This four-year project provides technical assistance (TA) support in four selected project cities (i.e. Hegang, Jixi, Qitaihe, and Shuangyashan) in the north-eastern Chinese province of Heilongjiang to strengthen the capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in non-coal related industries. Economic revitalisation in the province has been challenging due to a lack of (i) effective programmes for SME development, (ii) SME financing for investments and longer-term working capital, (iii) investments in competitive products and research and development, (iv) capacity to develop and expand businesses, (v) strategic workforce development, and (vi) attractive urban environments and services. More information about the project can be found here.
Since the project started, Frankfurt School has implemented the following activities for each of the four project cities:
(1) Provision of TA to the Business Development Services (BDS) office:
(2) Provision of TA to establish and strengthen the web-based SME platform:
(3) Provision of BDS-focused TA to at least 25 SMEs per project city with services such as: