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Successful completion of WB funded project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts, Contract No: KZEMP / QCBS-01
Savvy Business successfully accomplished the WB funded project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts
Training of 40 leading experts for Textbook development and evaluation has been completed
Today, on 16 July 2021 in Nur-Sultan the training of 40 leading experts for Textbook development and evaluation has been successfully completed
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Successful completion of WB funded project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts, Contract No: KZEMP / QCBS-01

In October 2021 the 14-month journey of the WB project has been successfully accomplished. The 3rd stage of the project aimed at capacity building for evaluation experts was carried out during May –October 2021. This stage culminated with an asynchronous training on “Textbooks evaluation applying international experiences and practices” of 2000 evaluation experts from all regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Savvy Business with its partner Astana-Kitap LLP and its subcontractors National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Excellence Training Center (ETC) are satisfied with the completion of this project which definitely contributes to the strengthening of the national system for textbooks requirements and evaluation and improving the quality of the textbooks and the quality of the teachers and evaluators.

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Training of 40 leading experts for Textbook development and evaluation has been completed

The training for professional development of the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts learnt about the international practices on textbooks development and evaluation and acquired skills helping them to improve approach to the textbooks and electronic textbooks expertise. On 16 July 2021, during the closing session of the training the Director and the trainees of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise expressed their gratitude to the Consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap and international trainers for delivery of highly professional training sessions and admitted its role in the future development of Kazakhstani textbooks and teaching and learning materials.

Special posts were published by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2927002527512428&id=1440619732817389  ,  the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise http://www.okulyk-edu.kz/show/item/1626627586- and the participants of the training, underlining the importance of the training delivered  - Dana Rau - Қ Ғ ұ қ... | Facebook

Participation in panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format
Mrs. Apostolia Galani, Associate Professor of the Department of Didactics of Geography of the Athens National and Kapodistrian University of Greece, represents the International Consortium "Savvy Business Astana-Kitap" in the panel session on modern approaches to the content and format of educational literature organised by the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Education Content Expertise of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Training on Textbook development and evaluation
The first round of training to the 40 leading experts has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan
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Successful completion of WB funded project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts, Contract No: KZEMP / QCBS-01

In October 2021 the 14-month journey of the WB project has been successfully accomplished. The 3rd stage of the project aimed at capacity building for evaluation experts was carried out during May –October 2021. This stage culminated with an asynchronous training on “Textbooks evaluation applying international experiences and practices” of 2000 evaluation experts from all regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Savvy Business with its partner Astana-Kitap LLP and its subcontractors National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Excellence Training Center (ETC) are satisfied with the completion of this project which definitely contributes to the strengthening of the national system for textbooks requirements and evaluation and improving the quality of the textbooks and the quality of the teachers and evaluators.

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Training of 40 leading experts for Textbook development and evaluation has been completed

The training for professional development of the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts learnt about the international practices on textbooks development and evaluation and acquired skills helping them to improve approach to the textbooks and electronic textbooks expertise. On 16 July 2021, during the closing session of the training the Director and the trainees of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise expressed their gratitude to the Consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap and international trainers for delivery of highly professional training sessions and admitted its role in the future development of Kazakhstani textbooks and teaching and learning materials.

Special posts were published by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2927002527512428&id=1440619732817389  ,  the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise http://www.okulyk-edu.kz/show/item/1626627586- and the participants of the training, underlining the importance of the training delivered  - Dana Rau - Қ Ғ ұ қ... | Facebook

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Participation in panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format

Today, on 12 August 2021 the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Education Content Expertise of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the framework of the traditional August meeting of educators holds a panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format”, during of which the speakers will make reports on modern changes in the content and format of textbooks.

The session is attended by textbook authors and experts, representatives of publishing houses, executors of the World Bank project, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, methodologists of regional and city methodological offices and school teachers.

Mrs. Apostolia Galani, Associate Professor of the Department of Didactics of Geography of the Athens National and Kapodistrian University of Greece, as a representative of the International Consortium "Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap" presents to the attention of the participants the international experience of requirements for the development and examination of modern textbooks.

The results of the session will be summed up by the director of the Center Mr. Eldos Nurlanov, with a report on modern approaches to the content and format of educational literature.

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Training on Textbook development and evaluation

The first round of training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts get acquainted with the international practices in development and evaluation of modern textbooks and electronic textbooks and carried out hands-on activities to strengthen the acquired knowledge. The training is part of WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”, implemented by the consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap, with participation of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Excellence training Center as sub-contractors.

Face-to-Face training in textbook development and evaluation
Training in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
Working mission to Kazakhstan
Meeting with the Republican Scientific and Practical Center "Textbook"
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Successful completion of WB funded project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts, Contract No: KZEMP / QCBS-01

In October 2021 the 14-month journey of the WB project has been successfully accomplished. The 3rd stage of the project aimed at capacity building for evaluation experts was carried out during May –October 2021. This stage culminated with an asynchronous training on “Textbooks evaluation applying international experiences and practices” of 2000 evaluation experts from all regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Savvy Business with its partner Astana-Kitap LLP and its subcontractors National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Excellence Training Center (ETC) are satisfied with the completion of this project which definitely contributes to the strengthening of the national system for textbooks requirements and evaluation and improving the quality of the textbooks and the quality of the teachers and evaluators.

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Training of 40 leading experts for Textbook development and evaluation has been completed

The training for professional development of the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts learnt about the international practices on textbooks development and evaluation and acquired skills helping them to improve approach to the textbooks and electronic textbooks expertise. On 16 July 2021, during the closing session of the training the Director and the trainees of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise expressed their gratitude to the Consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap and international trainers for delivery of highly professional training sessions and admitted its role in the future development of Kazakhstani textbooks and teaching and learning materials.

Special posts were published by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2927002527512428&id=1440619732817389  ,  the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise http://www.okulyk-edu.kz/show/item/1626627586- and the participants of the training, underlining the importance of the training delivered  - Dana Rau - Қ Ғ ұ қ... | Facebook

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Participation in panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format

Today, on 12 August 2021 the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Education Content Expertise of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the framework of the traditional August meeting of educators holds a panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format”, during of which the speakers will make reports on modern changes in the content and format of textbooks.

The session is attended by textbook authors and experts, representatives of publishing houses, executors of the World Bank project, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, methodologists of regional and city methodological offices and school teachers.

Mrs. Apostolia Galani, Associate Professor of the Department of Didactics of Geography of the Athens National and Kapodistrian University of Greece, as a representative of the International Consortium "Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap" presents to the attention of the participants the international experience of requirements for the development and examination of modern textbooks.

The results of the session will be summed up by the director of the Center Mr. Eldos Nurlanov, with a report on modern approaches to the content and format of educational literature.

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Training on Textbook development and evaluation

The first round of training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts get acquainted with the international practices in development and evaluation of modern textbooks and electronic textbooks and carried out hands-on activities to strengthen the acquired knowledge. The training is part of WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”, implemented by the consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap, with participation of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Excellence training Center as sub-contractors.

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Face-to-Face training in textbook development and evaluation

Today, on 7 July 2021 in Nur-Sultan, Savvy Business sLTD in association with Astana-kitap has started delivering first round of face to face training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise within the context of the WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”. The aim of the training is to enhance the capacity of the local experts in the field of textbook development and evaluation in accordance with international standards and experience. It is expected that upon completion of the training, participants will be able to apply the improved textbook requirements and evaluation methodology in the country. The second round of the training will be held during the period 12-16 July 2021.

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Working mission to Kazakhstan

Within the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts” of the WB Programme Education Modernization Project, our team met with the management team of the Republican Scientific & Practical Center “Textbook” of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. During the meeting, the latest developments of the project were discussed (such as the requirements of textbooks and digital publications, the evaluation criteria for textbooks and digital publications) and the upcoming training activities of the final stage of the project.  

Savvy Business management team has successfully completed mission in Kazakhstan
Meeting with the International social foundation Bilim-Innovation
Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!
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Successful completion of WB funded project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts, Contract No: KZEMP / QCBS-01

In October 2021 the 14-month journey of the WB project has been successfully accomplished. The 3rd stage of the project aimed at capacity building for evaluation experts was carried out during May –October 2021. This stage culminated with an asynchronous training on “Textbooks evaluation applying international experiences and practices” of 2000 evaluation experts from all regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Savvy Business with its partner Astana-Kitap LLP and its subcontractors National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Excellence Training Center (ETC) are satisfied with the completion of this project which definitely contributes to the strengthening of the national system for textbooks requirements and evaluation and improving the quality of the textbooks and the quality of the teachers and evaluators.

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Training of 40 leading experts for Textbook development and evaluation has been completed

The training for professional development of the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts learnt about the international practices on textbooks development and evaluation and acquired skills helping them to improve approach to the textbooks and electronic textbooks expertise. On 16 July 2021, during the closing session of the training the Director and the trainees of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise expressed their gratitude to the Consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap and international trainers for delivery of highly professional training sessions and admitted its role in the future development of Kazakhstani textbooks and teaching and learning materials.

Special posts were published by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2927002527512428&id=1440619732817389  ,  the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise http://www.okulyk-edu.kz/show/item/1626627586- and the participants of the training, underlining the importance of the training delivered  - Dana Rau - Қ Ғ ұ қ... | Facebook

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Participation in panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format

Today, on 12 August 2021 the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Education Content Expertise of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the framework of the traditional August meeting of educators holds a panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format”, during of which the speakers will make reports on modern changes in the content and format of textbooks.

The session is attended by textbook authors and experts, representatives of publishing houses, executors of the World Bank project, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, methodologists of regional and city methodological offices and school teachers.

Mrs. Apostolia Galani, Associate Professor of the Department of Didactics of Geography of the Athens National and Kapodistrian University of Greece, as a representative of the International Consortium "Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap" presents to the attention of the participants the international experience of requirements for the development and examination of modern textbooks.

The results of the session will be summed up by the director of the Center Mr. Eldos Nurlanov, with a report on modern approaches to the content and format of educational literature.

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Training on Textbook development and evaluation

The first round of training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts get acquainted with the international practices in development and evaluation of modern textbooks and electronic textbooks and carried out hands-on activities to strengthen the acquired knowledge. The training is part of WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”, implemented by the consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap, with participation of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Excellence training Center as sub-contractors.

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Face-to-Face training in textbook development and evaluation

Today, on 7 July 2021 in Nur-Sultan, Savvy Business sLTD in association with Astana-kitap has started delivering first round of face to face training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise within the context of the WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”. The aim of the training is to enhance the capacity of the local experts in the field of textbook development and evaluation in accordance with international standards and experience. It is expected that upon completion of the training, participants will be able to apply the improved textbook requirements and evaluation methodology in the country. The second round of the training will be held during the period 12-16 July 2021.

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Working mission to Kazakhstan

Within the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts” of the WB Programme Education Modernization Project, our team met with the management team of the Republican Scientific & Practical Center “Textbook” of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. During the meeting, the latest developments of the project were discussed (such as the requirements of textbooks and digital publications, the evaluation criteria for textbooks and digital publications) and the upcoming training activities of the final stage of the project.  

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Savvy Business management team has successfully completed mission in Kazakhstan

During the week 4-9 April 2021, Savvy Business’s management team has visited Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan meeting its partners and clients of the existing projects.  The team visited the International social foundation “Bilim-Innovation”, which promotes cooperation in the field of education in Kazakhstan by the direct support of the president of the country. The foundation manages 27 public lyceums, 3 private lyceums, 2 international schools and 2 colleges. Savvy and Bilim Innovation foundation already implement one WB funded project in Kazakhstan and have agreed to enhance their cooperation in education in Kazakhstan and in Central Asian’s countries

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Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

Savvy Business cooperates with National and Kapodistrian Univeristy of Athens and Astana Kitap Publishing for WB project
The international consortium of Savvy Business Astana-Kitap (in cooperation with sub-contractors National and Kapodistrian university of Athens and Excellence Training Center LLP) has been awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Kazakhstan the project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts under the World Banks Loan No. 8709-KZ, Programme: Education Modernization Project.
Online conference presenting the results of the WB project KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10
Online conference presenting the results of the WB project KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 Consulting services to conduct the national baseline survey of the state of small and medium enterprises in Kazakhstan and development of the Concept of small and medium enterprise development aimed at increasing the contribution of SMEs to GDP to 50% by 2050
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Successful completion of WB funded project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts, Contract No: KZEMP / QCBS-01

In October 2021 the 14-month journey of the WB project has been successfully accomplished. The 3rd stage of the project aimed at capacity building for evaluation experts was carried out during May –October 2021. This stage culminated with an asynchronous training on “Textbooks evaluation applying international experiences and practices” of 2000 evaluation experts from all regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Savvy Business with its partner Astana-Kitap LLP and its subcontractors National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Excellence Training Center (ETC) are satisfied with the completion of this project which definitely contributes to the strengthening of the national system for textbooks requirements and evaluation and improving the quality of the textbooks and the quality of the teachers and evaluators.

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Training of 40 leading experts for Textbook development and evaluation has been completed

The training for professional development of the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts learnt about the international practices on textbooks development and evaluation and acquired skills helping them to improve approach to the textbooks and electronic textbooks expertise. On 16 July 2021, during the closing session of the training the Director and the trainees of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise expressed their gratitude to the Consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap and international trainers for delivery of highly professional training sessions and admitted its role in the future development of Kazakhstani textbooks and teaching and learning materials.

Special posts were published by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2927002527512428&id=1440619732817389  ,  the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise http://www.okulyk-edu.kz/show/item/1626627586- and the participants of the training, underlining the importance of the training delivered  - Dana Rau - Қ Ғ ұ қ... | Facebook

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Participation in panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format

Today, on 12 August 2021 the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Education Content Expertise of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the framework of the traditional August meeting of educators holds a panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format”, during of which the speakers will make reports on modern changes in the content and format of textbooks.

The session is attended by textbook authors and experts, representatives of publishing houses, executors of the World Bank project, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, methodologists of regional and city methodological offices and school teachers.

Mrs. Apostolia Galani, Associate Professor of the Department of Didactics of Geography of the Athens National and Kapodistrian University of Greece, as a representative of the International Consortium "Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap" presents to the attention of the participants the international experience of requirements for the development and examination of modern textbooks.

The results of the session will be summed up by the director of the Center Mr. Eldos Nurlanov, with a report on modern approaches to the content and format of educational literature.

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Training on Textbook development and evaluation

The first round of training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts get acquainted with the international practices in development and evaluation of modern textbooks and electronic textbooks and carried out hands-on activities to strengthen the acquired knowledge. The training is part of WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”, implemented by the consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap, with participation of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Excellence training Center as sub-contractors.

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Face-to-Face training in textbook development and evaluation

Today, on 7 July 2021 in Nur-Sultan, Savvy Business sLTD in association with Astana-kitap has started delivering first round of face to face training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise within the context of the WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”. The aim of the training is to enhance the capacity of the local experts in the field of textbook development and evaluation in accordance with international standards and experience. It is expected that upon completion of the training, participants will be able to apply the improved textbook requirements and evaluation methodology in the country. The second round of the training will be held during the period 12-16 July 2021.

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Working mission to Kazakhstan

Within the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts” of the WB Programme Education Modernization Project, our team met with the management team of the Republican Scientific & Practical Center “Textbook” of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. During the meeting, the latest developments of the project were discussed (such as the requirements of textbooks and digital publications, the evaluation criteria for textbooks and digital publications) and the upcoming training activities of the final stage of the project.  

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Savvy Business management team has successfully completed mission in Kazakhstan

During the week 4-9 April 2021, Savvy Business’s management team has visited Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan meeting its partners and clients of the existing projects.  The team visited the International social foundation “Bilim-Innovation”, which promotes cooperation in the field of education in Kazakhstan by the direct support of the president of the country. The foundation manages 27 public lyceums, 3 private lyceums, 2 international schools and 2 colleges. Savvy and Bilim Innovation foundation already implement one WB funded project in Kazakhstan and have agreed to enhance their cooperation in education in Kazakhstan and in Central Asian’s countries

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Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

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Savvy Business cooperates with National and Kapodistrian Univeristy of Athens and Astana Kitap Publishing for WB project

The international consortium of Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap (in cooperation with sub-contractors National and Kapodistrian university of Athens and Excellence Training Center LLP) has been awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Kazakhstan the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts under the World Bank’s Loan No. 8709-KZ, Programme: Education Modernization Project.

The project’s objectives are strengthening national system for textbook review and approval to assure textbook quality; improvement of the system of textbook quality examination by establishing requirements (standards) for textbooks and increasing capacity of textbooks evaluation experts in Kazakhstan.

The project duration is 14 months.

 

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Online conference presenting the results of the WB project KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10

Today, on 18 June 2020, within the framework of the World Bank “SME competitiveness Project”, the online Conference was organized by Euroconsultants S.A. main contractor for the project (Savvy Business sLTD and Applied Economics Research Center as sub-contractors) in order to present the results of the National Baseline Survey and the SME Development Concept as main deliverables of the contract KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The conference was attended by more than 680 participants, among them representatives of the World Bank, the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Industry and Export Center QazIndustry, Damu Entrepreneurship Development Fund JSC, the national chamber of entrepreneurs "Atameken” and Small and Medium Enterprises.

The key issues discussed were: analysis of data national baseline survey, analysis of the current state of SMEs development, international SME development experience review, forecasts and scenarios for the development of the economy of Kazakhstan and SME sector until 2050, directions for improving the policy of SME development and mechanisms for implementing the Concept of SME development in the RK, stages of implementation of the Concept for the development of SMEs in the RK.

This is the final activity of the project which is successfully completed after 14 months implementation.

HELLENIC ASSOCIATION FOR ENERGY ECONOMICS VIRTUAL EVENT
On 21 April, 2020 Hellenic Association for Energy Economics together with its partner Global Gas Centre organized the 1st Virtual Event, titled "Post-pandemic impact on the worlds gas markets".
Final Training Session in NLP
Distance Learning (synchronous) NLP Crash Course (24h) has been successfully completed!
An amazing 2 weeks journey of Savvy Business' Team trained by distinguished PMI and NLP Trainer, Dr. George Diakonikolaou!
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Successful completion of WB funded project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts, Contract No: KZEMP / QCBS-01

In October 2021 the 14-month journey of the WB project has been successfully accomplished. The 3rd stage of the project aimed at capacity building for evaluation experts was carried out during May –October 2021. This stage culminated with an asynchronous training on “Textbooks evaluation applying international experiences and practices” of 2000 evaluation experts from all regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Savvy Business with its partner Astana-Kitap LLP and its subcontractors National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Excellence Training Center (ETC) are satisfied with the completion of this project which definitely contributes to the strengthening of the national system for textbooks requirements and evaluation and improving the quality of the textbooks and the quality of the teachers and evaluators.

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Training of 40 leading experts for Textbook development and evaluation has been completed

The training for professional development of the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts learnt about the international practices on textbooks development and evaluation and acquired skills helping them to improve approach to the textbooks and electronic textbooks expertise. On 16 July 2021, during the closing session of the training the Director and the trainees of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise expressed their gratitude to the Consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap and international trainers for delivery of highly professional training sessions and admitted its role in the future development of Kazakhstani textbooks and teaching and learning materials.

Special posts were published by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2927002527512428&id=1440619732817389  ,  the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise http://www.okulyk-edu.kz/show/item/1626627586- and the participants of the training, underlining the importance of the training delivered  - Dana Rau - Қ Ғ ұ қ... | Facebook

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Participation in panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format

Today, on 12 August 2021 the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Education Content Expertise of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the framework of the traditional August meeting of educators holds a panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format”, during of which the speakers will make reports on modern changes in the content and format of textbooks.

The session is attended by textbook authors and experts, representatives of publishing houses, executors of the World Bank project, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, methodologists of regional and city methodological offices and school teachers.

Mrs. Apostolia Galani, Associate Professor of the Department of Didactics of Geography of the Athens National and Kapodistrian University of Greece, as a representative of the International Consortium "Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap" presents to the attention of the participants the international experience of requirements for the development and examination of modern textbooks.

The results of the session will be summed up by the director of the Center Mr. Eldos Nurlanov, with a report on modern approaches to the content and format of educational literature.

Close 
Training on Textbook development and evaluation

The first round of training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts get acquainted with the international practices in development and evaluation of modern textbooks and electronic textbooks and carried out hands-on activities to strengthen the acquired knowledge. The training is part of WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”, implemented by the consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap, with participation of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Excellence training Center as sub-contractors.

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Face-to-Face training in textbook development and evaluation

Today, on 7 July 2021 in Nur-Sultan, Savvy Business sLTD in association with Astana-kitap has started delivering first round of face to face training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise within the context of the WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”. The aim of the training is to enhance the capacity of the local experts in the field of textbook development and evaluation in accordance with international standards and experience. It is expected that upon completion of the training, participants will be able to apply the improved textbook requirements and evaluation methodology in the country. The second round of the training will be held during the period 12-16 July 2021.

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Working mission to Kazakhstan

Within the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts” of the WB Programme Education Modernization Project, our team met with the management team of the Republican Scientific & Practical Center “Textbook” of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. During the meeting, the latest developments of the project were discussed (such as the requirements of textbooks and digital publications, the evaluation criteria for textbooks and digital publications) and the upcoming training activities of the final stage of the project.  

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Savvy Business management team has successfully completed mission in Kazakhstan

During the week 4-9 April 2021, Savvy Business’s management team has visited Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan meeting its partners and clients of the existing projects.  The team visited the International social foundation “Bilim-Innovation”, which promotes cooperation in the field of education in Kazakhstan by the direct support of the president of the country. The foundation manages 27 public lyceums, 3 private lyceums, 2 international schools and 2 colleges. Savvy and Bilim Innovation foundation already implement one WB funded project in Kazakhstan and have agreed to enhance their cooperation in education in Kazakhstan and in Central Asian’s countries

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Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

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Savvy Business cooperates with National and Kapodistrian Univeristy of Athens and Astana Kitap Publishing for WB project

The international consortium of Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap (in cooperation with sub-contractors National and Kapodistrian university of Athens and Excellence Training Center LLP) has been awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Kazakhstan the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts under the World Bank’s Loan No. 8709-KZ, Programme: Education Modernization Project.

The project’s objectives are strengthening national system for textbook review and approval to assure textbook quality; improvement of the system of textbook quality examination by establishing requirements (standards) for textbooks and increasing capacity of textbooks evaluation experts in Kazakhstan.

The project duration is 14 months.

