AGRO-START :: Transnational Conference for SME Business Support Services in the Animal Breeding and Horticulture Sectors

Agro-Start Conference:Transnational Conference for SME Business Support Services in the Animal Breeding and Horticulture Sectors will take place on 14th of November at  Sofia, Bulgaria. The event will be an opportunity for beneficial interaction between industry experts, business support organization and services providing companies that assist the SMEs operating in animal breeding and horticulture sectors and their potential customers from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Romania and Slovenia. The event is organised by Bulgaria Economic Forum-one of the 12 partners of AGRO-START project.

Key topics in the program

  • Agriculture: Encouraging the Development of SMEs in the Animal Breeding and Horticulture Sectors
  • Presentation of the International Database with Products and Services Suppliers for SMЕs in the Animal Breeding and Horticulture Sectors

  • Presentation of Business Practices and Cases in the Region in the Animal Breeding and the Horticulture Sectors. Trends and Needs in the Provision of Business Support Services for SMEs in the Animal Breeding and the Horticulture Sectors

Invited speakers:

  • Officials from the Ministries of Agriculture, Agencies for SMEs and bodies responsible for the national rural development programmes from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia
  • Representatives of good practices in the animal breeding and horticulture sectors.

 Benefits for the participants at the conference:

  • Making of new business contacts and partnerships among participants from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Romania and Slovenia
  • Taking part in the discussions on trends and needs in the provision of business support services for SMEs in the horticulture and animal breeding sector
  • Gaining new experience from best practices and cases fromSME Business Support Services in the animal breeding and horticulture sectors

Participants’ Profile: Business support organizations and service companies that provide assistance to SMEs of the SEE economic area active in the horticulture and animal breeding sector, including Business associations; Chambers of Commerce; Trade Promotion Organisations and other public and private agencies; Consultants; Trade unions; NGOs; workers’ and employers’ federations and all other relevant stakeholders, as well as SMEs in the horticulture and animal breeding sectors from Albania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Romania, Slovenia.

The conference is organized under project AGRO-START - Transnational network for SME support in the animal breeding and horticulture sector, co-financed by EU through South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme. The main objective of the project is to increase the SMEs competitiveness and promote and facilitate innovative entrepreneurship by giving answer to the need of a specific support services for SMEs in the horticulture and animal breeding sector that adapts an integrated transnational approach.

 

Program:

        Time                  Session                                                                                                                                                                   
11:45-12:30

Opening SessionAgriculture: Encouraging the Development of SMEs in the Animal Breeding and Horticulture Sectors

Speakers:

Ms. Atidzhe Alieva-Veli, Deputy Executive DirectorState Fund Agriculture, Bulgaria

Mr. Igor Zlatkov, Director, National Extension AgencyFYROM

Mr. George Gkekas, International Business Development Manager, Founder of Fooditerranean PCGreece

Ms. Biljana Petrovska-Mitrevska, Communication Officer of AGRO-START Project

ModeratorMs. Christina Zlatanova, Administrative Director, Bulgaria Economic Forum 

 12:30-13:00  Press Conference   
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:15

Presentation of the Transnational Database with Products and Services Suppliers for SMЕs in

the Animal Breeding and Horticulture Sectors

Speaker:  Ms. Christina Zlatanova, Administrative Director, Bulgaria Economic Forum                 

 14:15-15:15

Presentation of Business Practices and Cases in the Animal Breeding and Horticulture Sectors.

Trends and Needs in the Provision of Business Support Services for SMEs in the Sectors. (Part I)

Speakers:

Mr. Evtim Stefanov, Executive Director, Regional Development Agency and Business Centre – Vidin, Bulgaria

Mr. Simone Mangoni, CEO, TelematicaItalia, Italy

Mr.Svetozar Kavardjiev, Manager, Agroproject SM, Bulgaria

Mr. George Gkekas, International Business Development Manager, Founder of Fooditerranean PCGreece

Moderator: Mr. Adolfo Colagiovanni, Project Coordinator, University of Molise, Italy 

15:15-15:30 Coffee-break   
15:30-17:00

Presentation of Business Practices and Cases in the Animal Breeding and Horticulture Sectors.

Trends and Needs in the Provision of Business Support Services for SMEs in the Sectors. (Part II)

Speakers:

Prof. Mariyana Ivanova, Vice-Rector, Universityof Agribusinessand Rural Development, Bulgaria

Mr. Goce Dzurovski, Head of Department for Services, FFRM, FYROM

Ms. IvanaDimitrijevicSenior ConsultantDataLAB MK d.o.o., FYROM

Phd. Gianfranco BrusaporciExpertLugoNextLab, Italy

Dr.  Francesco Di LuciaAgronomistSunchem Holding, Italy

Moderator: Mr. Adolfo Colagiovanni, Project Coordinator, University of Molise, Italy