Past events

RCI Regional Access to Finance Event | Podgorica, Montenegro | May 14, 201314/5/2013

RCI Regional Conference for Centers of Excellence, Innovation, Incubation and IT Entrepreneurs | Sofia, Bulgaria | April 22-2322/4/2013

Regional BASSCOM IT b2b Retreat | Pravets, Bulgaria | April 19-21, 201319/4/2013

Regional Access to Finance Forum | Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina | June 19, 201219/6/2012

Regional Trade Facilitation Meeting | Tbilisi, Georgia | June 13-1413/6/2012

Regional IT B2B meeting | Tirana, Albania | May 18, 201218/5/2012

Trade Fair Participation - IT Companies training with CBI | Tirana, Albania | May 16 & 17, 201216/5/2012

Regional Economic Growth Workshop for the E&E Region | Tirana, Albania | May 15 & 16, 201215/5/2012

‘Exporting into the EU’ - Joint AG Training by USAID and CBI | Tirana, Albania | May 14 & 15, 201214/5/2012

Greenhouse techniques and developments - Joint AG Training by USAID RCI and AAC projects, and CBI | DURRES, Albania | May 10 & 11, 201210/5/2012

First Regional Cooperation Conference for Sustainable Tourism Development20/9/2011

6th Annual Event on Competitiveness, Finance and Economic Growth17/5/2011

„Project Management - profession of the future8/10/2010

Europe & Eurasia Bureau - 5th Annual Regional Event - Competitiveness, Finance and Economic Growth18/5/2010

USAID E&E Bureau's Conference on Competitiveness16/6/2009

Regional Best Practices Workshop24/6/2008

RCI Annual Conference 200820/5/2008

Agribusiness Workshop10/4/2008

AGRA FAIR 200819/2/2008

Regional USAID AgribusinessProjects Coordination Workshop 25/1/2008

RCI Round Table: “Competitiveness– Past, Present, Future” 22/1/2008

Regional Best Practices Workshop13/11/2007

IT Community of Practice27/9/2007

Stability Pact eSEE Initiative Workshop on eGovernance27/9/2007

Expanding Regional ICT Competitiveness: Appropriate Assistance at Different Levels of the Pyramid16/5/2007

New Paths for Regional ICT Success16/5/2006

Grow Your Business – The Power of Knowledge and Networking20/9/2005

Present events

Future events

Contacts

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Past events

RCI Regional Access to Finance Event | Podgorica, Montenegro | May 14, 2013


14/5/2013



RCI Regional Access to Finance Event, Podgorica, Montenegro, May 14, 2013


Last update: May 9


The event provides a platform for investors, businesses and entrepreneurs to get acquainted with the latest financing developments in the region and create valuable contacts. Throughout the day, presentations will cover a wide array of topics, from emerging investment opportunities to challenges that businesses meet and measures aimed at enhancing innovation and start-up climate.

Expected participants will be of various backgrounds: financial institutions, donor projects, innovation networks, start-up communities and others. 


You can download the agenda from the menu on the left.

Please, note that there is no participation fee for this event. Participants are, however, responsible for their personal accommodation and transportation expenses. Organizers have negotiated group prices for single rooms. If you would like us to handle your bookings, please, indicate so in the registration process. You may be then contacted by the hotel for booking guarantee issues.

Visa information:

Most Balkan countries do not need a visa for short term stays in Montenegro. However, special terms apply to some countries. Please, check for yourself here:
For assistance with visa issues and any logistics and accommodation questions, please, contact the RCI Team at register@bcserdon.com.
 

RCI Regional Conference for Centers of Excellence, Innovation, Incubation and IT Entrepreneurs | Sofia, Bulgaria | April 22-23


22/4/2013


This event is part of the RCI regional IT days organized in partnership with the ESI Center Eastern Europe and Bulgarian Association of Software Companies (BASSCOM) to be held in Bulgaria in the period April 19-25, 2013. 

Last updated: 18 April


RCI Regional Conference, Sofia, Bulgaria, April 22-23

Participants invited: Centers of Excellence and Innovation, Incubators and Business/Entrepreneurship Centers, ICT Business associations to be invited from Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Greece, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia, and Romania, Turkey and Ukraine; multilateral and bilateral donors and funds from the EU, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and others with interest in the region;

Focus: Innovation entrepreneurship ecosystem; EUe-Competence Framework for increased competitiveness of the European IT industry; entrepreneurship of young people, SME start-up financing and venture capital.

You can download the agenda from the menu on the left.

Please, note that there is no participation fee for this event. Participants are, however, responsible for their personal accommodation and transportation expenses. Organizers have selected several hotels and negotiated group prices for single rooms. If you would like us to handle your bookings, please, indicate so in the registration process. You may be then contacted by the hotel you have selected for booking guarantee issues.

For any logistics and accommodation questions, please, contact the RCI Team at register@bcserdon.com.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Do you need a visa to enter Bulgaria? >> EU citizens and holders of valid Schengen visas do not need a visa to enter Bulgaria. Some third countries nationals do need a visa (e.g. Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, and others). Please, check for yourself here: http://www.mfa.government.bg/uploads/files/VisaRegime_for_foreigners_ordinary_passports_en.pdf

What If you DO need a visa? >> Please consider the following details and timeframes:

An invitation-declaration is required as a supporting document upon applying for visa for a business visit and also upon entering Bulgaria. It must be drawn up on a sample form, signed and stamped by the person issuing the invitation, and legalized by a notary judge and by the authorities for administrative control of foreigners (Migration Directorate of the MoI).

Issuing and delivering the invitation-declaration to you (via DHL) might take up to 10 days after we receive the necessary information from you:

  • a photocopy of the pages of the foreign travel document with the personal information
  • company/organization information: name, address, and phone (in English)

Scheduling an interview and having your application considered and processed might take between 3 days and 3 weeks, depending on the diplomatic Mission.

For assistance on Visa issues and obtaining an invitation letter, please, contact Ms Violeta Kyurdyan of ESI CEE, via@esicenter.bg

 

Regional BASSCOM IT b2b Retreat | Pravets, Bulgaria | April 19-21, 2013


19/4/2013


This event is part of the RCI regional IT days organized in partnership with the ESI Center Eastern Europe and Bulgarian Association of Software Companies (BASSCOM) to be held in Bulgaria in the period April 19-25, 2013.

Last updated: 21 February


Regional BASSCOM IT b2b Retreat, Pravets, Bulgaria, April 19-21

This first event is planned as a regional B2B retreat hosted by BASSCOM in Pravets (40 km from Sofia).

Participants invited: Software and IT Companies, IT Business Associations, Centers of Excellence and Innovation, Incubators and Business/Entrepreneurship from the whole region.

Focus: Establishing business links and partnerships, B2B, importance of regional cooperation for future development and expansion on broader European markets. 

BASSCOM members are looking for reliable subcontractors/partners among the IT and software companies in the region, for potential business relations through outsourcing, on-site employee trainings, and exchange of ideas on joint efforts to enter together to new markets.

You can download the agenda from the menu on the left.

For any questions concerning accommodation, please, contact the RCI Team at register@bcserdon.com, or BASSCOM, at office@basscom.org

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Do you need a visa to enter Bulgaria? >> EU citizens and holders of valid Schengen visas do not need a visa to enter Bulgaria. Some third countries nationals do need a visa (e.g. Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kosovo, and others). Please, check for yourself here: http://www.mfa.government.bg/uploads/files/VisaRegime_for_foreigners_ordinary_passports_en.pdf

What If you DO need a visa? >> Please consider the following details and timeframes:

An invitation-declaration is required as a supporting document upon applying for visa for a business visit and also upon entering Bulgaria. It must be drawn up on a sample form, signed and stamped by the person issuing the invitation, and legalized by a notary judge and by the authorities for administrative control of foreigners (Migration Directorate of the MoI).

Issuing and delivering the invitation-declaration to you (via DHL) might take up to 10 days after we receive the necessary information from you:


  • a photocopy of the pages of the foreign travel document with the personal information
  • company/organization information: name, address, and phone (in English)

Scheduling an interview and having your application considered and processed might take between 3 days and 3 weeks, depending on the diplomatic Mission.

For assistance on Visa issues and obtaining an invitation letter, please, contact Ms Violeta Kyurdyan of ESI CEE, via@esicenter.bg

 

 

Regional Access to Finance Forum | Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina | June 19, 2012


19/6/2012


Latest update: June 13

Dear Colleagues and Partners,

 

We cordially invite you to a high level Access to Finance Forum that is scheduled for June19, 2012 and will be held in Sarajevo at hotel Bristol.


Against the backdrop of news about the escalating financial crisis, high unemployment and another recession in Europe, it is important to make the most of existing opportunities rather than passively witnessing negative events. That is why we are organizing a regional ‘Access to Finance’ event which aims to present today’s most interesting investment and business opportunities from Southeast Europe. We are inviting you to join us at this event where you will build partnerships, create networks and gain new perspectives for facing today’s challenges.


Access to Finance Forum is aiming at exposing existing investment and business opportunities. We would like to introduce the prospects of Venture Capital and Private Equity industry, Business Angels network and other innovative sources to the region of Bosnia and Herzegovina as well to other neighboring countries. Apart from the introductory part, we would like to initiate discussions based on lessons learned and experience some of the countries like Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and other countries represented by different investors to help the audience to draw the conclusions of obstacles and most importantly the potential that would help the economy of each of the neighboring countries to grow. Based on the initial conversations with the investors, we expect high attendance on their behalf. This event will also introduce Western Balkan Enterprise Development and Innovation Facility (EDIF) to the region, followed by high donor representatives that are standing behind this initiative.

