The EU-funded Georgia Reaching European Access and Trade (GREAT) project is preparing Georgian experts to lead its Deep and Comprehensive Fair Trade Agreement (DCFTA) information centres.
The establishment of ‘one-stop-shop’ information centres throughout Georgia was an objective of the twinning activity organised within the GREAT project, which is part of the East Invest 2 programme.
The centres, located in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Gori, Signagi and Zugdidi, promote and deliver DCFTA-related information and training to Georgian small and medium-sized enterprises.
The GREAT project has twinned the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), the Eastern Partner, with the Paris Ile-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the EU Partner.
“Thanks to the experience and expertise of their French counterparts, the GCCI developed a strategic roll-out agenda for the Info Centres,” an EU4Business press release said. “Today, the DCFTA Info Centres are open and ready to support Georgian companies looking to export their goods and services to the EU.”
According to EU4Business, within the first six months of opening, the info centres have provided consultations to over 600 Georgian small and medium-sized enterprises.
East Invest 2 is an EU-funded programme within the EU4Business framework and is implemented by EUROCHAMBRES in cooperation with UEAPME (Union Européenne de l’Artisanat et des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises), the European Association of Craft, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.
The EU4Business initiative fosters the development of the private sector by helping SMEs acquire new skills, become more competitive, access more finance and increase their exports to new markets, including the EU.
The initiative covers all of the EU’s Eastern Partner countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. It also supports the government with policy reform in order to improve the business climate.