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Latest News / Shell Kazakhstan and EBRD launch new Shell LiveWIRE programme

 

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The EBRD and Shell Kazakhstan have launched a new Shell LiveWIRE SME support programme in Uralsk, Western Kazakhstan.

The programme will target young entrepreneurs with innovative projects and will be operational in West Kazakhstan oblast, as well as in the capital Astana.

Over 100 local entrepreneurs will benefit from the Shell LiveWIRE Kazakhstan programme, which will help improve their business skills, increase their market competitiveness and boost the performance of their companies. Established SMEs, as well as start-ups, will receive professional advice in a variety of areas, including marketing, production and distribution.  

Olivier Lazare, Vice President and Country Chair of Shell Kazakhstan said, “Shell is committed to support Kazakhstan in its goal to become one of the top 30 most developed economies. Through the Shell LiveWIRE programme, which is aimed at fostering a favourable entrepreneurial environment, we will contribute to achieving this goal.”

Holger Wiefel, Regional Head SME Finance & Development Group of EBRD said, “The EBRD is very pleased to continue its successful partnership with Shell. Local small and medium-sized businesses are vital for the domestic economy and we are happy to support their sustainable development. We have been previously implementing this programme in the Burlinskyi district, but we are now expanding the geography of this important undertaking.”

The initiative, part of the Shell Kazakhstan Voluntary Social Investment Programme, will promote economic growth in Kazakhstan by strengthening local SMEs, improving their access to know-how and promoting innovation.

 


 

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