Digital Academy of the Foreign Trade Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina was established within the Project "EXPO-CERTinno - Support to BH companies in internationalization, certification and innovation" which was implemented by the Foreign Trade Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina from July 2020 until 31 December 2021. The "EXPO-CERTinno" project was co-financed by the European Union and the Federal Republic of Germany through the EU4Business project jointly implemented by GIZ, UNDP and ILO within “Local Development Strategy - Program for Local Self-Government and Economic Development in Bosnia and Herzegovina” of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany (BMZ).

The goal of the "EXPOCERTInno" project is to improve the competitiveness of the metal processing and wood processing sectors in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in order to encourage the growth and development of these two important sectors for the economy of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The project focuses on the processes of internationalization, digitalization and standardization in BH companies in order to increase their production, employment and innovation capacities as well as to successfully meet the requirements of EU standards and find suitable business partners in international markets and primarily in the European Union market. The project also helps BH companies to conduct their innovation management capacity assessments as well as learn how to use EU funds available to support SMEs.

By implementing the "EXPO-CERTInno" project, the project partners intend to accomplish the following results for the companies from metal and wood processing sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina:

  • to enable the use of e-learning tools through the development of EDUCATIONAL E-MODULES that are developed within the Digital Academy and covering various business topics
  • to improve the capacities of companies in the process of INTERNATIONALIZATION by providing free-of-charge market information and contacts of business partners from the European Union and the world
  • to enable companies to be certified in accordance with the requirements of the EU STANDARDS through the provision of free-of-charge consulting services
  • to enable companies to assess their own INNOVATION MANAGEMENT CAPACITIES using the EU methodology
  • TO inform BH companies about the possibility of using EU FUNDS intended for SME development