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EU project holds conference on how policies could make better use of the opportunities of the DCFTA and foster the development of small business

Tbilisi, 16/05/2019 - 08:47, UNIQUE ID: 190516_7
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On May 15th, 2019, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) and its partner organisations Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC) and Association Atinati hosted the discussion on “Economic Development Policy Visions”. The meeting was held within the framework of the EU funded project “Engaging Civil Society in the Implementation of EU-Georgia Free Trade Agreement and SME policy”.

The discussion featured presentations of a publication uniting 9 research papers. The papers cover pressing economic issues. The authors try to define the role of the state and state policy in tackling specific problems raised in the studies as well as in improving general economic and social situation in the country, speeding up the institutional reform, improving the investment climate, and facilitating the integration into global economy, especially, maximizing benefits for the country in the process of approximation with the EU and implementation of DCFTA. The studies offer new and innovative approaches to support the development. They show the need of thorough and comprehensive studies to inform the state policy and practice in a more effective way and to strengthen public-private partnership.  

Mr. Dominik Papenheim, Thematic Coordinator “Economic Development and Market Opportunities” at the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, stated: "An active civil society and research community are very important for the success of the Deep and Free Trade Agreement in Georgia. I would like to thank the authors for their work and efforts, aimed at improving Georgian policies. We very much welcome the recommendations made in the studies and the open, critical discussion. "

Four studies were presented including a presentation on summing up the 5 years after the signing of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement. The presentations were followed by a moderated discussion led by Ms. Nino Evgenidze, Executive Director of EPRC with the participation of representatives of the government, private sector, civil society and diplomatic missions.  

About the project

The project “Engaging Civil Society in the Implementation of EU-Georgia Free Trade Agreement and SME policy”, aims at strengthening civil society organizations, in order to increase their role in the policymaking processes, improving their awareness on the issues related to the implementation of DCFTA, engaging them in researching SME needs and involving them in policy dialogue forums. The project is part of the wider EU support to Georgia in implementing the free trade agreement and facilitating Georgia's integration into the EU market.

During the two year project, diverse set of activities were carried out  that aimed to support the DCFTA-related policies and ensured participation of civil society in the process. 30 civil society organizations (CSOs), and 150 CSO representatives from 5 regions of Georgia (Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Imereti, Kvemo Kartli, Shida Kartli, Kakheti) are engaged in the project. The project organizes trainings and networking meetings and holds business forums. In addition, information on the DCFTA was already directly provided to more than 2,000 SME representatives.

 

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