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EU supports Karelian small and middle enterprises in IT use
Petrozavodsk, 28 February 2005
In December 2004 a new EU-funded project in Petrozavodsk. The project’s goal is to foster economic growth and competitiveness in the Republic of Karelia through the development of accessibility of ICT for small and middle enterprises. Moreover, "e-karelia" supports increased utilization of advanced information technology.
The project's aims are :
- Increasing awareness of ICT benefits and advantages in business
- Providing SMEs of RK with internet access and other ICT
- Developing capacity to provide coordinated web visibility for Karelian businesses
- Transfering knowledge on state-of-the-art expertise in using ICT
- Creating a business plan for using and developing GIS-services for the business sector in Karelia
- Carrying out a feasibility study on developing web-based trade
Project events include training, seminars and study tours for representatives of private entrepreneurs and companies in Karelia, mostly from Petrozavodsk, Kostomuksha and Sortavala.
The Russian project partner is the Ministry of Economic Development of the Republic of Karelia. Among the other project partners are the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Karelia, the Karelian Regional Small and Medium Business Support Agency and the Karelian Foundation for SME development.
The project Opening Conference was held at Petrozavodsk State University on 10th March 2005. Mr. Sergey Katanandov, Head of the Republic of Karelia, and Mr. Alexander Grishchenkov, Minister of Economic Development of the Republic of Karelia, took part in the Opening Conference, along with representatives from beneficiary organizations and EU representatives.
The project is implemented by a European-Russian consortium of consulting companies, headed by Finnish Helsinki Consulting Group from Finland, with Petrozavodsk State University being a local consortium partner.