The role of Agriculture in Economic Development of Kvemo Kartli and Tavush regions



 “Cooperation between Armenia and Georgia is considerably linked with the trade of agricultural products, as well as  sharing knowledge and experiences. This project will be good opportunity to further strengthen links between the  Georgian and Armenian entrepreneurs.”


Civil Development Agency (CiDA) is a Rustavi-based non-government organisation, which has been supporting the social and economic rights of Georgian citizens since 2002. Its project, Cross-border Economic Development (CED), received the European Union grant of 224, 533 Euro under the Eastern Partnership Territorial Cooperation Programme (EaPTC). 

CiDA will implement this 16-month cross-border project along with the Armenian partners: Support for Noyemberyan NGO and Eurasia Partnership Foundation of Armenia. The project, covering Georgia’s Kvemo Kartli and Armenia’s Tavush regions, will connect businesses evolved in the agriculture sector. As part of the project, two agro-trips will be organised to familiarise local entrepreneurs with the business environment in the neighbouring country. Media trips as well as start-up workshops, agricultural fair, training sessions and consultations are also planned. 

“One of the achievements will be to produce a business catalogue offering profiles of businesses operating in Kvemo Kartli and  Tavush as well as contact information so that it can serve as a guide for interested local entrepreneurs,” said CiDA’s Nino Chitorelidze, the project’s  Manager.  The ultimate idea, according to her, is to inform Armenian businesses about the business perspectives in Georgia after the EU-Georgia Association Agreement and also, about the opportunities for the Georgian market since Armenia joined the Eurasian Economic Union.

   

The project launching activities are in full swing. Chitorelidze says that since September 25, when they officially signed the contract, CiDA has held a number of important meetings to give presentations for various stakeholders together with its Armenian partners. 

On 16 October, such a meeting was organised at the Kvemo Kartli regional administration’s office for the regional government and representatives of local self-government bodies. “The attendants expressed willingness to support and engage in our activities,” Chitorelidze said. Later, on 6 November, the project was reviewed at the Ministry of Agriculture, where representatives of Agricultural Projects Management Agency and consulting services based in Kvemo Kartli received information about their supposed role in the project. 

“Cooperation between Armenia and Georgia is considerably linked with the trade of agricultural products, as well as sharing knowledge and experiences. This project will be a good opportunity to further strengthen links between the Georgian and Armenian entrepreneurs,” said Shalva Kereselidze, Head of Department for Regional Coordination at the Ministry of Agriculture. 

Simultaneously, CiDA’s Armenian partners presented CED project to the regional and local authorities, the Georgian Ambassador to Armenia and representatives of the Centre for Development of Small and Medium Enterprises of Armenia. 

The very next steps are already in the pipeline. “A baseline survey will identify investment opportunities in both regions and businesses which would benefit from this project,” Chitorelidze said.  The project’s partner, Eurasia Partnership Foundation of Armenia has launched working on the methodology to compile the list. A selected group of experts will conduct the study.   

As part of the project launching efforts, CiDA has announced a vacancy for an economic consultant, whose key responsibilities will be to keep constant communication with the entrepreneurs involved in the project and update them via Facebook page on various issues, including export-related documents and the most demanded products on the markets. 

March 22, 2016
Maia Edilashvili
Information Multiplier in Georgia
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