Bizprotect platform officially introduced
The official presentation of the Bizprotect platform aimed at announcing about the unique tool developed for the Armenian small and medium businesses (SME) to help them protect their rights against all kinds of violations, corruption risks and unfair treatment they may encounter during their business operations. The mistreatment that SMEs face is not an uncommon practice in Armenia, and SMEDA has commissioned a Consortium comprising of the Union of Information Technology Enterprises, Armenian Lawyers' Association and European Business Association to undertake the initiative of establishing an unprecedented evidence-based advocacy platform for Armenian SMEs.
SMEDA believes that this tool will enable SMEs to become stronger and feel more protected. As the platform is being used slowly but steadily after being launched in April 2017, a number of reported cases were successfully followed up by the Consortium members. This shows a great promise for further expansion and application by SMEs, mentioned Eva Naeher, SMEDA Team Leader.
Stanislav Toshkov representing the EU Delegation at the event, stated that EU wants to see a strong private sector and highly welcomes this initiative and is keen to learn more on the successful cases resolved through the platform.
The audience representing Armenian BMOs and BSOs, public and private sector were presented the website bizprotect.am, and the steps for anonymous reporting and following the complaints and cases.
Aiming to disseminate and showcase the practical use of the platform, SMEDA has produced a film, which was displayed at the event. The film encourages Armenian SMEs to widely use the platform and protect their rights. It further shows how it could be achieved through featured cases of small businesses
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