 

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Online conference presenting the results of the WB project KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10

Today, on 18 June 2020, within the framework of the World Bank “SME competitiveness Project”, the online Conference was organized by Euroconsultants S.A. main contractor for the project (Savvy Business sLTD and Applied Economics Research Center as sub-contractors) in order to present the results of the National Baseline Survey and the SME Development Concept as main deliverables of the contract KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The conference was attended by more than 680 participants, among them representatives of the World Bank, the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Industry and Export Center QazIndustry, Damu Entrepreneurship Development Fund JSC, the national chamber of entrepreneurs "Atameken” and Small and Medium Enterprises.

The key issues discussed were: analysis of data national baseline survey, analysis of the current state of SMEs development, international SME development experience review, forecasts and scenarios for the development of the economy of Kazakhstan and SME sector until 2050, directions for improving the policy of SME development and mechanisms for implementing the Concept of SME development in the RK, stages of implementation of the Concept for the development of SMEs in the RK.

This is the final activity of the project which is successfully completed after 14 months implementation.

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HELLENIC ASSOCIATION FOR ENERGY ECONOMICS VIRTUAL EVENT

Savvy Business’s Manager Ana Maria Tutea attended the very interesting virtual event on “Post-pandemic impact on the world’s gas markets".  The online discussion was moderated by Ms. Valérie Ducrot, Managing Director, WEC - Global Gas Centre. The discussion was carried out by Mr. René Bautz, President of WEC - Global Gas Centre, Mr. Panagiotis Mitrou, Global Gas Segment Manager, Lloyd’s and Dr. Kostas Andriosopoulos, BoD of GGC; Vice President, DEPA.

The prominent speakers provided an insights of possible changes for the global and European gas and LNG markets in Europe in 2020 as well as the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Some notes that we may need to consider in the coming months is that the prices on LNG will become lower, there will be a possible decrease of demand in Europe for gas, gas prices will keep low until the next winter, the covid-19 crisis cannot really accelerate the use of LNG for ships as IMO regulations may be needed. In general, the governments and the market will need to first give a special attention to the fight against the covid-19 and investments in gas and LNG may be postponed until next year. A positive aspect of the covid-19 is that climate change and green economy will remain a priority.

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Final Training Session in NLP

Distance Learning (synchronous) NLP Crash Course (24h) has been successfully completed!
An amazing 2 weeks journey of Savvy Business' Team trained by distinguished PMI and NLP Trainer, Dr. George Diakonikolaou!

Happy Easter!
We wish to all out partners, clients, colleagues, associates and experts a peaceful Easter, full of joy and faith for better days to come! #stayhome, #staysafe
Final Consultative Meeting held online on 9 April 2020 within the WB/IBRD Project
Development of the Concept for the development of SMEs in Kazakhstan in order to increase the share of SMEs in GDP to 50% by 2050 and an Action Plan for its implementation
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Successful completion of WB funded project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts, Contract No: KZEMP / QCBS-01

In October 2021 the 14-month journey of the WB project has been successfully accomplished. The 3rd stage of the project aimed at capacity building for evaluation experts was carried out during May –October 2021. This stage culminated with an asynchronous training on “Textbooks evaluation applying international experiences and practices” of 2000 evaluation experts from all regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Savvy Business with its partner Astana-Kitap LLP and its subcontractors National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Excellence Training Center (ETC) are satisfied with the completion of this project which definitely contributes to the strengthening of the national system for textbooks requirements and evaluation and improving the quality of the textbooks and the quality of the teachers and evaluators.

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Training of 40 leading experts for Textbook development and evaluation has been completed

The training for professional development of the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts learnt about the international practices on textbooks development and evaluation and acquired skills helping them to improve approach to the textbooks and electronic textbooks expertise. On 16 July 2021, during the closing session of the training the Director and the trainees of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise expressed their gratitude to the Consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap and international trainers for delivery of highly professional training sessions and admitted its role in the future development of Kazakhstani textbooks and teaching and learning materials.

Special posts were published by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2927002527512428&id=1440619732817389  ,  the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise http://www.okulyk-edu.kz/show/item/1626627586- and the participants of the training, underlining the importance of the training delivered  - Dana Rau - Қ Ғ ұ қ... | Facebook

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Participation in panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format

Today, on 12 August 2021 the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Education Content Expertise of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the framework of the traditional August meeting of educators holds a panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format”, during of which the speakers will make reports on modern changes in the content and format of textbooks.

The session is attended by textbook authors and experts, representatives of publishing houses, executors of the World Bank project, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, methodologists of regional and city methodological offices and school teachers.

Mrs. Apostolia Galani, Associate Professor of the Department of Didactics of Geography of the Athens National and Kapodistrian University of Greece, as a representative of the International Consortium "Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap" presents to the attention of the participants the international experience of requirements for the development and examination of modern textbooks.

The results of the session will be summed up by the director of the Center Mr. Eldos Nurlanov, with a report on modern approaches to the content and format of educational literature.

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Training on Textbook development and evaluation

The first round of training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts get acquainted with the international practices in development and evaluation of modern textbooks and electronic textbooks and carried out hands-on activities to strengthen the acquired knowledge. The training is part of WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”, implemented by the consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap, with participation of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Excellence training Center as sub-contractors.

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Face-to-Face training in textbook development and evaluation

Today, on 7 July 2021 in Nur-Sultan, Savvy Business sLTD in association with Astana-kitap has started delivering first round of face to face training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise within the context of the WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”. The aim of the training is to enhance the capacity of the local experts in the field of textbook development and evaluation in accordance with international standards and experience. It is expected that upon completion of the training, participants will be able to apply the improved textbook requirements and evaluation methodology in the country. The second round of the training will be held during the period 12-16 July 2021.

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Working mission to Kazakhstan

Within the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts” of the WB Programme Education Modernization Project, our team met with the management team of the Republican Scientific & Practical Center “Textbook” of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. During the meeting, the latest developments of the project were discussed (such as the requirements of textbooks and digital publications, the evaluation criteria for textbooks and digital publications) and the upcoming training activities of the final stage of the project.  

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Savvy Business management team has successfully completed mission in Kazakhstan

During the week 4-9 April 2021, Savvy Business’s management team has visited Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan meeting its partners and clients of the existing projects.  The team visited the International social foundation “Bilim-Innovation”, which promotes cooperation in the field of education in Kazakhstan by the direct support of the president of the country. The foundation manages 27 public lyceums, 3 private lyceums, 2 international schools and 2 colleges. Savvy and Bilim Innovation foundation already implement one WB funded project in Kazakhstan and have agreed to enhance their cooperation in education in Kazakhstan and in Central Asian’s countries

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Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

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Savvy Business cooperates with National and Kapodistrian Univeristy of Athens and Astana Kitap Publishing for WB project

The international consortium of Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap (in cooperation with sub-contractors National and Kapodistrian university of Athens and Excellence Training Center LLP) has been awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Kazakhstan the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts under the World Bank’s Loan No. 8709-KZ, Programme: Education Modernization Project.

The project’s objectives are strengthening national system for textbook review and approval to assure textbook quality; improvement of the system of textbook quality examination by establishing requirements (standards) for textbooks and increasing capacity of textbooks evaluation experts in Kazakhstan.

The project duration is 14 months.

 

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Online conference presenting the results of the WB project KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10

Today, on 18 June 2020, within the framework of the World Bank “SME competitiveness Project”, the online Conference was organized by Euroconsultants S.A. main contractor for the project (Savvy Business sLTD and Applied Economics Research Center as sub-contractors) in order to present the results of the National Baseline Survey and the SME Development Concept as main deliverables of the contract KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The conference was attended by more than 680 participants, among them representatives of the World Bank, the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Industry and Export Center QazIndustry, Damu Entrepreneurship Development Fund JSC, the national chamber of entrepreneurs "Atameken” and Small and Medium Enterprises.

The key issues discussed were: analysis of data national baseline survey, analysis of the current state of SMEs development, international SME development experience review, forecasts and scenarios for the development of the economy of Kazakhstan and SME sector until 2050, directions for improving the policy of SME development and mechanisms for implementing the Concept of SME development in the RK, stages of implementation of the Concept for the development of SMEs in the RK.

This is the final activity of the project which is successfully completed after 14 months implementation.

Close 
HELLENIC ASSOCIATION FOR ENERGY ECONOMICS VIRTUAL EVENT

Savvy Business’s Manager Ana Maria Tutea attended the very interesting virtual event on “Post-pandemic impact on the world’s gas markets".  The online discussion was moderated by Ms. Valérie Ducrot, Managing Director, WEC - Global Gas Centre. The discussion was carried out by Mr. René Bautz, President of WEC - Global Gas Centre, Mr. Panagiotis Mitrou, Global Gas Segment Manager, Lloyd’s and Dr. Kostas Andriosopoulos, BoD of GGC; Vice President, DEPA.

The prominent speakers provided an insights of possible changes for the global and European gas and LNG markets in Europe in 2020 as well as the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Some notes that we may need to consider in the coming months is that the prices on LNG will become lower, there will be a possible decrease of demand in Europe for gas, gas prices will keep low until the next winter, the covid-19 crisis cannot really accelerate the use of LNG for ships as IMO regulations may be needed. In general, the governments and the market will need to first give a special attention to the fight against the covid-19 and investments in gas and LNG may be postponed until next year. A positive aspect of the covid-19 is that climate change and green economy will remain a priority.

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Final Training Session in NLP

Distance Learning (synchronous) NLP Crash Course (24h) has been successfully completed!
An amazing 2 weeks journey of Savvy Business' Team trained by distinguished PMI and NLP Trainer, Dr. George Diakonikolaou!

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Happy Easter!

We wish to all out partners, clients, colleagues, associates and experts a peaceful Easter, full of joy and faith for better days to come! #stayhome, #staysafe

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Final Consultative Meeting held online on 9 April 2020 within the WB/IBRD Project

On April 9, 2020, EUROCONSULTANTS SA (main contractor) together with AERC and Savvy Business as subcontractors has successfully organized the final consultative workshop of the Project with Reference No. KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 KZ via an online platform. The workshop agenda was to discuss the results of the 4th Stage 4 of the project implementation, namely the Concept of small and medium enterprise aimed at increasing the contribution of SMEs to GDP to 50% by 2050.

20 participants  attended and workshop, among which representatives from  Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Project Implementation Unit of the SME Competitiveness Project,  National Chamber of Entrepreneurs “Atameken”, DAMU" Entrepreneurship Development Fund" JSC and  World Bank. From Savvy team’s Michalis Karamanis and Ana Maria Tutea attended. 

The concept will be published on https://smeproject.kz/ru.

The project ends May 2020.

SAVVY team is trained online on NLP Crash Course
#stayhome and work remotely during COVID-10 virus crisis, is an excellent opportunity for Savvy to take care of its people to enhance their skills and knowledge NLP Crash Course
SAVVY WORKS REMOTELY FROM HOME
Since 16 March 2020, our team has started working remotely from home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.

We care about our people and we want all to be safe!

Dont hesitate to contact us at office@savvybusiness.eu
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Successful completion of WB funded project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts, Contract No: KZEMP / QCBS-01

In October 2021 the 14-month journey of the WB project has been successfully accomplished. The 3rd stage of the project aimed at capacity building for evaluation experts was carried out during May –October 2021. This stage culminated with an asynchronous training on “Textbooks evaluation applying international experiences and practices” of 2000 evaluation experts from all regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Savvy Business with its partner Astana-Kitap LLP and its subcontractors National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Excellence Training Center (ETC) are satisfied with the completion of this project which definitely contributes to the strengthening of the national system for textbooks requirements and evaluation and improving the quality of the textbooks and the quality of the teachers and evaluators.

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Training of 40 leading experts for Textbook development and evaluation has been completed

The training for professional development of the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts learnt about the international practices on textbooks development and evaluation and acquired skills helping them to improve approach to the textbooks and electronic textbooks expertise. On 16 July 2021, during the closing session of the training the Director and the trainees of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise expressed their gratitude to the Consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap and international trainers for delivery of highly professional training sessions and admitted its role in the future development of Kazakhstani textbooks and teaching and learning materials.

Special posts were published by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2927002527512428&id=1440619732817389  ,  the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise http://www.okulyk-edu.kz/show/item/1626627586- and the participants of the training, underlining the importance of the training delivered  - Dana Rau - Қ Ғ ұ қ... | Facebook

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Participation in panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format

Today, on 12 August 2021 the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Education Content Expertise of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the framework of the traditional August meeting of educators holds a panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format”, during of which the speakers will make reports on modern changes in the content and format of textbooks.

The session is attended by textbook authors and experts, representatives of publishing houses, executors of the World Bank project, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, methodologists of regional and city methodological offices and school teachers.

Mrs. Apostolia Galani, Associate Professor of the Department of Didactics of Geography of the Athens National and Kapodistrian University of Greece, as a representative of the International Consortium "Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap" presents to the attention of the participants the international experience of requirements for the development and examination of modern textbooks.

The results of the session will be summed up by the director of the Center Mr. Eldos Nurlanov, with a report on modern approaches to the content and format of educational literature.

Close 
Training on Textbook development and evaluation

The first round of training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts get acquainted with the international practices in development and evaluation of modern textbooks and electronic textbooks and carried out hands-on activities to strengthen the acquired knowledge. The training is part of WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”, implemented by the consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap, with participation of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Excellence training Center as sub-contractors.

Close 
Face-to-Face training in textbook development and evaluation

Today, on 7 July 2021 in Nur-Sultan, Savvy Business sLTD in association with Astana-kitap has started delivering first round of face to face training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise within the context of the WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”. The aim of the training is to enhance the capacity of the local experts in the field of textbook development and evaluation in accordance with international standards and experience. It is expected that upon completion of the training, participants will be able to apply the improved textbook requirements and evaluation methodology in the country. The second round of the training will be held during the period 12-16 July 2021.

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Working mission to Kazakhstan

Within the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts” of the WB Programme Education Modernization Project, our team met with the management team of the Republican Scientific & Practical Center “Textbook” of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. During the meeting, the latest developments of the project were discussed (such as the requirements of textbooks and digital publications, the evaluation criteria for textbooks and digital publications) and the upcoming training activities of the final stage of the project.  

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Savvy Business management team has successfully completed mission in Kazakhstan

During the week 4-9 April 2021, Savvy Business’s management team has visited Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan meeting its partners and clients of the existing projects.  The team visited the International social foundation “Bilim-Innovation”, which promotes cooperation in the field of education in Kazakhstan by the direct support of the president of the country. The foundation manages 27 public lyceums, 3 private lyceums, 2 international schools and 2 colleges. Savvy and Bilim Innovation foundation already implement one WB funded project in Kazakhstan and have agreed to enhance their cooperation in education in Kazakhstan and in Central Asian’s countries

Close 
Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

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Savvy Business cooperates with National and Kapodistrian Univeristy of Athens and Astana Kitap Publishing for WB project

The international consortium of Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap (in cooperation with sub-contractors National and Kapodistrian university of Athens and Excellence Training Center LLP) has been awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Kazakhstan the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts under the World Bank’s Loan No. 8709-KZ, Programme: Education Modernization Project.

The project’s objectives are strengthening national system for textbook review and approval to assure textbook quality; improvement of the system of textbook quality examination by establishing requirements (standards) for textbooks and increasing capacity of textbooks evaluation experts in Kazakhstan.

The project duration is 14 months.

 

Close 
Online conference presenting the results of the WB project KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10

Today, on 18 June 2020, within the framework of the World Bank “SME competitiveness Project”, the online Conference was organized by Euroconsultants S.A. main contractor for the project (Savvy Business sLTD and Applied Economics Research Center as sub-contractors) in order to present the results of the National Baseline Survey and the SME Development Concept as main deliverables of the contract KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The conference was attended by more than 680 participants, among them representatives of the World Bank, the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Industry and Export Center QazIndustry, Damu Entrepreneurship Development Fund JSC, the national chamber of entrepreneurs "Atameken” and Small and Medium Enterprises.

The key issues discussed were: analysis of data national baseline survey, analysis of the current state of SMEs development, international SME development experience review, forecasts and scenarios for the development of the economy of Kazakhstan and SME sector until 2050, directions for improving the policy of SME development and mechanisms for implementing the Concept of SME development in the RK, stages of implementation of the Concept for the development of SMEs in the RK.

This is the final activity of the project which is successfully completed after 14 months implementation.

Close 
HELLENIC ASSOCIATION FOR ENERGY ECONOMICS VIRTUAL EVENT

Savvy Business’s Manager Ana Maria Tutea attended the very interesting virtual event on “Post-pandemic impact on the world’s gas markets".  The online discussion was moderated by Ms. Valérie Ducrot, Managing Director, WEC - Global Gas Centre. The discussion was carried out by Mr. René Bautz, President of WEC - Global Gas Centre, Mr. Panagiotis Mitrou, Global Gas Segment Manager, Lloyd’s and Dr. Kostas Andriosopoulos, BoD of GGC; Vice President, DEPA.

The prominent speakers provided an insights of possible changes for the global and European gas and LNG markets in Europe in 2020 as well as the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Some notes that we may need to consider in the coming months is that the prices on LNG will become lower, there will be a possible decrease of demand in Europe for gas, gas prices will keep low until the next winter, the covid-19 crisis cannot really accelerate the use of LNG for ships as IMO regulations may be needed. In general, the governments and the market will need to first give a special attention to the fight against the covid-19 and investments in gas and LNG may be postponed until next year. A positive aspect of the covid-19 is that climate change and green economy will remain a priority.

Close 
Final Training Session in NLP

Distance Learning (synchronous) NLP Crash Course (24h) has been successfully completed!
An amazing 2 weeks journey of Savvy Business' Team trained by distinguished PMI and NLP Trainer, Dr. George Diakonikolaou!

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Happy Easter!

We wish to all out partners, clients, colleagues, associates and experts a peaceful Easter, full of joy and faith for better days to come! #stayhome, #staysafe

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Final Consultative Meeting held online on 9 April 2020 within the WB/IBRD Project

On April 9, 2020, EUROCONSULTANTS SA (main contractor) together with AERC and Savvy Business as subcontractors has successfully organized the final consultative workshop of the Project with Reference No. KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 KZ via an online platform. The workshop agenda was to discuss the results of the 4th Stage 4 of the project implementation, namely the Concept of small and medium enterprise aimed at increasing the contribution of SMEs to GDP to 50% by 2050.

20 participants  attended and workshop, among which representatives from  Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Project Implementation Unit of the SME Competitiveness Project,  National Chamber of Entrepreneurs “Atameken”, DAMU" Entrepreneurship Development Fund" JSC and  World Bank. From Savvy team’s Michalis Karamanis and Ana Maria Tutea attended. 

The concept will be published on https://smeproject.kz/ru.

The project ends May 2020.

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SAVVY team is trained online on NLP Crash Course

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is becoming now the most popular personal development and business growth tool globally. 

Savvy Business gives to its people the opportunity to attend the online course on “NLP Crash Course” (24 hours) offered by Dr. George Diakonikolaou, NLP Training and PMP Trainer. Among the topics of the course, we list some indicatively: origins and history of NLP, practical applications of NLP, NLP Model of Communication, Responsibility of Change, 5 Principles of Success, Goal Setting, the Neurological Model, Values and Beliefs. Exercises and practical cases are part of the course too.

NLP as a global standard of excellence can be applied to Business, Coaching and Therapy, Sport, Education and Personal Development. 

After the training test, each participant receives an attendance certificate and can become Associate Member of the American Board of NLP.

This course is a first phase of the NLP Practitioner Certification@ Training.

 

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SAVVY WORKS REMOTELY FROM HOME
Since 16 March 2020, our team has started working remotely from home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.
 
We care about our people and we want all to be safe!
 
Don’t hesitate to contact us at office@savvybusiness.eu
Happy New Year from Savvy!
Thomas Lamnidis Key Speaker at the Astana Economic Forum 2019 (AEF2019), 17 May 2019
Our Principal and Legal Advisor, Thomas Lamnidis, was invited to be a speaker at Astana Economic Forum 2019 Global Challenges in the session dedicated to "THE AGE OF CONNECTIVITY: PRIVATE SECTOR DIMENSION". An extract of his speech can be followed at LinkedIn.

During this session , it was discusised the role of Central Asias infrastructural capabilities and economic corridors that could serve as a priority and a key source of growth. Being in the center of global corridors between China, Europe and Russia, Central Asia is a single economic and trade route. At the same time, within Central Asia, countries have a low level of trade relations. During the session, it was stated that nowadays, connectivity plays a key role in the regions development; therefore, the Belt and Road Initiative and the EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy should carry a number of investments, infrastructure and trade opportunities for business.
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Successful completion of WB funded project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts, Contract No: KZEMP / QCBS-01

In October 2021 the 14-month journey of the WB project has been successfully accomplished. The 3rd stage of the project aimed at capacity building for evaluation experts was carried out during May –October 2021. This stage culminated with an asynchronous training on “Textbooks evaluation applying international experiences and practices” of 2000 evaluation experts from all regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Savvy Business with its partner Astana-Kitap LLP and its subcontractors National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Excellence Training Center (ETC) are satisfied with the completion of this project which definitely contributes to the strengthening of the national system for textbooks requirements and evaluation and improving the quality of the textbooks and the quality of the teachers and evaluators.

Close 
Training of 40 leading experts for Textbook development and evaluation has been completed

The training for professional development of the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts learnt about the international practices on textbooks development and evaluation and acquired skills helping them to improve approach to the textbooks and electronic textbooks expertise. On 16 July 2021, during the closing session of the training the Director and the trainees of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise expressed their gratitude to the Consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap and international trainers for delivery of highly professional training sessions and admitted its role in the future development of Kazakhstani textbooks and teaching and learning materials.

Special posts were published by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2927002527512428&id=1440619732817389  ,  the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise http://www.okulyk-edu.kz/show/item/1626627586- and the participants of the training, underlining the importance of the training delivered  - Dana Rau - Қ Ғ ұ қ... | Facebook

Close 
Participation in panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format

Today, on 12 August 2021 the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Education Content Expertise of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the framework of the traditional August meeting of educators holds a panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format”, during of which the speakers will make reports on modern changes in the content and format of textbooks.

The session is attended by textbook authors and experts, representatives of publishing houses, executors of the World Bank project, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, methodologists of regional and city methodological offices and school teachers.

Mrs. Apostolia Galani, Associate Professor of the Department of Didactics of Geography of the Athens National and Kapodistrian University of Greece, as a representative of the International Consortium "Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap" presents to the attention of the participants the international experience of requirements for the development and examination of modern textbooks.

The results of the session will be summed up by the director of the Center Mr. Eldos Nurlanov, with a report on modern approaches to the content and format of educational literature.

Close 
Training on Textbook development and evaluation

The first round of training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts get acquainted with the international practices in development and evaluation of modern textbooks and electronic textbooks and carried out hands-on activities to strengthen the acquired knowledge. The training is part of WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”, implemented by the consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap, with participation of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Excellence training Center as sub-contractors.

