The Asia-Invest Programme 2006-2007 is an initiative by the European Commission to promote and support business co-operation between the EU and Asia. The programme was launched in 1998 and aims to promote the internationalisation of European and Asia small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). For the period 2006-2007 it will continue to support the exchange of experience, networking and matchmaking among European and Asian business organisations to promote the greater integration of European and Asian companies and the transfer of know-how and technology between the two regions.
This is achieved by supporting multilateral partnership projects between intermediary business organisations in the European Union and South Asia, South East Asia and East Asia. With its Asia-wide approach, the programme will serve to bring European and Asian operators together to help them benefit from trade and economic liberalisation. The Commission has provided €20 million to implement a new phase of the Asia-Invest Programme for 2006-2007. This follows previous commitments of €67 million.
View the Asia-Invest 2003-2007 Flyer
The SWITCH programme seeks to enhance the uptake of SCP (Sustainable consuption and production) by working simultaneously on the production and consumption sides, employing a multi-stakeholder approach with strong and intensive working relationships with SMEs, building upon existing structures and networks, and by scaling up results achieved in earlier projects. Projects will have to actively disseminate their results and facilitate exchange of good practices, and will be supported in this task by the SWITCH programme Network Facility.
Tripack – EU Asia Invest supported project
TRIPAK is a project that brings together three countries, three regions and the Chambers of Commerce from Birmingham (UK), Coventry (UK), Karachi (Pakistan), and Naples (Italy).
The TRIPAK project objectives are focused on developing organisational capacity, organisational management and information structures, the development of knowledge-led communication tools and the promotion of SME based trading cultures and opportunities between the three regions.
TRIPAK is working with a number of stakeholders and multipliers in each of the three regions to disseminate and share our experiences more widely in the community. It is through sharing our knowledge, experiences and understanding with others that we can contribute to economic growth, prosperity and future competitiveness.
DOD – Designed on diversification
The objective of the project is to enable the Bangladesh Women’s Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BWCCI) and the Silk Association of Nepal (SAN) to help Bangladeshi and Nepali SMEs to increase and diversify their levels of international trade. The longer-term objective of this project is to enable women entrepreneurs and silk sector businesses to develop, diversify and market their products in a manner which is likely to be more attractive for an international audience whilst helping to ensure the longer-term sustainability of their undertakings.
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