Within the framework of the project Financial Facilities for SMEs: Training and Capacity Building for Business Support Organisations in non-EU Member States of the Central European Initiative (CEI) - FIT4SMEs II a training event will be held in Belgrade (Serbia) on 3-4 April, at the Sava Center.

The main goal of FIT4SMEs project is to strengthen the capacities of Business Support Organisations (BSOs) in CEI non-EU recipient countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine. 

The event will be opened by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development of Serbia, Ms. Dragijana Radonjic Petrovic; President of the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Milan Jankovic; the Head of the Commercial and Financial Office of Italian Embassy in Serbia, Mr. Paolo Toschi; the Alternate Secretary General of the CEI, Mr Giorgio Rosso Cicogna and by the representative of Informest, Ms. Sandra Sodini. 

During the event, the case study of Victoria Group - one of the largest private agribusiness groups in Serbia – will be presented as a successful example of cooperation between the CEI and the EBRD. 

IFIs such as the EBRD, the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the World Bank (WB) will present their financing facilities. Moreover, ProCredit Bank Serbia will present its experience in managing the funds allocated by the above-mentioned IFIs. 

FIT4SMEs is co-financed by the CEI Fund at the EBRD (financed by the Italian Government) and the Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy), and is implemented by INFORMEST. The Ministry of Economy and Regional Development of Serbia officially supported the event held in Belgrade. 

The first training event was successfully held in Tirana (Albania) on 15-16 March 2012, the next event will be organised in Kyiv, on 24-25 May 2012.



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