Close 
Face-to-Face training in textbook development and evaluation

Today, on 7 July 2021 in Nur-Sultan, Savvy Business sLTD in association with Astana-kitap has started delivering first round of face to face training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise within the context of the WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”. The aim of the training is to enhance the capacity of the local experts in the field of textbook development and evaluation in accordance with international standards and experience. It is expected that upon completion of the training, participants will be able to apply the improved textbook requirements and evaluation methodology in the country. The second round of the training will be held during the period 12-16 July 2021.

Close 
Working mission to Kazakhstan

Within the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts” of the WB Programme Education Modernization Project, our team met with the management team of the Republican Scientific & Practical Center “Textbook” of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. During the meeting, the latest developments of the project were discussed (such as the requirements of textbooks and digital publications, the evaluation criteria for textbooks and digital publications) and the upcoming training activities of the final stage of the project.  

Close 
Savvy Business management team has successfully completed mission in Kazakhstan

During the week 4-9 April 2021, Savvy Business’s management team has visited Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan meeting its partners and clients of the existing projects.  The team visited the International social foundation “Bilim-Innovation”, which promotes cooperation in the field of education in Kazakhstan by the direct support of the president of the country. The foundation manages 27 public lyceums, 3 private lyceums, 2 international schools and 2 colleges. Savvy and Bilim Innovation foundation already implement one WB funded project in Kazakhstan and have agreed to enhance their cooperation in education in Kazakhstan and in Central Asian’s countries

Close 
Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

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Savvy Business cooperates with National and Kapodistrian Univeristy of Athens and Astana Kitap Publishing for WB project

The international consortium of Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap (in cooperation with sub-contractors National and Kapodistrian university of Athens and Excellence Training Center LLP) has been awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Kazakhstan the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts under the World Bank’s Loan No. 8709-KZ, Programme: Education Modernization Project.

The project’s objectives are strengthening national system for textbook review and approval to assure textbook quality; improvement of the system of textbook quality examination by establishing requirements (standards) for textbooks and increasing capacity of textbooks evaluation experts in Kazakhstan.

The project duration is 14 months.

 

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Online conference presenting the results of the WB project KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10

Today, on 18 June 2020, within the framework of the World Bank “SME competitiveness Project”, the online Conference was organized by Euroconsultants S.A. main contractor for the project (Savvy Business sLTD and Applied Economics Research Center as sub-contractors) in order to present the results of the National Baseline Survey and the SME Development Concept as main deliverables of the contract KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The conference was attended by more than 680 participants, among them representatives of the World Bank, the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Industry and Export Center QazIndustry, Damu Entrepreneurship Development Fund JSC, the national chamber of entrepreneurs "Atameken” and Small and Medium Enterprises.

The key issues discussed were: analysis of data national baseline survey, analysis of the current state of SMEs development, international SME development experience review, forecasts and scenarios for the development of the economy of Kazakhstan and SME sector until 2050, directions for improving the policy of SME development and mechanisms for implementing the Concept of SME development in the RK, stages of implementation of the Concept for the development of SMEs in the RK.

This is the final activity of the project which is successfully completed after 14 months implementation.

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HELLENIC ASSOCIATION FOR ENERGY ECONOMICS VIRTUAL EVENT

Savvy Business’s Manager Ana Maria Tutea attended the very interesting virtual event on “Post-pandemic impact on the world’s gas markets".  The online discussion was moderated by Ms. Valérie Ducrot, Managing Director, WEC - Global Gas Centre. The discussion was carried out by Mr. René Bautz, President of WEC - Global Gas Centre, Mr. Panagiotis Mitrou, Global Gas Segment Manager, Lloyd’s and Dr. Kostas Andriosopoulos, BoD of GGC; Vice President, DEPA.

The prominent speakers provided an insights of possible changes for the global and European gas and LNG markets in Europe in 2020 as well as the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Some notes that we may need to consider in the coming months is that the prices on LNG will become lower, there will be a possible decrease of demand in Europe for gas, gas prices will keep low until the next winter, the covid-19 crisis cannot really accelerate the use of LNG for ships as IMO regulations may be needed. In general, the governments and the market will need to first give a special attention to the fight against the covid-19 and investments in gas and LNG may be postponed until next year. A positive aspect of the covid-19 is that climate change and green economy will remain a priority.

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Final Training Session in NLP

Distance Learning (synchronous) NLP Crash Course (24h) has been successfully completed!
An amazing 2 weeks journey of Savvy Business' Team trained by distinguished PMI and NLP Trainer, Dr. George Diakonikolaou!

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Happy Easter!

We wish to all out partners, clients, colleagues, associates and experts a peaceful Easter, full of joy and faith for better days to come! #stayhome, #staysafe

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Final Consultative Meeting held online on 9 April 2020 within the WB/IBRD Project

On April 9, 2020, EUROCONSULTANTS SA (main contractor) together with AERC and Savvy Business as subcontractors has successfully organized the final consultative workshop of the Project with Reference No. KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 KZ via an online platform. The workshop agenda was to discuss the results of the 4th Stage 4 of the project implementation, namely the Concept of small and medium enterprise aimed at increasing the contribution of SMEs to GDP to 50% by 2050.

20 participants  attended and workshop, among which representatives from  Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Project Implementation Unit of the SME Competitiveness Project,  National Chamber of Entrepreneurs “Atameken”, DAMU" Entrepreneurship Development Fund" JSC and  World Bank. From Savvy team’s Michalis Karamanis and Ana Maria Tutea attended. 

The concept will be published on https://smeproject.kz/ru.

The project ends May 2020.

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SAVVY team is trained online on NLP Crash Course

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is becoming now the most popular personal development and business growth tool globally. 

Savvy Business gives to its people the opportunity to attend the online course on “NLP Crash Course” (24 hours) offered by Dr. George Diakonikolaou, NLP Training and PMP Trainer. Among the topics of the course, we list some indicatively: origins and history of NLP, practical applications of NLP, NLP Model of Communication, Responsibility of Change, 5 Principles of Success, Goal Setting, the Neurological Model, Values and Beliefs. Exercises and practical cases are part of the course too.

NLP as a global standard of excellence can be applied to Business, Coaching and Therapy, Sport, Education and Personal Development. 

After the training test, each participant receives an attendance certificate and can become Associate Member of the American Board of NLP.

This course is a first phase of the NLP Practitioner Certification@ Training.

 

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SAVVY WORKS REMOTELY FROM HOME
Since 16 March 2020, our team has started working remotely from home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.
 
We care about our people and we want all to be safe!
 
Don’t hesitate to contact us at office@savvybusiness.eu
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Happy New Year from Savvy!

  

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Thomas Lamnidis Key Speaker at the Astana Economic Forum 2019 (AEF2019), 17 May 2019

Our Principal and Legal Advisor, Thomas Lamnidis, was invited to be a speaker at Astana Economic Forum 2019 Global Challenges in the session dedicated to "THE AGE OF CONNECTIVITY: PRIVATE SECTOR DIMENSION". An extract of his speech can be followed at LinkedIn.

During this session , it was discusised the role of Central Asia’s infrastructural capabilities and economic corridors that could serve as a priority and a key source of growth. Being in the center of global corridors between China, Europe and Russia, Central Asia is a single economic and trade route. At the same time, within Central Asia, countries have a low level of trade relations. During the session, it was stated that nowadays, connectivity plays a key role in the region’s development; therefore, the Belt and Road Initiative and the EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy should carry a number of investments, infrastructure and trade opportunities for business.

The Panel was chaired by Mr. Mattia Romani, Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD.  The questions he raised were:
• How is connectivity in Eurasia going to change in the coming years due to new
technologies?
• What technological developments will affect connectivity in Central Asia (including
transport, logistics, etc.)?
• How will enhanced connectivity create new opportunities in Central Asia?
• What is the role of the private sector and the regulators in this?
Chair: Mattia Romani, Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD
 
The discussions and debates were carried out by prominent speakers : Alexey Grom, President, Chairman of the Board of the United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance, Eugene Seah, COO of the Port of Baku, Yerlan Absatov, General Director of the Transport Union of Kazakhstan “Kazlogistics”, Massimo Deandreis, General Manager, S.R.M. Economic Research Center, Chairman, GEI Italian Council of Business Economists.

 

Update on the progress of the pre-qualified assessment of short-term training providers in Republic of Kazakhstan
The process of pre-qualified assessment of training providers in the framework of the Skills and Jobs Project in Kazakhstan is well underway. To date, the implementing consortium has assessed 557 training providers throughout the country, using an extensive pre-defined methodology. The process of assessment goes on. For more information, follow the link to read the interview on the subject: https://tengrinews.kz/conference/309/

Wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year from Savvy Business' team!
Wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year from Savvy Business' team!
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Successful completion of WB funded project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts, Contract No: KZEMP / QCBS-01

In October 2021 the 14-month journey of the WB project has been successfully accomplished. The 3rd stage of the project aimed at capacity building for evaluation experts was carried out during May –October 2021. This stage culminated with an asynchronous training on “Textbooks evaluation applying international experiences and practices” of 2000 evaluation experts from all regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Savvy Business with its partner Astana-Kitap LLP and its subcontractors National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Excellence Training Center (ETC) are satisfied with the completion of this project which definitely contributes to the strengthening of the national system for textbooks requirements and evaluation and improving the quality of the textbooks and the quality of the teachers and evaluators.

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Training of 40 leading experts for Textbook development and evaluation has been completed

The training for professional development of the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts learnt about the international practices on textbooks development and evaluation and acquired skills helping them to improve approach to the textbooks and electronic textbooks expertise. On 16 July 2021, during the closing session of the training the Director and the trainees of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise expressed their gratitude to the Consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap and international trainers for delivery of highly professional training sessions and admitted its role in the future development of Kazakhstani textbooks and teaching and learning materials.

Special posts were published by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2927002527512428&id=1440619732817389  ,  the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise http://www.okulyk-edu.kz/show/item/1626627586- and the participants of the training, underlining the importance of the training delivered  - Dana Rau - Қ Ғ ұ қ... | Facebook

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Participation in panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format

Today, on 12 August 2021 the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Education Content Expertise of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the framework of the traditional August meeting of educators holds a panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format”, during of which the speakers will make reports on modern changes in the content and format of textbooks.

The session is attended by textbook authors and experts, representatives of publishing houses, executors of the World Bank project, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, methodologists of regional and city methodological offices and school teachers.

Mrs. Apostolia Galani, Associate Professor of the Department of Didactics of Geography of the Athens National and Kapodistrian University of Greece, as a representative of the International Consortium "Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap" presents to the attention of the participants the international experience of requirements for the development and examination of modern textbooks.

The results of the session will be summed up by the director of the Center Mr. Eldos Nurlanov, with a report on modern approaches to the content and format of educational literature.

Close 
Training on Textbook development and evaluation

The first round of training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts get acquainted with the international practices in development and evaluation of modern textbooks and electronic textbooks and carried out hands-on activities to strengthen the acquired knowledge. The training is part of WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”, implemented by the consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap, with participation of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Excellence training Center as sub-contractors.

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Face-to-Face training in textbook development and evaluation

Today, on 7 July 2021 in Nur-Sultan, Savvy Business sLTD in association with Astana-kitap has started delivering first round of face to face training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise within the context of the WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”. The aim of the training is to enhance the capacity of the local experts in the field of textbook development and evaluation in accordance with international standards and experience. It is expected that upon completion of the training, participants will be able to apply the improved textbook requirements and evaluation methodology in the country. The second round of the training will be held during the period 12-16 July 2021.

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Working mission to Kazakhstan

Within the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts” of the WB Programme Education Modernization Project, our team met with the management team of the Republican Scientific & Practical Center “Textbook” of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. During the meeting, the latest developments of the project were discussed (such as the requirements of textbooks and digital publications, the evaluation criteria for textbooks and digital publications) and the upcoming training activities of the final stage of the project.  

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Savvy Business management team has successfully completed mission in Kazakhstan

During the week 4-9 April 2021, Savvy Business’s management team has visited Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan meeting its partners and clients of the existing projects.  The team visited the International social foundation “Bilim-Innovation”, which promotes cooperation in the field of education in Kazakhstan by the direct support of the president of the country. The foundation manages 27 public lyceums, 3 private lyceums, 2 international schools and 2 colleges. Savvy and Bilim Innovation foundation already implement one WB funded project in Kazakhstan and have agreed to enhance their cooperation in education in Kazakhstan and in Central Asian’s countries

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Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

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Savvy Business cooperates with National and Kapodistrian Univeristy of Athens and Astana Kitap Publishing for WB project

The international consortium of Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap (in cooperation with sub-contractors National and Kapodistrian university of Athens and Excellence Training Center LLP) has been awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Kazakhstan the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts under the World Bank’s Loan No. 8709-KZ, Programme: Education Modernization Project.

The project’s objectives are strengthening national system for textbook review and approval to assure textbook quality; improvement of the system of textbook quality examination by establishing requirements (standards) for textbooks and increasing capacity of textbooks evaluation experts in Kazakhstan.

The project duration is 14 months.

 

Close 
Online conference presenting the results of the WB project KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10

Today, on 18 June 2020, within the framework of the World Bank “SME competitiveness Project”, the online Conference was organized by Euroconsultants S.A. main contractor for the project (Savvy Business sLTD and Applied Economics Research Center as sub-contractors) in order to present the results of the National Baseline Survey and the SME Development Concept as main deliverables of the contract KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The conference was attended by more than 680 participants, among them representatives of the World Bank, the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Industry and Export Center QazIndustry, Damu Entrepreneurship Development Fund JSC, the national chamber of entrepreneurs "Atameken” and Small and Medium Enterprises.

The key issues discussed were: analysis of data national baseline survey, analysis of the current state of SMEs development, international SME development experience review, forecasts and scenarios for the development of the economy of Kazakhstan and SME sector until 2050, directions for improving the policy of SME development and mechanisms for implementing the Concept of SME development in the RK, stages of implementation of the Concept for the development of SMEs in the RK.

This is the final activity of the project which is successfully completed after 14 months implementation.

Close 
HELLENIC ASSOCIATION FOR ENERGY ECONOMICS VIRTUAL EVENT

Savvy Business’s Manager Ana Maria Tutea attended the very interesting virtual event on “Post-pandemic impact on the world’s gas markets".  The online discussion was moderated by Ms. Valérie Ducrot, Managing Director, WEC - Global Gas Centre. The discussion was carried out by Mr. René Bautz, President of WEC - Global Gas Centre, Mr. Panagiotis Mitrou, Global Gas Segment Manager, Lloyd’s and Dr. Kostas Andriosopoulos, BoD of GGC; Vice President, DEPA.

The prominent speakers provided an insights of possible changes for the global and European gas and LNG markets in Europe in 2020 as well as the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Some notes that we may need to consider in the coming months is that the prices on LNG will become lower, there will be a possible decrease of demand in Europe for gas, gas prices will keep low until the next winter, the covid-19 crisis cannot really accelerate the use of LNG for ships as IMO regulations may be needed. In general, the governments and the market will need to first give a special attention to the fight against the covid-19 and investments in gas and LNG may be postponed until next year. A positive aspect of the covid-19 is that climate change and green economy will remain a priority.

Close 
Final Training Session in NLP

Distance Learning (synchronous) NLP Crash Course (24h) has been successfully completed!
An amazing 2 weeks journey of Savvy Business' Team trained by distinguished PMI and NLP Trainer, Dr. George Diakonikolaou!

Close 
Happy Easter!

We wish to all out partners, clients, colleagues, associates and experts a peaceful Easter, full of joy and faith for better days to come! #stayhome, #staysafe

Close 
Final Consultative Meeting held online on 9 April 2020 within the WB/IBRD Project

On April 9, 2020, EUROCONSULTANTS SA (main contractor) together with AERC and Savvy Business as subcontractors has successfully organized the final consultative workshop of the Project with Reference No. KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 KZ via an online platform. The workshop agenda was to discuss the results of the 4th Stage 4 of the project implementation, namely the Concept of small and medium enterprise aimed at increasing the contribution of SMEs to GDP to 50% by 2050.

20 participants  attended and workshop, among which representatives from  Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Project Implementation Unit of the SME Competitiveness Project,  National Chamber of Entrepreneurs “Atameken”, DAMU" Entrepreneurship Development Fund" JSC and  World Bank. From Savvy team’s Michalis Karamanis and Ana Maria Tutea attended. 

The concept will be published on https://smeproject.kz/ru.

The project ends May 2020.

Close 
SAVVY team is trained online on NLP Crash Course

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is becoming now the most popular personal development and business growth tool globally. 

Savvy Business gives to its people the opportunity to attend the online course on “NLP Crash Course” (24 hours) offered by Dr. George Diakonikolaou, NLP Training and PMP Trainer. Among the topics of the course, we list some indicatively: origins and history of NLP, practical applications of NLP, NLP Model of Communication, Responsibility of Change, 5 Principles of Success, Goal Setting, the Neurological Model, Values and Beliefs. Exercises and practical cases are part of the course too.

NLP as a global standard of excellence can be applied to Business, Coaching and Therapy, Sport, Education and Personal Development. 

After the training test, each participant receives an attendance certificate and can become Associate Member of the American Board of NLP.

This course is a first phase of the NLP Practitioner Certification@ Training.

 

Close 
SAVVY WORKS REMOTELY FROM HOME
Since 16 March 2020, our team has started working remotely from home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.
 
We care about our people and we want all to be safe!
 
Don’t hesitate to contact us at office@savvybusiness.eu
Close 
Happy New Year from Savvy!

  

Close 
Thomas Lamnidis Key Speaker at the Astana Economic Forum 2019 (AEF2019), 17 May 2019

Our Principal and Legal Advisor, Thomas Lamnidis, was invited to be a speaker at Astana Economic Forum 2019 Global Challenges in the session dedicated to "THE AGE OF CONNECTIVITY: PRIVATE SECTOR DIMENSION". An extract of his speech can be followed at LinkedIn.

During this session , it was discusised the role of Central Asia’s infrastructural capabilities and economic corridors that could serve as a priority and a key source of growth. Being in the center of global corridors between China, Europe and Russia, Central Asia is a single economic and trade route. At the same time, within Central Asia, countries have a low level of trade relations. During the session, it was stated that nowadays, connectivity plays a key role in the region’s development; therefore, the Belt and Road Initiative and the EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy should carry a number of investments, infrastructure and trade opportunities for business.

The Panel was chaired by Mr. Mattia Romani, Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD.  The questions he raised were:
• How is connectivity in Eurasia going to change in the coming years due to new
technologies?
• What technological developments will affect connectivity in Central Asia (including
transport, logistics, etc.)?
• How will enhanced connectivity create new opportunities in Central Asia?
• What is the role of the private sector and the regulators in this?
Chair: Mattia Romani, Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD
 
The discussions and debates were carried out by prominent speakers : Alexey Grom, President, Chairman of the Board of the United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance, Eugene Seah, COO of the Port of Baku, Yerlan Absatov, General Director of the Transport Union of Kazakhstan “Kazlogistics”, Massimo Deandreis, General Manager, S.R.M. Economic Research Center, Chairman, GEI Italian Council of Business Economists.

 

Close 
Update on the progress of the pre-qualified assessment of short-term training providers in Republic of Kazakhstan

The process of pre-qualified assessment of training providers in the framework of the Skills and Jobs Project in Kazakhstan is well underway. To date, the implementing consortium has assessed 557 training providers throughout the country, using an extensive pre-defined methodology. The process of assessment goes on. For more information, follow the link to read the interview on the subject: https://tengrinews.kz/conference/309/

 
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Wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year from Savvy Business' team!

 Wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year from Savvy Business' team!

New conformity checking for DG MOVE
Savvy Business sLTD, under the Framework Service Contract MOVE/ENER/SRD/498-2016 Lot 1, will be assisting Milieu Ltd in the implementation of the specific contract Conformity assessment of the transposition of Directives 2014/45/EU (on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers), 2014/46/EU (on the registration documents for vehicles) and 2014/47/EU (on the technical roadside inspection of the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles circulating in the Union).
Savvy will carry out in-depth legal analysis of the conformity of national transposition and implementing measures with specific provisions of the Directives for Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria.
Forum Astana
On 29 November 2018, Savvy Business sLTDs team attended the forum The Future of the Labor Market: New Opportunities", organized by the Ministry of labor and social protection of the Population of Kazakhstan with the aim to discuss employment and social development prospects in Kazakhstan in the context of dynamic changes in the global labor market in connection with 4th Industrial Revolution.

Among the Government representatives, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of Labour Madina Abylkassymova, Vice Minister Nariman Mukushev took part in the work of the forum along with the representatives of international organizations and IFIs, as well as large transnational and local companies.
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Successful completion of WB funded project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts, Contract No: KZEMP / QCBS-01

In October 2021 the 14-month journey of the WB project has been successfully accomplished. The 3rd stage of the project aimed at capacity building for evaluation experts was carried out during May –October 2021. This stage culminated with an asynchronous training on “Textbooks evaluation applying international experiences and practices” of 2000 evaluation experts from all regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Savvy Business with its partner Astana-Kitap LLP and its subcontractors National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Excellence Training Center (ETC) are satisfied with the completion of this project which definitely contributes to the strengthening of the national system for textbooks requirements and evaluation and improving the quality of the textbooks and the quality of the teachers and evaluators.

Close 
Training of 40 leading experts for Textbook development and evaluation has been completed

The training for professional development of the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts learnt about the international practices on textbooks development and evaluation and acquired skills helping them to improve approach to the textbooks and electronic textbooks expertise. On 16 July 2021, during the closing session of the training the Director and the trainees of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise expressed their gratitude to the Consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap and international trainers for delivery of highly professional training sessions and admitted its role in the future development of Kazakhstani textbooks and teaching and learning materials.

Special posts were published by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2927002527512428&id=1440619732817389  ,  the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise http://www.okulyk-edu.kz/show/item/1626627586- and the participants of the training, underlining the importance of the training delivered  - Dana Rau - Қ Ғ ұ қ... | Facebook

Close 
Participation in panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format

Today, on 12 August 2021 the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Education Content Expertise of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the framework of the traditional August meeting of educators holds a panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format”, during of which the speakers will make reports on modern changes in the content and format of textbooks.

The session is attended by textbook authors and experts, representatives of publishing houses, executors of the World Bank project, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, methodologists of regional and city methodological offices and school teachers.

Mrs. Apostolia Galani, Associate Professor of the Department of Didactics of Geography of the Athens National and Kapodistrian University of Greece, as a representative of the International Consortium "Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap" presents to the attention of the participants the international experience of requirements for the development and examination of modern textbooks.

The results of the session will be summed up by the director of the Center Mr. Eldos Nurlanov, with a report on modern approaches to the content and format of educational literature.

Close 
Training on Textbook development and evaluation

The first round of training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts get acquainted with the international practices in development and evaluation of modern textbooks and electronic textbooks and carried out hands-on activities to strengthen the acquired knowledge. The training is part of WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”, implemented by the consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap, with participation of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Excellence training Center as sub-contractors.

