On 19 March 2019, the European Union (EU), together with CENN, officially launched a new rural development project in Tsalka Municipality. The “EMBRACE Tsalka” project aims to provide support to smallholders, entrepreneurs, women, youth and other local actors by improving access to knowledge and innovation, introducing best practices, creating public-private partnerships and business linkages, as well as generating new employment opportunities by utilizing the development potential of the area.
On 18-19 March, Cecilia Malmström, the European Commissioner for Trade, visited Georgia for a two day visit. She met with President Zourabishvili, Prime Minister Bakhtadze, Minister Kobulia as well as civil society organisations. Commissioner Malmström also met with the business community to hear about their views on the opportunities and challenges in doing business with the EU.
On 11-14 March, the National Food Agency of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia with the support of the European Union organised an International Conference on the Phytosanitary Regulatory Framework around the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB).
The implementing partners of the EU-supported European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) marked the 20th ENPARD stakeholders’ meeting by highlighting the main achievements since the launch of the programme in 2013, and by identifying new opportunities for developing agriculture and improving the living conditions of the rural population in Georgia.
Tech Engineering Group is one of the companies in Georgia that received support from the ‘’Women in Business’’ programme which is run by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with support from the EU and other donors.
Irina Gloveli, who became the director of the company in 2017, shortly before this support arrived, says it is difficult, though not impossible, for women to be successful in business: