Study on institutional development needs of Associations targeting Cross-River Business Cooperation and Economic Development

Sector: Business

Implemented by: National consultants on Cross-River Business Cooperation and Economic Development  Georgeta Mincu and Ana Micolisina

Budget: 15,730 €

Duration: May 2015 – December 2015

Beneficiaries: business associations, business communities, small and medium-sized enterprises, analysts, researchers, practitioners from both banks of the Nistru river

Short description: Assess the opportunities and services available for business communities on both banks of the Nistru River and analyse the needs of Business Associations related to their organisational development, capacities for B2B and cross-river cooperation, as well as their ability to network and share knowledge, experience and best practices.

Results: A research study examining the state of cross-river B2B activity and business cooperation at the level of associations and Chambers of Commerce, an assessment of business cooperation and economic development needs has been carried out;

• Field research has been conducted through interviews and online survey with business actors and business associations, as well as other stakeholders on both banks, including previous and current partners and beneficiaries of the Programme;

• A mapping and detailed analysis of key partners and projects has been outlined to identify existing interaction platforms and patterns, partnership opportunities, as well as cross-cutting constraints and bottlenecks in promoting cross-river cooperation and development;

• A Roadmap on institutional development support to business associations has been elaborated to strengthen cross-river cooperation and ensure a permanent cross-river economic dialogue;

 • Three Project initiatives for more than 5 activities on providing targeted institutional development and support to business cooperation networks and platforms have been elaborated: a. Terms of Reference on cooperation and organizational development support for business associations on both banks of the Nistru river; b. Terms of Reference on Strengthening B2B Cooperation through Business Platforms on both banks of the Nistru river; c. Terms of Reference on competitiveness of the developing companies by understanding needed quality improvements and understanding target market demand.