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Capacity Building Support for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

Capacity Building Support for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)


Deadline: 31-Aug-22

The call for proposals is open to those MSMEs wishing to seek capacity-building support in certification, product development, market intelligence, participation at trade shows, business-to-business meetings, technical support in crop production, business mentoring, training and workshops, export-related infrastructure, and equipment for MSMEs to develop and to strengthen their productive export capacity.

Objectives
The overall objective of the SAFE Pacific Project is to contribute to improving the economic and social benefits for the 15 PACP member states arising from stronger regional economic integration. Specifically, the objective of the support made available under this CFP is to increase/strengthen the capacity of MSMEs trading in kava, coconuts, coffee, and turmeric industries targeting intra-regional and international trade including export to the European Union (EU) market, through the EU-Pacific States Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and/or other EU trade preferential schemes and to increase the private sector’s participation in economic integration.

The support provided to MSMEs will be in the following forms:

Certification
Product development
Market intelligence
Participation at trade shows
Business to business meetings
Technical support in crop production
Business mentoring
Training and workshops
Export related infrastructure
Equipment
Funding Information
Total amount available: EUR 907,000
Medium Enterprise – Support up to EUR 100K
Small Enterprise – Support up to EUR 50K
Micro Enterprise – Support up to EUR 10K
Outcomes
The expected results of the project are strengthened competitiveness of sustainable agricultural valuechains in the Pacific and recognising that the results for each successful applicant may cover one or more of the result areas listed below, the following more specific results that are expected from the project:

An increase in international, interregional, and intra-regional trade.
An increase in trade with EU markets through the EPA (European Partnership Agreement).
An increase in business export capacity of selected MSMEs.
Eligibility Criteria
There are 3 categories under which applicants can apply (Micro Enterprise, Small Enterprise, Medium Enterprise) and the eligibility criteria under each are as follows:
Eligibility criteria for Micro Enterprises
The enterprise must be a legally registered entity in at least one of the 15 PACPs (Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tuvalu, Vanuatu).
The enterprise must have any required business licence for the export of kava, coconuts, coffee or turmeric, or provide confirmation as to why such a licence may not be required
The enterprise must have an annual turnover between EUR 50,000 – EUR 250,000.
The enterprise must be able to provide a financial or non-financial contribution of 30% of the total support requested from the Pacific Community (SPC).
Eligibility criteria for Small Enterprises
The enterprise must be a legally registered entity in at least one of the 15 PACPs.
The enterprise must have any required business licence for the export of kava, coconuts, coffee or turmeric, or provide confirmation as to why such a licence may not be required
The enterprise must have an annual turnover of more than EUR 250,000 and less than EUR 500,000.
The enterprise must be able to provide a financial or non-financial contribution of 30% of the total support requested from the Pacific Community (SPC).
Eligibility criteria for Medium Enterprises
The enterprise must be a legally registered entity in at least one of the 15 PACPs.
The enterprise must have any required business licence for the export of kava, coconuts, coffee or turmeric, or provide confirmation as to why such a licence may not be required
The enterprise must have an annual turnover of more than EUR 500,000.
The enterprise must be able to provide a financial or non-financial contribution of 30% of the total support requested from the Pacific Community SPC.
For more information, visit https://www.spc.int/grants/22-4105-capacity-building-support-for-micro-small-and-medium-enterprises-msmes

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