 

We hope we were successful in giving you an intro into the event, with highlights to its importance and the ultimate outcome. Having that said, we hope you would honorsus with your favorable answer!

 

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us! Looking forward to seeing you in Sarajevo!

Best regards,

The RCI

To download the latest agenda in Bosnian language, click here.  or copy and paste the link below in your browser.

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B4bInlJUR6RxTV9rdERRQTROWGM

IMPORTANT information for ACCOMMODATION:

Online registration for accommodation is closed (you can still register to participate in the event).
Should you need help with arranging accommodation, please contact our colleagues from USAID FIRMA project at conference@firmaproject.ba

 

 

Regional Trade Facilitation Meeting | Tbilisi, Georgia | June 13-14


13/6/2012


Dear Colleagues and Friends,


We would like to give you a heads up and invite you to participate in the upcoming Regional Trade Facilitation Meeting in Tbilisi, Georgia on June 13 and 14, 2012 at the Radisson Blu Hotel.


The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the USAID Regional Competitiveness Initiative (RCI) are organizing the Second Regional Conference on trade facilitation, the Single Window concept,and harmonization of trade data requirements in the South Caucasus incooperation with the Government of Georgia.


We hope that this event will be of interest to you. You can download the latest agenda and register for the event at the links below.

Registration is closed.

Thank you for your interest!

 

 

 

 

Regional IT B2B meeting | Tirana, Albania | May 18, 2012


18/5/2012


Latest update: May 1, 2012

Dear Colleagues and Friends,


The Regional IT B2B Event is organized in cooperation with our colleagues from Albanian IT Association (AITA) and the USAID Rritje Project. The event will be held in Sheraton Tirana on May 18th.
We are developing a first draft agenda, but the topics we are contemplating are the following:


  • Global and regional ICT trends

  • Cross border collaboration and business enhancement

  • Centers of Innovation and Excellence

  • Standards and Certifications; ICT in Education

  • Themes such aseGovernmet, eServices,IT solutions for other sectors, etc.



IMPORTANT:Holders of passports from Belarus, Moldova, Georgia and Russia, are required to have a valid visa before entering ALBANIA! Please, visit the link below to see if you need a visa to enter Albania and view the full visa information and requirements - click here (or copy and paste this address in your browser  http://bcserdon.com/?page_id=3207)


Accommodation can be secured from the link below - all participants are staying in Sheraton Hotel Tirana at a special group rate of USD 190 per night per person (taxes and breakfast included).

Use the link below to register for the event and secure your accommodation in Sheraton Tirana Hotel at USG rate.



 

Trade Fair Participation - IT Companies training with CBI | Tirana, Albania | May 16 & 17, 2012


16/5/2012


The training is to be held in Tirana at the Sheraton Hotel on May 16 -17. The event is organized by USAID RCI and CBI Netherlands, in partnership with the USAID CED Project in Albania and the Albanian IT Association (AITA).


We hope that this training will be ofinterest to you and thank you for your consideration.


To Download the agenda, please click here or copy and paste the link below in your browser:


https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B4bInlJUR6RxRVZUSU1UeXBRMG1NUWhKSC16cEJlUQ


Should you want to participate in the training, please send your contacts via email to Mr. Pavlin Delchev <pdelchev@bcserdon.com> and your application will be reviewed by the selection committee.

Thank you!

 

Regional Economic Growth Workshop for the E&E Region | Tirana, Albania | May 15 & 16, 2012


15/5/2012


Latest update: May 1, 2012

Dear Colleagues and Partners,


Please mark your calendars for the Regional Economic Growth Workshop for the E&E Region — May 15-16, 2012 in Tirana, Albania. This event is jointly hosted by the USAID Europe & Eurasia (E&E) Bureau’s Regional Competitiveness Initiative(RCI) and Partners for Financial Stability Program (PFS) in the Office of Economic Growth and will bring together USAID Economic Growth Officers, implementing partners, and key counterparts from across the E&E region.


May15 & May 16 - joint sessions including USAID Missions and Projects (latest draft agenda link is below)


IMPORTANT: Holders of passports from Belarus, Moldova, Georgia and Russia, are required to have a valid visa before entering ALBANIA! Please, visit the link below to see if you need a visa to enter Albania and view the full visa information and requirements - click here (or copy and paste this address in your browser http://bcserdon.com/?page_id=3207)



IMPORTANT information for ACCOMMODATION:

Registration for accommodation in Sheraton Tirana is NO longer available as all rooms have been sold out. The RCI team has alternative close by hotel options available, so please, contact Mr. Pavlin Delchev <pdelchev@bcserdon.com> ASAP if you need assistance with booking accommodation. 


