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The SME Policy Index Project
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The SME Policy Index Project

Joint  EC, OECD and CEI funded Programme on the Implementation and follow-up of the Small Business Act (SBA) in the pre-accession region.

IDN is responsible to compile evaluation of the implementation of the Policy and the elaboration of the Small Business Act (SBA) Report for Serbia. The SME Policy Index covers ten policy dimensions of the SBA: Rewarding entrepreneurship and thriving family business; “Second chance” Bankruptcy rules; “Think Small First” principle; Responsive public administration; Adapted Public procurement and State Aid; Timely payments in commercial transactions/Access to Finance; Benefiting from a Single Market; Skills upgrading and innovation; Environment and SMEs and  SMEs and access to markets.

IDN is responsible to map, assess and evaluate the capacity of local actors in Kragujevac region in the following thematic areas: employment and skills development; social inclusion, entrepreneurship and enterprise creation and growth; and social inclusion; as well as in the overarching area of strategy and policy design and delivery. Tasks involve the following activities: A mapping of relevant local stakeholders; Conduction of semi-structured interviews with selected representatives of each actor/actors group; Analysis of the interviews and other relevant information and completion of the indicator grid; Preparation of an evaluation report on local capacity.


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Waste Treatment Solutions for Serbian Meat Producer Sector
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Waste Treatment Solutions for Serbian Meat Producer Sector

Serbian business delegation led by President Tadic, Minister of Trade and Director of Serbian Chamber of Commerce, visited Oslo in early May 2010. During the visit, a business forum and various individual meetings between companies have been organized. Norwegian companies dealing with waste management expressed the interest to develop cooperation with meat processing industry in Serbia.

The Norwegian companies consider Serbia to be a very attractive market for their technology. On the other side, the Serbian meat processing industry is looking for international partners in order to upgrade its waste treatment technology. This project is proposed in order to facilitate follow up of the activities initiated during this event. The overall goalof the project is to contribute to increasing the maturity level of the Serbian meat processing industry and increase competitiveness for better positioning on the international market, in accordance with international requirements within targeted industry.

This is to be achieved through the use of the following instruments

Project partners

The project stakeholders that have interest for resolution of the waste treatment problems in meat industry will be municipalities from the south-east Serbia. As the Consortia member of EEN Serbia, Serbian Chamber of Commerce will also use EEN Serbia, with its strong network among companies. Project stakeholders that have a strong network among Norwegian companies, will be:

The project is funded by the Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade.


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Improved Competitiveness and Innovation – Serbia
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Improved Competitiveness and Innovation – Serbia

The  Improved SME Competitiveness and Innovation Project (ICIP) provides assistance to the Ministry of Economy and Regional Development (MoERD) and the National Agency for Regional Development (NARD). ICIP is a 30 month long project with total value of 3 Million EURO and was launched in May 2010.

The primary purpose of the project is to improve the quality, range and availability of business support services for the SME sector in Serbia and to support a business environment and associated institutional capacity that will foster the development of innovative and competitive SMEs. The SME sector in Serbia employs a million people and this project recognizes the essential role that they will play in the economic prosperity of the country, as well as its regional economic development. In launching ICIP the MOERD reflects the goals of both Small Business Act for Europe to improve business environment for small enterprises and the Strategy EUROPE 2020 for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.

IDN staff will be involved in the assessments and capacity building of Business and Innovation Support Organizations in Serbia. Project homepage: www.icip-serbia.org


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Assessment of NATO Trust Fund Project
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Assessment of NATO Trust Fund Project

Assessment on the economic, security and social impact of the “Project for Assistance to discharged Defense Personnel within the Scope of Defense Sector Reform in Serbia”.

The IDN staff is involved in preparation of the Assessment on the economic, security and social impact of the “Project for Assistance to discharged Defense Personnel within the Scope of Defense Sector Reform in Serbia”. The Project is implemented as “participatory or collaborative evaluation” which implies joint team and close collaboration between the Evaluator and representatives of the stakeholder (IOM project management and project staff).

The Project combines theoretical and practical approach and several methods for measuring impact of the project, i.e. quasi-experimental designs and implicit evaluation designs. Lead Partner is International Organization for Migration and the project funded by NATO Trust Fund. Project homepage: http://www.iomntfserbia.org


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Enterprise Competitiveness and Export Promotion
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Enterprise Competitiveness and Export Promotion

The project “Support to Enterprise Competitiveness and Export Promotion” has an objective to improve the competitiveness of Serbian SMEs through cluster development, supply chain development and internationalisation.

 

The IDN staff is involved in the following project activities

Qualitative mapping of Serbian clusters involves investigating a cluster’s strengths and weaknesses together with its interactions and position in a municipality’s or district’s economy (or the cluster ‘dynamic’) The methodology used is six factor cluster diamond analysis.

