Kakha BAINDURASHVILI

Academic Year:
2018/2019

Research Program:
PoM Pontica Magna

Affiliation:
World SME Forum, Washington

Position:
Director ECA (Europe and Central Asia)

Country:
Georgia

Research project: The Research on Role of SME’s in Transitional Countries: SME’s Development in Georgia and Romania

My research will describe Georgia’s development experience. From one hand it is already a ‘poster child’ because of successful reforms on the other hand its SMEs are struggling and can not provide the base for sustainable growth. It will be compared to the challenges of Romanian SMEs. I will focus mostly at the period of joining the EU (preparatory reforms and related reforms after the joining concerning the SMEs). I will focus three areas: Access to EU market, Access to finance, and Access to skills. My research will focus the reforms/assistance taken to allow greater Accesses for Romanian SMEs, what obstacles they were facing and how did they overcome them, together with the challenges they are facing currently.