FEZ development under SMEDA's focus
Within SMEDA’s focus areas, and more specifically SMEDA’s commitment to support the development of clusters, techno parks and Free Economic Zones (FEZ) in Armenia leading to a sustainable economic development of the country, SMEDA has organised the second workshop on FEZ on October 4, 2017 following the initial one held on August 8, 2017.
The workshop focused on FEZ development and the management concept in Armenia in general and outlined a number of specific measures, such as the targeted management principles for FEZ with discussions on required capacities, rules and standards to be developed and adapted in the country. Furthermore, management systems to be adopted by FEZ such as quality management, environmental and occupational health management, service provision, managerial services to be offered by FEZ including advisory training, establishing networking and synergies between the resident companies were highlighted during the workshop. Another important topic was the establishment of knowledge management for FEZ on overall governance regulations and the charter, standardisation of services to companies, coordination between authorities and residents, to name a few.
To suceed with FEZ development through a comprehensive FEZ Management and Development Concept, the stakeholders, represented by the RA Ministry of Economic Development and Investments (MEDI) and managerial staff of the currently operating Free Economic Zones, have started a SWOT analysis at the workshop. The process was guided by SMEDA’s international expert Dr Michael Weber, in order to access the current situation of FEZ in Armenia and to identify future steps to ensure susccessful and sustainable Free Economic Zones in line with international standards.
Moreover, the participants learnt about Hannover Fair 2018 – an excellent opportunity for the Marketing of Armenian FEZ in EU markets, where SMEDA will provide support to Armenian FEZ representatives and SMEs to participate and present business opportunities based on Armenia’s economic and collaboration potential.
Winners of the 2nd cycle of Innovation Matching Grants to be selected soon
The final stage of EU-supported Innovation Matching Grants competition (IMG) will be held on June 29, 2018 from 10:00 to 19:00, at Vanadzor Technology Center (VTC). The 16 shortlisted startups who have undergone the process of pre-selection, excessive trainings and mentorship will participate at the final competition aimed at supporting business development and innovation and will present their innovative ideas to the jury.
FlyFest 2018 - an amazing aircraft show is coming up!
An amazing aircraft show full of speed, colors and breathtaking flight tricks - the FlyFest 2018- is coming up on July st in Gyumri, Armenia, supported by EU through its Support to SME Development in Armenia (EU-SMEDA) projcet. The festival is aiming to promote the expansion and development of model aircraft sports and tourism in the regions of Armenia through modern engineering solutions.
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The first-ever Fashion Forum was held in Yerevan, Armenia from June 2-4, 2018 bringing in fresh re-start and aspiration to the fashion world of Armenia. It united Armenian designers under one roof to exhibit their most sleek, elegant and glamourous sets to the fashion gurus, trend-setters, guests and general public. Truly, dozens of dazzling dresses, layered pieces and stylish outfits were showcased in Aram Khachaturian house-museum created by 50 talented Armenian designers from Armenia and diaspora coming from Germany, France, Lebanon, Syria, Ukraine, US and Russia.
New startup bids to become the most favorite one for the people who feel uneasy at the kitchen and for the gourmets who prefer a variety of tasty meals every day. This application is called Cookmenu, a new venture offering various recipes with the ingredients you have at home.
''This is substantial assistance, especially for the women who are unable to cook anything in the kitchen. This application is for those who are getting married and can’t cook except, for example, fried potatoes. So, we suggest all of them use our application,'' said Narine Manukyan, the founder of Cookmenu.