In the truth of these words we've fully convinced by our own experience.
When our stable and successful world was suddenly destroyed, when we needed incredible efforts even to simply “survive”, when it was almost impossible to cope with our problems - it was more than ever necessary to get the support of our friends, who were glad with our successes and helped us to overcome difficult times.
The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Ukraine became such a friend for us.
Projects implemented with the help of UNDP proved to be vital for our region.
Donetsk CCI and UNDP have done a lot together. And we have many plans for the future in which we believe!
Our acquaintance took place in Kramatorsk (where Donetsk CCI "moved" in August 2014) on July 9, 2015, when the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a presentation of new UNDP initiatives and programs in Ukraine for local business communities with the support of the Government of Japan - "Restoration of the Donbas economy for development of small and medium-sized enterprises and partnership between the public and private sectors: Modern ideas and opportunities. "
The presentation was attended by UNDP Director in Ukraine Janthomas Hiemstra, President of the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Gennady Chizhikov, President of the Donetsk CCI Elvira Sevostianenko, the UNDP Donbass Economic and Social Reconstruction Project Coordinator Mustafa Sait-Ametov, representatives of business, government and non-governmental organizations of the Donetsk region.
Cooperation within the framework of the project "Strengthening of business associations of small and medium enterprises"
The main task of the UNDP project "Strengthening of Small and Medium Business Associations" is the active dissemination of best practices among experienced and new business associations.
The project "Strengthening of Business Unions of Small and Medium Enterprises" is being implemented by the United Nations Development Program in cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine and with the financial support of the State Secretariat of Switzerland for Economic Affairs (SECO).
The project document "Strengthening of business associations of small and medium enterprises" was signed on August 27, 2015, and Vice-President of Donetsk CCI Maxim Anufriyev took part in the Conference "Strengthening of Small and Medium Enterprises Business Associations" within the framework of IV Forum of Civil Society Development on November, 20.
On December 9-10, 2015 with the active support of UNDP Donetsk CCI organized the XI International Economic Forum "Discover Donbas" and the National Scientific and Practical Conference "Modern Innovative Mechanisms of Business and Development Support", within the framework of which a Roundtable was held to discuss the new draft law "On state support for the development of small and medium enterprises in Ukraine ".
On February 5, 2016, the Memorandum on the Interaction of Donetsk CCI and UNDP on the implementation of the UNDP project "Strengthening of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses" was signed. This opened up new opportunities for the development of the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce through the donor assistance of the UNDP project.
On May 25-27, 2016, the representatives of the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry took an active part in the International Business Conference "Formation of a New Economy for the Donbas: Export-Oriented Small and Medium-sized Enterprises", organized by UNDP in Kramatorsk.
From April to June 2016 within the framework of the project, Donetsk CCI specialists trained in: Fundraising for Business Associations, "Business Associations' Management and Internal Policies", "Legislative Regulation of Membership in Business Associations and Changes to their Founders documents "," Advocacy activity and non-profit lobbying ".
On July 20, the Memorandum of Cooperation between Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Club of Businessmen (Lviv) was signed , and a joint business meeting "Export Opportunities: Practical Recommendations and Experiences" was held, there experts from the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry held export training "Marketing Issues and Contractual Law » for businessmen of Lviv region https://www.facebook.com/pg/bc.club.ua/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1099507166803412
"Thanks to the UNDP project, we learned about the activities of the League of Business and Professional Women of Ukraine, got acquainted with her work and grateful for the new concept that they are familiar with today - she really deserves respect and is very impressive,"- a Vice-President of the Donetsk CCI Olena Politik said at the IV Forum of Business and Professional Women of Ukraine, which took place on the 20th of October in Chernihiv(https://www.facebook.com/Donetskcci/posts/1358404957517965 )
On November 30, Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry actively participated in the 2nd Conference "Strengthening Small and Medium Enterprises Business Associations" in the frame of V Civil Society Development Forum. (https://www.facebook.com/Donetskcci/posts/1408833795808414)
Specialists of the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry have been trained in trainings and seminars: "State regulatory instruments: M-test and regulatory impact analysis", "Data processing, monitoring and evaluation for BMOs", "Principles of state policy analysis, preparation of documents for analysis of public policy and public consultations "," Educational program for the leaders of selected BMOs".
On December 16, 2016, the top managers of the Donetsk CCI began training at a leading Ukrainian business school - KMBS for a specially developed program for business associations leaders. The main task of learning is a new strategy for CCI that combines the experience of a service organization (BSO) with the unique capabilities of a membership business association (BMO). This will allow the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce to become a universal regional business development platform.
The leaders of the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry took part in the kmbs meeting points: with Alexander Starodubtsev to discuss the theme of the Prozorro Procurement System, with Olesya Drakasbuka to discuss the topic "Avant-garde Ukraine", with Mykola Gordiychuk to discuss the topic "Active Business Association Idea".
