Anush Wijesinha wrote this post for the Daily Mirror Business of 10th June 2015, under the ‘Smart Future’ weekly series column that advances ideas on competitiveness, innovation, and economic reforms. Expanding Business Development Services to Tackle Inherent Weaknesses of SMEs.
LIVINGSTONE, Zambia, March 14, 2013/ — “Africa is the last bastion for business globally and, over the next few years, will prove its potential as a stable, lucrative continent for international commerce.” These are the words of Ken Allen, Chief Executive Officer of global express and logistics provider, DHL Express. Allen is in Sub-Saharan Africa… Read More Global DHL CEO optimistic about Africa’s potential
Conference: Inspiring Clusters in the Beginning of the New Decade, 30-31 March 2011. The Competitiveness Institute European Regional Conference on Inspiring Clusters in the Beginning of the New Decade, which will take place on 30-31 March 2011 in Tallinn, Estonia. TCI European regional conference in 2011 will focus on how to improve the Cluster policies… Read More Conference: Inspiring Clusters in the Beginning of the New Decade, 30-31 March 2011
The European Commission issued its Annual Report on Competition Policy for 2008. The report provides a summary of the most important developments with regards to EU competition policy and focuses on major enforcement actions. Furthermore, the ways in which tools of competition policy have been applied to combat the financial crisis are outlined and the… Read More EU Commission report on European competitiveness
The fourth phase of AL-INVEST, financed by the European Commission, aims at supporting the internationalisation of Latin American SMEs in collaboration with their European partners in order to contribute to reinforce social cohesion in the region. Unlike the previous phases, the fourth phase of the AL-INVEST (2009-2012) is implemented through three groups of business organisations… Read More AL-INVEST IV: A bridge between EU and Latin American SMEs
EU standardisation policy should focus more on product innovation and competitiveness, the European commission argued on Tuesday in a new policy paper. Standards and technical harmonisation can help speed-up the uptake of environmental technologies and liberalise trade in rapidly-growing markets, it said. The commission’s policy paper outlines actions for a more market-led standardisation policy. Current… Read More Standardisation should focus more on innovation
European Commission Vice President Gunter Verheugen launched Enterprise Europe Network, a new and powerful European support network for enterprises. All major players of the business support community in Europe have united to offer a one-stop service to assist especially small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to develop their full potential and innovative capacity. With more… Read More EC Vice President Verheugen launches Enterprise Europe Network
This GTZ-manual provides an encompassing and concise overview of methods and instruments of cluster management. It was developed in Croatia commissioned by the GTZ and financed by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). It is, however, not only applicable to Croatia and to other transformation countries, but by all means suitable for… Read More Cluster Management: A Practical Guide, by GTZ