Project Title Strengthening the SME Sector in the cross-border region
Type of Contract/Category Grant contract
IPA Component


IPA 1 (2007-2013), Cross border Cooperation Programme: Republic of North Macedonia – Republic of Albania

2nd call for proposals

Measure 1.1 Economic development


Functional Lead Partner, Lead partner and partners Functional Lead Partner: Regional Development Agency Korca, AL

Lead Partner: Foundation for SME development Regional Enterprises Support Centre Bitola, MK

Sector of intervention: Employment Competitiveness, capacity building of the SME from the tourism sector.
Action location/s AL – Korca

MK –Southwest and Pelagonija

Project aim & Objective: Increasing the competitiveness and capacity building of the enterprises from the tourism sector; Reducing the unemployment rate of the younger population in the cross-border regions; Strengthening the institutional infrastructure; Establishment of public-private dialogue for improving the local economic development.
Results: interviews conducted; summary and final reports; trainings for SMEs, and consultants; modules for unemployed persons organize; B2U match making events; reduction of the unemployment rate; study tour to AL and MK; SMEs in AL and BSO network visited; policy documents; fair organized; people visited the fair.
Facts & Figures The key facts & figures relevant to the project:

Project duration: 18 months

Total Project Budget for the grant beneficiary in MK: € 114.188,50
Total Project Budget for the grant beneficiary in AL: € 88,761.00