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IPA Regional Competitiveness Operational Programme in Turkey

The overall objective of the "Regional Competitiveness" programme is to increase the competitiveness of the poorest regions of Turkey by supporting enterprises. This objective will be achieved through four specific objectives: enhancement of physical and financial infrastructure, increasing business stock, increasing employment creation capacity of the productive sector and enhancing the added value of the production base.

1. Priorities and Measures

Priority 1: Improvement of Business Environment. This priority aims to create a better business environment to increase the number of enterprises, enhance the productivity and competitiveness of existing enterprises and contribute to the overall rate of employment, by improving physical infrastructure and creating a supportive environment for SMEs.

Priority 2: Strengthening of Enterprise Capacity and Foster Entrepreneurship. This priority aims to improve the efficiency and added value produced by enterprises, by enhancing entrepreneurial capacity, as well as competitiveness and employment creation capacity of SMEs, through the provision of basic information support and consultancy services, particularly to start-ups, and strengthening clustering and networking activities.

Priority 3: Technical Assistance. This priority aims to ensure a sound and efficient management and implementation of the programme, by improving the administrative capacity of the institutions concerned and supporting implementation, monitoring, evaluation, control and communication activities, as well as to prepare projects for subsequent programmes.

2. Financial Table

Priority IPA Contribution National co-financing Total funding Co-financing rate
  (a) (b) (c) = (a) + (b) (d) = (a)/(c)
Priority 1 – Improvement of Business Environment 255,593,000 45,104,654 300,697,654 85 %
Priority 2 – Strengthening of Enterprise Capacity and Foster Entrepreneurship 31,865,000 5,623,240 37,488,240 85 %
Priority 3 - Technical Assistance 12,192,000 2,151,534 14,343,534 85 %
Total (2007-2011) 299,650,000 52,879,428 352,529,428 85 %

3. Project example

Greater Anatolia Guarantee Facility. The main purpose of this project is to increase the level of access to finance of businesses in the Greater Anatolia region through credit guarantees, and hence increasing lending capacity of commercial banks to enterprises at the same time reducing collateral burden on the latter. In addition to credit guarantees, the European Investment Bank will make available an SME Global Loan to the financial institutions in order to leverage its lending capacities (EU contribution EUR 32 million, total loans EUR 500 million).

4. Contact & Links

Operating Structure for the Regional Competitiveness Operational Programme

Ministry of Industry and Trade
Sanayi ve Ticaret Bakanligi Eskisehir Yolu, 7.km
06520 Ankara
http://ipa.stb.gov.tr/en/

Contracting Authority

Central Finance and Contracts Unit
Eskişehir Yolu 4.Km. 2.Cad. (Halkbank Kampüsü) No:63 C-Blok
06520 Söğütözü/Ankara
http://www.cfcu.gov.tr

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