International Seminar on Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s)

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
February 23, 2000

At the beginning of next week (27-29 February 2000), Israel will host an international training seminar on the subject of small and medium enterprises. The seminar is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Department for Economic Affairs) and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE). The seminar is being organized by the Israel Export Institute and the Small Enterprises Authority, and will be held at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv.

The economic cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the ECE began last year at a meeting between the Deputy Director General of Economic Affairs, Victor Harel, and the Secretary General of the ECE in Geneva. One of the goals of the ECE is to broaden the scope of its activities, until now concentrated in Europe, to include economic cooperation among the countries of the Mediterranean basin.

Participating in the event, which will be opened by the Minister for Industry and Trade, Mr. Ron Cohen, will be senior Government officials and experts in business policy and development from 15 countries: Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovania. Israel’s top experts in the public and private sectors will also be represented.

The seminar will include three days of discussions, lectures and professional tours, and will focus on the subject of governmental and organizational support and other types of assistance available to small and medium enterprises.