 

‘Exporting into the EU’ - Joint AG Training by USAID and CBI | Tirana, Albania | May 14 & 15, 2012


14/5/2012


Updated April 13, 2012


This training is to be held on May 14 & 15 in Sheraton Tirana Hotel and is organized by USAID RCI project and CBI Netherlands, in partnership with USAID Albania Agriculture Competitiveness Program.

To download the latest agenda (April 13, 2012), please click here or copy and paste the link below in your browser:

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B4bInlJUR6RxMTBjRktHcWhKMlk

Should you want to complete the training, please send your contacts via email to Mr. Pavlin Delchev <pdelchev@bcserdon.com and your application will be review by the selection committee.

Thank you!
 

Greenhouse techniques and developments - Joint AG Training by USAID RCI and AAC projects, and CBI | DURRES, Albania | May 10 & 11, 2012


10/5/2012


Updated April 13, 2012


This training will be held in and around Durres, Albania and is organized by USAID RCI project and CBI Netherlands, in partnership with USAID Albania Agriculture Competitiveness Program.

To download the latest draft agenda, please click here or copy and paste the link below in your browser:

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B4bInlJUR6RxVUVVQWRVLW9OTFU


Should you want to complete the training, please send your contacts via email to Mr. Pavlin Delchev <pdelchev@bcserdon.com and your application will be review by the selection committee.

Thank you!
 

First Regional Cooperation Conference for Sustainable Tourism Development


20/9/2011



First Regional Cooperation Conference for Sustainable Tourism Development

September 20-21, Hotel Sarajevo

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


This event is hosted by the USAID / Sida FIRMA Project from Bosnia and Herzegovina and in partnership with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the USAID Regional Competitiveness Initiative (RCI). The event aims to bring together all tourism leaders and stakeholders from the whole region to discuss and push forward an agenda for  regional collaboration in tourism as a key sector for coming out ofthe economic crisis and enhancement of competitiveness of each country and the whole region. Invitees are tourism related Ministers/Ministries, National Tourism Organizations, Associations, leading businesses and donors.


Accommodation requests were available until September 12, for the participants at a special group rate of 133KM (USD 97 /EUR69) in hotel Sarajevo where the conference will be held. You can still request accommodation during the registration process, but until you receive email confirmation for your accommodation from Mr. Pavlin Delchev | pdelchev@bcserdon.com there is no obligations from our side.


Should you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact FIRMA project at conference@firmaproject.ba or Mr. Pavlin Delchev (RCI project) at pdelchev@bcserdon.com.


 

6th Annual Event on Competitiveness, Finance and Economic Growth


17/5/2011


Dear Colleagues,

Please note that registration for accommodation is NO longer available. Of course, registration for attendance is open until the end - just make sure you send us an email to pdelchev@bcserdon.com.

Accommodation: currently we cannot assist you with this - both Hilton hotel and Mamaison Andrassy hotel are fully booked! 

To register for the event please send an email to pdelchev@bcserdon.com. Please note that this email does not guarantee any logistic arrangements for you unless you receive written confirmation. 

 

Dear Colleagues and Partners,

Please mark your calendars for the 6th Annual Event on Competitiveness, Finance and Economic Growth May 17-19, 2011 in Budapest, Hungary.  This event is jointly hosted by the USAID Europe & Eurasia (E&E) Bureau’s Regional Competitiveness Initiative (RCI) and Partners for Financial Stability Program (PFS) in the Office of Economic Growth and will bring together USAID Economic Growth Officers, implementing partners, and key counterparts from across the E&E region.

 

„Project Management - profession of the future


8/10/2010



 

USAID Regional Competitiveness Initiative &

Rritje Albania Program

and

Albanian IT Association

 

Invite you to a seminar

Project Management - profession of the future"

 

Friday, 08.10.2010, 08:30 - 13:00

Rogner Hotel Europapark Tirana,

Conference rooms „Vienna" & „Prague"

 

 

The event is organized by the USAID Regional Competitiveness Initiative, in cooperation with the Albanian IT Association and USAID's Rritje Albania program. It is intended for professionals from the private and public sector who plan, implement and supervise projects and want to improve their knowledge in project management and join the global community of project managers.

 

USAID representatives will present the "Project Management Awareness and Training Program" designed to train Albanian professionals to use globally accepted Project Management methodology and help them acquire a world- leading Project Management credential, the Project Management Professional Certificate (PMP). Guest speakers from the US, Albania and the region will talk about why project management competence is important and how it can improve the profitability of your enterprise and productivity of your employees.

