Workshop

We cooperate with companies and entrepreneurs from leading and promising industrial sectors with emerging creative practices, on improvement of their competitiveness and creating greater added value. Acting as a facilitator, we improve communication, mutual understanding and cooperation between enterprises gathered in sector boards, educational institutions, relevant institutions and representatives of local, entity and state level authorities, focusing on improvement of business conditions. We help companies to innovate their products, processes and business models, using proven models used by champions in the country and in the region.

Eda is author of the LocalAct methodology that enables fast focusing and concentration of local resources on improvement of business environment and support instruments for SMEs and entrepreneurs which companies find important to their business and development, and local governments find it feasible, in terms of their capabilities and resources.

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LocalInterAct Network (2017-2018)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
LocalInterAct Network The overall objective of the project is improved competitiveness of export-oriented sectors and enterprises, with improved competitiveness of locations, while the specific objective of the project are established mechanisms of advanced municipal and inter-municipal support for exporters based on the Small Business Act.  The key idea of the project is transfer and implementation of tools and instruments, that have been successfully developed and tested through the CREDO Krajina project, in the municipal administrations of Prnjavor, Derventa and Laktaši in order to provide desired support to export-oriented companies. The project summary can be downloaded here. EU and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany, 2017-2018
Partnership for Quality Jobs and the Competitiveness (2017-2018)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Partnership for Quality Jobs and the Competitiveness The overall objective of the project is increased harmonization of supply and demand of the labor market in Prnjavor, while a specific goal is established a functional partnership for employment in the Municipality of Prnjavor, as capacity for continuous implementation of active employment measures. The identified supply and demand mismatch can be overcome by the coordinated work of all relevant stakeholders- project partners, where companies provide information on current employment situation and future employment needs, secondary school adapts curricula and implements practical trainings, the municipality conducts research, develops required plans and strategies and supports employment initiatives, and the Employment Bureau takes a very active role in performing continuous analysis, informing and connecting job seekers and employers. In this manner, the burden of providing qualified workforce is divided between relevant stakeholders, instead of being mostly carried by companies as it is the case now in practice. In addition, the workforce quality is improving, as a result of improved interaction between the economy and support institutions. The project summary can be downloaded here. EU (under the call “Support to Local Employment Partnerships in BiH”, implemented by the International Labor Organization), 2017-2018
KRIN - Creating of Regional Innovation Network (2017-2018)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
KRIN – Creating of Regional Innovation Network The overall objective of the project is improved competitiveness of companies in sectors of metal and wood processing by networking of key stakeholders and addressing market failures in area that includes: Prijedor, Kozarska Dubica, Gradiska, Laktasi, Srbac, Prnjavor, Derventa and Banja Luka. The specific objective of the project is improved work of sector boards and developed initial innovation network for sectors of metal and wood processing. Key idea of the project is that, by strengthening interactions among enterprises and between enterprises and support institutions, significant improvement of innovation capability of targeted SMEs can be achieved, on one side, and to gradually develop regional innovation system (consisting of adequate legal and strategic framework, educational, technological and professional institutions in constant interaction with SMEs) for sectors of wood and metal processing in the above mentioned local communities. The project summary can be downloaded here. EU and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany, 2017-2018
CREDO Krajina (2013-2016)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
CREDO Krajina The project aims to improve competitiveness of small and medium enterprises in Krajina area, in order to create and sustain jobs, reduce poverty and improve economic status of the area. The project supported creation of more than 200 new jobs and keeping of 1000 jobs in companies / sectors covered by project interventions. Also, the project facilitated vertical and horizontal coordination of policies directed towards small and medium enterprises in the project area.

Project duration is 30 months and it consists of phases and components. Through initial analysis, priority economic sectors with significant potential for creating new jobs were selected and then representatives of companies from these sectors, through sector boards defined priority needs for advisory support and training, while sectors were supported through advisory services, training and development fund. In addition, part of the advisory and financial support was directed towards cities and municipalities that intend to significantly improve local business environment and to establish permanent and effective dialogue with private sector. More inforormation on the project and its results is available here.

Sweden, 2013-2016
Conducting survey within TNA in SMEs in BiH (2012)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Conducting survey within TNA in SMEs in BiH Eda was engaged within SEECEL’s program that is financially supported by the European Union – IPA Multi-beneficiary program on implementation of research in BiH aimed at identification of training needs analysis for SMEs in BiH. Within the assignment, Eda translated the questionnaire and prepared a list of target SMEs according to the criteria that every NACE sector must be covered. The list included equal proportions of micro, small and medium enterprises. Eda conducted activities of sending questionnaires to SMEs throughout BiH, contacting SMEs, collecting completed questionnaires, and filling in the database, i.e. performed data entry activities. Contract with SEECEL’s within EU funded project, 2012
Analysis of the imported products and possibilities for their production in Republika Srpska (2010)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Analysis of the imported products and possibilities for their production in Republika Srpska The project aims to contribute to increasing the percentage of coverage of imports by exports and reducing foreign trade deficit, through the substitution of imported goods with domestic products. The analysis should point out which products (produced in branches which are under authority of the RS Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining) are imported into Republika Srpska, which products are imported by manufacturers, are there any manufacturers of products which are dominantly imported in Republika Srpska, why domestic producers import needed products instead of purchasing them from producers from Republika Srpska, which manufacturers can produce products that are now mostly imported and what incentives would be most effective in order to improve their competitiveness and how can domestic products successfully substitute imported ones. The Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining of Republika Srpska, 2010
Marketing consulting (2007-2010)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Marketing consulting «Cistoca» A.D., Banja Luka – creation of the visual identity.
«IGA – Export-credit Agency of Bosnia and Herzegovina», Sarajevo – realisation of qualitative and quantitative research, creation of database, database marketing, creation of company’s bulletin, redesign of visual identity and creation of the Book of the graphics standards, creation of corporative slogan, preparation of promotion event plan.
«Municipality Mrkonjic Grad» – preparation of the “Mrkonjic Grad Development strategy promotion plan”, creation of the Book of the graphics standards and design of promotional material.
«Municipality Laktasi» – creation and design of promotional material.
«TOP – Tvornica opekarskih proizvoda», Banja Luka – creation and design of the printed promotional material used in sales promotion action.
«Student centre Nikola Tesla», Banja Luka – realization of relevant marketing analysis, creation of the new visual identity and slogan for restaurant Slobodni um.
Clients – municipalities and enterprises, 2007 – 2010
Study on measuring local investment climate (2008)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Study on measuring local investment climate Eda team prepared the study on measuring local investment climate. Study includes several practical approaches for measuring investment climate. GTZ (Deutsche Gesellshaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit), 2008
Analysis of economic and development needs in beekeeping sector in Northwest B&H (2008)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Analysis of economic and development needs in beekeeping sector in Northwest B&H Eda team has prepared analysis of current status and needs in beekeeping sector for the area covering 12 municipalities in Northwest B&H. World Vision, 2008
Improvement of quality systems in SMEs (2008)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Improvement of quality systems in SMEs The goal of the project “Development of cattle breeding and rural financing” is to develop and strengthen cattle production. In the project, Eda has signed a contract for providing services of improvement quality system and introduction of HACCP system in four companies. RS Ministry for agriculture, forestry and water management in cooperation with international partners through the RS Agriculture project coordination unit, 2006 – 2008
EU TAC - SME Training and consultancy project (2008)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
EU TAC – SME Training and consultancy project The overall objective of the program is increased competitiveness of SME sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The main goal is to establish sustainable economic space that generates new jobs, maintain or adapts current jobs, promotes investment possibilities and develops competitive advantages of regions in the long run. Eda was partner in consortium in the project with budget of approximately 1,5 million €. Delegation of European Commission in B&H in the frame of the EURED (EU Support for Regional Economic Development) project in B&H, 2006 – 2008
Introduction of the EU technical standards in companies (2002-2008)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Introduction of the EU technical standards in companies Projects of introduction of EU technical standards in companies had aims to instruct different enterprises in B&H for preparation and implementation of international standards (ISO 9000:2000, ISO 14000, HACCP, CE mark). These projects are realized in following B&H companies:

  • “FRUKTA TRADE”, Derventa – Technological project for production of ketchup and mayonnaise and “Analysis of risks and critical control points” in order to acquire HACCP certificate
  • “GOLDEN METRO”, Banja Luka – development of integrated management system in accordance with the international management standards ISO 9000:2000 and “Analysis of risks and critical control points” in order to acquire HACCP certificate
  • “MALIND”, Modrica – “Analysis of risks and critical control points” in order to acquire HACCP certificate
  • “MIKROELEKTRONIKA”, Banja Luka – implementation of the project “Verification of product accordance with key demands from EU directives” in order to acquire CE mark for product
  • “MLADEGS PAK”, Prnjavor – Technological project for packing powdered products and “Analysis of risks and critical control points” in order to acquire HACCP certificate
  • “MP PANDUREVIC”, Modrica – development of integrated management system in accordance with the international management standards ISO 9000:2000 and ISO 14000
  • “ORNAMENT”, Modrica – development of integrated management system in accordance with the international management standards ISO 9000:2000 and ISO 14000
  • “PADJENI”, Bileca – “Analysis of risks and critical control points” in order to acquire HACCP certificate
  • “SEKUNDARAC”, Gradiska – development of integrated management system in accordance with the international management standards ISO 9000:2000 and ISO 14000
  • “TELEGROUP”, Banja Luka – development of integrated management system in accordance with the international management standards ISO 9000:2001
  • “TESLA”, Modrica – development of integrated management system in accordance with the international management standards ISO 9000:2000 and ISO 14000
  • “TOPLING”, Prnjavor – implementation of the project “Verification of product accordance with key demands from EU directives” in order to acquire CE mark for product and development of integrated management system in accordance with the international management standards ISO 9000:2000
  • “TRIVAS”, Prnjavor – development of integrated management system in accordance with the international management standards ISO 9000:2000 and ISO 14000, as well as “Analysis of risks and critical control points” in order to acquire HACCP certificate
  • “TROPIC RIBARSTVO”, Banja Luka – development of integrated management system in accordance with the international management standards ISO 9000:2000 and “Analysis of risks and critical control points” in order to acquire HACCP certificate
  • “UNIS ADRIA”, Banja Luka – development of integrated management system in accordance with the international management standards ISO 9000:2000 and “Analysis of risks and critical control points” in order to acquire HACCP certificate
  • “ZIVANIC”, Banja Luka – “Analysis of risks and critical control points” in order to acquire HACCP certificate
Projects are financed jointly by company itself and various donors (RS Government, BAS Program – EU, etc.) in the frame of their programs and projects for SME support and export improvement initiatives. Projects are realized in B&H SMEs, 2002 – 2008
Increase of Export related potential of SMEs from Northwest Region of B&H (2005-2008)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Increase of Export related potential of SMEs from Northwest Region of B&H The project was focused on increasing export related potential of industrial SMEs in 7 municipalities in NW region of B&H. The project methodology was designed as an optimal combination of trade, finance and investment promotion schemes, tailored training program, and technical assistance in meeting EU technical standards and business linking as well as producing better policy aimed to export facilitation. After project realization in 2005, in municipalities where project was realized, export has been increased for 53,72% and cover of import with export has been increased for 38,76%. Delegation of European Commission in B&H in the frame of the EU RED (EU Support for Regional Economic Development) project in B&H, 2005 – 2006
Training for consultants – project “Promotion of economic development and employment program/ SME promotion in Northwest Region of B&H” (2005-2006)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Training for consultants – project “Promotion of economic development and employment program/ SME promotion in Northwest Region of B&H” The aim of the training was improvement of services offered by local consultants, through training that includes defining role of consultants and consultant’s techniques.
Training consisted of 9 three-day modules. In the first cycle, Eda participated in preparation and implemnentation of training, and in the second cycle Eda had a leading role.
GTZ (Deutsche Gesellshaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit), 2005-2006
Analyses of available labor force in the wood processing industry compared with the industry’s requirements in the RS (2005)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Analyses of available labor force in the wood processing industry compared with the industry’s requirements in the RS USAID Cluster Competitiveness Activity identified the most significant issues in the wood processing industries in B&H. One of the priority activities was resolving the issue of skills gap and the lack of suitable labor force in the wood processing industry. Among activities aiming at resolving this issue was preparation of Analyses of the existing labor force and training needs in the wood processing sector. USAID, CCA 2005
Start your business (2004-2006)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Start your business The goal of the project of providing support for employment in line with the RS Development and employment Fund is to train unemployed persons for start-up/formalize some business activities. The realization of the projects consists of providing set of business consultancy and training services for initiation of business activities for unemployed and persons that are willing to create start-up firm (“Start your own business”). In the last 3 years jointly with the RS Development and employment fund and RS Bureau for employment we have achieved following:

  • 361 unemployed persons are trained,
  • 318 new business plans are created,
  • As consequence, 283 trainees (80% success) registered their firms and start up their own businesses
RS Development and employment fund and RS Bureau for employment, 2004-2006
Consulting for revitalization and restructuring of big companies (2003)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Consulting for revitalization and restructuring of big companies Revitalization and restructuring in companies: Elker (Prijedor), Polietilenka (Bihac), Promo (Donji Vakuf), Famok (Kostajnica), Mebos – Samac, Prijedorka – Prijedor European Commission (Project EUPER), 2003
Establishment of Eda MSC (Multi Service Centre) (2003)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Establishment of Eda MSC (Multi Service Centre) Restructuring and revitalization of companies in B&H, Establishment of multi-service centre for employment issues, Consulting for economic and social programs within companies European Commission (Project EUPER), 2003
Enterprise restructuring in the area of food processing and textile industries in B&H (2002-2003)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Enterprise restructuring in the area of food processing and textile industries in B&H Support to food processing sector by providing technical assistance for 6 companies in B&H European Commission (Agrisystems UK and RES&CO as contractors), 2002-2003
Creation of the development strategy for the company VIGMELT, Banja Luka (2002)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Creation of the development strategy for the company VIGMELT, Banja Luka Product and product assortment development in order to attract foreign partner Vigmelt, BAS program 2002
Training for farmers in Prnjavor region (2002)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Training for farmers in Prnjavor region Creation of business plans (training for farmers through special, expert training on development of agriculture, profitability and pay-offs in agricultural business Agricultural association in Prnjavor, 2002
Training “Start your business” in the Doboj region (2001)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Training “Start your business” in the Doboj region Self-employment, employment and business development EG Tuzla, 2001
Training “Start your business” for women entrepreneurs in Banja Luka region (2001)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Training “Start your business” for women entrepreneurs in Banja Luka region Self-employment, new business start up Fridrich Ebert Stiftung, 2001
Training “Start your business” for women entrepreneurs in Brcko District (2001)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Training “Start your business” for women entrepreneurs in Brcko District Self-employment, new business start up UNDP, 2001
Improvement of business environment and local economic development (2000-2001)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Improvement of business environment and local economic development Improve business environment and local economic development in chosen municipalities in B&H. Situation analysis and strategic plans of local economic development for municipalities Prnjavor, Kozarska Dubica and Mrkonjic Grad European Commission (QIF-CARE), 2000 – 2001
Training and advisory of UN volunteers (2000-2001)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Training and advisory of UN volunteers Training for business start-ups jointly with training for job seeking UNDP, 2000 – 2001
Economic component of the project OBNOVA 2000 for Central Bosnia (2000-2001)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Economic component of the project OBNOVA 2000 for Central Bosnia Creation of opportunities for employment and self-employment at local level European Commission (UNDP), 2000-2001
Training “Start your business” for women entrepreneurs in Dubica and Prijedor (2000)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Training “Start your business” for women entrepreneurs in Dubica and Prijedor Self-employment, new business start up UMCOR, 2000
Management in small and micro enterprises in Banjaluka region and Unsko-Sanski canton (1999)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Management in small and micro enterprises in Banjaluka region and Unsko-Sanski canton To improve capacities for employment in small and micro enterprises PHARE VET, 1999
Training “Start your business” in Mrkonjic Grad (1999)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Training “Start your business” in Mrkonjic Grad Self-employment, new business start up RS Employment and Development Fund, 1999
Improve your own business (1999)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Improve your own business Training for SMEs in order to improve SMEs IOM, 1999
Start your own business in the Banja Luka region (1999)
Project Goal/ description Donor/Source of funding, year
Start your own business in the Banja Luka region Training and consulting for self-employment and SMEs PHARE VET, 1999