Close 
Face-to-Face training in textbook development and evaluation

Today, on 7 July 2021 in Nur-Sultan, Savvy Business sLTD in association with Astana-kitap has started delivering first round of face to face training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise within the context of the WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”. The aim of the training is to enhance the capacity of the local experts in the field of textbook development and evaluation in accordance with international standards and experience. It is expected that upon completion of the training, participants will be able to apply the improved textbook requirements and evaluation methodology in the country. The second round of the training will be held during the period 12-16 July 2021.

Close 
Working mission to Kazakhstan

Within the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts” of the WB Programme Education Modernization Project, our team met with the management team of the Republican Scientific & Practical Center “Textbook” of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. During the meeting, the latest developments of the project were discussed (such as the requirements of textbooks and digital publications, the evaluation criteria for textbooks and digital publications) and the upcoming training activities of the final stage of the project.  

Close 
Savvy Business management team has successfully completed mission in Kazakhstan

During the week 4-9 April 2021, Savvy Business’s management team has visited Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan meeting its partners and clients of the existing projects.  The team visited the International social foundation “Bilim-Innovation”, which promotes cooperation in the field of education in Kazakhstan by the direct support of the president of the country. The foundation manages 27 public lyceums, 3 private lyceums, 2 international schools and 2 colleges. Savvy and Bilim Innovation foundation already implement one WB funded project in Kazakhstan and have agreed to enhance their cooperation in education in Kazakhstan and in Central Asian’s countries

Close 
Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

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Savvy Business cooperates with National and Kapodistrian Univeristy of Athens and Astana Kitap Publishing for WB project

The international consortium of Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap (in cooperation with sub-contractors National and Kapodistrian university of Athens and Excellence Training Center LLP) has been awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Kazakhstan the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts under the World Bank’s Loan No. 8709-KZ, Programme: Education Modernization Project.

The project’s objectives are strengthening national system for textbook review and approval to assure textbook quality; improvement of the system of textbook quality examination by establishing requirements (standards) for textbooks and increasing capacity of textbooks evaluation experts in Kazakhstan.

The project duration is 14 months.

 

Close 
Online conference presenting the results of the WB project KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10

Today, on 18 June 2020, within the framework of the World Bank “SME competitiveness Project”, the online Conference was organized by Euroconsultants S.A. main contractor for the project (Savvy Business sLTD and Applied Economics Research Center as sub-contractors) in order to present the results of the National Baseline Survey and the SME Development Concept as main deliverables of the contract KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The conference was attended by more than 680 participants, among them representatives of the World Bank, the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Industry and Export Center QazIndustry, Damu Entrepreneurship Development Fund JSC, the national chamber of entrepreneurs "Atameken” and Small and Medium Enterprises.

The key issues discussed were: analysis of data national baseline survey, analysis of the current state of SMEs development, international SME development experience review, forecasts and scenarios for the development of the economy of Kazakhstan and SME sector until 2050, directions for improving the policy of SME development and mechanisms for implementing the Concept of SME development in the RK, stages of implementation of the Concept for the development of SMEs in the RK.

This is the final activity of the project which is successfully completed after 14 months implementation.

Close 
HELLENIC ASSOCIATION FOR ENERGY ECONOMICS VIRTUAL EVENT

Savvy Business’s Manager Ana Maria Tutea attended the very interesting virtual event on “Post-pandemic impact on the world’s gas markets".  The online discussion was moderated by Ms. Valérie Ducrot, Managing Director, WEC - Global Gas Centre. The discussion was carried out by Mr. René Bautz, President of WEC - Global Gas Centre, Mr. Panagiotis Mitrou, Global Gas Segment Manager, Lloyd’s and Dr. Kostas Andriosopoulos, BoD of GGC; Vice President, DEPA.

The prominent speakers provided an insights of possible changes for the global and European gas and LNG markets in Europe in 2020 as well as the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Some notes that we may need to consider in the coming months is that the prices on LNG will become lower, there will be a possible decrease of demand in Europe for gas, gas prices will keep low until the next winter, the covid-19 crisis cannot really accelerate the use of LNG for ships as IMO regulations may be needed. In general, the governments and the market will need to first give a special attention to the fight against the covid-19 and investments in gas and LNG may be postponed until next year. A positive aspect of the covid-19 is that climate change and green economy will remain a priority.

Close 
Final Training Session in NLP

Distance Learning (synchronous) NLP Crash Course (24h) has been successfully completed!
An amazing 2 weeks journey of Savvy Business' Team trained by distinguished PMI and NLP Trainer, Dr. George Diakonikolaou!

Close 
Happy Easter!

We wish to all out partners, clients, colleagues, associates and experts a peaceful Easter, full of joy and faith for better days to come! #stayhome, #staysafe

Close 
Final Consultative Meeting held online on 9 April 2020 within the WB/IBRD Project

On April 9, 2020, EUROCONSULTANTS SA (main contractor) together with AERC and Savvy Business as subcontractors has successfully organized the final consultative workshop of the Project with Reference No. KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 KZ via an online platform. The workshop agenda was to discuss the results of the 4th Stage 4 of the project implementation, namely the Concept of small and medium enterprise aimed at increasing the contribution of SMEs to GDP to 50% by 2050.

20 participants  attended and workshop, among which representatives from  Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Project Implementation Unit of the SME Competitiveness Project,  National Chamber of Entrepreneurs “Atameken”, DAMU" Entrepreneurship Development Fund" JSC and  World Bank. From Savvy team’s Michalis Karamanis and Ana Maria Tutea attended. 

The concept will be published on https://smeproject.kz/ru.

The project ends May 2020.

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SAVVY team is trained online on NLP Crash Course

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is becoming now the most popular personal development and business growth tool globally. 

Savvy Business gives to its people the opportunity to attend the online course on “NLP Crash Course” (24 hours) offered by Dr. George Diakonikolaou, NLP Training and PMP Trainer. Among the topics of the course, we list some indicatively: origins and history of NLP, practical applications of NLP, NLP Model of Communication, Responsibility of Change, 5 Principles of Success, Goal Setting, the Neurological Model, Values and Beliefs. Exercises and practical cases are part of the course too.

NLP as a global standard of excellence can be applied to Business, Coaching and Therapy, Sport, Education and Personal Development. 

After the training test, each participant receives an attendance certificate and can become Associate Member of the American Board of NLP.

This course is a first phase of the NLP Practitioner Certification@ Training.

 

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SAVVY WORKS REMOTELY FROM HOME
Since 16 March 2020, our team has started working remotely from home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.
 
We care about our people and we want all to be safe!
 
Don’t hesitate to contact us at office@savvybusiness.eu
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Happy New Year from Savvy!

  

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Thomas Lamnidis Key Speaker at the Astana Economic Forum 2019 (AEF2019), 17 May 2019

Our Principal and Legal Advisor, Thomas Lamnidis, was invited to be a speaker at Astana Economic Forum 2019 Global Challenges in the session dedicated to "THE AGE OF CONNECTIVITY: PRIVATE SECTOR DIMENSION". An extract of his speech can be followed at LinkedIn.

During this session , it was discusised the role of Central Asia’s infrastructural capabilities and economic corridors that could serve as a priority and a key source of growth. Being in the center of global corridors between China, Europe and Russia, Central Asia is a single economic and trade route. At the same time, within Central Asia, countries have a low level of trade relations. During the session, it was stated that nowadays, connectivity plays a key role in the region’s development; therefore, the Belt and Road Initiative and the EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy should carry a number of investments, infrastructure and trade opportunities for business.

The Panel was chaired by Mr. Mattia Romani, Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD.  The questions he raised were:
• How is connectivity in Eurasia going to change in the coming years due to new
technologies?
• What technological developments will affect connectivity in Central Asia (including
transport, logistics, etc.)?
• How will enhanced connectivity create new opportunities in Central Asia?
• What is the role of the private sector and the regulators in this?
Chair: Mattia Romani, Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD
 
The discussions and debates were carried out by prominent speakers : Alexey Grom, President, Chairman of the Board of the United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance, Eugene Seah, COO of the Port of Baku, Yerlan Absatov, General Director of the Transport Union of Kazakhstan “Kazlogistics”, Massimo Deandreis, General Manager, S.R.M. Economic Research Center, Chairman, GEI Italian Council of Business Economists.

 

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Update on the progress of the pre-qualified assessment of short-term training providers in Republic of Kazakhstan

The process of pre-qualified assessment of training providers in the framework of the Skills and Jobs Project in Kazakhstan is well underway. To date, the implementing consortium has assessed 557 training providers throughout the country, using an extensive pre-defined methodology. The process of assessment goes on. For more information, follow the link to read the interview on the subject: https://tengrinews.kz/conference/309/

 
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Wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year from Savvy Business' team!

 Wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year from Savvy Business' team!

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New conformity checking for DG MOVE

Savvy Business sLTD, under the Framework Service Contract MOVE/ENER/SRD/498-2016 Lot 1, will be assisting Milieu Ltd in the implementation of the specific contract “Conformity assessment of the transposition of Directives 2014/45/EU (on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers), 2014/46/EU (on the registration documents for vehicles) and 2014/47/EU (on the technical roadside inspection of the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles circulating in the Union)”.

Savvy will carry out in-depth legal analysis of the conformity of national transposition and implementing measures with specific provisions of the Directives for Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria. 

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Forum Astana

 On 29 November 2018, Savvy Business sLTD’s team attended the forum “The Future of the Labor Market: New Opportunities", organized by the Ministry of labor and social protection of the Population of Kazakhstan with the aim to discuss employment and social development prospects in Kazakhstan in the context of dynamic changes in the global labor market in connection with 4th Industrial Revolution.

Among the Government representatives, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of Labour Madina Abylkassymova, Vice Minister Nariman Mukushev took part in the work of the forum along with the representatives of international organizations and IFI’s, as well as large transnational and local companies.

 

For the successful implementation of the contract No KZSJ-2.2/CS-02-QCBS “Provision of consulting services on compiling inventory, assessment and prequalification selection of training service providers” in the framework of the World Bank “Skills & Jobs” project, Mr. Michalis Karamanis received Award of Excellence for active contribution to project implementation.

 

 

Growing development of renewable energy projects in Kazakhstan

During the last two years, we have noticed a considerable progress of the implementation of RES projects in Kazakhstan which now became a priority of the governments energy policy, especially after November 2016, when Kazakhstan ratified the Paris Agreement.

Today, the share of RES in the total energy market of Kazakhstan is 1% but the target is to reach 3% by 2020 through the implementation of projects (total capacity 2000 MW- including 960 MW of wind farms, 750 MW of solar power and 290 MW of hydroelectric power) for which contracts for the purchase of electricity from RES have been already concluded with the investors.

Since 2009 until today, the total amount of investments in the RES sector amounts to about 58.5 billion tenge (approx. 140 M euro) based on the data of the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan.

According to the Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan, Mr. Kanat Bozumbaev, currently, there are 65 operating RES facilities in the country, including 12 wind farms, 19 solar, 33 hydroelectric power stations and 1 biogas plant. During the first half of 2018, they generated 629.5 million kW/h of electricity.

All RES projects in Kazakhstan are financed by investors in exchange for a guaranteed purchase of electricity from RES for 15 years at fixed tariffs or auction prices, exemption from payment for transporting RES electricity or investment preferences in accordance with the Business Code.

The bottleneck was the mechanism for the determination of fixed tariffs and marginal auction prices. Another main concern for investors was the issue of "long" money in the national currency, since the facilities are operating on the domestic market, and they will not receive foreign exchange earnings.

Now the government changed the current formula for indexation of auction prices, taking into account changes in the tenge's exchange rate to convertible currencies by 70%, and to the consumer price index by 30% from the second year of production. Such a scheme eliminates the currency risks of investors. This will allow investors to attract cheaper loan financing in foreign currency and the bidding will lead to a decrease in marginal auction prices.

The Development Bank of Kazakhstan, which is a local bank, provides loans for the construction of solar, wind power stations and small hydro power plants.

As of today, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is the sole international project finance provider for renewable projects in the Kazakhstan. Based on a memorandum signed with the government, EBRD provides loans up to 200 million euros for the implementation of renewable energy projects with the possibility of attracting private investments of other international financial institutions for a total of up to 480 million euros.

Last week, according to EBRDs source, on 18 October 2018, the EBRD signed a loan and the project support agreements for a new solar plant with up to 28 MW capacity in Kyzylorda region, southern Kazakhstan. The solar park project will be constructed and operated by Nomad Solar LLP, a special purpose company incorporated in Kazakhstan and owned by the French company Total Eren SA and the United Arab Emirates company Access Infra Central Asia Ltd.
Digital Metamorphosis
On 8th October 2018, our manager Ana Maria Tutea, attended the conference entitled "Digital Metamorphosis: Achieving growth in business and banking organized in Athens by the Economist Events for Greece, Cyprus, Malta & SE Europe. Retailing, telecommunications and tourism were the sectors discussed in regards with the digital revolution. The event managed to present a variety of views and opinions regarding the digital world and the changes that the society would suffer due to the digitalization.
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Successful completion of WB funded project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts, Contract No: KZEMP / QCBS-01

In October 2021 the 14-month journey of the WB project has been successfully accomplished. The 3rd stage of the project aimed at capacity building for evaluation experts was carried out during May –October 2021. This stage culminated with an asynchronous training on “Textbooks evaluation applying international experiences and practices” of 2000 evaluation experts from all regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Savvy Business with its partner Astana-Kitap LLP and its subcontractors National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Excellence Training Center (ETC) are satisfied with the completion of this project which definitely contributes to the strengthening of the national system for textbooks requirements and evaluation and improving the quality of the textbooks and the quality of the teachers and evaluators.

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Training of 40 leading experts for Textbook development and evaluation has been completed

The training for professional development of the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts learnt about the international practices on textbooks development and evaluation and acquired skills helping them to improve approach to the textbooks and electronic textbooks expertise. On 16 July 2021, during the closing session of the training the Director and the trainees of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise expressed their gratitude to the Consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap and international trainers for delivery of highly professional training sessions and admitted its role in the future development of Kazakhstani textbooks and teaching and learning materials.

Special posts were published by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2927002527512428&id=1440619732817389  ,  the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise http://www.okulyk-edu.kz/show/item/1626627586- and the participants of the training, underlining the importance of the training delivered  - Dana Rau - Қ Ғ ұ қ... | Facebook

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Participation in panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format

Today, on 12 August 2021 the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Education Content Expertise of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the framework of the traditional August meeting of educators holds a panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format”, during of which the speakers will make reports on modern changes in the content and format of textbooks.

The session is attended by textbook authors and experts, representatives of publishing houses, executors of the World Bank project, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, methodologists of regional and city methodological offices and school teachers.

Mrs. Apostolia Galani, Associate Professor of the Department of Didactics of Geography of the Athens National and Kapodistrian University of Greece, as a representative of the International Consortium "Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap" presents to the attention of the participants the international experience of requirements for the development and examination of modern textbooks.

The results of the session will be summed up by the director of the Center Mr. Eldos Nurlanov, with a report on modern approaches to the content and format of educational literature.

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Training on Textbook development and evaluation

The first round of training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts get acquainted with the international practices in development and evaluation of modern textbooks and electronic textbooks and carried out hands-on activities to strengthen the acquired knowledge. The training is part of WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”, implemented by the consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap, with participation of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Excellence training Center as sub-contractors.

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Face-to-Face training in textbook development and evaluation

Today, on 7 July 2021 in Nur-Sultan, Savvy Business sLTD in association with Astana-kitap has started delivering first round of face to face training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise within the context of the WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”. The aim of the training is to enhance the capacity of the local experts in the field of textbook development and evaluation in accordance with international standards and experience. It is expected that upon completion of the training, participants will be able to apply the improved textbook requirements and evaluation methodology in the country. The second round of the training will be held during the period 12-16 July 2021.

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Working mission to Kazakhstan

Within the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts” of the WB Programme Education Modernization Project, our team met with the management team of the Republican Scientific & Practical Center “Textbook” of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. During the meeting, the latest developments of the project were discussed (such as the requirements of textbooks and digital publications, the evaluation criteria for textbooks and digital publications) and the upcoming training activities of the final stage of the project.  

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Savvy Business management team has successfully completed mission in Kazakhstan

During the week 4-9 April 2021, Savvy Business’s management team has visited Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan meeting its partners and clients of the existing projects.  The team visited the International social foundation “Bilim-Innovation”, which promotes cooperation in the field of education in Kazakhstan by the direct support of the president of the country. The foundation manages 27 public lyceums, 3 private lyceums, 2 international schools and 2 colleges. Savvy and Bilim Innovation foundation already implement one WB funded project in Kazakhstan and have agreed to enhance their cooperation in education in Kazakhstan and in Central Asian’s countries

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Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

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Savvy Business cooperates with National and Kapodistrian Univeristy of Athens and Astana Kitap Publishing for WB project

The international consortium of Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap (in cooperation with sub-contractors National and Kapodistrian university of Athens and Excellence Training Center LLP) has been awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Kazakhstan the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts under the World Bank’s Loan No. 8709-KZ, Programme: Education Modernization Project.

The project’s objectives are strengthening national system for textbook review and approval to assure textbook quality; improvement of the system of textbook quality examination by establishing requirements (standards) for textbooks and increasing capacity of textbooks evaluation experts in Kazakhstan.

The project duration is 14 months.

 

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Online conference presenting the results of the WB project KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10

Today, on 18 June 2020, within the framework of the World Bank “SME competitiveness Project”, the online Conference was organized by Euroconsultants S.A. main contractor for the project (Savvy Business sLTD and Applied Economics Research Center as sub-contractors) in order to present the results of the National Baseline Survey and the SME Development Concept as main deliverables of the contract KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The conference was attended by more than 680 participants, among them representatives of the World Bank, the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Industry and Export Center QazIndustry, Damu Entrepreneurship Development Fund JSC, the national chamber of entrepreneurs "Atameken” and Small and Medium Enterprises.

The key issues discussed were: analysis of data national baseline survey, analysis of the current state of SMEs development, international SME development experience review, forecasts and scenarios for the development of the economy of Kazakhstan and SME sector until 2050, directions for improving the policy of SME development and mechanisms for implementing the Concept of SME development in the RK, stages of implementation of the Concept for the development of SMEs in the RK.

This is the final activity of the project which is successfully completed after 14 months implementation.

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HELLENIC ASSOCIATION FOR ENERGY ECONOMICS VIRTUAL EVENT

Savvy Business’s Manager Ana Maria Tutea attended the very interesting virtual event on “Post-pandemic impact on the world’s gas markets".  The online discussion was moderated by Ms. Valérie Ducrot, Managing Director, WEC - Global Gas Centre. The discussion was carried out by Mr. René Bautz, President of WEC - Global Gas Centre, Mr. Panagiotis Mitrou, Global Gas Segment Manager, Lloyd’s and Dr. Kostas Andriosopoulos, BoD of GGC; Vice President, DEPA.

The prominent speakers provided an insights of possible changes for the global and European gas and LNG markets in Europe in 2020 as well as the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Some notes that we may need to consider in the coming months is that the prices on LNG will become lower, there will be a possible decrease of demand in Europe for gas, gas prices will keep low until the next winter, the covid-19 crisis cannot really accelerate the use of LNG for ships as IMO regulations may be needed. In general, the governments and the market will need to first give a special attention to the fight against the covid-19 and investments in gas and LNG may be postponed until next year. A positive aspect of the covid-19 is that climate change and green economy will remain a priority.

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Final Training Session in NLP

Distance Learning (synchronous) NLP Crash Course (24h) has been successfully completed!
An amazing 2 weeks journey of Savvy Business' Team trained by distinguished PMI and NLP Trainer, Dr. George Diakonikolaou!

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Happy Easter!

We wish to all out partners, clients, colleagues, associates and experts a peaceful Easter, full of joy and faith for better days to come! #stayhome, #staysafe

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Final Consultative Meeting held online on 9 April 2020 within the WB/IBRD Project

On April 9, 2020, EUROCONSULTANTS SA (main contractor) together with AERC and Savvy Business as subcontractors has successfully organized the final consultative workshop of the Project with Reference No. KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 KZ via an online platform. The workshop agenda was to discuss the results of the 4th Stage 4 of the project implementation, namely the Concept of small and medium enterprise aimed at increasing the contribution of SMEs to GDP to 50% by 2050.

20 participants  attended and workshop, among which representatives from  Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Project Implementation Unit of the SME Competitiveness Project,  National Chamber of Entrepreneurs “Atameken”, DAMU" Entrepreneurship Development Fund" JSC and  World Bank. From Savvy team’s Michalis Karamanis and Ana Maria Tutea attended. 

The concept will be published on https://smeproject.kz/ru.

The project ends May 2020.

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SAVVY team is trained online on NLP Crash Course

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is becoming now the most popular personal development and business growth tool globally. 

Savvy Business gives to its people the opportunity to attend the online course on “NLP Crash Course” (24 hours) offered by Dr. George Diakonikolaou, NLP Training and PMP Trainer. Among the topics of the course, we list some indicatively: origins and history of NLP, practical applications of NLP, NLP Model of Communication, Responsibility of Change, 5 Principles of Success, Goal Setting, the Neurological Model, Values and Beliefs. Exercises and practical cases are part of the course too.

NLP as a global standard of excellence can be applied to Business, Coaching and Therapy, Sport, Education and Personal Development. 

After the training test, each participant receives an attendance certificate and can become Associate Member of the American Board of NLP.

This course is a first phase of the NLP Practitioner Certification@ Training.

 

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SAVVY WORKS REMOTELY FROM HOME
Since 16 March 2020, our team has started working remotely from home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.
 
We care about our people and we want all to be safe!
 
Don’t hesitate to contact us at office@savvybusiness.eu
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Happy New Year from Savvy!

  

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Thomas Lamnidis Key Speaker at the Astana Economic Forum 2019 (AEF2019), 17 May 2019

Our Principal and Legal Advisor, Thomas Lamnidis, was invited to be a speaker at Astana Economic Forum 2019 Global Challenges in the session dedicated to "THE AGE OF CONNECTIVITY: PRIVATE SECTOR DIMENSION". An extract of his speech can be followed at LinkedIn.

During this session , it was discusised the role of Central Asia’s infrastructural capabilities and economic corridors that could serve as a priority and a key source of growth. Being in the center of global corridors between China, Europe and Russia, Central Asia is a single economic and trade route. At the same time, within Central Asia, countries have a low level of trade relations. During the session, it was stated that nowadays, connectivity plays a key role in the region’s development; therefore, the Belt and Road Initiative and the EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy should carry a number of investments, infrastructure and trade opportunities for business.