 

At a reception after the event, you will have an opportunity to network and share experiences with other participants. The agenda is available for download at the end of this page.

LEARN how you can apply modern project management standards

to increase competitiveness of your company and ensure success of your projects ;

NETWORK with project management professionals and find out how you too can acquire

the PMP certificate, the world`s leading project management credential!


Entry is free for registered participants.

For more information, please contact Mr. Dritan Mezini - dmezini@aita-al.org

  

More information about USAID RCI, AITA and PMI, is available at their official web sites:

www.rciproject.com www.aita-al.org www.pmi.org



 

Europe & Eurasia Bureau - 5th Annual Regional Event - Competitiveness, Finance and Economic Growth


18/5/2010




As of MAY 10 the online registration through this website is suspended. If you would like to register for the event or book a room, please contact the RCI team at register@bcserdon.com! Please note that we cannot guarantee room availability.


Dear colleagues and friends,

The USAID Europe and Eurasia Bureau’s Economic Growth Office (EE/EG) is pleased to announce the dates for the “Europe & Eurasia Bureau - 5th Annual Regional Event - Competitiveness, Finance and Economic Growth", which will take place at the Europa Hotel, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 18 - 20, 2010 .

The EE/EG Regional Competitiveness Initiative (RCI) invites regional stakeholders from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus to share best practices, success stories and future opportunities for cooperation.  Featuring local, international experts and USAID projects, practical experiences from the regions and lessons learned will be shared.

The first day will focus on the topics such as “Coming of Global Economic/Financial Crisis”, “Access to Finance: FDI and EU Funding”, “Leveraging Donor Resources” and USAID future strategic goals in the E&E region.

The second day will be dedicated to a Sector focus. Parallel Round Table discussion on the sectors of Information Technologies (IT), Tourism and Agribusiness will be organized.

The third day will be introducing the new Partnership for Financial Stability (PFS) activity.

This event is focused on practical examples and solutions and we believe it will be particularly valuable for USAID personnel and projects working in economic growth and business development.

We look forward to seeing you on May 18 – 20 in Sarajevo!

Best Regards,
The RCI team


As of MAY 10 the online registration through this website is suspended. If you would like to register for the event or book a room, please contact the RCI team at register@bcserdon.com! Please note that we cannot guarantee room availability.

latest agenda from 05.07.2010
 

USAID E&E Bureau's Conference on Competitiveness


16/6/2009


R egional C ompetitiveness I nitiative
 
 
Dear colleagues and friends,



The USAID Europe and Eurasia Bureau’s Economic Growth Office (EE/EG) is pleased to announce the dates for the “4th Regional Competitiveness Conference in Southeast Europe – Financial Crisis and the Effects on the Competitiveness of the Region” which will take place at the Hyatt Hotel,in Kyiv, Ukraine June 16-18, 2009. The EE/EG Regional Competitiveness Initiative invites stakeholders from South East Europe, Central Eastern Europe and the Caucasus to share best practices that enhance competitiveness of each country and the regions. Drawing on the experiences of local and regional experts, lessons learned from a wide variety of USAID projects will be shared.

 

This conference is focused on practical examples and solutions and we believe it will be particularly valuable for USAID personnel and projects working in economic growth and business development. We also believe that local clients and partner organizations will benefit tremendously from this event, not only to learn from regional best practices, but also for the networking opportunities available.


We look forward to seeing you on June 16 -18 in Kyiv!



Best Regards,

The RCI team 

Day 3 Conference Agenda (June 18)

link to online registration form is located at the bottom of this page

 

Шановні колеги та друзі!

Відділ економічного розвитку Бюро USAID по країнах Європи та Євразії оголошує дату проведення четвертої щорічної регіональної конференції з питань конкурентноздатності у Південно-Східній Європі—«Фінансова криза та її вплив на конкурентноздатність у регіоні», яка відбудеться 16-18 червня 2009 р. у готелі «Хаятт Рідженсі Київ». Взяти участь у цьому заході запрошуються зацікавлені представники країн Південно-Східної, Центральної та Східної Європи, а також Кавказу. Учасники конференції матимуть нагоду для обміну найкращим досвідом з питань заохочення конкурентноздатності у країнах цього регіону та регіонах загалом. Експерти з України та інших країн регіону обміняються думками стосовно стану справ у сфері конкурентноздатності, поділяться набутим досвідом та досягненнями у результаті виконання різних проектів USAID.

У рамках роботи конференції, увагу буде зосереджено на практичних питаннях та підходах до їх вирішення, що стане у пригоді працівникам USAID, які реалізують проекти економічного розвитку та підприємництва. Ми також переконані, що місцеві учасники конференції та партнерські організації знайдуть цей захід  корисним не лише тому, що матимуть нагоду для обміну найкращим досвідом з питань заохочення конкурентноздатності але і зможуть налагодити ділові контакти.

