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EU implementing business training project for SME managers in Uzbekistan

23 December 2013

A consortium of European companies led by European Profiles S.A. (Greece), as well as the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) of Uzbekistan began the 'Management Training Programme - Strengthening the capacity of managers of small businesses and private entrepreneurship in Uzbekistan' project, Uzbek Chamber of Commerce told Trend on Dec.20.

The consortium also includes WYG International Limited (UK), the Chamber of Commerce of Paris Ile-de-France (France), the Chamber of Commerce of Birmingham (UK), PLANET S.A. (Greece) and Anticrisis Management Consulting (Uzbekistan).

The main purpose of the project financed by the European Union is to contribute towards increasing the number of skilled entrepreneurs and managers who can effectively manage small and private businesses, as well as to ensure their sustainable development in the long term.

The project envisages a series of training activities for managers and experts of small business and private entrepreneurship, including their training in EU countries.

It is also planned to strengthen the potential and to improve the qualification of experts of the Uzbek Chamber of Commerce and Industry and other organisations that support the business.

The main beneficiary of the project is the Uzbek Chamber of Commerce which acts as a partner of the project by investing non-financial funds, including logistical and technical support and the creation of training conditions.

The country's Chamber of Commerce believes that the project will enable managers of Uzbek companies to share their experiences with their European counterparts and study modern management methods. They will also be able to establish relationships with new partners from EU countries.

The training programme will be implemented by August 2016.

The share of small business in the country's GDP increased by 0.2 per cent in Jan.-Sept. 2013 compared to the same period of 2012 amounting to 51.2 per cent, in industry - 23.3 per cent (22.3 per cent the previous year), in employment - 75.6 per cent (75.1 per cent a year ago) and exports - 19.1 per cent (13.5 per cent a year ago), according to Uzbekistan's official statistics.