More than 3500 projects implemented around the world
More than 3,500 projects implemented around the world

GOPA project database

Since its founding in 1965, GOPA has successfully implemented over 3,500 projects in more than 130 countries. At present, over 140 are being carried out. This database provides a selection of projects best illustrating GOPA’s fields of activity.

Economic and Employment Promotion Programme - Promotion of Industry Branches, Industrial Associations and Consultants

Governance and Economic Development
Bulgarian Ministry of Economy
Donor Organisation: 
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
Value of Services: 
Start of project: 
January, 1999
End of project: 
June, 2010

The German bilateral cooperation has supported the private sector development in Bulgaria since 1992 through various projects. Between 1992 (when GOPA was firstly involved) and 1998, Technical Assistance had focused on the strengthening of the competitiveness of Bulgarian enterprises. Special attention was given to trade and investment promotion. In 1999, a new approach was adopted which has put more emphasis on the role of clusters, branch associations and policy advice related to private sector development.

Project details


Strengthening of private small- and medium-sized enterprises through consulting activities and international and regional fair participation, thus increasing turnover, profits and employment.


Sector development strategies in the various target sectors have been developed together with stakeholders from the government and sector associations and other stakeholders from the private sector. Consequently, project activities then focused on the implementation of those strategies. In this context, cluster promotion and regional development approaches and sector related export promotion strategies have been developed and implemented. In the software industry, special emphasis has been placed on the promotion of applied R&D as well as on the development and marketing of innovative software products in cooperation with technical universities.