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PRIORITY 1 - Increasing competitiveness of the border area

Creating cross-platform Biznestrans promoting and supporting cooperation between business and academic institutions in the direction of better links

Lead PartnerPope John Paul II State School of Higher Education (Poland)

Partnership A.S. Pushkin Brest State University (Belarus)

Total budget162 982.49 €

Programme Contribution146 684.24 €

Duration24 months

Measure1.1. Better conditions for entrepreneurship

Project ref. numberIPBU.01.01.00-06-717/11

The bottom-up initiative of the higher education institutions from Biała Podlaska and Brest meets the needs and expectations of Polish and Belarusian entrepreneurs operating in the border areas. The measures taken in the framework of a joint project will enable the entrepreneurs to establish cooperation with foreign partners, and local authorities to encourage residents to undertake economic activities.
Tightening of the Polish-Belarusian border after Poland's accession to the European Union and the lack of agreement on local border traffic have caused a decrease in economic exchanges and contacts between companies, higher education institutions and local governments in the neighbouring areas. The entrepreneurs mainly lack information about potential partners in business and business environment on both sides of the border. They also expect support to promote their companies and products, without which it is difficult for them to enter the market in foreign countries. However, until now there have been not only readily available sources of such information, e.g. in the form of guides and websites, but also the statistical database regarding the number and profile of the companies.
In the first stage of the project implementation, experts from both institutions conducted a survey of 200 entrepreneurs and 60 business environment institutions in the areas covered by the project in order to identify the knowledge and attitudes of the entrepreneurs in the field of cooperation with foreign partners. The report based on the surveys constitutes the basis for the preparation of ‘Cross-border guide for entrepreneurs', containing the information on how to establish and run economic activity on both sides of the border.
The guide will be available in Polish, Belarusian and English on Biznestrans.pl portal. It is one of the elements of cross-border cooperation platform, created by the project partners. It promotes the project and, at the same time, the companies interested in establishing international contacts. It includes trade and investment deals, presentations of companies, general information regarding the conduct of business economic activity in Poland and Belarus, useful addresses, news about current events and changes in regulations.

The second element of the platform is the Entrepreneur's Service Centre, acting in both institutions. The task of the Centre is widely understood substantive assistance in the conduct of business, including information on planned and ongoing investments in the border areas, formal and legal requirements to potential investors, characteristics of the local government units - the arrangement of particular issues related to the planned investment intention, organising consultative meetings with entrepreneurs, cooperation with labour market institutions and other entities supporting entrepreneurship, analysis of interests of entrepreneurs and investors in the planned investment.
Both elements of cross-border cooperation platform are permanent - they will operate after the completion of the project and stimulate the economic development of border regions.