Bishkek Business Club with the support of the European Union, Sequa, CESVI (International NGO in Tajikistan), NABWT (National Association of Business Women of Tajikistan), NASMB (National Association of Small and Medium Business, Tajikistan) and UCT (Union of Craftsmen of Tajikistan) realizing the NICE-TAK project, which overall objective is to promote private sector development in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and to facilitate the GDP of the two countries to substantially increase from 2016 to 2019.
NICE-TAK will pursue this aim by means of assisting local Business Intermediary Organizations to develop their capacities of supporting the development of SMEs in three key areas: advocacy, services in demand and competitiveness on the domestic and international markets.
The project has a special focus on the competitiveness of the Handicraft Industry in the two countries.
NICE-TAK targets any Business Intermediary Organization in the two Countries with a high potential for reaching out to SMEs and employs BIO role models for peer learning.
Key Activities of the project:
- Develop BIOs capacity of researching their members’ needs and of outlining consistent advocacy strategies aimed at improving the environment for SMEs.
- Set up and run a BIO Academy that offers training workshops, seminars and networking opportunities for BIO staff in 4 locations, 2 in each country.
- Based on a survey carried out among their members unmatched needs for support, BIOs improve existing and develop new services and tools that are in demand.
- NICE-TAK tailors and\or develops service packages and makes them available to many BIOs, with the aim of facilitating the exchange of best practices in SME service delivery among BIOs.
- NICE-TAK, through services provided by handicraft BIOs, helps handicraft SMEs to improve the competitiveness of their products on domestic and international markets.
- Establish, by means of surveys, handicraft BIO and SME needs, and identify, through a sectoral value chain analysis, constraints as well as incentive mechanisms enabling improving competitiveness in this industry.
- Organize annual handicraft fairs in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan and support participation of SMEs and BIOs in international fairs, aimed at diversifying market channels.
- Prepare a handicraft catalogue and develop new collections and designs, aimed at improving products in this industry.