Support to the network of SME Development Agencies

Country: Russian Federation

Donor: Tacis

Period: 01/97 – 06/98

Activity: The overall objectives of the project were to assist SMEs in the regions of the Russian Federation by strengthening the skills and potential of the network of regional SME Development Agencies set up under a previous Tacis project. The Agencies were to be upgraded as the direct target group for the project, SME entrepreneurs in the regions as the indirect target groups. The specific objectives were:

–       To improve the effectiveness of SMEDAs so that advice and training standards approach EU standards

–       To establish/strengthen 4 specified agencies

–       To develop women’s entrepreneurship

–       To strengthen the Tacis/Russian Government DA network