Two well-attended information sessions, one in Malta and another in Gozo, provided local stakeholders with an overview of the European Commission's Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the range of opportunities available through the programme.
More than 15 companies keen to export their products and services were assisted by Malta Enterprise to explore commercial opportunities in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
The European Union's (EU) Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) aims to encourage the competitiveness of European enterprises. It is managed by the European Commission and is one of the EU's centralised competitive funding programme.
Twelve business support organisations working with young SMEs around Europe are meeting in Malta as part of the Young SMEs Project, a pan-European initiative targeted at SMEs in their business consolidation period between the third and fifth year of operations.
Building up on its success in assisting more than 2,000 students with over €7.7 million in tax credits, the Get Qualified scheme administered by Malta Enterprise is being expanded to support students and other individuals obtain qualifications required by a wider range of industries.
Malta's efforts to accelerate the development of the digital media cluster and the initiatives being taken to create an environment that helps in the growth of this industry were highlighted during the Digital Media in Malta 2 conference organised by Malta Enterprise.
Around 20 local entrepreneurs participated in a training seminar focusing on export-related issues organised by Malta Enterprise as part of the programme of activities for the European SME week.
A number of companies which participated in business events organised by Malta Enterprise in Hamburg and Stuttgart are planning fact finding visits to Malta with the intention of learning more about the several German companies which have set up and are operating successfully in the country.
Eight Maltese companies have been assisted by Malta Enterprise to participate in the SIAL Food Fair, one of the major international events within the food and beverage industry which is held on a biennial basis in Paris, France.