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Georgia Will Invest 1.7 billion GEL in Rural Development in 2018-2020

Georgia Will Invest 1.7 billion GEL in Rural Development in 2018-2020

TBILISI. 28 December 2017 – The Government of Georgia adopted the National Rural Development Action Plan 2018-2020 on December 27, 2017, following the earlier recommendations of the Inter-Agency Coordination Council for Rural Development of Georgia, chaired by the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture.
With the total budget of more than 1.7 billion GEL, the Rural Development Action Plan addresses some of the key challenges identified by the national Rural Development Strategy 2017 – 2020, and sets 69 measurable targets that will be achieved in the coming three years.
The activities described in the plan refer to the state programmes and initiatives designed to promote rural development in Georgia through the growth and diversification of local economies, improvement of social and public services, increase of employment and the sustainable use of natural resources.
The Rural Development Action Plan was prepared with support from the European Union (EU), in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), under the EU-funded ENPARD programme.
The preparation of the Action Plan engaged a wide range of national and international stakeholders, including for the rural development experts, national ministries and state agencies. In the coming months, the National Rural Development Action Plan 2018-2020 will be discussed in the regions of Georgia through a series of public meetings organised by the Government of Georgia with assistance from the European Union (EU) and UNDP.   
The European Union is supporting rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Aiming to reduce rural poverty, ENPARD has been implemented since 2013, with the total budget of EUR 102 million. The first phase of ENPARD focused on developing the national agriculture potential, while the second phase focuses on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.