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The EBRD and the EU provide the opportunity for SMEs in the regions to obtain development tools through public procurement

On May 17, 2018 in Kramatorsk, the Round table “Public Procurement for SMEs: lifehacks for Development” was held. It was organized by the Kramatorsk Business Support Center, which was founded on the basis of the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the support of the EBRD within the framework of the EU4Business initiative.

The event was attended by owners, executives, sales specialists, marketers and lawyers of micro, small and medium businesses of various sectors of economic activity in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, who received algorithms for monitoring the market, finding their "tenders, analyzing the bidding customers, preparing a successful bidding, winning bidding and SME rights protection.

During an open dialogue with experts in the field of public procurement, the Round table participants discussed the possibilities of opening new markets and the benefits of strengthening the positions of SMEs through participation in public procurement, development of partnership and creation of a sound competitive environment in the field of public procurement.

"Many thanks to the organizers of the event for the opportunity to communicate with each other,"- an expert on monitoring public procurement of the Donetsk Regional State Administration's Department of Economics Igor Starolatka said. He told about the BI module and cited the indicators of successful purchases of the region in 2017, in particular 60.8 thousand procedures were carried out, and the economy amounted to 741.63 million UAH.

Svetlana Panova, an entrepreneur, shared her story of success with the system of Prozorro. "I have been working with Prozorro since 2015, I have already participated in 64 tenders, winning 53% of them. Thanks to Prozorro, the number of our customers increases. In July we will open 2 more stores in Kramatorsk, creating 12 new jobs".

Head of Regulatory Division of the Department for Public Procurement Regulation of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Anna Bezpalova, independent expert on public procurement Tetyana Kolisnyk, Director of the State Enterprise "ProZorro" Vasyl Zadvorny, project manager of the “Transparency International Ukraine” Innovation Program Sergey Pavlyuk and Initiative Coordinator of "Anticorruption Monitor" and Director of Development of the Bureau of Credit Histories "Ukrainian Credit Bureau" Dmitry Ostapchuk during the "battle" of the experts discussed new opportunities for SMEs in the field of public procurement in 2018.

In addition, the participants of the event were able to work in small groups with experts in the World Cafe format on the topic "Make Lacks the Benefits." Participants were able to receive expert answers to their questions during the Q & A session.

In general, the round table provided opportunities for representatives of small and medium-sized businesses by highlighting their expectations and problems, their public discussion with representatives of the legislative, technical, protective and monitoring spheres of public procurement to get answers to their expectations, to master the algorithms of actions in specific situations and to realize their equal rights and opportunities.

The event became a platform for discussing the current status, opportunities and benefits of electronic public procurement for SMEs in the region, SME issues and problems in bidding, developing algorithms for market monitoring, searching for "their" tenders, analysis of bidding clients, contract risks, preparation of a successful bidding, facilitating work in the public procurement system through IT upgrades in 2018, defining a strategy for winning an auction, defending the rights of SMEs through appeals, legislative changes in 2018.
* The EBRD and the EU help small and medium-sized businesses become more competitive both within Ukraine and internationally. The EBRD provides access to finance for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as access to consulting support, providing business growth tools. The European Union and the EU4Business Initiative help the Ukrainian private sector and small and medium-sized businesses to seize the opportunities for a deep and comprehensive free trade area by increasing their competitiveness and export potential.