12 - 13 June 2018 International Association "Eurostrategy" organized in Odessa a business workshop "Cooperation with Germany. Myths and Reality" within the framework of the GIZ program "Fit for Partnership with Germany" under the program of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy of Germany. The workshop became an event within the framework of the development of the partnership of the GIZ Program in Ukraine and the "Eurostrategy", which opens new opportunities for supporting the business and activity of the enterprises of Odessa and the region.
The event was attended by heads of small and medium-sized businesses in Odessa, which are successfully developing in agrarian, waste-processing, construction, biotechnology and other spheres. During the event, participants expressed interest to participate in a 4-week business session in Germany, with the aim of expanding and establishing partnerships with German enterprises.
The main speakers were head of the project office programme by the Federal Ministry of economy and energy of Germany Svetlana Shepashenko and expert project Evgeny Klisenko.
Svetlana Shepashenko presented the program and described the basic forms of cooperation in 2018, told about the peculiarities of the questionnaire and interviews, the procedure of forming groups for the business sessions in Germany. Evgeny Klisenko spoke about the intricacies of doing business with German partners and the existing barriers to entry into the German market.
The business workshop was held in an interactive format using a variety of practical and team tasks, which created all the necessary prerequisites for active discussions and discussions by the participants. Odessa entrepreneurs presented their projects and ideas on cooperation with German partners in the framework of the “Fit for Partnership with Germany” program, and also received consultations and preliminary recommendations from GIZ representatives regarding further actions in the development of mutually beneficial partnership with German enterprises.
Next autumn IA "Eurostrategy" in cooperation with GIZ is planning to hold a series of business games aimed at development and cooperation of business with Germany, Europe.