The Enterprise Europe Network unit with Malta Enterprise hosted a business breakfast for local entrepreneurs to introduce them to two EU-funded programmes which assist companies in their export efforts to Japan and South Korea.
Whilst it is acknowledged that these markets have got great potential, it is also a fact that entry into these markets is particularly difficult due to cultural and language barriers for the vast majority of European enterprises.
The EU Gateway Programme organises and funds Business Missions in high technology and design sectors to Japan and Korea and offers financial and logistical support, together with strategic preparation and a tailored search for business contacts.
The Executive Training Programme provides a training course of up to 45 weeks including internships with companies in Japan or Korea which enables companies to train their operators to a high standard to deal with these markets.
The information session was delivered by Mr Alvaro Biel Turon from the Madrid Office which handles the programmes' activities for EU member states in the Mediterranean region.