Сподіваємось на Вашу участь у цьому важливому заході, який відбудеться 16-18 червня 2009 р. у готелі «Хаятт Рідженсі Київ».


З повагою

Організатори конференції

ПОРЯДОК ДЕННИЙ - Четверта щорічна регіональна конференція з питань розвитку конкурентоспроможності та економічного зростання

 


 

Regional Best Practices Workshop


24/6/2008


Regional Best Practices Workshop in Armenia


Dear friends and colleagues,

The USAID Regional Competitiveness Initiative (RCI) and the Business Growth Initiative (BGI), in cooperation with the USAID Competitive Armenian Private Sector (CAPS) project are pleased to announce the “The Regional Economic Growth Best Practices Workshop,” which will take place in Yerevan , Armenia , on June 24 and 25, 2008. The event will feature leading experts from the US, South East Europe and the Caucasus and highlight the experience of specialists working in your region dealing with issues you encounter. Agenda will be uploaded soon.

The key note presentation will be Competitiveness in Armenia. The first day of the workshop will focus on “Opportunities and Challenges in Tourism and ICT,” featuring presentations and break-out sessions on topics that include:

 

  • Bed and Breakfast Quality Services

     

  • Specialty Niche Tourism Products – Adventure tourism, Food, Wine, and Cultural Tourism

     

  • Promoting Tourism Destinations

     

  • Information Communication and Technology (ICT) and Economic Growth

     

  • ICT Industry Standards and Certifications (IT Mark and CMMI)

     

  • Application of New ICT Technology to Traditional Industry 

     

  • How government can leverage ICT to improve the business environment

     

 

 

The second day of the workshop will be dedicated to practical implementation of “Business Service Delivery Mechanisms and Regional Cooperation”.  Topics to be discussed include:

 

  • Best Practices in Business Services Delivery Mechanisms

     

  • Business Education and Training of Trainers

     

  • Best practices in Business Centers and Incubators

     

  • Opportunities for Regional Cooperation

     

  • Regional Tourism Cooperation, Challenges and Opportunities

     

  • Regional ICT Cooperation, Challenges and Opportunities

     

 

 

Please, fill in our form in order to register for the event. Participants may also contact the event coordinator, BC Serdon, at register@bcserdon.com for further assistance and information.

 

 

 

This workshop will be particularly valuable for USAID personnel and projects working with economic growth and business development.  We believe that your local clients and partner organizations will also benefit tremendously from the event.  The workshop will be focused on practical examples and solutions. 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

RCI Annual Conference 2008


20/5/2008


 

Regional C ompetitiveness I nitiative (RCI)

 

Annual Conference

 

 
May 20-22, 2008

 

  Przno (near Budva),Montenegro


 

    The USAID Europe and Eurasia Bureau’s Economic Growth Office (EE/EG) is pleased to announce the dates for the “3rdRegional Competitiveness Conference in Southeast Europe – Enhancing Regional Competitiveness: Past, Present and Future” which will take place at the Maestral Hotel, near Budva, Montenegro on May 20-22, 2008. The EE/EG Regional Competitiveness Initiative invites regional stakeholders from Eastern Europe and the Caucasus to share best practices in tourism and agribusiness, business service delivery mechanisms, e-solutions tha tenhance competitiveness, and investment attraction.   Drawing on the experiences of local and regional experts, lessons learned from a wide variety of USAID projects will be shared.

 

 

   

    This conferenceis focused on practical examples and solutions and we believe it will beparticularly valuable for USAID personnel and projects working in economicgrowth and business development.  We also believe that local clients andpartner organizations will benefit tremendously from this event, not only tolearn from regional best practices, but also for the networking opportunities available.

 

    The RCI Team has booked the Maestral Hotel especially for conference participants at the price of 79 Euro for a single room per night.


For more information, please, contact us: register@bcserdon.com
 

 

  Agenda last update: 30 April 2008

 

Agribusiness Workshop


10/4/2008


Agribusiness Workshop

 

 

 

 

Agriculture Market Information System(AMIS) and Online Products Value Chain Bourse

 

April 10th,2008


Skopje , Macedonia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HolydayInn

 


 

AGRA FAIR 2008


19/2/2008


    EMBASSY OF THE KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS

AGRA FAIR Feb 19-23, 2008

PLOVDIV, BULGARIA


    For fourth consecutive year, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands joined the International Agricultural Exhibition AGRA 2008. As a continuation of a long-lasting tradition, the exhibition took place in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. In its 2008 edition, the Dutch Embassy brought to Bulgaria nine Dutch companies, covering various specific areas in agriculture – producers of bulb, and planting material; representatives of the packing industry, farm engineers, meat processors, producers of milking, as well as internal environment control equipment. For some of the companies, this was a first touch to the Bulgarian market, potential customers, and partners.

