main challenges and opportunities, exchanging examples of best practices as well as giving recommendations for concrete actions.
Two events- 5th EaP Business Forum followed by the Eastern Partnership's Annual conference gathered together CEE BC group- representatives from CEE BC Brussels (Natallia Harbuz), CEE- business council Moldova (Christian Gessl), CEE BC Georgia (Nika Markozashvili, Mariam Kuchuloria), CEE- business council Armenia (Marina Jamkochian).
The CEE BC network is created as an active continuation of the Public-Private Dialogue programme of the Project East Invest2 and which demonstrates sustainable development. This is the second conference, in which all partners of CEE BC and PPD Network Consortium participated.