Arslan Durdyyev, Atamurat Matgeldiyev – BMWi Manager Training Programme supports the development of medium-sized companies

“Being in a highly developed country like Germany enabled me to considerably improve my management and leadership skills. This was of great help and support for me, and was exactly what I needed for my own company,” Arslan Durdyyev says of his participation in the BMWi Manager Training Programme.

When he decided to take part in the “Training for Partnership” programme, he was already in the process of setting up his own company. Shortly after his return from Germany, he and fellow programme graduate, Atamurat Matgeldiyev, launched Turkman Print. Durdyyev, who was managing director of a printing company for many years, is responsible for production and the technical side of things, while Matgeldiyev is the commercial manager.

They offer a wide range of print solutions from business cards to large-scale billboards. Entrepreneur Durdyyev has also entered new territory by adding outdoor advertising to his portfolio. “I was impressed by the advertising in public spaces in Germany. Although I had no experience in that field, I really wanted to be able to offer the same service. The market here provides good business opportunities.”

The young entrepreneurs received a loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for their company, which now employs 35 people. For their printing they use international production systems, some of which are from Germany.

“Through the programme, we have enhanced our intercultural management skills, established contacts and learned the fundamentals of business development with German companies. Should we expand further and require new systems from Germany, the groundwork has already been laid,” Matgeldiyev says.

Name: Arslan Durdyyev
Company: Turkmen Print, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Sector: Printing company, outdoor advertising
Position: Owner, production manager
Training in Germany: 12 October – 8 November, 2008
Training centre: Bildungszentrum am Müggelsee, Berlin

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Name: Atamurat Matgeldiyev
Company: Turkmen Print, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Sector: Printing company, outdoor advertising
Position: Owner, commercial manager
Training in Germany: 12 June – 10 July, 2010
Training centre: ARGE Konsortium Neue Bundesländer, Dresden