On May 15, 2018, in Pogradec, the Italian-Albanian Program for the Development of Albanian SMEs, in close cooperation with the Albanian Investment Development Agency - AIDA and RDA developed the activity on the topic: “Enhancing access to finances - Financial instruments and programs supporting the Albanian SMEs” The meeting was attended by about 40 small and medium-sized enterprises from Pogradec region, as well as by representatives from private commercial banks and business associations. During this activity, the experts discussed on different opportunities to support the local business through funding schemes.
During this activity, the PMU experts addressed issues related to the opportunities, conditions and the path to be followed by the SMEs in order to benefit from the financial opportunities, provided for their development, by PRODAPS and IASME Program. Experts from AIDA presented the services provided by the agency regarding grants schemes, where they highlighted the support to businesses, particularly to SMEs, to enhance their capacities and to access international markets. Experts also did,a presentation on the Enterprise Europe Network, where the services and functions provided by this network were presented as a good opportunity for the Albanian SMEs to find strategic partners and to expand into new markets. The information workshops organised by PRODAPS & IASME will continue to be held on other districts of Albania.