ISPBA: Thinking ahead of you

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Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Albania, branch of Intesa Sanpaolo Group, is a leading bank in Albania providing Companies, Institutional clients, high-net-worth private clients as well as retail clients in Albania, with comprehensive solutions, and excellent products and services. Business innovation and service improvement at Intesa Sanpaolo Bank Albania are inspired by their customers. ISPBA Corporate and SME Division offers best banking services to bank’s Corporate and SME customers, combining Local understanding with International capabilities (leveraging on group platforms including Cross-Border Business and International Clients). Being part of an international group permits the bank to provide an exclusive service and added value to its customers. One of Leading Banks in Albania and significant player in almost all segments with a market share of 10.8% in customer deposits and 8.5% in customer deposits with a leadership in most attractive and innovative products: it’s Assets are 139.19 Billion LEK, Deposits amount in 114.70 Billion LEK while Loans reach 50.91 Billion Lek.  

Serbia Country Outlook

Schermata 2014-05-11 alle 17.46.19One of next project goals is to increase the awareness about the  assets that any territory can offer to the partnership. So, we have  cooperate to settle a Country Outlook with each partner. The sections of the outlook are: Economy and Swot Analysis,  Main economic sectors and clusters, Main data by Global  Competitiveness Index, Finance and Innovation, Stakeholder  directory. Next intention is to enhance data and information all along the project, so at the end we can present a more accurate physiognomy of each territory Here you can upload the Serbia Outlook: CO Serbia

Start-up Belgrade

Under the auspices of the Foundation of Prince Alexander for Culture and Education, ” Startup Weekend” is coming again on May 9 in Serbia. Last year, after being held in over 100 countries around the world and brought together over  60,000 entrepreneurs, was held in Serbia for the first time. Startup Weekend Belgrade brings together entrepreneur , startup enthusiast , software engineers , designers , marketing gurus , and all who are interested in the construction of small innovative businesses. ” Startup Weekend” is the perfect opportunity to meet with potential partners with whom you turn your idea into reality , and the ability for businesses already created to improve and come up with additional funding. Here more information  

Centres of Agricultural Technology Transfer (QTTB)

Following the decision of the Council of Ministers no. 515 (2006) on the restructuring of research institutes under Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection, five centres of agricultural technology transfer have been established. The main objective of these centres is to support the direct transfer of agricultural technologies to farmers by testing, adapting and introducing new agricultural practices, methods and materials, research on problems raised by local farmers, training of farmers, students, etc., provision of technical expertise, demonstration of new technologies in agriculture and support the ministry of agriculture in policy-making. In addition to the focus on the specific needs and priorities of their region, each centre concentrates on specific activities and agricultural crops as follows: 1. Centre of Agricultural Technology Transfer, Fushë-Krujë: Forage cultivation, legume (white beans), bovine, swine (pigs), poultry and integrated management of farm; services for soil and water; needs and other priorities of the region 2. Centre of Agricultural Technology Transfer, Lushnjë: Vegetables in greenhouses and open field; wheat; needs and other priorities of the region

The research of the World Economic Forum (WEF)

The research of the World Economic Forum ( WEF ) shows great results achieved in the development of competitiveness in the area of information – communication technologies in the country. The 46th place out of 142 countries in the world is impressive result and an acknowledgment of our country , but also a great responsibility to the times ahead of us try to make a move toward the top of the charts . In the field of application the Government of Montenegro occupies 53rd place, where the importance of ICT to the vision of the Government projects highlights excellent rating – 24th place. Montenegro is in 70th place in terms of the application of ICT in the business sector , despite being assessed as a good environment for business and innovation 38th . This research points to the fact that Montenegro is one of the leaders in the region in terms of competitiveness in the field of ICT . http://www.vijesti.me/vijesti/drustvo‎/ 

TAM and BAS Programme in Albania

The TurnAround Management (TAM) and Business Advisory Services (BAS) Programme of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are complementary technical assistance programmes that combine direct assistance at the enterprise level to viable micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) across a broad range of industry sectors. TAM – The TurnAround Management (TAM) Programme aims at building strong, competent enterprise management and restructuring through the transfer of international best practice in small and medium sized enterprises These managerial and structural changes within SMEs should be achieved through training activities and the provision of international advisers in TAM projects lasting usually 18 months. Since its start in 2008 the TAM Programme Albania has completed 18 projects in a wide variety of sectors and industries.

