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Support for Georgia in the small and medium-sized enterprises sector development - sharing Polish experience

Institutional and financial limitations faced by the sector of small and medium-sized enterprises in Georgia result from, among other things, lack of adequate experience and practical knowledge on the creation and application of solutions fostering its development. At the same time, Georgia has the prerequisites for development of this type of activity due to its GDP structure (in 2013, services accounted for about 69.9%, industry for 21.6% and agriculture for 8.5%) and the natural conditions allowing for the development of agro-food processing and tourism.

Support for Georgia in the small and medium-sized enterprises sector development - sharing Polish experience

The project aimed at sharing the Polish experience in creating an institutional support system for small and medium-sized enterprises with the Georgian side, and particularly at sharing solutions that can be applied in Georgia. The project was implemented by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) through the Ministry of Economy.

Plans included a study visit to Tbilisi for Polish experts combined with a seminar for representatives of the Georgian administration, business environment institutions (BEIs) and entrepreneurs, as well as a week-long study visit to Poland. The latter included a PARP seminar and visits to BEIs. Internships were also envisaged for representatives of the Georgian administration and BEIs in selected BEIs in Poland, as well as translation into English of documents and legal acts selected by the Georgian side.

Support for Georgia in the small and medium-sized enterprises sector development - sharing Polish experience

The project resulted in training of Georgian experts in the creation, support and operation of an institutional system of support for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Two representatives of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development participated in the study visit by Polish experts to Georgia. They became acquainted with the Georgian system of support for small and medium-sized enterprises, which in future will make it possible to determine which schemes that have been applied in Poland can be transposed to Georgia.

A study visit to Poland was also held for representatives of the Georgian administration and business environment institutions. Participants were presented with solutions for fostering entrepreneurship (clusters, incubators, technological parks, systems of services for SMEs, export promoting measures, implementation of European funds, etc.).

During an internship in Poland that was organised in the form of informal meetings, two representatives of the Georgian administration had the opportunity to become closely acquainted with instruments and solutions for fostering entrepreneurship.