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Georgian CSOs to promote free trade with EU in rural areas

June 6, 2017

A new project in support of economic development in rural areas in Georgia was launched on 2 June. The EU-funded 'Regional Civil Society Organisations as Vectors of Rural Economic Development' project aims at promoting the implementation of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) in the seven rural regions of Georgia. The project will strengthen the capacities of civil society organisations (CSOs) so that they can help regional small, micro and medium enterprises, as well as individual agricultural producers, to seize the opportunities opened by the DCFTA.

The CSOs showed interest in the various trainings planned in the regions which will enhance their skills and knowledge about DCFTA-related aspects, advocacy techniques and value chain research. This will help regional producers to identify local products that have potential to enter European markets.

Within the project, CSOs will establish information and resource desks in rural areas of the regions of Imereti, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Kakheti, Samtskhe-Javakheti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Adjara and Kvemo-Kartli.

The project is part of the EU’s assistance to the Georgian government in implementing the DCFTA, facilitating Georgia's integration into the EU market. The EU support focuses on strengthening the capacities of Georgian small and medium-sized enterprises and ensuring the economic integration of internally displaced persons, returned migrants, women in business and young entrepreneurs.

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