EVAL-INNO project

Schermata 2014-05-06 alle 12.35.28Final conference of the project, Strengthening competence in evaluation research, technological development and innovation in the region of Southeast Europe (EVAL-INNO), aims to establish standards for the evaluation of research and innovation, as well as the training of professionals in the field. Transparent and effective standards for the evaluation are the same for the entire region, and that is an important criterion for the quality of research and innovation, which is particularly important in attracting investment. It is particularly singled out the importance of the document which provides information on the purpose and characteristics of evaluation in the field of science, technology and innovation policy- Printing guide standards for evaluation http://www.southeasteurope.net/

ITU 2014 figures

On may 5th ITU (UN agency) released figures related Tlc worldwide: by end 2014, there will be almost 3 billion Internet users, two-thirds of them coming from the developing world, and that the number of mobile-broadband subscriptions will reach 2.3 billion globally. Fifty-five per cent of these subscriptions are expected to be in the developing world. The Tlc market is changing:
  • fixed-telephone penetration has been declining for the past five years. By end 2014, there will be about 100 million fewer fixed-telephone subscriptions than in 2009.
  • mobile-phones subscriptions will reach almost 7 billion by end 2014, and 3.6 billion of these will be in the Asia-Pacific region. BUT the market is approaching saturation levels, mobile-cellular growth rates have reached their lowest-ever level (2.6% globally).
  • mobile-broadband subscriptions will reach 2.3 billion globally. Mobile-broadband penetration levels are highest in Europe (64%) and the Americas (59%), followed by CIS (49%), the Arab States (25%), Asia-Pacific (23%) and Africa (19%).
  • By end 2014, fixed-broadband penetration will have reached almost 10 per cent globally. 44% subscriptions are in Asia and the Pacific, 25% are in Europe.
  • Internet access is approaching saturation levels in developed countries. By end 2014, 44 per cent of the world’s households will have Internet access. Close to one-third (31%) of households in developing countries will be connected to the Internet, compared with 78 per cent in developed countries.
  • By end 2014, the number of Internet users globally will have reached almost 3 billion. Two-thirds of the world’s Internet users are from the developing world. This corresponds to an Internet-user penetration of 40 per cent globally, 78 per cent in developed countries and 32 per cent in developing countries.
The latest ITU statistics are available at www.itu.int/en/ITU-D/statistics  

Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CEED)

CEED is a scientific and research institution founded to foster economic development through entrepreneurship. The mission of the Center is that through its programs, projects and efforts promote and effectively implement the idea of ​​free markets in Montenegro, entrepreneurship, to strengthen the role of private property in an open and democratic society and the rule of law. For more than fifteen years of its existence, CEED has participated in important programs and projects, which have resulted in the improvement of the business environment in Montenegro and policy-making on the basis of objective and accurate analysis.

Business Start-up Center Kragujevac

BSC Kragujevac is a non-profit organisation whose field of action is local economic development. BSC Kragujevac has become a recognizable brand, a trusted organisation, with distinctive expertise in the field of entrepreneurship development, human capital in Serbia and competitiveness of human resources, i.e. the economy in the environment. The core of the organisation is made of professional, dedicated and reliable team of four employees, volunteers and a network of experienced local and regional experts. Projects, activities and BSC services are predominantly focused on:
  • informal education in the field of business and entrepreneurial skills,
  • providing consultant services in business, human resources development, small and medium companies development and
  • providing financial support to young people who want to start their own business or to develop the existing one (microcredit line)
With consulting services, it supported over 150 companies and young entrepreneur men and women. Over 300 newly work positions have been opened due to the BSC overall support for the last 5 years. http://www.bsckragujevac.rs/