About cooperation of UE “Mogilev Branch of BelCCI” and CCI Erfurt (Germany)
The cooperation of Unitary Enterprise “Mogilev Branch of Belarusian Chamber of Commerce and Industry” (hereinafter, UE “Mogilev Branch of BelCCI”) with Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Erfurt (hereinafter, CCI Erfurt) began on January 25, 2011 when UE “Mogilev Branch of BelCCI” and CCI Erfurt concluded the Cooperation Agreement. According to it the Parties have pledged to cooperate with the aim to support small and medium-sized businesses in their economic development.
During the project UE “Mogilev Branch of BelCCI” together and with the support of CCI Erfurt has held a number of events to improve specialists’ qualification and professional skills. This has expanded the number and increased the quality of services rendered by UE “Mogilev Branch of BelCCI” to small and medium enterprises of the city of Mogilev, Mogilev region and the Republic of Belarus as a whole.
In particular, the following services have been introduced:
- Publication of commercial information about the Belarusian economic entities in the Russian and foreign languages on EU e-commerce sites;
- Consulting of the Belarusian economic entities in the field of trade and investment cooperation with the EU countries;
- Practical and theoretical support of small and medium-sized businesses in preparation for entering the European market;
- Search for partners in the EU countries based on the Belarusian enterprises business interests as well as on their export products and services;
- Consultations on the EU legislation in the field of trade;
- Assistance in obtaining certificates and licenses to export products to the EU, in harmonization of technical regulations by the EU competent bodies, etc.
In April, 2013 as part of the cooperation agreement the visit of experts and chief executives of water industry companies to the exhibition of water technologies «Wasser Berlin» was organized, during which they conducted business negotiations near the stands of the German manufacturers of aquatic equipment and of other countries.
The positive experience of visiting the German exhibitions was continued when in late April 2013 Mogilev Branch of BelCCI organized a visit to the exhibition BAUMA 2013 in Munich and negotiations with Thuringia representatives of construction industry in Erfurt. The Belarusian delegation consisted of representatives from more than twenty construction companies of Mogilev and Mogilev region.
Currently UE "Mogilev Branch of BelCCI" together with CCI Erfurt and Association for Applied Communal Research “GEFAK” is working on creating regional economic development promotion strategies in Mogilev and Mogilev region. With this aim representatives of CCI Erfurt and Association for Applied Communal Research “GEFAK” visited Mogilev on November 04-06, 2013.
During the visit the German experts held talks in the Business and Foreign Economic Affairs Department of the Economy Committee of Mogilev Regional Executive Committee and introduced the concept of arrangements for creating regional economic development promotion strategies.
The German delegation also visited Mogilev City Small Business Development Center where they held negotiations with the executive management of this company and representatives of small and medium-sized businesses of Mogilev.
The guests from Germany got an idea of the Mogilev region industrial potential after looking over the exposition at the exhibition complex “Pridneprovye”.
In Mogilev branch of OAO “Development Bank of the Republic of Belarus” the German colleagues got acquainted with the bank activity, its organization and credit policy for small and medium companies.
Following the meetings, it was decided to form a working group of representatives of the regional and city executive power, as well as representatives of enterprises to support businesses of Mogilev and Mogilev region for cooperation in the field of small and medium-sized businesses development.
On August 31 at Mogilev branch of BelCCI there a meeting with German delegation took place, the aim of which was summarizing of the results of work during the reporting period 2014-2016 in the framework of bilateral cooperation agreement between CCI Erfurt and UE “Mogilev branch of BelCCI” dated January 25, 2011.
On the German side the following representatives took part: from CCI Erfurt - Mark Bremer and Viktor Gusjew, Foundation for Economic Development and Vocational Training SEQUA - Anastasiya Tulke, independent auditor, Dr. Christov Reichert.
Director General H. Chorny told about the work carried out during the reporting period and the obtained results. Some suggestions were made for further development of cooperation for advanced training of BelCCI employees in the field of consulting services. Also there was a presentation of a new service of the Mogilev branch of BelCCI in European programme EUREM Training.
The parties exchanged their opinions, conducted discussions and summed up preliminary results.
In the afternoon, the delegation visited company- member of BelCCI “SKT Uniplast”. Negotiations were held with chief executive officer of the company Yu.V.Rzhevutsky devoted to cooperation with Mogilev branch and quality of provided services. Also, members of the delegation got acquainted with the production cycle.
On the 4th and 5th of November, 2015 meetings with German companies were held in Minsk and Mogilev. Representatives of German companies were interested in establishing business relations with Belarusian partners in the field of wood processing, chemical industry and trade of medical and industrial gases.
The negotiations were attended by the representatives of the Chamber of Commerce of the city of Erfurt (Germany), Mr. Marc Bremer and Mr. Victor Gusev.
In Minsk there were managers and specialists of more than 30 Belarusian enterprises, including ALC "Polyester", LLC "TsentrTehGaz", LLC "Technical gases", LLC "VudenHauzBel "NGO" Republican Forest Industries Association, State Enterprise "Minobltoplivo", "Plant Belplast", JSC "ASD-Technique", JSC "Beltyazhmash", JSC "Belriahim", JSC "Borisovdrev", FEZ "Vitebsk" and others.
In Mogilev the negotiations were attended by managers and specialists of more than 15 Belarusian companies, including "Seldrev" Ltd., Unitary Enterprise "Mogilevzelenstroy", JSC "Pozhtechnika ", “Jokey plastic ", OJSC" Mogilevmebel ", Drybin "UKP Zhilkomhoz”, Gosstroyekspertiza for Mogilev region, FEZ Mogilev and others.
In the context of cooperation between the UE "Mogilev Branch of the BCCI" and Erfurt CCI the first "Innovation and Technology Transfer" workshop was held on July 16, 2014 in Mogilev.
Representatives from more than 20 Mogilev and regional companies got the opportunity to get acquainted with advanced German and international experience of enterprise development andbusiness efficiency improvement.
Olaf Sosath the representative of GEFAK gGmbH, arrived from Darmstadt to highlight the main aspects of innovative development of enterprises. Also practical trainings in groups were held.
In the end of the workshop representatives of all enterprises involved in the workshop got a certificate of participation in workshop on "Technology Transfer".
Director of UE “Mogilev branch of BelCCI” visited Erfurt Chamber of Commerce on 26-28 March, 2014. The agenda included progress review of collaboration with Erfurt Chamber of Commerce in 2011-2013 and projecting joint activities for 2014-2016.
In the frame of the visit director of UE “Mogilev branch of BelCCI” took part in the meeting with the head of SEQUA programs Mrs. Anastasiya Tulke, head of foreign economic affairs, innovations and environment of Erfurt Chamber of Commerce Mrs. Sicilia Mitchell and cooperation coordinator Viktor Gusev.
As a result activity plan for 2014-2016 was signed at the meeting.
During the visit the representatives of “Mogilev branch of Belarusian CCI” visited Erfurt’s CCI and met with CCI chiefs Mr. D. Reuter and Mr. M. Bremor, along with economical research society “GEFAK” consultant Mr. O. Zozat. During the negotiations chamber’s cooperation results during the year 2013 were summed up and main directions of further cooperation in 2014 were outlined.
For the purpose of mastering the experience of Erfurt’s CCI familiarized with organization’s principles of work on the following directions:
- work with membership base of CCI
- techniques of working with community and press, contacts with regional media
- cooperation and interaction of CCI with government on economic development issues
Belarusian delegation was welcomed in regional committee of Thuringen lands. During the meeting the general director presented economic and trade potential of Mogilev region. On its turn the German side presented the potential of Thuringen lands
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