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On June 16, a final conference was held in the framework of the Armenia/Georgia Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Programme (EaPTC), which aimed to analyze and discuss the project results with regard to sustainable regional development and cross-border cooperation.

Representatives of CiDA’s Cross-Border Economic Development (CED) project were among the conference participants that presented the results of the projects and perspectives gained as a result of the cooperation of two countries. The event was attended by local, regional, and national government representatives, international donor organizations, business sector and media representatives, and implementer groups from the project’s target regions in Georgia and Armenia.

Discussion mainly focused on the results achieved through the implemented projects and ensuring their sustainability. Additionally, an exhibition was held in the yard of the technology center, which introduced the participants to the main results and future prospects of the 9 projects of the Armenia/Georgia Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Programme.

The project Cross-Border Economic Development (CED) is funded in the framework of the Armenia/Georgia Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Programme (EaPTC) by the European Union and is implemented by CiDA. The partners of the project in Armenia are NGOs SfN and European Partnership Fund Northern Branch (EPF NB).

Friday, 16 June 2017 00:00
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On March 10, CiDA hosted the Information and Consultation Round Table for entrepreneurs, independent experts, and regional and local government representatives of the Kvemo Kartli region. The Round Table was organized within the EU-funded project “Cross-Border Economic Development” (CED) under the Armenia/Georgia Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Programme (EaPTC).

The meeting was attended by Paata Khizanashvili, Governor of Kvemo Kartli, representatives from Agricultural Projects’ Management Policy, Revenue Service, and Entrepreneurship Development Agency.

Participants of the event had the opportunity to expand their knowledge in the areas of cross-border investment, trade opportunities, and business development potential. The project “Cross-Border Economic Development” (CED) is aimed at strengthening cross-border cooperation between the Kvemo Kartli and Tavush regions by attracting investments and increasing transactions between business entities from both regions, thus improving the living conditions of bordering communities.

Monday, 13 March 2017 00:00
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On March 23, a Final Conference was held in Dilijan, Armenia within the framework of the “Cross-border Economic Development (CED)” project. The conference aim was to present the project outcomes to the representatives of the business sectors, and provide them with information and consultations on existing trade and customs regulations regarding the export and import of various goods between Armenia and Georgia. The participants also had the opportunity to gain information about the on-going government programs in the field of agriculture, industry, innovative technologies, and tourism.
On March 24, the official opening of the “Business Information and Broker Center” was organized in Noyemberyan, Armenia. Establishment of such a center is an initiative taken by the Armenian partner organization “Community Center for Development (CCD)” within the framework of the CED project, and is supported by CiDA and EPF NB. The center is designed to render the following services: drawing-up investment projects, writing business plans, conducting marketing research, providing legal consultations on cross-border trade, assisting in finding business partners, preparing cross-border trade agreements, and collecting customs clearance documentation.
The project “Cross-Border Economic Development” (CED) is aimed at strengthening cross-border cooperation between Kvemo Kartli and Tavush regions by attracting investments and increasing transactions between business entities from both regions, thus improving the living conditions of bordering communities.
It was implemented under the Armenia/Georgia Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Programme (EaPTC).

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Friday, 24 March 2017 00:00
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The European Union has finalised a series of study tours to the regions of Georgia for representatives of local governance, business and civil society. The study tour to Borjomi on 18-19 February 2017 followed the earlier tours to Lagodekhi and Kazbegi and aimed to share experience of the Local Action Groups (LAGs) that work to engage local residents in rural development.

The Borjomi study tour involved over 40 participants from different regions of Georgia and was attended by the Government officials, including: Nodar Kereselidze, First Deputy Minister of Agriculture; Irakli Matkava, First Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure; Nino Javakhadze, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development; and Tamaz Marsagishvili, Deputy Minister of Education and Science.

In the framework of the European Union's Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD), the study tour was organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia, in cooperation with the Civil Development Agency (CiDA) and international non-governmental organization Mercy Corps.

In Borjomi, the study tour participants met with the local authorities and Local Action Group members and visited the sites of small initiatives funded by the European Union in 2016 to promote rural development in the region. This included the tourism development projects in Bakuriani and forest restoration in Tsagveri.

The Borjomi Local Development Group was established in November 2015 with assistance from the European Union and in cooperation with Mercy Corps, Angus Council and Bundesanstalt für Bergbauernfragen. The group lists up to 25 members and takes active part in municipal life.

The Local Action Groups (LAG) in Borjomi, Lagodekhi and Kazbegi are the first of the pilot LAGs across Georgia. The European Union will continue supporting the establishment of the Local Actions Groups this year in the municipalities of Dedoplistkaro, Akhalkalaki, Tetritskaro, Keda and Khulo.
The assistance to the Local Actions Groups (LAGs) is in line with the Rural Development Strategy of Georgia adopted by the Government of Georgia in December 2016.

The EU is supporting rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 102 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second phase focuses on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge

Monday, 20 February 2017 00:00
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