Private Sector Development Initiative for Southeastern Europe

Contract partner: IBRD - International Bank for Reconstruction and DevelopmentCountry: Europa, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 307.102,00Project start: 28.03.2006End: 31.10.2009

Short Description:

Overall goal

The GDLN PSD Initiative for Southeastern Europe will promote and facilitate policy dialogue and provide knowledge sharing events covering a range of private sector development and reform issues for improved business environment in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro (and Kosovo). The program is intended to help officials and other stakeholders expand their knowledge and skill base through exposure to international best practice and the experience of other countries to address challenges to private sector development and impediments to growth. Video conferencing sessions will feature case studies of how other countries have faced certain issues and/or designed certain reforms. The programs will also offer opportunities for the donor community to learn about ongoing efforts in this area and identify areas for cooperation and joint initiatives to maximize impact and avoid duplication. The program will be divided into three parallel but simultaneous tracks:

" Improving the investment climate, focusing on legal and judicial reform, securing property rights, reducing 'red tape' and other bureaucratic constraints, and related issues;

" Addressing the barriers to the creation and growth of SMEs, including improving firm's access to finance and the role of government in supporting SME development;

" Addressing the revival of mono-industry regions and one-company towns found throughout the region via private sector growth focused on identifying the potential for the turnaround of the dominant industry and opportunities for enterprise restructuring and the creation of SMEs focused on other activities.

These three tracks can be viewed as three separate and coherent conference series. Participants will be able to attend all three tracks or only one or two. The full program will culminate with a Conference that will highlight both lessons learned and the reinforcing mechanisms between these three areas.

project number2374-00/2006
source of fundingOEZA
sector Geschäftwesen und andere Leistungen
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.