Roadmap to support SMEs in highland communities discussed in Lviv oblast

On Thursday, September 21, 2017, public authorities and business leaders in Skole, Lviv oblast, discussed the Roadmap aimed to increase the competitiveness of SMEs in the highland areas of the region and improve business support infrastructure there. 

The discussion was hosted by the local NGO Institute for International Economic Research that is the winner of USAID LEV-sponsored Roadmap development competition. Local economy is tourism-based, which has led to the growth of hospitality industry. However, a portion of local residents provide accommodation informally. This compels local authorities to think about the ways to promote official businesses. SMEs in the highland areas also struggle with certification of their home-grown foods as well as with online tax reporting, which requires hiring additional staff. The Roadmap will include policy actions aimed at supporting SMEs and promoting transparent business practices. 

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