Boosting untapped green business development in public procurement in the Middle East and Asia
Our project proposal ‘GREENERG-PRO - Boosting untapped green business development in public
procurement in the Middle East and Asia’ addresses fully the challenge of the call COS-PPOU-2020-
2-03 ‘Supporting European SMEs to participate in public procurement outside the EU’.
We have planned a set of integrated actions and activities ensuring the sustainability of the results after the
lifespan of the project. Partner clusters will implement activities to improve their members (SMEs)
access to public procurement opportunities in Israel, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Singapore.
We have also
planned activities to enhance partner clusters’ capacities to provide better and more targeted
support to members preparing them to become aware and understand and build knowledge on
public procurement opportunities and frameworks in the target markets. We have already
developed permanent internationalisation services for our members (350 SMEs) covering two
regions, namely ASEAN and the Middle East, and third countries (e.g. Taiwan, India). We have
already developed tools that we already use jointly as partners for this purpose, including internet
based platforms/ tools for knowledge gathering and sharing and business matchmaking and
support. We plan activities to embed the support on public procurement in the target countries
within the already existing joint services on internationalisation and access to third markets.
Partner clusters already have an internationalisation strategy as part of their previous joint
implementation of COSME-funded projects, namely, ‘Clusters Go International – Strand 2
Internationalisation in Renewable Energy and Environmental Technologies towards the Middle East
and ASEAN’, and ‘Cluster Excellence Programme - Clusters Excellence project in Central and Eastern
European network of cluster organisations in the field of (eco- and bio) energy, renewable energy
and environmental technology’ ’. The lead applicant and coordinator of GREENERG-PRO is also a member of European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for Smart Specialisation Investments (ESCP-S3),
and European Strategic Cluster Partnerships for Excellence (ESCP-4x). Partner clusters have also
jointly undertaken needs analysis to identify and verify needs of SMEs in the field of
internationalization and access to third markets.
GREENERG-PRO has the following specific objectives:
Enhancing the capabilities, e-skills, and knowledge on internationalisation through public procurement for partner clusters’ managers and members with a focus on capacity building and technical assistance in the field of (eco- and bio) energy, renewable energy, and environmental technologies.
Developing a fully-fledged internationalisation strategy and implementation roadmap aimed at a long-term cooperation agenda to further upscale already existing joint internationalisation services at COSMENERG-4i in the field of public procurement targeting Israel, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Singapore.
Reinforcing partner clusters’ collaboration in internationalisation and access to third markets with additional tools and human resources to enhance joint technical assistance and support for members and to substantiate new green business opportunities in the field of public procurement in the target countries.
Further developing synergies on the already existing relations with partner organisations in target countries, further developing long-term collaboration partnerships and agreements, and extending them to cover public procurement, for the acquisition of business deals and new opportunities in public procurement in the target countries for the benefit of partner clusters’ members, COSMENERG-4i, and the extended community.