The Panel was chaired by Mr. Mattia Romani, Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD.  The questions he raised were:
• How is connectivity in Eurasia going to change in the coming years due to new
technologies?
• What technological developments will affect connectivity in Central Asia (including
transport, logistics, etc.)?
• How will enhanced connectivity create new opportunities in Central Asia?
• What is the role of the private sector and the regulators in this?
Chair: Mattia Romani, Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD
 
The discussions and debates were carried out by prominent speakers : Alexey Grom, President, Chairman of the Board of the United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance, Eugene Seah, COO of the Port of Baku, Yerlan Absatov, General Director of the Transport Union of Kazakhstan “Kazlogistics”, Massimo Deandreis, General Manager, S.R.M. Economic Research Center, Chairman, GEI Italian Council of Business Economists.

 

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Update on the progress of the pre-qualified assessment of short-term training providers in Republic of Kazakhstan

The process of pre-qualified assessment of training providers in the framework of the Skills and Jobs Project in Kazakhstan is well underway. To date, the implementing consortium has assessed 557 training providers throughout the country, using an extensive pre-defined methodology. The process of assessment goes on. For more information, follow the link to read the interview on the subject: https://tengrinews.kz/conference/309/

 
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Wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year from Savvy Business' team!

 Wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year from Savvy Business' team!

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New conformity checking for DG MOVE

Savvy Business sLTD, under the Framework Service Contract MOVE/ENER/SRD/498-2016 Lot 1, will be assisting Milieu Ltd in the implementation of the specific contract “Conformity assessment of the transposition of Directives 2014/45/EU (on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers), 2014/46/EU (on the registration documents for vehicles) and 2014/47/EU (on the technical roadside inspection of the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles circulating in the Union)”.

Savvy will carry out in-depth legal analysis of the conformity of national transposition and implementing measures with specific provisions of the Directives for Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria. 

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Forum Astana

 On 29 November 2018, Savvy Business sLTD’s team attended the forum “The Future of the Labor Market: New Opportunities", organized by the Ministry of labor and social protection of the Population of Kazakhstan with the aim to discuss employment and social development prospects in Kazakhstan in the context of dynamic changes in the global labor market in connection with 4th Industrial Revolution.

Among the Government representatives, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of Labour Madina Abylkassymova, Vice Minister Nariman Mukushev took part in the work of the forum along with the representatives of international organizations and IFI’s, as well as large transnational and local companies.

 

For the successful implementation of the contract No KZSJ-2.2/CS-02-QCBS “Provision of consulting services on compiling inventory, assessment and prequalification selection of training service providers” in the framework of the World Bank “Skills & Jobs” project, Mr. Michalis Karamanis received Award of Excellence for active contribution to project implementation.

 

 

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Growing development of renewable energy projects in Kazakhstan


During the last two years, we have noticed a considerable progress of the implementation of RES projects in Kazakhstan which now became a priority of the government’s energy policy, especially after November 2016, when Kazakhstan ratified the Paris Agreement.

Today, the share of RES in the total energy market of Kazakhstan is 1% but the target is to reach 3% by 2020 through the implementation of projects (total capacity 2000 MW- including 960 MW of wind farms, 750 MW of solar power and 290 MW of hydroelectric power) for which contracts for the purchase of electricity from RES have been already concluded with the investors.

Since 2009 until today, the total amount of investments in the RES sector amounts to about 58.5 billion tenge (approx. 140 M euro) based on the data of the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan.

According to the Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan, Mr. Kanat Bozumbaev, currently, there are 65 operating RES facilities in the country, including 12 wind farms, 19 solar, 33 hydroelectric power stations and 1 biogas plant. During the first half of 2018, they generated 629.5 million kW/h of electricity.

All RES projects in Kazakhstan are financed by investors in exchange for a guaranteed purchase of electricity from RES for 15 years at fixed tariffs or auction prices, exemption from payment for transporting RES electricity or investment preferences in accordance with the Business Code.

The bottleneck was the mechanism for the determination of fixed tariffs and marginal auction prices. Another main concern for investors was the issue of "long" money in the national currency, since the facilities are operating on the domestic market, and they will not receive foreign exchange earnings.

Now the government changed the current formula for indexation of auction prices, taking into account changes in the tenge's exchange rate to convertible currencies by 70%, and to the consumer price index by 30% from the second year of production. Such a scheme eliminates the currency risks of investors. This will allow investors to attract cheaper loan financing in foreign currency and the bidding will lead to a decrease in marginal auction prices.

The Development Bank of Kazakhstan, which is a local bank, provides loans for the construction of solar, wind power stations and small hydro power plants.

As of today, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is the sole international project finance provider for renewable projects in the Kazakhstan. Based on a memorandum signed with the government, EBRD provides loans up to 200 million euros for the implementation of renewable energy projects with the possibility of attracting private investments of other international financial institutions for a total of up to 480 million euros.

Last week, according to EBRD’s source, on 18 October 2018, the EBRD signed a loan and the project support agreements for a new solar plant with up to 28 MW capacity in Kyzylorda region, southern Kazakhstan. The solar park project will be constructed and operated by Nomad Solar LLP, a special purpose company incorporated in Kazakhstan and owned by the French company Total Eren SA and the United Arab Emirates company Access Infra Central Asia Ltd.

 

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Digital Metamorphosis

 

On 8th October 2018, our manager Ana Maria Tutea, attended the conference entitled "Digital Metamorphosis: Achieving growth in business and banking” organized in Athens by the Economist Events for Greece, Cyprus, Malta & SE Europe. Retailing, telecommunications and tourism were the sectors discussed in regards with the digital revolution. The event managed to present a variety of views and opinions regarding the digital world and the changes that the society would suffer due to the digitalization. 
 

Savvy Business
From September 2018, KLC Consulting has been re-branded into Savvy Business. Our new address is at 16A Gen. Parensov street, 1142, Sofia, Bulgaria. You may contact us at office@savvybusiness.eu or pr@savvybusiness.eu
framework contract MOVE/ENER/SRD/2016-498
Starting from July 2018, we will cooperate with Milieu Ltd - Law & Policy Consulting, Brussels, Belgium as subcontractor within the Framework contract No MOVE/ENER/SRD/2016-498 Legal economic and technical assistance in the fields of energy and mobility and transport for Lot 1-Legal assistance in the field of energy and Lot 4- Legal assistance in the field of mobility and transport. The duration of the framework contract is 4 years. We will mainly cover legal conformity checking for countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece.
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Successful completion of WB funded project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts, Contract No: KZEMP / QCBS-01

In October 2021 the 14-month journey of the WB project has been successfully accomplished. The 3rd stage of the project aimed at capacity building for evaluation experts was carried out during May –October 2021. This stage culminated with an asynchronous training on “Textbooks evaluation applying international experiences and practices” of 2000 evaluation experts from all regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Savvy Business with its partner Astana-Kitap LLP and its subcontractors National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Excellence Training Center (ETC) are satisfied with the completion of this project which definitely contributes to the strengthening of the national system for textbooks requirements and evaluation and improving the quality of the textbooks and the quality of the teachers and evaluators.

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Training of 40 leading experts for Textbook development and evaluation has been completed

The training for professional development of the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts learnt about the international practices on textbooks development and evaluation and acquired skills helping them to improve approach to the textbooks and electronic textbooks expertise. On 16 July 2021, during the closing session of the training the Director and the trainees of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise expressed their gratitude to the Consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap and international trainers for delivery of highly professional training sessions and admitted its role in the future development of Kazakhstani textbooks and teaching and learning materials.

Special posts were published by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2927002527512428&id=1440619732817389  ,  the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise http://www.okulyk-edu.kz/show/item/1626627586- and the participants of the training, underlining the importance of the training delivered  - Dana Rau - Қ Ғ ұ қ... | Facebook

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Participation in panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format

Today, on 12 August 2021 the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Education Content Expertise of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the framework of the traditional August meeting of educators holds a panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format”, during of which the speakers will make reports on modern changes in the content and format of textbooks.

The session is attended by textbook authors and experts, representatives of publishing houses, executors of the World Bank project, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, methodologists of regional and city methodological offices and school teachers.

Mrs. Apostolia Galani, Associate Professor of the Department of Didactics of Geography of the Athens National and Kapodistrian University of Greece, as a representative of the International Consortium "Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap" presents to the attention of the participants the international experience of requirements for the development and examination of modern textbooks.

The results of the session will be summed up by the director of the Center Mr. Eldos Nurlanov, with a report on modern approaches to the content and format of educational literature.

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Training on Textbook development and evaluation

The first round of training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts get acquainted with the international practices in development and evaluation of modern textbooks and electronic textbooks and carried out hands-on activities to strengthen the acquired knowledge. The training is part of WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”, implemented by the consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap, with participation of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Excellence training Center as sub-contractors.

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Face-to-Face training in textbook development and evaluation

Today, on 7 July 2021 in Nur-Sultan, Savvy Business sLTD in association with Astana-kitap has started delivering first round of face to face training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise within the context of the WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”. The aim of the training is to enhance the capacity of the local experts in the field of textbook development and evaluation in accordance with international standards and experience. It is expected that upon completion of the training, participants will be able to apply the improved textbook requirements and evaluation methodology in the country. The second round of the training will be held during the period 12-16 July 2021.

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Working mission to Kazakhstan

Within the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts” of the WB Programme Education Modernization Project, our team met with the management team of the Republican Scientific & Practical Center “Textbook” of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. During the meeting, the latest developments of the project were discussed (such as the requirements of textbooks and digital publications, the evaluation criteria for textbooks and digital publications) and the upcoming training activities of the final stage of the project.  

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Savvy Business management team has successfully completed mission in Kazakhstan

During the week 4-9 April 2021, Savvy Business’s management team has visited Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan meeting its partners and clients of the existing projects.  The team visited the International social foundation “Bilim-Innovation”, which promotes cooperation in the field of education in Kazakhstan by the direct support of the president of the country. The foundation manages 27 public lyceums, 3 private lyceums, 2 international schools and 2 colleges. Savvy and Bilim Innovation foundation already implement one WB funded project in Kazakhstan and have agreed to enhance their cooperation in education in Kazakhstan and in Central Asian’s countries

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Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

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Savvy Business cooperates with National and Kapodistrian Univeristy of Athens and Astana Kitap Publishing for WB project

The international consortium of Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap (in cooperation with sub-contractors National and Kapodistrian university of Athens and Excellence Training Center LLP) has been awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Kazakhstan the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts under the World Bank’s Loan No. 8709-KZ, Programme: Education Modernization Project.

The project’s objectives are strengthening national system for textbook review and approval to assure textbook quality; improvement of the system of textbook quality examination by establishing requirements (standards) for textbooks and increasing capacity of textbooks evaluation experts in Kazakhstan.

The project duration is 14 months.

 

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Online conference presenting the results of the WB project KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10

Today, on 18 June 2020, within the framework of the World Bank “SME competitiveness Project”, the online Conference was organized by Euroconsultants S.A. main contractor for the project (Savvy Business sLTD and Applied Economics Research Center as sub-contractors) in order to present the results of the National Baseline Survey and the SME Development Concept as main deliverables of the contract KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The conference was attended by more than 680 participants, among them representatives of the World Bank, the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Industry and Export Center QazIndustry, Damu Entrepreneurship Development Fund JSC, the national chamber of entrepreneurs "Atameken” and Small and Medium Enterprises.

The key issues discussed were: analysis of data national baseline survey, analysis of the current state of SMEs development, international SME development experience review, forecasts and scenarios for the development of the economy of Kazakhstan and SME sector until 2050, directions for improving the policy of SME development and mechanisms for implementing the Concept of SME development in the RK, stages of implementation of the Concept for the development of SMEs in the RK.

This is the final activity of the project which is successfully completed after 14 months implementation.

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HELLENIC ASSOCIATION FOR ENERGY ECONOMICS VIRTUAL EVENT

Savvy Business’s Manager Ana Maria Tutea attended the very interesting virtual event on “Post-pandemic impact on the world’s gas markets".  The online discussion was moderated by Ms. Valérie Ducrot, Managing Director, WEC - Global Gas Centre. The discussion was carried out by Mr. René Bautz, President of WEC - Global Gas Centre, Mr. Panagiotis Mitrou, Global Gas Segment Manager, Lloyd’s and Dr. Kostas Andriosopoulos, BoD of GGC; Vice President, DEPA.

The prominent speakers provided an insights of possible changes for the global and European gas and LNG markets in Europe in 2020 as well as the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Some notes that we may need to consider in the coming months is that the prices on LNG will become lower, there will be a possible decrease of demand in Europe for gas, gas prices will keep low until the next winter, the covid-19 crisis cannot really accelerate the use of LNG for ships as IMO regulations may be needed. In general, the governments and the market will need to first give a special attention to the fight against the covid-19 and investments in gas and LNG may be postponed until next year. A positive aspect of the covid-19 is that climate change and green economy will remain a priority.

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Final Training Session in NLP

Distance Learning (synchronous) NLP Crash Course (24h) has been successfully completed!
An amazing 2 weeks journey of Savvy Business' Team trained by distinguished PMI and NLP Trainer, Dr. George Diakonikolaou!

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Happy Easter!

We wish to all out partners, clients, colleagues, associates and experts a peaceful Easter, full of joy and faith for better days to come! #stayhome, #staysafe

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Final Consultative Meeting held online on 9 April 2020 within the WB/IBRD Project

On April 9, 2020, EUROCONSULTANTS SA (main contractor) together with AERC and Savvy Business as subcontractors has successfully organized the final consultative workshop of the Project with Reference No. KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 KZ via an online platform. The workshop agenda was to discuss the results of the 4th Stage 4 of the project implementation, namely the Concept of small and medium enterprise aimed at increasing the contribution of SMEs to GDP to 50% by 2050.

20 participants  attended and workshop, among which representatives from  Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Project Implementation Unit of the SME Competitiveness Project,  National Chamber of Entrepreneurs “Atameken”, DAMU" Entrepreneurship Development Fund" JSC and  World Bank. From Savvy team’s Michalis Karamanis and Ana Maria Tutea attended. 

The concept will be published on https://smeproject.kz/ru.

The project ends May 2020.

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SAVVY team is trained online on NLP Crash Course

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is becoming now the most popular personal development and business growth tool globally. 

Savvy Business gives to its people the opportunity to attend the online course on “NLP Crash Course” (24 hours) offered by Dr. George Diakonikolaou, NLP Training and PMP Trainer. Among the topics of the course, we list some indicatively: origins and history of NLP, practical applications of NLP, NLP Model of Communication, Responsibility of Change, 5 Principles of Success, Goal Setting, the Neurological Model, Values and Beliefs. Exercises and practical cases are part of the course too.

NLP as a global standard of excellence can be applied to Business, Coaching and Therapy, Sport, Education and Personal Development. 

After the training test, each participant receives an attendance certificate and can become Associate Member of the American Board of NLP.

This course is a first phase of the NLP Practitioner Certification@ Training.

 

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SAVVY WORKS REMOTELY FROM HOME
Since 16 March 2020, our team has started working remotely from home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.
 
We care about our people and we want all to be safe!
 
Don’t hesitate to contact us at office@savvybusiness.eu
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Happy New Year from Savvy!

  

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Thomas Lamnidis Key Speaker at the Astana Economic Forum 2019 (AEF2019), 17 May 2019

Our Principal and Legal Advisor, Thomas Lamnidis, was invited to be a speaker at Astana Economic Forum 2019 Global Challenges in the session dedicated to "THE AGE OF CONNECTIVITY: PRIVATE SECTOR DIMENSION". An extract of his speech can be followed at LinkedIn.

During this session , it was discusised the role of Central Asia’s infrastructural capabilities and economic corridors that could serve as a priority and a key source of growth. Being in the center of global corridors between China, Europe and Russia, Central Asia is a single economic and trade route. At the same time, within Central Asia, countries have a low level of trade relations. During the session, it was stated that nowadays, connectivity plays a key role in the region’s development; therefore, the Belt and Road Initiative and the EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy should carry a number of investments, infrastructure and trade opportunities for business.

The Panel was chaired by Mr. Mattia Romani, Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD.  The questions he raised were:
• How is connectivity in Eurasia going to change in the coming years due to new
technologies?
• What technological developments will affect connectivity in Central Asia (including
transport, logistics, etc.)?
• How will enhanced connectivity create new opportunities in Central Asia?
• What is the role of the private sector and the regulators in this?
Chair: Mattia Romani, Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD
 
The discussions and debates were carried out by prominent speakers : Alexey Grom, President, Chairman of the Board of the United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance, Eugene Seah, COO of the Port of Baku, Yerlan Absatov, General Director of the Transport Union of Kazakhstan “Kazlogistics”, Massimo Deandreis, General Manager, S.R.M. Economic Research Center, Chairman, GEI Italian Council of Business Economists.

 

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Update on the progress of the pre-qualified assessment of short-term training providers in Republic of Kazakhstan

The process of pre-qualified assessment of training providers in the framework of the Skills and Jobs Project in Kazakhstan is well underway. To date, the implementing consortium has assessed 557 training providers throughout the country, using an extensive pre-defined methodology. The process of assessment goes on. For more information, follow the link to read the interview on the subject: https://tengrinews.kz/conference/309/

 
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Wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year from Savvy Business' team!

 Wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year from Savvy Business' team!

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New conformity checking for DG MOVE

Savvy Business sLTD, under the Framework Service Contract MOVE/ENER/SRD/498-2016 Lot 1, will be assisting Milieu Ltd in the implementation of the specific contract “Conformity assessment of the transposition of Directives 2014/45/EU (on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers), 2014/46/EU (on the registration documents for vehicles) and 2014/47/EU (on the technical roadside inspection of the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles circulating in the Union)”.

Savvy will carry out in-depth legal analysis of the conformity of national transposition and implementing measures with specific provisions of the Directives for Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria. 

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Forum Astana

 On 29 November 2018, Savvy Business sLTD’s team attended the forum “The Future of the Labor Market: New Opportunities", organized by the Ministry of labor and social protection of the Population of Kazakhstan with the aim to discuss employment and social development prospects in Kazakhstan in the context of dynamic changes in the global labor market in connection with 4th Industrial Revolution.

Among the Government representatives, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of Labour Madina Abylkassymova, Vice Minister Nariman Mukushev took part in the work of the forum along with the representatives of international organizations and IFI’s, as well as large transnational and local companies.

 

For the successful implementation of the contract No KZSJ-2.2/CS-02-QCBS “Provision of consulting services on compiling inventory, assessment and prequalification selection of training service providers” in the framework of the World Bank “Skills & Jobs” project, Mr. Michalis Karamanis received Award of Excellence for active contribution to project implementation.

 

 

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Growing development of renewable energy projects in Kazakhstan


During the last two years, we have noticed a considerable progress of the implementation of RES projects in Kazakhstan which now became a priority of the government’s energy policy, especially after November 2016, when Kazakhstan ratified the Paris Agreement.

Today, the share of RES in the total energy market of Kazakhstan is 1% but the target is to reach 3% by 2020 through the implementation of projects (total capacity 2000 MW- including 960 MW of wind farms, 750 MW of solar power and 290 MW of hydroelectric power) for which contracts for the purchase of electricity from RES have been already concluded with the investors.

Since 2009 until today, the total amount of investments in the RES sector amounts to about 58.5 billion tenge (approx. 140 M euro) based on the data of the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan.

According to the Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan, Mr. Kanat Bozumbaev, currently, there are 65 operating RES facilities in the country, including 12 wind farms, 19 solar, 33 hydroelectric power stations and 1 biogas plant. During the first half of 2018, they generated 629.5 million kW/h of electricity.

All RES projects in Kazakhstan are financed by investors in exchange for a guaranteed purchase of electricity from RES for 15 years at fixed tariffs or auction prices, exemption from payment for transporting RES electricity or investment preferences in accordance with the Business Code.

The bottleneck was the mechanism for the determination of fixed tariffs and marginal auction prices. Another main concern for investors was the issue of "long" money in the national currency, since the facilities are operating on the domestic market, and they will not receive foreign exchange earnings.

Now the government changed the current formula for indexation of auction prices, taking into account changes in the tenge's exchange rate to convertible currencies by 70%, and to the consumer price index by 30% from the second year of production. Such a scheme eliminates the currency risks of investors. This will allow investors to attract cheaper loan financing in foreign currency and the bidding will lead to a decrease in marginal auction prices.

The Development Bank of Kazakhstan, which is a local bank, provides loans for the construction of solar, wind power stations and small hydro power plants.

As of today, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is the sole international project finance provider for renewable projects in the Kazakhstan. Based on a memorandum signed with the government, EBRD provides loans up to 200 million euros for the implementation of renewable energy projects with the possibility of attracting private investments of other international financial institutions for a total of up to 480 million euros.

Last week, according to EBRD’s source, on 18 October 2018, the EBRD signed a loan and the project support agreements for a new solar plant with up to 28 MW capacity in Kyzylorda region, southern Kazakhstan. The solar park project will be constructed and operated by Nomad Solar LLP, a special purpose company incorporated in Kazakhstan and owned by the French company Total Eren SA and the United Arab Emirates company Access Infra Central Asia Ltd.

 

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Digital Metamorphosis

 

On 8th October 2018, our manager Ana Maria Tutea, attended the conference entitled "Digital Metamorphosis: Achieving growth in business and banking” organized in Athens by the Economist Events for Greece, Cyprus, Malta & SE Europe. Retailing, telecommunications and tourism were the sectors discussed in regards with the digital revolution. The event managed to present a variety of views and opinions regarding the digital world and the changes that the society would suffer due to the digitalization. 
 

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Savvy Business

From September 2018, KLC Consulting has been re-branded into Savvy Business. Our new address is at 16A Gen. Parensov street, 1142, Sofia, Bulgaria. You may contact us at office@savvybusiness.eu or pr@savvybusiness.eu 

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framework contract MOVE/ENER/SRD/2016-498

 Starting from July 2018, we will cooperate with Milieu Ltd - Law & Policy Consulting, Brussels, Belgium as subcontractor within the Framework contract No MOVE/ENER/SRD/2016-498 “Legal economic and technical assistance in the fields of energy and mobility and transport” for Lot 1-Legal assistance in the field of energy and Lot 4- Legal assistance in the field of mobility and transportThe duration of the framework contract is 4 years. We will mainly cover legal conformity checking for countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece. 

