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Each EU mission works in the framework of a comprehensive approach. The mission works in agreement and coordination with the EU Delegations in the same area and in the framework of EU regional policies.
Regional development (RD) situation in Armenia is complex, troubled by various deficiencies and disparities, and thus requiring coordinated efforts by multiple actors. There is a clear divide in terms of socio-economic development between the capital city of Yerevan and regions of the country, among the regions (e.g. Shirak and Tavush marzes standing at only about 50% of the national GDP per capita ), and between urban and rural areas. Employment opportunities, incidence of poverty, access to public services, and environmental conditions are far from balance.
The European Union (EU), together with the Government of Armenia, have been actively collaborating in the field regional development policy since early 2000’s. This collaboration continues through the implementation of ambitious regional development reforms and related programmes, intensively supported by the EU and coordinated by the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development of Armenia. By its nature this project is a technical assistance to support faster and more balanced socio-economic development of the regions of Armenia.
The project aims to foster employment by improving competitiveness of Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs) in tourism sector in the central part of the Vayots Dzor Marz. This will be achieved through the promotion of environmental friendly tourism (eco-tourism) in the area, the development of communication tools for single businesses and local institutions to attract tourists, the organisation of touristic routes in the nature of the area, the coordination of the different public and private actors' investments.
Also the adoption of renewable energy sources and efficient energy practices in the touristic sector will be fostered. A solar photovoltaic power plant will produce clean energy for the needs of the region. Solar thermal panels will be granted to Bed and Breakfast (B&Bs) and family businesses to produce hot water. Energy checks on touristic businesses will lower energy consumption and help offering better accommodations to tourists. Training courses and individual mentoring will support households, family businesses and local authorities to learn simple practices for the development of tourism.
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