Training was led by Professor Ketevan Laperashvili, Deputy Head of Department of Agriculture and Food at the Ministry of Agriculture.
Up to 30 entrepreneurs from local fruit industry took part in the training.
The issues covered included quality categories, food safety policy in Georgia, obligations under the free trade agreement with the EU, procedures for exports to the EU, Hygiene requirements for crops/plant products, principles of G.A.P. and Global G.A.P. standard and other legislative, practical and theoretical issues.
Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) and opportunities for export of plant products to the EU market – what are the realities and challenges that Georgian entrepreneurs face? – these are the specific questions that need to be addressed in such formats, so that entrepreneurs who wish to export to the EU are aware of all details.
noted Ketevan Laperashvili.
Establishment of 5 DCFTA Information Centres across the country - in Tbilisi, Gori, Zugdidi, Kutaisi and Sighnaghi - is envisaged by the memorandum of cooperation signed between the “SME Development and DCFTA in Georgia” project and the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI).
The centres are in operation for over several months now. At this stage, our experts at all five locations across the country work in a pilot, testing mode. We will evaluate the first phase of operations soon and the centres will move into a more active phase that will allow them to provide more valuable advice to the business sector about the opportunities and standards for exporting products to the EU.
argued Giorgi Vekua, Head of DCFTA Information Centres project at the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
“SME Development and DCFTA in Georgia" project assists Georgian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to become more competitive and adapt to the new regulatory environment created under the free trade agreement with the EU (DCFTA). The project is part of European Union's EU4Business Initiative, which helps SMEs to benefit from DCFTA by improving business environment, increasing knowledge and skills of businesses, and by supporting SMEs to get better access to finance.
More information on www.eu4business.eu