On 19 July, 2019 Latvia-Russia CBC Programme Managing Authority and Zemgale planning region signed the grant contract to implement the project “Development and promotion of Pskov and Zemgale cross border business support environment” (SMEPRO).
SMEPRO project focuses on a very specific topic – export-import relations for SMEs in Latvia and Russia – offering every opportunity to make informed and legitimate decisions when bringing business abroad.
Zemgale planning region (LV) partners with Fund for guarantees and SME support of the Pskov region (RU), attracting Vidzeme planning region (LV) as an associate partner to help new generations of businessmen in Latvia and Russia build contacts and expertise in cross-border business communication. The project aims to give a comprehensive impetus to cross-border business cooperation by education, bringing together and offering opportunities both to business support structures and actual entrepreneurs:
- three business support centers in Zemgale, Pskov and Vidzeme will train their specialists in specific export support measures for SME in the area of joint border – both at traditional seminars and during a special business cooperation simulation game. Business support centers will also organize experience exchange visits and will purchase exhibition equipment;
- after training in Zemgale and Pskov, 20 pilot SMEs will be selected for targeted consultative support by business centers specialists and tailored individual B2B meetings. In addition to that, more SMEs will be supported in joining regional and national trade and thematic exhibitions in Latvia and Russia.
The total budget of the project is almost 250 thousand EUR, including Programme co-financing amounting to almost 225 thousand EUR.
To find how SMEs become more skillful and informed visit http://bit.ly/LATRUS-SMEPRO