First Croatian Handbook for E-business

ZAGREB, 1 March 2012. - On the final conference of the project "E-business Competitiveness Improvement Programme" the results of the two-year project were presented along with Handbook for e-business implementation for SMEs.


Project shortly called "e-Business" is the first project co-financed by the European Union in Croatia, which aimed to improve the competitiveness of SMEs by raising awareness of the use of electronic business and electronic commerce. The main beneficiaries of the project were Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts, 10 business support institutions from all over the Croatia and small and medium entrepreneurs.


During his opening speech, Gordan Maras, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Crafts said that his Ministry would continue to provide support to development of e-business in Croatia. It will be done mainly through initiating free services based on cloud technology intended for start-up companies, which will directly impact on reducing costs and increasing efficiency of those new companies.


Paul Vandoren, Head of EU Delegation to Croatia, stated that thanks to growth of new technologies in recent years we have witnessed great changes in the world. Vandoren also noted that due to growth in the ICT sector, since 1995, the productivity of companies in Europe grew for 50%.


According to Leszek Jakubowski, project team leader, during 22 months 115 e-business coaches were educated and trained and also more than 1,200 participants attended e-business seminars and workshops.


Suzana Vračević, project manager at the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Crafts, noted that project "e-business" will continue supporting business centers that will in next three years provide free education services for SMEs interested in the use of e-business. First Croatian Handbook for e-business implementation for SME that was presented at the conference will help in this goal.