Review the Law on Associations to establish structure and identity’ for a cluster. Work with one of the clusters to successfully undertake the ‘cluster registration’ process, assist in the process of establishing the Association of clusters in Serbia, prepare and publish Guidelines for Establishing Clusters in Republic of Serbia, including the process and procedure, comparative analysis and short recommendation if and how to include cluster registration in Company Law.

Partners are International Development Ireland (lead) and SINTEF and with IDN as sub-contractor. The project is initiated and funded by Europaid. Project homepage: http://www.secep.rs/


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Relations

International Organization for Migration
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International Organization for Migration

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

With 146 member states, a further 13 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.

IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management:

IOM activities that cut across these areas include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants’ rights, migration health and the gender dimension of migration.

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People

Anders Stølan: CEO/President
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Anders Stølan: CEO/President

Mr. Stølan holds a M.Sc. degree at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), within technical-economic planning in regional and urban areas. Master thesis focused on Regional and Local Economic Impacts of Petrochemical Industrialization.

Presently he is the President/CEO of International Development Norway. He was a Research Director at SINTEF, one of the largest Scandinavian research institutes , in the period 1997-2003, and 2004-2008, as well as scientist in SINTEF Industrial Management, Economics and Logistics. As a researcher on “commercialization of technology” he was engaged at Surrey Technology Centre, Surrey University, Guildford UK, 2003-2004. He also has experience as assistant professor, Department of Managerial Economic and Operations Research, at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).

Mr. Stølan has extensive international experience in project development management and consulting, local economic development, innovation and trans-national technology transfer. More than 20 years of practice experience in delivering and managing SME innovation and competitiveness actions. In total more than 12 years of experiences in building up and manage research activities in SINTEF and proven competences in terms of R&D and innovation within Norway, Europe and developing countries. Direct access to numerous institutions and networks regarding technology innovation, innovative SMEs, regional development and science and technology policy. Experience in managing projects funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NMFA), EU funded: Framework Programmes, Competitiveness Innovation Programmes (CIP), EEA grants, but also private clients (industry).

Of significant importance is his engagement at the projects with technology transfer and commercialization of technology, innovative solutions in solar energy and their contribution to decentralized robust solutions and job creation (project Technology & Business Cooperation Norway-Uzbekistan), Waste Treatment Solutions (2011-2013 Serbia), Process and Supplier Industry Development based on Natural Gas in Uzbekistan (2010-2011), Local Innovation and Business Development in Bioenergy and Plastic Recycling, Romania (2009-2011¬). In the period 2008-2012 he also provided support in Technological Innovations in Micro Combined Cooling Heating Power Romania (mCCHP Innovation), WEEE Technology Transfer and Promotion between Norway-Poland, as well as Environmental Technology Transfer Mid-Norway Poland and Joint Applied Research and Economic Cooperation between Norway and Kharhov Region.

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  1. Position: CEO/President
  2. Location: Norway
  3. Mobile: +47 92442175 (Norway)
  4. Mobile: +380 987729377 (Ukraine)
  5. E-mail: Anders.Stolan@id-norway.com

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Mila MarinkovicMila Marinkovic: Senior Advisor, Innovation Management
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Mila Marinkovic: Senior Advisor, Innovation Management

She posses Masters in International Economics School of Economics, University of Belgrade 2010, and Executive Masters in International and European Relations & Management Amsterdam School of International Relations, University of Amsterdam. 2003. Present position: Partner, International Development Norway (IDN), Ltd, Trondheim, Norway, Member of the Management Board, Foundation for Management and Industrial Research, Skopje, Macedonia. Expertise in sector analysis and market assessments.

More than 10 years of professional experience in development, management, evaluation and impact analysis of international donor funded projects. Specific experience: Norway, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Armenia, Ukraine, Albania, Kosovo, Afghanistan (deskwork). Experience of conducing SMEs needs analysis, designing, organising and providing trainings related to financial modules. More then 10 years experience of institutional capacity building, designing strategies, operational programmes, actions and instruments for their implementation.


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Tatjana Volarev: Legal Advisor, Business Development
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Tatjana Volarev: Legal Advisor, Business Development

Postgraduate Specialization in International Commercial Contract Law; Thesis for MSC Consumer Protection in preparation; Bar Exam, B. A. in Law. Experience in: international projects and organizations, governmental bodies; project development, consulting; legal framework development and internationalization in SMEE sector; establishing business incubators & clusters; analyzing and drafting of legislation, entrepreneurial training development; institutional & capacity building.

  1. Position: Legal Advisor
  2. Location: Serbia
  3. Mobile: +381 63 229 929
  4. E-mail: Tatjana.Volarev@id-norway.com

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