Support to reform of the transport sector in the republic of Moldova
In April 2018, our firm in consortium with GOPA Infra GmbH, TRT Trasporti E Territorio srl and IRU Projects ASBL has been shortlisted in for the EU Technical Assistance tender: Europeaid/139029/DH/SER/MD Support to reform of the transport sector in the republic of Moldova budget EUR 1,000,000.
Consulting services on harmonization of legislation
On December 14, 2016, Giorgi Turdzeladze, head of the Georgian branch of KLC Consulting was a guest of the Radio Show "Liberty Morning" in Tbilisi, Georgia.
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Successful completion of WB funded project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts, Contract No: KZEMP / QCBS-01

In October 2021 the 14-month journey of the WB project has been successfully accomplished. The 3rd stage of the project aimed at capacity building for evaluation experts was carried out during May –October 2021. This stage culminated with an asynchronous training on “Textbooks evaluation applying international experiences and practices” of 2000 evaluation experts from all regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Savvy Business with its partner Astana-Kitap LLP and its subcontractors National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Excellence Training Center (ETC) are satisfied with the completion of this project which definitely contributes to the strengthening of the national system for textbooks requirements and evaluation and improving the quality of the textbooks and the quality of the teachers and evaluators.

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Training of 40 leading experts for Textbook development and evaluation has been completed

The training for professional development of the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts learnt about the international practices on textbooks development and evaluation and acquired skills helping them to improve approach to the textbooks and electronic textbooks expertise. On 16 July 2021, during the closing session of the training the Director and the trainees of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise expressed their gratitude to the Consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap and international trainers for delivery of highly professional training sessions and admitted its role in the future development of Kazakhstani textbooks and teaching and learning materials.

Special posts were published by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2927002527512428&id=1440619732817389  ,  the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise http://www.okulyk-edu.kz/show/item/1626627586- and the participants of the training, underlining the importance of the training delivered  - Dana Rau - Қ Ғ ұ қ... | Facebook

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Participation in panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format

Today, on 12 August 2021 the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Education Content Expertise of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the framework of the traditional August meeting of educators holds a panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format”, during of which the speakers will make reports on modern changes in the content and format of textbooks.

The session is attended by textbook authors and experts, representatives of publishing houses, executors of the World Bank project, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, methodologists of regional and city methodological offices and school teachers.

Mrs. Apostolia Galani, Associate Professor of the Department of Didactics of Geography of the Athens National and Kapodistrian University of Greece, as a representative of the International Consortium "Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap" presents to the attention of the participants the international experience of requirements for the development and examination of modern textbooks.

The results of the session will be summed up by the director of the Center Mr. Eldos Nurlanov, with a report on modern approaches to the content and format of educational literature.

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Training on Textbook development and evaluation

The first round of training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts get acquainted with the international practices in development and evaluation of modern textbooks and electronic textbooks and carried out hands-on activities to strengthen the acquired knowledge. The training is part of WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”, implemented by the consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap, with participation of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Excellence training Center as sub-contractors.

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Face-to-Face training in textbook development and evaluation

Today, on 7 July 2021 in Nur-Sultan, Savvy Business sLTD in association with Astana-kitap has started delivering first round of face to face training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise within the context of the WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”. The aim of the training is to enhance the capacity of the local experts in the field of textbook development and evaluation in accordance with international standards and experience. It is expected that upon completion of the training, participants will be able to apply the improved textbook requirements and evaluation methodology in the country. The second round of the training will be held during the period 12-16 July 2021.

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Working mission to Kazakhstan

Within the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts” of the WB Programme Education Modernization Project, our team met with the management team of the Republican Scientific & Practical Center “Textbook” of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. During the meeting, the latest developments of the project were discussed (such as the requirements of textbooks and digital publications, the evaluation criteria for textbooks and digital publications) and the upcoming training activities of the final stage of the project.  

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Savvy Business management team has successfully completed mission in Kazakhstan

During the week 4-9 April 2021, Savvy Business’s management team has visited Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan meeting its partners and clients of the existing projects.  The team visited the International social foundation “Bilim-Innovation”, which promotes cooperation in the field of education in Kazakhstan by the direct support of the president of the country. The foundation manages 27 public lyceums, 3 private lyceums, 2 international schools and 2 colleges. Savvy and Bilim Innovation foundation already implement one WB funded project in Kazakhstan and have agreed to enhance their cooperation in education in Kazakhstan and in Central Asian’s countries

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Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

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Savvy Business cooperates with National and Kapodistrian Univeristy of Athens and Astana Kitap Publishing for WB project

The international consortium of Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap (in cooperation with sub-contractors National and Kapodistrian university of Athens and Excellence Training Center LLP) has been awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Kazakhstan the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts under the World Bank’s Loan No. 8709-KZ, Programme: Education Modernization Project.

The project’s objectives are strengthening national system for textbook review and approval to assure textbook quality; improvement of the system of textbook quality examination by establishing requirements (standards) for textbooks and increasing capacity of textbooks evaluation experts in Kazakhstan.

The project duration is 14 months.

 

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Online conference presenting the results of the WB project KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10

Today, on 18 June 2020, within the framework of the World Bank “SME competitiveness Project”, the online Conference was organized by Euroconsultants S.A. main contractor for the project (Savvy Business sLTD and Applied Economics Research Center as sub-contractors) in order to present the results of the National Baseline Survey and the SME Development Concept as main deliverables of the contract KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The conference was attended by more than 680 participants, among them representatives of the World Bank, the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Industry and Export Center QazIndustry, Damu Entrepreneurship Development Fund JSC, the national chamber of entrepreneurs "Atameken” and Small and Medium Enterprises.

The key issues discussed were: analysis of data national baseline survey, analysis of the current state of SMEs development, international SME development experience review, forecasts and scenarios for the development of the economy of Kazakhstan and SME sector until 2050, directions for improving the policy of SME development and mechanisms for implementing the Concept of SME development in the RK, stages of implementation of the Concept for the development of SMEs in the RK.

This is the final activity of the project which is successfully completed after 14 months implementation.

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HELLENIC ASSOCIATION FOR ENERGY ECONOMICS VIRTUAL EVENT

Savvy Business’s Manager Ana Maria Tutea attended the very interesting virtual event on “Post-pandemic impact on the world’s gas markets".  The online discussion was moderated by Ms. Valérie Ducrot, Managing Director, WEC - Global Gas Centre. The discussion was carried out by Mr. René Bautz, President of WEC - Global Gas Centre, Mr. Panagiotis Mitrou, Global Gas Segment Manager, Lloyd’s and Dr. Kostas Andriosopoulos, BoD of GGC; Vice President, DEPA.

The prominent speakers provided an insights of possible changes for the global and European gas and LNG markets in Europe in 2020 as well as the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Some notes that we may need to consider in the coming months is that the prices on LNG will become lower, there will be a possible decrease of demand in Europe for gas, gas prices will keep low until the next winter, the covid-19 crisis cannot really accelerate the use of LNG for ships as IMO regulations may be needed. In general, the governments and the market will need to first give a special attention to the fight against the covid-19 and investments in gas and LNG may be postponed until next year. A positive aspect of the covid-19 is that climate change and green economy will remain a priority.

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Final Training Session in NLP

Distance Learning (synchronous) NLP Crash Course (24h) has been successfully completed!
An amazing 2 weeks journey of Savvy Business' Team trained by distinguished PMI and NLP Trainer, Dr. George Diakonikolaou!

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Happy Easter!

We wish to all out partners, clients, colleagues, associates and experts a peaceful Easter, full of joy and faith for better days to come! #stayhome, #staysafe

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Final Consultative Meeting held online on 9 April 2020 within the WB/IBRD Project

On April 9, 2020, EUROCONSULTANTS SA (main contractor) together with AERC and Savvy Business as subcontractors has successfully organized the final consultative workshop of the Project with Reference No. KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 KZ via an online platform. The workshop agenda was to discuss the results of the 4th Stage 4 of the project implementation, namely the Concept of small and medium enterprise aimed at increasing the contribution of SMEs to GDP to 50% by 2050.

20 participants  attended and workshop, among which representatives from  Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Project Implementation Unit of the SME Competitiveness Project,  National Chamber of Entrepreneurs “Atameken”, DAMU" Entrepreneurship Development Fund" JSC and  World Bank. From Savvy team’s Michalis Karamanis and Ana Maria Tutea attended. 

The concept will be published on https://smeproject.kz/ru.

The project ends May 2020.

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SAVVY team is trained online on NLP Crash Course

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is becoming now the most popular personal development and business growth tool globally. 

Savvy Business gives to its people the opportunity to attend the online course on “NLP Crash Course” (24 hours) offered by Dr. George Diakonikolaou, NLP Training and PMP Trainer. Among the topics of the course, we list some indicatively: origins and history of NLP, practical applications of NLP, NLP Model of Communication, Responsibility of Change, 5 Principles of Success, Goal Setting, the Neurological Model, Values and Beliefs. Exercises and practical cases are part of the course too.

NLP as a global standard of excellence can be applied to Business, Coaching and Therapy, Sport, Education and Personal Development. 

After the training test, each participant receives an attendance certificate and can become Associate Member of the American Board of NLP.

This course is a first phase of the NLP Practitioner Certification@ Training.

 

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SAVVY WORKS REMOTELY FROM HOME
Since 16 March 2020, our team has started working remotely from home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.
 
We care about our people and we want all to be safe!
 
Don’t hesitate to contact us at office@savvybusiness.eu
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Happy New Year from Savvy!

  

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Thomas Lamnidis Key Speaker at the Astana Economic Forum 2019 (AEF2019), 17 May 2019

Our Principal and Legal Advisor, Thomas Lamnidis, was invited to be a speaker at Astana Economic Forum 2019 Global Challenges in the session dedicated to "THE AGE OF CONNECTIVITY: PRIVATE SECTOR DIMENSION". An extract of his speech can be followed at LinkedIn.

During this session , it was discusised the role of Central Asia’s infrastructural capabilities and economic corridors that could serve as a priority and a key source of growth. Being in the center of global corridors between China, Europe and Russia, Central Asia is a single economic and trade route. At the same time, within Central Asia, countries have a low level of trade relations. During the session, it was stated that nowadays, connectivity plays a key role in the region’s development; therefore, the Belt and Road Initiative and the EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy should carry a number of investments, infrastructure and trade opportunities for business.

The Panel was chaired by Mr. Mattia Romani, Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD.  The questions he raised were:
• How is connectivity in Eurasia going to change in the coming years due to new
technologies?
• What technological developments will affect connectivity in Central Asia (including
transport, logistics, etc.)?
• How will enhanced connectivity create new opportunities in Central Asia?
• What is the role of the private sector and the regulators in this?
Chair: Mattia Romani, Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD
 
The discussions and debates were carried out by prominent speakers : Alexey Grom, President, Chairman of the Board of the United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance, Eugene Seah, COO of the Port of Baku, Yerlan Absatov, General Director of the Transport Union of Kazakhstan “Kazlogistics”, Massimo Deandreis, General Manager, S.R.M. Economic Research Center, Chairman, GEI Italian Council of Business Economists.

 

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Update on the progress of the pre-qualified assessment of short-term training providers in Republic of Kazakhstan

The process of pre-qualified assessment of training providers in the framework of the Skills and Jobs Project in Kazakhstan is well underway. To date, the implementing consortium has assessed 557 training providers throughout the country, using an extensive pre-defined methodology. The process of assessment goes on. For more information, follow the link to read the interview on the subject: https://tengrinews.kz/conference/309/

 
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Wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year from Savvy Business' team!

 Wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year from Savvy Business' team!

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New conformity checking for DG MOVE

Savvy Business sLTD, under the Framework Service Contract MOVE/ENER/SRD/498-2016 Lot 1, will be assisting Milieu Ltd in the implementation of the specific contract “Conformity assessment of the transposition of Directives 2014/45/EU (on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers), 2014/46/EU (on the registration documents for vehicles) and 2014/47/EU (on the technical roadside inspection of the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles circulating in the Union)”.

Savvy will carry out in-depth legal analysis of the conformity of national transposition and implementing measures with specific provisions of the Directives for Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria. 

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Forum Astana

 On 29 November 2018, Savvy Business sLTD’s team attended the forum “The Future of the Labor Market: New Opportunities", organized by the Ministry of labor and social protection of the Population of Kazakhstan with the aim to discuss employment and social development prospects in Kazakhstan in the context of dynamic changes in the global labor market in connection with 4th Industrial Revolution.

Among the Government representatives, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of Labour Madina Abylkassymova, Vice Minister Nariman Mukushev took part in the work of the forum along with the representatives of international organizations and IFI’s, as well as large transnational and local companies.

 

For the successful implementation of the contract No KZSJ-2.2/CS-02-QCBS “Provision of consulting services on compiling inventory, assessment and prequalification selection of training service providers” in the framework of the World Bank “Skills & Jobs” project, Mr. Michalis Karamanis received Award of Excellence for active contribution to project implementation.

 

 

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Growing development of renewable energy projects in Kazakhstan


During the last two years, we have noticed a considerable progress of the implementation of RES projects in Kazakhstan which now became a priority of the government’s energy policy, especially after November 2016, when Kazakhstan ratified the Paris Agreement.

Today, the share of RES in the total energy market of Kazakhstan is 1% but the target is to reach 3% by 2020 through the implementation of projects (total capacity 2000 MW- including 960 MW of wind farms, 750 MW of solar power and 290 MW of hydroelectric power) for which contracts for the purchase of electricity from RES have been already concluded with the investors.

Since 2009 until today, the total amount of investments in the RES sector amounts to about 58.5 billion tenge (approx. 140 M euro) based on the data of the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan.

According to the Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan, Mr. Kanat Bozumbaev, currently, there are 65 operating RES facilities in the country, including 12 wind farms, 19 solar, 33 hydroelectric power stations and 1 biogas plant. During the first half of 2018, they generated 629.5 million kW/h of electricity.

All RES projects in Kazakhstan are financed by investors in exchange for a guaranteed purchase of electricity from RES for 15 years at fixed tariffs or auction prices, exemption from payment for transporting RES electricity or investment preferences in accordance with the Business Code.

The bottleneck was the mechanism for the determination of fixed tariffs and marginal auction prices. Another main concern for investors was the issue of "long" money in the national currency, since the facilities are operating on the domestic market, and they will not receive foreign exchange earnings.

Now the government changed the current formula for indexation of auction prices, taking into account changes in the tenge's exchange rate to convertible currencies by 70%, and to the consumer price index by 30% from the second year of production. Such a scheme eliminates the currency risks of investors. This will allow investors to attract cheaper loan financing in foreign currency and the bidding will lead to a decrease in marginal auction prices.

The Development Bank of Kazakhstan, which is a local bank, provides loans for the construction of solar, wind power stations and small hydro power plants.

As of today, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is the sole international project finance provider for renewable projects in the Kazakhstan. Based on a memorandum signed with the government, EBRD provides loans up to 200 million euros for the implementation of renewable energy projects with the possibility of attracting private investments of other international financial institutions for a total of up to 480 million euros.

Last week, according to EBRD’s source, on 18 October 2018, the EBRD signed a loan and the project support agreements for a new solar plant with up to 28 MW capacity in Kyzylorda region, southern Kazakhstan. The solar park project will be constructed and operated by Nomad Solar LLP, a special purpose company incorporated in Kazakhstan and owned by the French company Total Eren SA and the United Arab Emirates company Access Infra Central Asia Ltd.

 

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Digital Metamorphosis

 

On 8th October 2018, our manager Ana Maria Tutea, attended the conference entitled "Digital Metamorphosis: Achieving growth in business and banking” organized in Athens by the Economist Events for Greece, Cyprus, Malta & SE Europe. Retailing, telecommunications and tourism were the sectors discussed in regards with the digital revolution. The event managed to present a variety of views and opinions regarding the digital world and the changes that the society would suffer due to the digitalization. 
 

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Savvy Business

From September 2018, KLC Consulting has been re-branded into Savvy Business. Our new address is at 16A Gen. Parensov street, 1142, Sofia, Bulgaria. You may contact us at office@savvybusiness.eu or pr@savvybusiness.eu 

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framework contract MOVE/ENER/SRD/2016-498

 Starting from July 2018, we will cooperate with Milieu Ltd - Law & Policy Consulting, Brussels, Belgium as subcontractor within the Framework contract No MOVE/ENER/SRD/2016-498 “Legal economic and technical assistance in the fields of energy and mobility and transport” for Lot 1-Legal assistance in the field of energy and Lot 4- Legal assistance in the field of mobility and transportThe duration of the framework contract is 4 years. We will mainly cover legal conformity checking for countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece. 

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Support to reform of the transport sector in the republic of Moldova

In April 2018, our firm in consortium with GOPA Infra GmbH, TRT Trasporti E Territorio srl and IRU Projects ASBL has been shortlisted in the EU Technical Assistance tender: Europeaid/139029/DH/SER/MD “Support to reform of the transport sector in the republic of Moldova” budget EUR 1,000,000.

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Consulting services on harmonization of legislation

On December 14, 2016, Giorgi Turdzeladze, head of the Georgian branch of KLC Consulting was a guest of the Radio Show "Liberty Morning" in Tbilisi, Georgia. The company cooperates with private companies as well as state agencies on the issues regarding improvement of the legislative framework and effective implementation of changes. Special attention is paid to the approximation and harmonization of the domestic legislation with the European Acquis. Mr. Turdzeladze talked about the legislative amendments that Georgia needs to proceed with, the necessary mechanisms for proper implementation of the legislative changes as per the obligations of Georgia according to the provisions of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia, signed on June 2014, in force since July 1, 2016.

 

More details of the interview in Georgian you can find on the following link:

http://www.radiotavisupleba.ge/a/giorgi-turdzeladze-tavisuplebis-dilashi/28175479.html 

 

KLC Consulting has delivered a seminar on safety management system in accordance with requirements of the International Code for the Management of Safe Operation of Ships and Pollution Prevention
In Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan, on 27-28 December 2017, KLC Consulting has successfully delivered a 2-days seminar on safety management system in accordance with the requirements of the International Code for the Management of Safe Operation of Ships and Pollution Prevention.
KLC Consulting wishes all consultants, associates, partners and clients a joyful winter holidays and a New Year full of success and prosperity!
KLC Consulting wishes all consultants, associates, partners and clients a joyful winter holidays and a New Year full of success and prosperity!
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Successful completion of WB funded project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts, Contract No: KZEMP / QCBS-01

In October 2021 the 14-month journey of the WB project has been successfully accomplished. The 3rd stage of the project aimed at capacity building for evaluation experts was carried out during May –October 2021. This stage culminated with an asynchronous training on “Textbooks evaluation applying international experiences and practices” of 2000 evaluation experts from all regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Savvy Business with its partner Astana-Kitap LLP and its subcontractors National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Excellence Training Center (ETC) are satisfied with the completion of this project which definitely contributes to the strengthening of the national system for textbooks requirements and evaluation and improving the quality of the textbooks and the quality of the teachers and evaluators.

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Training of 40 leading experts for Textbook development and evaluation has been completed

The training for professional development of the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts learnt about the international practices on textbooks development and evaluation and acquired skills helping them to improve approach to the textbooks and electronic textbooks expertise. On 16 July 2021, during the closing session of the training the Director and the trainees of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise expressed their gratitude to the Consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap and international trainers for delivery of highly professional training sessions and admitted its role in the future development of Kazakhstani textbooks and teaching and learning materials.

Special posts were published by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2927002527512428&id=1440619732817389  ,  the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise http://www.okulyk-edu.kz/show/item/1626627586- and the participants of the training, underlining the importance of the training delivered  - Dana Rau - Қ Ғ ұ қ... | Facebook

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Participation in panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format

Today, on 12 August 2021 the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Education Content Expertise of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the framework of the traditional August meeting of educators holds a panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format”, during of which the speakers will make reports on modern changes in the content and format of textbooks.

The session is attended by textbook authors and experts, representatives of publishing houses, executors of the World Bank project, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, methodologists of regional and city methodological offices and school teachers.

Mrs. Apostolia Galani, Associate Professor of the Department of Didactics of Geography of the Athens National and Kapodistrian University of Greece, as a representative of the International Consortium "Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap" presents to the attention of the participants the international experience of requirements for the development and examination of modern textbooks.

The results of the session will be summed up by the director of the Center Mr. Eldos Nurlanov, with a report on modern approaches to the content and format of educational literature.

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Training on Textbook development and evaluation

The first round of training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts get acquainted with the international practices in development and evaluation of modern textbooks and electronic textbooks and carried out hands-on activities to strengthen the acquired knowledge. The training is part of WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”, implemented by the consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap, with participation of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Excellence training Center as sub-contractors.

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Face-to-Face training in textbook development and evaluation

Today, on 7 July 2021 in Nur-Sultan, Savvy Business sLTD in association with Astana-kitap has started delivering first round of face to face training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise within the context of the WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”. The aim of the training is to enhance the capacity of the local experts in the field of textbook development and evaluation in accordance with international standards and experience. It is expected that upon completion of the training, participants will be able to apply the improved textbook requirements and evaluation methodology in the country. The second round of the training will be held during the period 12-16 July 2021.

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Working mission to Kazakhstan

Within the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts” of the WB Programme Education Modernization Project, our team met with the management team of the Republican Scientific & Practical Center “Textbook” of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. During the meeting, the latest developments of the project were discussed (such as the requirements of textbooks and digital publications, the evaluation criteria for textbooks and digital publications) and the upcoming training activities of the final stage of the project.  

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Savvy Business management team has successfully completed mission in Kazakhstan

During the week 4-9 April 2021, Savvy Business’s management team has visited Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan meeting its partners and clients of the existing projects.  The team visited the International social foundation “Bilim-Innovation”, which promotes cooperation in the field of education in Kazakhstan by the direct support of the president of the country. The foundation manages 27 public lyceums, 3 private lyceums, 2 international schools and 2 colleges. Savvy and Bilim Innovation foundation already implement one WB funded project in Kazakhstan and have agreed to enhance their cooperation in education in Kazakhstan and in Central Asian’s countries

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Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

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Savvy Business cooperates with National and Kapodistrian Univeristy of Athens and Astana Kitap Publishing for WB project

The international consortium of Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap (in cooperation with sub-contractors National and Kapodistrian university of Athens and Excellence Training Center LLP) has been awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Kazakhstan the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts under the World Bank’s Loan No. 8709-KZ, Programme: Education Modernization Project.

The project’s objectives are strengthening national system for textbook review and approval to assure textbook quality; improvement of the system of textbook quality examination by establishing requirements (standards) for textbooks and increasing capacity of textbooks evaluation experts in Kazakhstan.

The project duration is 14 months.

 

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Online conference presenting the results of the WB project KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10

Today, on 18 June 2020, within the framework of the World Bank “SME competitiveness Project”, the online Conference was organized by Euroconsultants S.A. main contractor for the project (Savvy Business sLTD and Applied Economics Research Center as sub-contractors) in order to present the results of the National Baseline Survey and the SME Development Concept as main deliverables of the contract KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The conference was attended by more than 680 participants, among them representatives of the World Bank, the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Industry and Export Center QazIndustry, Damu Entrepreneurship Development Fund JSC, the national chamber of entrepreneurs "Atameken” and Small and Medium Enterprises.

