28.10.2014 | Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Workshop on the 'Enterprise Europe Network' held in Uzbekistan

The Indo-Uzbek Center for Promotion of Science and Technology Cooperation held a workshop about the Enterprise Europe Network on 28 October at the Miran International Hotel in Tashkent. Representatives of the European Union, young scientists from research institutes and experts of SMEs from Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan, participated in the event. The aim of the Workshop was to reflect successful examples of cooperation of Central Asian (CA) countries with the Enterprise Europe Network and to propose ways to extend the network in CA countries.
The workshop was officially opened by Dr. Odilkhuja Parpiev. In his welcoming speech he emphasized the importance of innovative developments and the crucial role of science and technology for the economy of Uzbekistan. Then Ms. Katarzyna Walczyk-Matuszyk  from the National Contact Point for Research Programmes acquainted the participants with the main purposes of the IncoNet CA project, highlighting its priorities for joint activities of the EU with Central Asian countries. In turn, Ms. Monika Anna Łuczak, representative of the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, provided information about purpose and structure of her organisation, the activities of the Enterprise Europe Network in Poland, and on ways to attract researchers and entrepreneurs to the projects of EU. Ms. Elena Giglio, member of  the National Contact Point for SMEs and of the Enterprise Europe Network, described previous projects of the EU, and support ways for enterprises. She also and presented a number of websites, which provide all the necessary information.

Mr. Karen Gevorgyan, representative of the National SME Development Center of Armenia, presented the activities of his organisation, portrayed its cooperation with the Enterprise Europe Network and gave some successful examples. The presentation of Mr. Grigorios Kontzoglou, team leader of the EU funded project 'Management Training Program for Uzbekistan’s SMEs' was met with particular interest. He inroduced this Program to the participants and informed them about the terms of internships for Uzbek enterprise managers in EU countries. Prof. R. Isaev from the 'Center of Communication and Clear Energy Technologies', held a presentation on a cutting edge topic, wind and solar batteries, which are developed and applied in Uzbekistan. Each speech was followed by a Q&A session, which gave participants the opportunity to gain further information.

This workshop opened opportunities for researchers and entrepreneurs of Uzbekistan to set up cooperations with research institutes and enterprises in the EU, raise the experience of researches and entrepreneurs, and involve foreign capital in the infrastructure of Uzbekistan through the participation in projects and programmes of the EU. It also presented possibilities to develop the activity of research institutes and SMEs by introducing science and technology  into the production.