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Sectors: Co-op & Development, Economy - Finances, Employment

Beneficiaries: SMEs

Regions: Africa-Carribean-Pacific, Asia, Candidate countries, European Economic Area, European Union

Category: Call for proposals


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Responsible: European commission


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This call for proposals aims to support the private sector and civil society in delivering business development services to existing and new MSMEs engaged in innovative and creative economic activities, leading to improved economic performance of these MSMEs; support the strengthening of public private dialogue and dialogue mechanisms on MSME related topics; support non-governmental stakeholders in developing their analytical capacity on business environment issues, particularly MSME related issues. 

Priorities and funded actions:

– Support the growth, productivity and competitiveness of existing MSMEs in the the manufacturing and  traded services sectors, upgrading their capacities and strengthening their value chains, thus allowing for their increased participation in the local and national markets generating more Egyptian added value and contributing to employment growth;
– Contribute to promoting a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship for employment generation and social cohesion in Egypt, improving access to BDS and fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship;
– Contribute to greater coordination between the stakeholders involved in policy and regulatory reforms relevant for MSME development, strengthening the capacity of business membership organisations and other representative bodies to participate in public-private policy dialogue on MSME related topics in a comprehensive and representative manner;
– Support non-governmental stakeholders; such as representative organisations of MSME’s, academic research institutes and think tanks working on business reform issues.

Among financed actions
– Provision of enhanced Business Development Services (BDS) that increase the competitiveness and productivity of existing MSMEs;
– Enable dialogue on legislative and regulatory reform in relation with a specific sector or topic;
– Economic analysis with a view of contributing to evidence based advocacy in SME related public policy making processes.