The key issues discussed were: analysis of data national baseline survey, analysis of the current state of SMEs development, international SME development experience review, forecasts and scenarios for the development of the economy of Kazakhstan and SME sector until 2050, directions for improving the policy of SME development and mechanisms for implementing the Concept of SME development in the RK, stages of implementation of the Concept for the development of SMEs in the RK.

This is the final activity of the project which is successfully completed after 14 months implementation.

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HELLENIC ASSOCIATION FOR ENERGY ECONOMICS VIRTUAL EVENT

Savvy Business’s Manager Ana Maria Tutea attended the very interesting virtual event on “Post-pandemic impact on the world’s gas markets".  The online discussion was moderated by Ms. Valérie Ducrot, Managing Director, WEC - Global Gas Centre. The discussion was carried out by Mr. René Bautz, President of WEC - Global Gas Centre, Mr. Panagiotis Mitrou, Global Gas Segment Manager, Lloyd’s and Dr. Kostas Andriosopoulos, BoD of GGC; Vice President, DEPA.

The prominent speakers provided an insights of possible changes for the global and European gas and LNG markets in Europe in 2020 as well as the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Some notes that we may need to consider in the coming months is that the prices on LNG will become lower, there will be a possible decrease of demand in Europe for gas, gas prices will keep low until the next winter, the covid-19 crisis cannot really accelerate the use of LNG for ships as IMO regulations may be needed. In general, the governments and the market will need to first give a special attention to the fight against the covid-19 and investments in gas and LNG may be postponed until next year. A positive aspect of the covid-19 is that climate change and green economy will remain a priority.

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Final Training Session in NLP

Distance Learning (synchronous) NLP Crash Course (24h) has been successfully completed!
An amazing 2 weeks journey of Savvy Business' Team trained by distinguished PMI and NLP Trainer, Dr. George Diakonikolaou!

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Happy Easter!

We wish to all out partners, clients, colleagues, associates and experts a peaceful Easter, full of joy and faith for better days to come! #stayhome, #staysafe

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Final Consultative Meeting held online on 9 April 2020 within the WB/IBRD Project

On April 9, 2020, EUROCONSULTANTS SA (main contractor) together with AERC and Savvy Business as subcontractors has successfully organized the final consultative workshop of the Project with Reference No. KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 KZ via an online platform. The workshop agenda was to discuss the results of the 4th Stage 4 of the project implementation, namely the Concept of small and medium enterprise aimed at increasing the contribution of SMEs to GDP to 50% by 2050.

20 participants  attended and workshop, among which representatives from  Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Project Implementation Unit of the SME Competitiveness Project,  National Chamber of Entrepreneurs “Atameken”, DAMU" Entrepreneurship Development Fund" JSC and  World Bank. From Savvy team’s Michalis Karamanis and Ana Maria Tutea attended. 

The concept will be published on https://smeproject.kz/ru.

The project ends May 2020.

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SAVVY team is trained online on NLP Crash Course

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is becoming now the most popular personal development and business growth tool globally. 

Savvy Business gives to its people the opportunity to attend the online course on “NLP Crash Course” (24 hours) offered by Dr. George Diakonikolaou, NLP Training and PMP Trainer. Among the topics of the course, we list some indicatively: origins and history of NLP, practical applications of NLP, NLP Model of Communication, Responsibility of Change, 5 Principles of Success, Goal Setting, the Neurological Model, Values and Beliefs. Exercises and practical cases are part of the course too.

NLP as a global standard of excellence can be applied to Business, Coaching and Therapy, Sport, Education and Personal Development. 

After the training test, each participant receives an attendance certificate and can become Associate Member of the American Board of NLP.

This course is a first phase of the NLP Practitioner Certification@ Training.

 

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SAVVY WORKS REMOTELY FROM HOME
Since 16 March 2020, our team has started working remotely from home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.
 
We care about our people and we want all to be safe!
 
Don’t hesitate to contact us at office@savvybusiness.eu
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Happy New Year from Savvy!

  

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Thomas Lamnidis Key Speaker at the Astana Economic Forum 2019 (AEF2019), 17 May 2019

Our Principal and Legal Advisor, Thomas Lamnidis, was invited to be a speaker at Astana Economic Forum 2019 Global Challenges in the session dedicated to "THE AGE OF CONNECTIVITY: PRIVATE SECTOR DIMENSION". An extract of his speech can be followed at LinkedIn.

During this session , it was discusised the role of Central Asia’s infrastructural capabilities and economic corridors that could serve as a priority and a key source of growth. Being in the center of global corridors between China, Europe and Russia, Central Asia is a single economic and trade route. At the same time, within Central Asia, countries have a low level of trade relations. During the session, it was stated that nowadays, connectivity plays a key role in the region’s development; therefore, the Belt and Road Initiative and the EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy should carry a number of investments, infrastructure and trade opportunities for business.

The Panel was chaired by Mr. Mattia Romani, Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD.  The questions he raised were:
• How is connectivity in Eurasia going to change in the coming years due to new
technologies?
• What technological developments will affect connectivity in Central Asia (including
transport, logistics, etc.)?
• How will enhanced connectivity create new opportunities in Central Asia?
• What is the role of the private sector and the regulators in this?
Chair: Mattia Romani, Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD
 
The discussions and debates were carried out by prominent speakers : Alexey Grom, President, Chairman of the Board of the United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance, Eugene Seah, COO of the Port of Baku, Yerlan Absatov, General Director of the Transport Union of Kazakhstan “Kazlogistics”, Massimo Deandreis, General Manager, S.R.M. Economic Research Center, Chairman, GEI Italian Council of Business Economists.

 

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Update on the progress of the pre-qualified assessment of short-term training providers in Republic of Kazakhstan

The process of pre-qualified assessment of training providers in the framework of the Skills and Jobs Project in Kazakhstan is well underway. To date, the implementing consortium has assessed 557 training providers throughout the country, using an extensive pre-defined methodology. The process of assessment goes on. For more information, follow the link to read the interview on the subject: https://tengrinews.kz/conference/309/

 
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Wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year from Savvy Business' team!

 Wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year from Savvy Business' team!

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New conformity checking for DG MOVE

Savvy Business sLTD, under the Framework Service Contract MOVE/ENER/SRD/498-2016 Lot 1, will be assisting Milieu Ltd in the implementation of the specific contract “Conformity assessment of the transposition of Directives 2014/45/EU (on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers), 2014/46/EU (on the registration documents for vehicles) and 2014/47/EU (on the technical roadside inspection of the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles circulating in the Union)”.

Savvy will carry out in-depth legal analysis of the conformity of national transposition and implementing measures with specific provisions of the Directives for Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria. 

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Forum Astana

 On 29 November 2018, Savvy Business sLTD’s team attended the forum “The Future of the Labor Market: New Opportunities", organized by the Ministry of labor and social protection of the Population of Kazakhstan with the aim to discuss employment and social development prospects in Kazakhstan in the context of dynamic changes in the global labor market in connection with 4th Industrial Revolution.

Among the Government representatives, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of Labour Madina Abylkassymova, Vice Minister Nariman Mukushev took part in the work of the forum along with the representatives of international organizations and IFI’s, as well as large transnational and local companies.

 

For the successful implementation of the contract No KZSJ-2.2/CS-02-QCBS “Provision of consulting services on compiling inventory, assessment and prequalification selection of training service providers” in the framework of the World Bank “Skills & Jobs” project, Mr. Michalis Karamanis received Award of Excellence for active contribution to project implementation.

 

 

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Growing development of renewable energy projects in Kazakhstan


During the last two years, we have noticed a considerable progress of the implementation of RES projects in Kazakhstan which now became a priority of the government’s energy policy, especially after November 2016, when Kazakhstan ratified the Paris Agreement.

Today, the share of RES in the total energy market of Kazakhstan is 1% but the target is to reach 3% by 2020 through the implementation of projects (total capacity 2000 MW- including 960 MW of wind farms, 750 MW of solar power and 290 MW of hydroelectric power) for which contracts for the purchase of electricity from RES have been already concluded with the investors.

Since 2009 until today, the total amount of investments in the RES sector amounts to about 58.5 billion tenge (approx. 140 M euro) based on the data of the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan.

According to the Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan, Mr. Kanat Bozumbaev, currently, there are 65 operating RES facilities in the country, including 12 wind farms, 19 solar, 33 hydroelectric power stations and 1 biogas plant. During the first half of 2018, they generated 629.5 million kW/h of electricity.

All RES projects in Kazakhstan are financed by investors in exchange for a guaranteed purchase of electricity from RES for 15 years at fixed tariffs or auction prices, exemption from payment for transporting RES electricity or investment preferences in accordance with the Business Code.

The bottleneck was the mechanism for the determination of fixed tariffs and marginal auction prices. Another main concern for investors was the issue of "long" money in the national currency, since the facilities are operating on the domestic market, and they will not receive foreign exchange earnings.

Now the government changed the current formula for indexation of auction prices, taking into account changes in the tenge's exchange rate to convertible currencies by 70%, and to the consumer price index by 30% from the second year of production. Such a scheme eliminates the currency risks of investors. This will allow investors to attract cheaper loan financing in foreign currency and the bidding will lead to a decrease in marginal auction prices.

The Development Bank of Kazakhstan, which is a local bank, provides loans for the construction of solar, wind power stations and small hydro power plants.

As of today, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is the sole international project finance provider for renewable projects in the Kazakhstan. Based on a memorandum signed with the government, EBRD provides loans up to 200 million euros for the implementation of renewable energy projects with the possibility of attracting private investments of other international financial institutions for a total of up to 480 million euros.

Last week, according to EBRD’s source, on 18 October 2018, the EBRD signed a loan and the project support agreements for a new solar plant with up to 28 MW capacity in Kyzylorda region, southern Kazakhstan. The solar park project will be constructed and operated by Nomad Solar LLP, a special purpose company incorporated in Kazakhstan and owned by the French company Total Eren SA and the United Arab Emirates company Access Infra Central Asia Ltd.

 

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Digital Metamorphosis

 

On 8th October 2018, our manager Ana Maria Tutea, attended the conference entitled "Digital Metamorphosis: Achieving growth in business and banking” organized in Athens by the Economist Events for Greece, Cyprus, Malta & SE Europe. Retailing, telecommunications and tourism were the sectors discussed in regards with the digital revolution. The event managed to present a variety of views and opinions regarding the digital world and the changes that the society would suffer due to the digitalization. 
 

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Savvy Business

From September 2018, KLC Consulting has been re-branded into Savvy Business. Our new address is at 16A Gen. Parensov street, 1142, Sofia, Bulgaria. You may contact us at office@savvybusiness.eu or pr@savvybusiness.eu 

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framework contract MOVE/ENER/SRD/2016-498

 Starting from July 2018, we will cooperate with Milieu Ltd - Law & Policy Consulting, Brussels, Belgium as subcontractor within the Framework contract No MOVE/ENER/SRD/2016-498 “Legal economic and technical assistance in the fields of energy and mobility and transport” for Lot 1-Legal assistance in the field of energy and Lot 4- Legal assistance in the field of mobility and transportThe duration of the framework contract is 4 years. We will mainly cover legal conformity checking for countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece. 

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Support to reform of the transport sector in the republic of Moldova

In April 2018, our firm in consortium with GOPA Infra GmbH, TRT Trasporti E Territorio srl and IRU Projects ASBL has been shortlisted in the EU Technical Assistance tender: Europeaid/139029/DH/SER/MD “Support to reform of the transport sector in the republic of Moldova” budget EUR 1,000,000.

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Consulting services on harmonization of legislation

On December 14, 2016, Giorgi Turdzeladze, head of the Georgian branch of KLC Consulting was a guest of the Radio Show "Liberty Morning" in Tbilisi, Georgia. The company cooperates with private companies as well as state agencies on the issues regarding improvement of the legislative framework and effective implementation of changes. Special attention is paid to the approximation and harmonization of the domestic legislation with the European Acquis. Mr. Turdzeladze talked about the legislative amendments that Georgia needs to proceed with, the necessary mechanisms for proper implementation of the legislative changes as per the obligations of Georgia according to the provisions of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia, signed on June 2014, in force since July 1, 2016.

 

More details of the interview in Georgian you can find on the following link:

http://www.radiotavisupleba.ge/a/giorgi-turdzeladze-tavisuplebis-dilashi/28175479.html 

 

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KLC Consulting has delivered a seminar on safety management system in accordance with requirements of the International Code for the Management of Safe Operation of Ships and Pollution Prevention

In Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan,  on 27-28 December 2017, KLC Consulting has successfully delivered a 2-days seminar on safety management system in accordance with the requirements of the International Code for the Management of Safe Operation of Ships and Pollution Prevention.

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KLC Consulting wishes all consultants, associates, partners and clients a joyful winter holidays and a New Year full of success and prosperity!

KLC Consulting wishes all consultants, associates, partners and clients a joyful winter holidays and a New Year full of success and prosperity!

This year, KLC Consulting has decided to move to another central location of Sofia and has donated its office desks, computers, chairs and office facilities to the Municipality of Petrich for the kids and people in need. This is our modest contribution to bringing joy and smiles to the families in need and to the feeling that Santa Claus is everywhere!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

Radio broadcast
Today, on the 14th of December, the director of KLC Consulting's Branch in Tbilisi was the guest at Radio Liberty's morning broadcast, where the perspectives and implementation of EU-Georgia Association agreement, along with legal approximation and implementation of European and International agreements have been discussed.
KLC Consulting has established a branch office in Tbilisi, Georgia
This presence in the center of the Caucasus region will bring about better proximity with the thriving markets of the area and will contribute to a broader regional reach of the Company
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Successful completion of WB funded project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts, Contract No: KZEMP / QCBS-01

In October 2021 the 14-month journey of the WB project has been successfully accomplished. The 3rd stage of the project aimed at capacity building for evaluation experts was carried out during May –October 2021. This stage culminated with an asynchronous training on “Textbooks evaluation applying international experiences and practices” of 2000 evaluation experts from all regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Savvy Business with its partner Astana-Kitap LLP and its subcontractors National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Excellence Training Center (ETC) are satisfied with the completion of this project which definitely contributes to the strengthening of the national system for textbooks requirements and evaluation and improving the quality of the textbooks and the quality of the teachers and evaluators.

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Training of 40 leading experts for Textbook development and evaluation has been completed

The training for professional development of the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts learnt about the international practices on textbooks development and evaluation and acquired skills helping them to improve approach to the textbooks and electronic textbooks expertise. On 16 July 2021, during the closing session of the training the Director and the trainees of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise expressed their gratitude to the Consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap and international trainers for delivery of highly professional training sessions and admitted its role in the future development of Kazakhstani textbooks and teaching and learning materials.

Special posts were published by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2927002527512428&id=1440619732817389  ,  the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise http://www.okulyk-edu.kz/show/item/1626627586- and the participants of the training, underlining the importance of the training delivered  - Dana Rau - Қ Ғ ұ қ... | Facebook

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Participation in panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format

Today, on 12 August 2021 the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Education Content Expertise of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the framework of the traditional August meeting of educators holds a panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format”, during of which the speakers will make reports on modern changes in the content and format of textbooks.

The session is attended by textbook authors and experts, representatives of publishing houses, executors of the World Bank project, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, methodologists of regional and city methodological offices and school teachers.

Mrs. Apostolia Galani, Associate Professor of the Department of Didactics of Geography of the Athens National and Kapodistrian University of Greece, as a representative of the International Consortium "Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap" presents to the attention of the participants the international experience of requirements for the development and examination of modern textbooks.

The results of the session will be summed up by the director of the Center Mr. Eldos Nurlanov, with a report on modern approaches to the content and format of educational literature.

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Training on Textbook development and evaluation

The first round of training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts get acquainted with the international practices in development and evaluation of modern textbooks and electronic textbooks and carried out hands-on activities to strengthen the acquired knowledge. The training is part of WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”, implemented by the consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap, with participation of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Excellence training Center as sub-contractors.

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Face-to-Face training in textbook development and evaluation

Today, on 7 July 2021 in Nur-Sultan, Savvy Business sLTD in association with Astana-kitap has started delivering first round of face to face training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise within the context of the WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”. The aim of the training is to enhance the capacity of the local experts in the field of textbook development and evaluation in accordance with international standards and experience. It is expected that upon completion of the training, participants will be able to apply the improved textbook requirements and evaluation methodology in the country. The second round of the training will be held during the period 12-16 July 2021.

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Working mission to Kazakhstan

Within the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts” of the WB Programme Education Modernization Project, our team met with the management team of the Republican Scientific & Practical Center “Textbook” of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. During the meeting, the latest developments of the project were discussed (such as the requirements of textbooks and digital publications, the evaluation criteria for textbooks and digital publications) and the upcoming training activities of the final stage of the project.  

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Savvy Business management team has successfully completed mission in Kazakhstan

During the week 4-9 April 2021, Savvy Business’s management team has visited Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan meeting its partners and clients of the existing projects.  The team visited the International social foundation “Bilim-Innovation”, which promotes cooperation in the field of education in Kazakhstan by the direct support of the president of the country. The foundation manages 27 public lyceums, 3 private lyceums, 2 international schools and 2 colleges. Savvy and Bilim Innovation foundation already implement one WB funded project in Kazakhstan and have agreed to enhance their cooperation in education in Kazakhstan and in Central Asian’s countries

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Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

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Savvy Business cooperates with National and Kapodistrian Univeristy of Athens and Astana Kitap Publishing for WB project

The international consortium of Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap (in cooperation with sub-contractors National and Kapodistrian university of Athens and Excellence Training Center LLP) has been awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Kazakhstan the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts under the World Bank’s Loan No. 8709-KZ, Programme: Education Modernization Project.

The project’s objectives are strengthening national system for textbook review and approval to assure textbook quality; improvement of the system of textbook quality examination by establishing requirements (standards) for textbooks and increasing capacity of textbooks evaluation experts in Kazakhstan.

The project duration is 14 months.

 

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Online conference presenting the results of the WB project KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10

Today, on 18 June 2020, within the framework of the World Bank “SME competitiveness Project”, the online Conference was organized by Euroconsultants S.A. main contractor for the project (Savvy Business sLTD and Applied Economics Research Center as sub-contractors) in order to present the results of the National Baseline Survey and the SME Development Concept as main deliverables of the contract KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The conference was attended by more than 680 participants, among them representatives of the World Bank, the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Industry and Export Center QazIndustry, Damu Entrepreneurship Development Fund JSC, the national chamber of entrepreneurs "Atameken” and Small and Medium Enterprises.

The key issues discussed were: analysis of data national baseline survey, analysis of the current state of SMEs development, international SME development experience review, forecasts and scenarios for the development of the economy of Kazakhstan and SME sector until 2050, directions for improving the policy of SME development and mechanisms for implementing the Concept of SME development in the RK, stages of implementation of the Concept for the development of SMEs in the RK.

This is the final activity of the project which is successfully completed after 14 months implementation.

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HELLENIC ASSOCIATION FOR ENERGY ECONOMICS VIRTUAL EVENT

Savvy Business’s Manager Ana Maria Tutea attended the very interesting virtual event on “Post-pandemic impact on the world’s gas markets".  The online discussion was moderated by Ms. Valérie Ducrot, Managing Director, WEC - Global Gas Centre. The discussion was carried out by Mr. René Bautz, President of WEC - Global Gas Centre, Mr. Panagiotis Mitrou, Global Gas Segment Manager, Lloyd’s and Dr. Kostas Andriosopoulos, BoD of GGC; Vice President, DEPA.

The prominent speakers provided an insights of possible changes for the global and European gas and LNG markets in Europe in 2020 as well as the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Some notes that we may need to consider in the coming months is that the prices on LNG will become lower, there will be a possible decrease of demand in Europe for gas, gas prices will keep low until the next winter, the covid-19 crisis cannot really accelerate the use of LNG for ships as IMO regulations may be needed. In general, the governments and the market will need to first give a special attention to the fight against the covid-19 and investments in gas and LNG may be postponed until next year. A positive aspect of the covid-19 is that climate change and green economy will remain a priority.

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Final Training Session in NLP

Distance Learning (synchronous) NLP Crash Course (24h) has been successfully completed!
An amazing 2 weeks journey of Savvy Business' Team trained by distinguished PMI and NLP Trainer, Dr. George Diakonikolaou!

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Happy Easter!

We wish to all out partners, clients, colleagues, associates and experts a peaceful Easter, full of joy and faith for better days to come! #stayhome, #staysafe

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Final Consultative Meeting held online on 9 April 2020 within the WB/IBRD Project

On April 9, 2020, EUROCONSULTANTS SA (main contractor) together with AERC and Savvy Business as subcontractors has successfully organized the final consultative workshop of the Project with Reference No. KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 KZ via an online platform. The workshop agenda was to discuss the results of the 4th Stage 4 of the project implementation, namely the Concept of small and medium enterprise aimed at increasing the contribution of SMEs to GDP to 50% by 2050.

20 participants  attended and workshop, among which representatives from  Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Project Implementation Unit of the SME Competitiveness Project,  National Chamber of Entrepreneurs “Atameken”, DAMU" Entrepreneurship Development Fund" JSC and  World Bank. From Savvy team’s Michalis Karamanis and Ana Maria Tutea attended. 

The concept will be published on https://smeproject.kz/ru.

The project ends May 2020.

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SAVVY team is trained online on NLP Crash Course

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is becoming now the most popular personal development and business growth tool globally. 

Savvy Business gives to its people the opportunity to attend the online course on “NLP Crash Course” (24 hours) offered by Dr. George Diakonikolaou, NLP Training and PMP Trainer. Among the topics of the course, we list some indicatively: origins and history of NLP, practical applications of NLP, NLP Model of Communication, Responsibility of Change, 5 Principles of Success, Goal Setting, the Neurological Model, Values and Beliefs. Exercises and practical cases are part of the course too.

NLP as a global standard of excellence can be applied to Business, Coaching and Therapy, Sport, Education and Personal Development. 

After the training test, each participant receives an attendance certificate and can become Associate Member of the American Board of NLP.

This course is a first phase of the NLP Practitioner Certification@ Training.

 

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SAVVY WORKS REMOTELY FROM HOME
Since 16 March 2020, our team has started working remotely from home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.
 
We care about our people and we want all to be safe!
 
Don’t hesitate to contact us at office@savvybusiness.eu
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Happy New Year from Savvy!

  

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Thomas Lamnidis Key Speaker at the Astana Economic Forum 2019 (AEF2019), 17 May 2019

Our Principal and Legal Advisor, Thomas Lamnidis, was invited to be a speaker at Astana Economic Forum 2019 Global Challenges in the session dedicated to "THE AGE OF CONNECTIVITY: PRIVATE SECTOR DIMENSION". An extract of his speech can be followed at LinkedIn.