    Additionally, the Dutch Embassy organized the “ Holland – The Flower Power” Seminar, which took place on February 21, 2008. The seminar offered interesting success stories and practical examples in horticulture. All participants had the opportunity to discuss their current professional issues, challenges, and opportunities in an informal networking after the seminar.

    Both initiatives were planned, prepared, and implemented by BC Serdon.

    Please find pictures from the Dutch stand and the seminar in the Gallery. For more information, please, contact us at Serdon@bcserdon.com

 

Regional USAID AgribusinessProjects Coordination Workshop


25/1/2008


Regional USAID Agribusiness Projects Coordination Workshop

 

 

January 25, 2008

 

 

 

 

 

As we enter the New Year it seems logical to initiate a coordination activity for agribusiness-related projects in the region.  There are several new agribusiness-related projects, and previous coordination efforts via the Agribusiness Committee were well received.  Also with the advent of EU accession and regional trade agreements such as CEFTA, the benefits of sharing regional experience and coordination of activities seem to be substantial.

The RCI team will be in the region later in January doing a competitiveness enhancement lessons, learned analysis and in Skopje January 22 – 24.  While it is rather short notice,we would like to hold a regional agribusiness projects coordination workshop in Skopjeon, Friday, 25 January.

 

 

The Macedonia AgBiz Program has agreed to be the local host for the workshop.

 

 

 

 

RCI Round Table: “Competitiveness– Past, Present, Future”


22/1/2008


      RCI Round Table: “Competitiveness– Past, Present, Future”

January 22, 2008

 

Happy New Year, we wish you a healthy and successful 2008!

 

  On behalf of the E&E Bureau and the Regional Competitiveness Initiative (RCI) Project, we would like to invite you to a Round Table discussion:  " Competitiveness - Past, Present, and Future." The halfday event will be held on January 22nd, 09:00 to 13:00, at the Hyatt,Belgrade, Serbia.

  As you know, the USAID Missions in the E&E Region have embraced "Competitiveness" as a means of achieving economic growth.  From 1998 to the present, more than fifteen projects in ten of the countries have supported or endorsed characteristics and attributes that are associated with"Competitiveness."  In two of the countries, a "second generation" of competitiveness projects were recently launched, and at least three other countries are likely to launch new competitiveness projects in the next one or two years. 

  The E&E Bureau is conducting an analysis of the competitiveness project experience to identify key learnings (best practices and lessons learned) from these projects and how this experience is being incorporated into new project designs.  While not intended to be either an evaluation or individual projects or a textbook on"Competitiveness", we believe this assessment can provide guidance to USAID missions and project implementers on design and implementation of competitiveness projects.

The analysis will consist of three parts:

 1) discussions with key individuals both from the implementing organizations and from field staff;

2) a review of relevant project documents such as scopes of work and annual reports;

3)selected interviews with businesses, government officials and local partners who worked with competitiveness projects in the region. 

    The findings will be compiled in a report that will be made available to USAID missions and projects in the region.

 


 

 

Regional Best Practices Workshop


13/11/2007


Regional Best Practices Workshop

 

Tbilisi, Georgia

 

We are sorry to inform you that due to unforeseen circumstances, theRCI/BGI Best Practices Workshop scheduled for Nov. 13-14, 2007 in Tbilisi, Georgia has been postponed.  We arecurrently considering holding the workshop at the same place in thefirst half of February with the same agenda.  The exact dates will beannounced soon.  

 

With invitees andpresenters from Southeastern Europe, Eurasia and the Middle East, the workshops will give new insights on what works and whatchallenges are anticipated. 

 

 

 

 

 

The Regional Competitiveness Initiative (RCI) and the Business GrowthInitiative (BGI) are pleased to co-sponsor this event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IT Community of Practice


27/9/2007


Conference on Regional Cooperation:

IT Community of Practice

Organized by USAID RCI and MASIT

27 September 2007

Aleksandar Palace Hotel

Skopje , Macedonia

The Regional Competitiveness Initiative (RCI), together with USAID / Macedonia and the Macedonian Association for Information Technologies (MASIT) will be organizing a regional IT forum where representatives from South East Europe can discuss the most important topics in the IT sector, including quality assurance, workforce issues, investments and regional cooperation. These specific topics are not only important for the IT sector, but through it for the competitiveness of each country and the region as a whole. We believe in and promote the idea that enhancing the competitiveness of the IT sector increases the competitiveness of all other sectors in an economy and the country as a whole.

