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  • Training and finding partners is the most popular activity for SMEs in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine research


    On December 1, the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (IER) presented the report “The Role of the Civil Society Organizations in the DCFTA Implementation in the Trio States”. The side event took place within the Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum together with the Georgian Institute of Politics (GIP) and the Institute for European Policies and Reforms (IPRE, Moldova). This report was prepared as part of a project supported by the European Union under the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum re-granting scheme.

    The study was conducted in three countries with the same methodology, and the main objective was to assess the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in informing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) regarding the DCFTA opportunities in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. In total, open data on SMEs and CSOs and their projects were collected and analyzed in three countries. 20 interviews were conducted with key stakeholders (representatives of CSOs, SMEs, government agencies, the expert, and the donor community). Moreover, each research group conducted 2 focus groups with CSOs and SMEs representatives, covering a total of 48 participants.

    In Ukraine, according to respondents, the most effective in helping SMEs with export opportunities under the DCFTA were a network of chambers of commerce and sectoral business associations, in Georgia — sectoral organizations and in Moldova — think tanks and business associations which traditionally have many participants.

    The study helped to identify that the most popular activities for SMEs in Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine were capacity building and matchmaking. Although, the number of projects in matchmaking was the smallest. Despite the significant number of projects already implemented, informing regarding export opportunities for SMEs remains relatively low.

    For all three countries, the main limitation on the CSOs' activities is the problems of cooperation and coordination, as well as the lack of financial and human resources for better and more effective cooperation between CSOs, SMEs, and governments.

    Certain features hinder the development of CSOs in some countries. Thus, the Georgian side noted the low level of communication between representatives of CSOs and government agencies. Representatives of Moldova pointed out the lack of sufficient state statistics on SMEs' exports to the EU. Ukrainian researchers defined the non-integration of Ukrainian CSOs into the European business and sectoral associations.

    Representatives of the European Union Delegations to Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine also commented on the role of CSOs in the implementation of the DCFTA with three associate members.

    We invite you to watch the recording: 

    Later we will also publish a general report.

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