Promoting Stronger and Independent BMOs in Armenia

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12-07-2017

Promoting Stronger and Independent BMOs in Armenia

On July 12, 2017 SMEDA hosted a Round Table for representatives of Business Membership Organisations (BMOs) to present the final report on the mapping of BMO in Armenia conducted for SMEDA, Support to SME Development in Armenia Project. 

The report was produced by ADWISE Business and Legal Consulting LLC with contributions by sequa gGmbH. The report maps the BMO in Armenia, with a thorough SWOT analyses, revealing of the current challenges and needs for improvement to better represent small and medium sized enterprises in Armenia.

A presentation was delivered by the experts who guided the invited BMO representatives through the overall process of the mapping starting from an explanation of the current situation and an environmental assessment in general, the used methodology, stocktaking of BMOs, the SWOT analyses of the sector, an assessment of the sustainability, capacities and service qualities of BMOs. In addition, the invited BMOs had a chance to learn about the international best practices from an international expert from sequa gGmbH, who presented the status and service delivery of BMOs in Germany and Western countries and provided a comparative analysis of Armenian BMOs in the international and developing countries context. Then, recommendations were offered to remedy the challenges and weaknesses of BMOs in Armenia such as the creation of BMO platforms, modification of organisational structures and a more active member engagement, needs assessment of members, introduction of new services, strengthening of lobbying services, etc.

The meeting was followed by a discussion and exchange on next steps and in that respect SMEDA’s team leader Eva Naeher stated that SMEDA is committed to strengthen the BMO sector in Armenia and has been already supporting two BMO consortia respectively (with the www.bizprotect.am web portal already launched and functional and www.palat.am as a project underway). SMEDA will follow up with recommendations by consultants and the concerns raised by the present BMOs. SMEDA further encourages the BMOs not to depend on donors and grants but rather to look for innovative solutions and increase their membership by offering more attractive and better tailored services to SMEs. It was recommended also to consider joining of forces and establishing a stronger commitment for BMOs in Armenia.

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