During this session , it was discusised the role of Central Asia’s infrastructural capabilities and economic corridors that could serve as a priority and a key source of growth. Being in the center of global corridors between China, Europe and Russia, Central Asia is a single economic and trade route. At the same time, within Central Asia, countries have a low level of trade relations. During the session, it was stated that nowadays, connectivity plays a key role in the region’s development; therefore, the Belt and Road Initiative and the EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy should carry a number of investments, infrastructure and trade opportunities for business.

The Panel was chaired by Mr. Mattia Romani, Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD.  The questions he raised were:
• How is connectivity in Eurasia going to change in the coming years due to new
technologies?
• What technological developments will affect connectivity in Central Asia (including
transport, logistics, etc.)?
• How will enhanced connectivity create new opportunities in Central Asia?
• What is the role of the private sector and the regulators in this?
Chair: Mattia Romani, Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD
 
The discussions and debates were carried out by prominent speakers : Alexey Grom, President, Chairman of the Board of the United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance, Eugene Seah, COO of the Port of Baku, Yerlan Absatov, General Director of the Transport Union of Kazakhstan “Kazlogistics”, Massimo Deandreis, General Manager, S.R.M. Economic Research Center, Chairman, GEI Italian Council of Business Economists.

 

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Update on the progress of the pre-qualified assessment of short-term training providers in Republic of Kazakhstan

The process of pre-qualified assessment of training providers in the framework of the Skills and Jobs Project in Kazakhstan is well underway. To date, the implementing consortium has assessed 557 training providers throughout the country, using an extensive pre-defined methodology. The process of assessment goes on. For more information, follow the link to read the interview on the subject: https://tengrinews.kz/conference/309/

 
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Wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year from Savvy Business' team!

 Wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year from Savvy Business' team!

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New conformity checking for DG MOVE

Savvy Business sLTD, under the Framework Service Contract MOVE/ENER/SRD/498-2016 Lot 1, will be assisting Milieu Ltd in the implementation of the specific contract “Conformity assessment of the transposition of Directives 2014/45/EU (on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers), 2014/46/EU (on the registration documents for vehicles) and 2014/47/EU (on the technical roadside inspection of the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles circulating in the Union)”.

Savvy will carry out in-depth legal analysis of the conformity of national transposition and implementing measures with specific provisions of the Directives for Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria. 

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Forum Astana

 On 29 November 2018, Savvy Business sLTD’s team attended the forum “The Future of the Labor Market: New Opportunities", organized by the Ministry of labor and social protection of the Population of Kazakhstan with the aim to discuss employment and social development prospects in Kazakhstan in the context of dynamic changes in the global labor market in connection with 4th Industrial Revolution.

Among the Government representatives, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of Labour Madina Abylkassymova, Vice Minister Nariman Mukushev took part in the work of the forum along with the representatives of international organizations and IFI’s, as well as large transnational and local companies.

 

For the successful implementation of the contract No KZSJ-2.2/CS-02-QCBS “Provision of consulting services on compiling inventory, assessment and prequalification selection of training service providers” in the framework of the World Bank “Skills & Jobs” project, Mr. Michalis Karamanis received Award of Excellence for active contribution to project implementation.

 

 

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Growing development of renewable energy projects in Kazakhstan


During the last two years, we have noticed a considerable progress of the implementation of RES projects in Kazakhstan which now became a priority of the government’s energy policy, especially after November 2016, when Kazakhstan ratified the Paris Agreement.

Today, the share of RES in the total energy market of Kazakhstan is 1% but the target is to reach 3% by 2020 through the implementation of projects (total capacity 2000 MW- including 960 MW of wind farms, 750 MW of solar power and 290 MW of hydroelectric power) for which contracts for the purchase of electricity from RES have been already concluded with the investors.

Since 2009 until today, the total amount of investments in the RES sector amounts to about 58.5 billion tenge (approx. 140 M euro) based on the data of the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan.

According to the Minister of Energy of Kazakhstan, Mr. Kanat Bozumbaev, currently, there are 65 operating RES facilities in the country, including 12 wind farms, 19 solar, 33 hydroelectric power stations and 1 biogas plant. During the first half of 2018, they generated 629.5 million kW/h of electricity.

All RES projects in Kazakhstan are financed by investors in exchange for a guaranteed purchase of electricity from RES for 15 years at fixed tariffs or auction prices, exemption from payment for transporting RES electricity or investment preferences in accordance with the Business Code.

The bottleneck was the mechanism for the determination of fixed tariffs and marginal auction prices. Another main concern for investors was the issue of "long" money in the national currency, since the facilities are operating on the domestic market, and they will not receive foreign exchange earnings.

Now the government changed the current formula for indexation of auction prices, taking into account changes in the tenge's exchange rate to convertible currencies by 70%, and to the consumer price index by 30% from the second year of production. Such a scheme eliminates the currency risks of investors. This will allow investors to attract cheaper loan financing in foreign currency and the bidding will lead to a decrease in marginal auction prices.

The Development Bank of Kazakhstan, which is a local bank, provides loans for the construction of solar, wind power stations and small hydro power plants.

As of today, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is the sole international project finance provider for renewable projects in the Kazakhstan. Based on a memorandum signed with the government, EBRD provides loans up to 200 million euros for the implementation of renewable energy projects with the possibility of attracting private investments of other international financial institutions for a total of up to 480 million euros.

Last week, according to EBRD’s source, on 18 October 2018, the EBRD signed a loan and the project support agreements for a new solar plant with up to 28 MW capacity in Kyzylorda region, southern Kazakhstan. The solar park project will be constructed and operated by Nomad Solar LLP, a special purpose company incorporated in Kazakhstan and owned by the French company Total Eren SA and the United Arab Emirates company Access Infra Central Asia Ltd.

 

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Digital Metamorphosis

 

On 8th October 2018, our manager Ana Maria Tutea, attended the conference entitled "Digital Metamorphosis: Achieving growth in business and banking” organized in Athens by the Economist Events for Greece, Cyprus, Malta & SE Europe. Retailing, telecommunications and tourism were the sectors discussed in regards with the digital revolution. The event managed to present a variety of views and opinions regarding the digital world and the changes that the society would suffer due to the digitalization. 
 

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Savvy Business

From September 2018, KLC Consulting has been re-branded into Savvy Business. Our new address is at 16A Gen. Parensov street, 1142, Sofia, Bulgaria. You may contact us at office@savvybusiness.eu or pr@savvybusiness.eu 

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framework contract MOVE/ENER/SRD/2016-498

 Starting from July 2018, we will cooperate with Milieu Ltd - Law & Policy Consulting, Brussels, Belgium as subcontractor within the Framework contract No MOVE/ENER/SRD/2016-498 “Legal economic and technical assistance in the fields of energy and mobility and transport” for Lot 1-Legal assistance in the field of energy and Lot 4- Legal assistance in the field of mobility and transportThe duration of the framework contract is 4 years. We will mainly cover legal conformity checking for countries such as Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece. 

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Support to reform of the transport sector in the republic of Moldova

In April 2018, our firm in consortium with GOPA Infra GmbH, TRT Trasporti E Territorio srl and IRU Projects ASBL has been shortlisted in the EU Technical Assistance tender: Europeaid/139029/DH/SER/MD “Support to reform of the transport sector in the republic of Moldova” budget EUR 1,000,000.

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Consulting services on harmonization of legislation

On December 14, 2016, Giorgi Turdzeladze, head of the Georgian branch of KLC Consulting was a guest of the Radio Show "Liberty Morning" in Tbilisi, Georgia. The company cooperates with private companies as well as state agencies on the issues regarding improvement of the legislative framework and effective implementation of changes. Special attention is paid to the approximation and harmonization of the domestic legislation with the European Acquis. Mr. Turdzeladze talked about the legislative amendments that Georgia needs to proceed with, the necessary mechanisms for proper implementation of the legislative changes as per the obligations of Georgia according to the provisions of the Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia, signed on June 2014, in force since July 1, 2016.

 

More details of the interview in Georgian you can find on the following link:

http://www.radiotavisupleba.ge/a/giorgi-turdzeladze-tavisuplebis-dilashi/28175479.html 

 

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KLC Consulting has delivered a seminar on safety management system in accordance with requirements of the International Code for the Management of Safe Operation of Ships and Pollution Prevention

In Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan,  on 27-28 December 2017, KLC Consulting has successfully delivered a 2-days seminar on safety management system in accordance with the requirements of the International Code for the Management of Safe Operation of Ships and Pollution Prevention.

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KLC Consulting wishes all consultants, associates, partners and clients a joyful winter holidays and a New Year full of success and prosperity!

KLC Consulting wishes all consultants, associates, partners and clients a joyful winter holidays and a New Year full of success and prosperity!

This year, KLC Consulting has decided to move to another central location of Sofia and has donated its office desks, computers, chairs and office facilities to the Municipality of Petrich for the kids and people in need. This is our modest contribution to bringing joy and smiles to the families in need and to the feeling that Santa Claus is everywhere!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

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Radio broadcast

Today, on the 14th of December, the director of KLC Consulting's Branch in Tbilisi was the guest at Radio Liberty's morning broadcast, where the perspectives and implementation of EU-Georgia Association agreement, along with legal approximation and implementation of European and International agreements have been discussed.

 

The interview (in Georgian language) can be viewed at the followng URL: http://www.radiotavisupleba.ge/a/giorgi-turdzeladze-tavisuplebis-dilashi/28175479.html

 

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KLC Consulting has established a branch office in Tbilisi, Georgia

KLC Consulting has established a branch office in Tbilisi, Georgia. This presence in the center of the Caucasus region will bring about better proximity with the thriving markets of the area and will contribute to a broader regional reach of the Company. Hence, public institutions and private organizations are now able to harness KLC’s accumulated international experience and expertise in local and regional contexts. A team of specialized consultants will support the operations of the Company out of the Georgian branch office. For more information, please contact Mr. Giorgi Turdzeladze at giorgi_turdzeladze@klcconsulting.eu, contact number +995 579 70 13 13

Feasibility study for the most optimal solution for intelligent monitoring of oil pipelines and associated facilities with the use of UAVs
Country: Kazakhstan
Dates: 25.11.2013- 30.03.2014
Financing: National Oil Transportation Company KazTransOil (KTO)
Budget: 240,000 Euro
Partners: Europa Energy LTD
KLC Consulting in consortium with WYG International and GOPA Consultants have successfully completed the project Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of Albania
KLC Consulting in consortium with WYG International and GOPA Consultants have successfully completed the project Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of Albania
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Successful completion of WB funded project Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts, Contract No: KZEMP / QCBS-01

In October 2021 the 14-month journey of the WB project has been successfully accomplished. The 3rd stage of the project aimed at capacity building for evaluation experts was carried out during May –October 2021. This stage culminated with an asynchronous training on “Textbooks evaluation applying international experiences and practices” of 2000 evaluation experts from all regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Savvy Business with its partner Astana-Kitap LLP and its subcontractors National Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) and Excellence Training Center (ETC) are satisfied with the completion of this project which definitely contributes to the strengthening of the national system for textbooks requirements and evaluation and improving the quality of the textbooks and the quality of the teachers and evaluators.

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Training of 40 leading experts for Textbook development and evaluation has been completed

The training for professional development of the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts learnt about the international practices on textbooks development and evaluation and acquired skills helping them to improve approach to the textbooks and electronic textbooks expertise. On 16 July 2021, during the closing session of the training the Director and the trainees of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise expressed their gratitude to the Consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap and international trainers for delivery of highly professional training sessions and admitted its role in the future development of Kazakhstani textbooks and teaching and learning materials.

Special posts were published by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2927002527512428&id=1440619732817389  ,  the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise http://www.okulyk-edu.kz/show/item/1626627586- and the participants of the training, underlining the importance of the training delivered  - Dana Rau - Қ Ғ ұ қ... | Facebook

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Participation in panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format

Today, on 12 August 2021 the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Education Content Expertise of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the framework of the traditional August meeting of educators holds a panel session "Modern textbook: a new approach to the content and format”, during of which the speakers will make reports on modern changes in the content and format of textbooks.

The session is attended by textbook authors and experts, representatives of publishing houses, executors of the World Bank project, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, methodologists of regional and city methodological offices and school teachers.

Mrs. Apostolia Galani, Associate Professor of the Department of Didactics of Geography of the Athens National and Kapodistrian University of Greece, as a representative of the International Consortium "Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap" presents to the attention of the participants the international experience of requirements for the development and examination of modern textbooks.

The results of the session will be summed up by the director of the Center Mr. Eldos Nurlanov, with a report on modern approaches to the content and format of educational literature.

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Training on Textbook development and evaluation

The first round of training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise has been successfully completed in Nur-Sultan. The experts get acquainted with the international practices in development and evaluation of modern textbooks and electronic textbooks and carried out hands-on activities to strengthen the acquired knowledge. The training is part of WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”, implemented by the consortium of Savvy Business – Astana kitap, with participation of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Excellence training Center as sub-contractors.

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Face-to-Face training in textbook development and evaluation

Today, on 7 July 2021 in Nur-Sultan, Savvy Business sLTD in association with Astana-kitap has started delivering first round of face to face training to the 40 leading experts of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center for educational content expertise within the context of the WB project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts”. The aim of the training is to enhance the capacity of the local experts in the field of textbook development and evaluation in accordance with international standards and experience. It is expected that upon completion of the training, participants will be able to apply the improved textbook requirements and evaluation methodology in the country. The second round of the training will be held during the period 12-16 July 2021.

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Working mission to Kazakhstan

Within the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts” of the WB Programme Education Modernization Project, our team met with the management team of the Republican Scientific & Practical Center “Textbook” of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Project Implementation Unit of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan. During the meeting, the latest developments of the project were discussed (such as the requirements of textbooks and digital publications, the evaluation criteria for textbooks and digital publications) and the upcoming training activities of the final stage of the project.  

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Savvy Business management team has successfully completed mission in Kazakhstan

During the week 4-9 April 2021, Savvy Business’s management team has visited Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan meeting its partners and clients of the existing projects.  The team visited the International social foundation “Bilim-Innovation”, which promotes cooperation in the field of education in Kazakhstan by the direct support of the president of the country. The foundation manages 27 public lyceums, 3 private lyceums, 2 international schools and 2 colleges. Savvy and Bilim Innovation foundation already implement one WB funded project in Kazakhstan and have agreed to enhance their cooperation in education in Kazakhstan and in Central Asian’s countries

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Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

Wishing you Healthy and Joyful New Year!

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Savvy Business cooperates with National and Kapodistrian Univeristy of Athens and Astana Kitap Publishing for WB project

The international consortium of Savvy Business – Astana-Kitap (in cooperation with sub-contractors National and Kapodistrian university of Athens and Excellence Training Center LLP) has been awarded by the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Kazakhstan the project “Consulting Services for Developing Textbook Evaluation Requirements and Capacity-Building of Experts under the World Bank’s Loan No. 8709-KZ, Programme: Education Modernization Project.

The project’s objectives are strengthening national system for textbook review and approval to assure textbook quality; improvement of the system of textbook quality examination by establishing requirements (standards) for textbooks and increasing capacity of textbooks evaluation experts in Kazakhstan.

The project duration is 14 months.

 

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Online conference presenting the results of the WB project KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10

Today, on 18 June 2020, within the framework of the World Bank “SME competitiveness Project”, the online Conference was organized by Euroconsultants S.A. main contractor for the project (Savvy Business sLTD and Applied Economics Research Center as sub-contractors) in order to present the results of the National Baseline Survey and the SME Development Concept as main deliverables of the contract KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The conference was attended by more than 680 participants, among them representatives of the World Bank, the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan Industry and Export Center QazIndustry, Damu Entrepreneurship Development Fund JSC, the national chamber of entrepreneurs "Atameken” and Small and Medium Enterprises.

The key issues discussed were: analysis of data national baseline survey, analysis of the current state of SMEs development, international SME development experience review, forecasts and scenarios for the development of the economy of Kazakhstan and SME sector until 2050, directions for improving the policy of SME development and mechanisms for implementing the Concept of SME development in the RK, stages of implementation of the Concept for the development of SMEs in the RK.

This is the final activity of the project which is successfully completed after 14 months implementation.

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HELLENIC ASSOCIATION FOR ENERGY ECONOMICS VIRTUAL EVENT

Savvy Business’s Manager Ana Maria Tutea attended the very interesting virtual event on “Post-pandemic impact on the world’s gas markets".  The online discussion was moderated by Ms. Valérie Ducrot, Managing Director, WEC - Global Gas Centre. The discussion was carried out by Mr. René Bautz, President of WEC - Global Gas Centre, Mr. Panagiotis Mitrou, Global Gas Segment Manager, Lloyd’s and Dr. Kostas Andriosopoulos, BoD of GGC; Vice President, DEPA.

The prominent speakers provided an insights of possible changes for the global and European gas and LNG markets in Europe in 2020 as well as the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

Some notes that we may need to consider in the coming months is that the prices on LNG will become lower, there will be a possible decrease of demand in Europe for gas, gas prices will keep low until the next winter, the covid-19 crisis cannot really accelerate the use of LNG for ships as IMO regulations may be needed. In general, the governments and the market will need to first give a special attention to the fight against the covid-19 and investments in gas and LNG may be postponed until next year. A positive aspect of the covid-19 is that climate change and green economy will remain a priority.

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Final Training Session in NLP

Distance Learning (synchronous) NLP Crash Course (24h) has been successfully completed!
An amazing 2 weeks journey of Savvy Business' Team trained by distinguished PMI and NLP Trainer, Dr. George Diakonikolaou!

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Happy Easter!

We wish to all out partners, clients, colleagues, associates and experts a peaceful Easter, full of joy and faith for better days to come! #stayhome, #staysafe

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Final Consultative Meeting held online on 9 April 2020 within the WB/IBRD Project

On April 9, 2020, EUROCONSULTANTS SA (main contractor) together with AERC and Savvy Business as subcontractors has successfully organized the final consultative workshop of the Project with Reference No. KZ/SMEC/QCBS-10 KZ via an online platform. The workshop agenda was to discuss the results of the 4th Stage 4 of the project implementation, namely the Concept of small and medium enterprise aimed at increasing the contribution of SMEs to GDP to 50% by 2050.

20 participants  attended and workshop, among which representatives from  Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Project Implementation Unit of the SME Competitiveness Project,  National Chamber of Entrepreneurs “Atameken”, DAMU" Entrepreneurship Development Fund" JSC and  World Bank. From Savvy team’s Michalis Karamanis and Ana Maria Tutea attended. 

The concept will be published on https://smeproject.kz/ru.

The project ends May 2020.

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SAVVY team is trained online on NLP Crash Course

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is becoming now the most popular personal development and business growth tool globally. 

Savvy Business gives to its people the opportunity to attend the online course on “NLP Crash Course” (24 hours) offered by Dr. George Diakonikolaou, NLP Training and PMP Trainer. Among the topics of the course, we list some indicatively: origins and history of NLP, practical applications of NLP, NLP Model of Communication, Responsibility of Change, 5 Principles of Success, Goal Setting, the Neurological Model, Values and Beliefs. Exercises and practical cases are part of the course too.

NLP as a global standard of excellence can be applied to Business, Coaching and Therapy, Sport, Education and Personal Development. 

After the training test, each participant receives an attendance certificate and can become Associate Member of the American Board of NLP.

This course is a first phase of the NLP Practitioner Certification@ Training.

 

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SAVVY WORKS REMOTELY FROM HOME
Since 16 March 2020, our team has started working remotely from home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus.
 
We care about our people and we want all to be safe!
 
Don’t hesitate to contact us at office@savvybusiness.eu
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Happy New Year from Savvy!

  

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Thomas Lamnidis Key Speaker at the Astana Economic Forum 2019 (AEF2019), 17 May 2019

Our Principal and Legal Advisor, Thomas Lamnidis, was invited to be a speaker at Astana Economic Forum 2019 Global Challenges in the session dedicated to "THE AGE OF CONNECTIVITY: PRIVATE SECTOR DIMENSION". An extract of his speech can be followed at LinkedIn.

During this session , it was discusised the role of Central Asia’s infrastructural capabilities and economic corridors that could serve as a priority and a key source of growth. Being in the center of global corridors between China, Europe and Russia, Central Asia is a single economic and trade route. At the same time, within Central Asia, countries have a low level of trade relations. During the session, it was stated that nowadays, connectivity plays a key role in the region’s development; therefore, the Belt and Road Initiative and the EU-Asia Connectivity Strategy should carry a number of investments, infrastructure and trade opportunities for business.

The Panel was chaired by Mr. Mattia Romani, Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD.  The questions he raised were:
• How is connectivity in Eurasia going to change in the coming years due to new
technologies?
• What technological developments will affect connectivity in Central Asia (including
transport, logistics, etc.)?
• How will enhanced connectivity create new opportunities in Central Asia?
• What is the role of the private sector and the regulators in this?
Chair: Mattia Romani, Managing Director of Economics, Policy and Governance, EBRD
 
The discussions and debates were carried out by prominent speakers : Alexey Grom, President, Chairman of the Board of the United Transport and Logistics Company – Eurasian Rail Alliance, Eugene Seah, COO of the Port of Baku, Yerlan Absatov, General Director of the Transport Union of Kazakhstan “Kazlogistics”, Massimo Deandreis, General Manager, S.R.M. Economic Research Center, Chairman, GEI Italian Council of Business Economists.

 

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Update on the progress of the pre-qualified assessment of short-term training providers in Republic of Kazakhstan

The process of pre-qualified assessment of training providers in the framework of the Skills and Jobs Project in Kazakhstan is well underway. To date, the implementing consortium has assessed 557 training providers throughout the country, using an extensive pre-defined methodology. The process of assessment goes on. For more information, follow the link to read the interview on the subject: https://tengrinews.kz/conference/309/

 
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Wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year from Savvy Business' team!

 Wonderful holidays and a Happy New Year from Savvy Business' team!

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New conformity checking for DG MOVE

Savvy Business sLTD, under the Framework Service Contract MOVE/ENER/SRD/498-2016 Lot 1, will be assisting Milieu Ltd in the implementation of the specific contract “Conformity assessment of the transposition of Directives 2014/45/EU (on periodic roadworthiness tests for motor vehicles and their trailers), 2014/46/EU (on the registration documents for vehicles) and 2014/47/EU (on the technical roadside inspection of the roadworthiness of commercial vehicles circulating in the Union)”.

Savvy will carry out in-depth legal analysis of the conformity of national transposition and implementing measures with specific provisions of the Directives for Greece, Cyprus and Bulgaria. 

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Forum Astana

 On 29 November 2018, Savvy Business sLTD’s team attended the forum “The Future of the Labor Market: New Opportunities", organized by the Ministry of labor and social protection of the Population of Kazakhstan with the aim to discuss employment and social development prospects in Kazakhstan in the context of dynamic changes in the global labor market in connection with 4th Industrial Revolution.

Among the Government representatives, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of Labour Madina Abylkassymova, Vice Minister Nariman Mukushev took part in the work of the forum along with the representatives of international organizations and IFI’s, as well as large transnational and local companies.