***Please note that while there is no registration fee for the conference, participants are responsible for their own transportation and accommodation expenses. Conference organizers have negotiated a rate of 94 EUR per single room per night at the Aleksandar Palace Hotel for participants; hotel reservations are being coordinated by the conference organizers via the e-registration form.
 

Stability Pact eSEE Initiative Workshop on eGovernance


27/9/2007


StabilityPact eSEE Initiative Workshop on eGovernance

Supportedby USAID

September 25-26, 2007

Aleksandar Palace Hotel

Skopje , Macedonia

Objective:  To provide a cooperative venue to enable senior eGovernance officials from eSEE Initiative participants to benefit from an active exchange with official counterparts from the region, from governments with advanced eGovernance Programs, and from key eGovernance Center stakeholders.

 

Participants: senior officials from the eSEE participants’ eGovernance teams, ideally led by the respective “Chief Information Officers” or equivalent, with senior management representatives from the Prime Ministers’ Offices, Ministries of Information Society or Interior (eGovernment or eDemocracy); Education (eEducation), Finance (eProcurement or eCustoms), and Economy (eCommerce, eBusiness, or eCustoms).  In addition, the participants will include the respective eEnvoys of the Stability Pact eSEE initiative and the bSEE Task Force and the respective chairpersons.

 

Expanding Regional ICT Competitiveness: Appropriate Assistance at Different Levels of the Pyramid


16/5/2007


The Regional Competitiveness Initiative (RCI) held its Annual ICT Event entitled“Expanding Regional ICT Competitiveness: Appropriate Assistance at Different Levels of the Pyramid” from May 16-17, 2007, at the Holiday Inn in Skopje, Macedonia.

The USAID Regional Competitiveness Initiative aims to create multi-country and region-wide competitiveness projects in South Eastern Europe, as well as to help coordinate the myriad competitiveness programs currently being instituted by USAID missions and projects in the Europe and Eurasia (E&E) Region. The objective of this forum was to discuss what various kinds of support are needed for businesses of all sizes in the SEE region in order to develop the ICT sector as a whole. In addition to representatives of USAID missions and projects from allover SEE, the conference also included participants and speakers from private sector ICT companies from Macedonia, Bulgaria, Kosovo and Croatia, as well as public officials from Macedonia governmental ministries and the U.S.Embassy in Macedonia.

 

 

New Paths for Regional ICT Success


16/5/2006


The“New Paths for Regional ICT Success” conference was held on May 16-17, 2006, in Zagreb, Croatia, at the Regent EsplanadeHotel.   It focused on takingsteps to promote regional technical excellence and inter-firm teamingcapacity, developing a clear brand for Southeast Europein the global ICT marketplace and leveraging new resources for ICT initiativesto become self-sustaining. Participants included leading ICT associations inthe region, successful entrepreneurs, representatives of government andacademia, as well as the European Software Institute (Sofia). A visit to thenew Microsoft Business Technology Center in Varazdin was among the highlightsof the event. During the two-day gathering, participants explored innovativesolutions and defined opportunities for regional action. Roundtables,presentations, and interactive breakout sessions addressed the followinginterests of ICT stakeholders:

 
- For ICT firms, the conference explored new ways to spread neededskills, mobilize talent on a regional basis, and team with other firms toenlarge market share;

 
- For universities and technical institutes, the conference introducednew market opportunities to offer actual and online courses and certificationsto meet business needs across the region;

 
- For ICT incubators, telecenters, and ICT park developers andoperators, the conference offered opportunities to adopt innovative businessmodels and to build links to leading universities and technical institutes thathelp attract paying users and foster competitive success;  

 
- For public sector organizations, the conference reviewed innovativepartnerships with the private sector to introduce e-Government solutions thatimprove services to the citizen and enhance the enabling environment for ICTfirms;

 
- For USAID missions, the conference examined practical steps fordonor-dependent community access centers to attract paying users and movetoward self-funding operations.

 

Grow Your Business – The Power of Knowledge and Networking


20/9/2005


The Center forEntrepreneurship & Executive Development (CEED) was launched during itsmaiden conference, entitled “Grow Your Business – The Power of Knowledge andNetworking”.   As its slogan indicates(Empowering entrepreneurs and their leadership teams with know-how andnetworks), CEED aims to accelerate the growth of SMEs (Small and MediumEnterprises) and foster the development of true entrepreneurial culture in Bulgaria.   CEED’s initiators and partners are USAID(United States Agency for International Development), SEAF (Small EnterpriseAssistance Funds) and CFE(U.S. Russia Center for Entrepreneurship).  The conference, also acting as a launch event, was organized to providea platform for Bulgarian business leaders to present their experience innetworking and sharing know-how.   The CFEDeputy Director also had the opportunity to demonstrate how CEED could learnfrom CFE’s experience so far and establish similar methods in Bulgaria.

 

 

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