Vice-President of Donetsk CCI Maxim Anufriyev took part in the business breakfast of representatives of small and medium businesses with Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic integration Ivanna Klimpush-Tsintsadze. (https://www.facebook.com/Donetskcci/posts/1440834185941708)
Specialists of Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry have been trained in trainings and seminars: "Educational Program for Leaders of Selected BO Modules №2-8", "Data Work for Small and Medium Business Unions"
(https://www.facebook.com/Donetskcci/photos/a.464310673594069.107807.461338703891266/1521091611249298/?type=3), "Marketing and Promotion Services", "Mediation Training", "Small and Medium Enterprise Management System" , "SME-test as a tool for analyzing the possible implications of legislative proposals for SMEs".
The leaders of the Donetsk CCI took part in the kmbs meeting points of the meetings: with Alexander Chernykh to discuss the topic "Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine"; with Paul Gaidai to discuss the topic "Features of the conduct of the auto-logistic business in Ukraine"; with Volodymyr Krutyk to discuss the topic "Transformational changes in business"; with Vakhtang Kebuladze to discuss the topic "Good society, education and common sense"; with Natalia Zhevago "Education in the humanities: business and art"; with Noel Calhoun, "On the Migration Process: The Role of Business Associations in the Integration of Refugees and Displaced Persons"; with Vakhtang Kipiani "Values, Identity, Facts: The Role of National Persons"; with Oleksiy Skrypnyk to discuss the interaction of government, science and business in the context of the 4th Industrial Revolution; with Vladislav Skalsky to discuss urban transformations.
Donetsk CCI took an active part in organizing of the "East-Expo 2017" exhibition in Kramatorsk. (https://www.facebook.com/Donetskcci/posts/1571376852887440)
On March 15, 2017, the first meeting of the Committee on Female Entrepreneurship Development of Donetsk CCI was held. The Committee was created on the initiative and with the support of the UNDP project "Strengthening of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses" (https://www.facebook.com/Donetskcci/posts/1565526370139155).
On April 14, 2017, a training module from the KMBS on project management was conducted specifically for the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry. All the staff of the Chamber received training and practical skills in working with the organization's resource management software in several parallel projects. As a result of the first successful experience in applying project management approaches, the Presidium of Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry decided to create a Project Office in the structure of the Chamber.
Specialists of the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry have been trained in trainings and seminars: "Marketing, PR, internal and external communications for BO Module №2" (https://www.facebook.com/Donetskcci/posts/1703794426312348); Financial management training; Public-Private Dialogue; "Website Promotion for Small and Medium Enterprises"; "Educational program for leaders of selected BO. Module №9"; "Let's Buy Together"; "Mentoring in the organization". (https://www.facebook.com/Donetskcci/photos/a.464310673594069.107807.461338703891266/1747827395242384/?type=3)
The Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry took part in kmbs meeting points: meeting with Lesia Khomenko to discuss business art; with Mary Hakobyan to discuss the transformation of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine: from the post-Soviet punitive body to the modern structure with the "serve and protect" mission.
Donetsk CCI signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Public Association "Interregional Union of Poultry and Fodder Producers of Ukraine" during a session with the Board of Directors of the NGO "Interregional Union of Poultry and Forage Producers of Ukraine". (https://www.facebook.com/Donetskcci/posts/1736641103027680)
Representatives of the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry took part in the Strategic Session with the Board of the League of Business and Professional Women of Ukraine.
President of Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry Elvira Sevostianenko spoke at the on-line conference "Integrated PR and Positioning" (https://www.facebook.com/Donetskcci/posts/1762642243760899)
During the "Discover Dn.Ua" International Economic Forum the project contributed to the discussion of issues related to the development of small and medium-sized businesses and the role of business associations. (https://www.facebook.com/Donetskcci/photos/a.464310673594069.107807.461338703891266/1826769084014881/?type=3)
During the "Business4Women" Business Forum organized by the Donetsk CCI the coordinator of the UNDP project "Strengthening of SME Business Organizarions" Vladlen Sysun was the moderator of a session of the Forum and the "Opportunities and Challenges on the Way of Entrepreneurial Activity of Women" discussion panel concerning the role of business associations in the development of female entrepreneurship. (https://www.facebook.com/events/180965339128989/?active_tab=discussion)
The nine-month training program at KMBS was completed, it allowed the Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry to build a client line in a new way, to understand the needs and motives of different groups of active and potential members, to see the possibilities of building a whole regional Chamber ecosystem. We attract to this ecosystem and invite all cooperative associations of entrepreneurs, initiative groups to cooperate. We share all the knowledge and experience gained and are ready to work as a team for the development of the region.
The Donetsk Chamber of Commerce and Industry leaders took part in the Conference "Strengthening Small and Medium Enterprises Business Associations" within the VI Civil Society Development Forum (https://www.facebook.com/Donetskcci/videos/1856856797672776/).
Representatives of Donetsk CCI took part in the training program "Public-Private Dialogue" (Modules 1-2).
* All educational materials of the UNDP Project "Strengthening Small and Medium-Sized Businesses" are free and constantly available to everyone on YouTube and in the section "Academy of Business Associations" from UNDP on the website of the National Platform of SMEs.