AspBAN connects with Black Sea Stakeholders! October 5, 2021

AspBAN project was presented on Monday 4 October by the CPMR to the Black Sea Blue Entrepreneurship Workshop: Follow-up on business ecosystem support, an event aiming at gathering stakeholders acting in the field of maritime industries to prepare the upcoming EU calls.

The webinar organised by the Black Sea Assistance Mechanism, under the Turkish Coordination of the Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea, and gathering an audience of some one hundred participants from the wider Black Sea region, discussed the concrete challenges and opportunities of the blue economy business ecosystem in the Black Sea. As part of a Hackathon session, the CPMR, partner in AspBAN, presented the project to a wider range of stakeholders, including potential donors or sponsors.  The World Bank and the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB)*, gave very positive feedback to the project.  This event was also the occasion to share AspBAN practices to Black Sea stakeholders and learn more about similar projects in the pipelines in the area such as Up-Blue (Accelerating uptake of innovation in Blue Value Chains)  from the Batumi Tech Park (in Ajara Region, CPMR Member), Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency.  

The CPMR will follow-up on this event, thanks to its Balkan and Black Sea Commission, which will prepare in 2022 an AspBAN seminar under the Georgian Coordination of the Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea.

More information on the event can be found here:

* BSTDB was established by the eleven Member States of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Co-operation (BSEC) in 1998 as a regional multilateral development financial institution and BSEC’s related body. CPMR is BSEC’s sectoral dialogue partner and MoU co-signatory.