Two EU-supported projects in Georgia presented at European Development Days in Brussels
On 18-19 June, two EU-supported projects in Georgia were presented at the European Development Days (EDD) 2019 held in Brussels. This was the first time the projects from Georgia were showcased at the forum in its 14-year history.
One of the EU projects presented at EDD was “Promotion of Rural Development and Diversification in Khulo Municipality”. The project aims to enhance employment and living conditions in Khulo, a remote high mountainous region of Georgia through diversification of the rural economy. The project is implemented under the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) by Caritas Czech Republic in Georgia (CCRG) together with the Croatian Rural Development Network (HMRR) and PMC Research. The other EU-supported project presented at the forum was “Mayors for Economic Growth”, which aims to help local authorities to become active facilitators for economic growth and job creation at the local level. This initiative is implemented in Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries by PMCG, as part of a consortium led by Ecorys Nederland B.V.
“Being part of the world’s leading forum on international cooperation and development is important not only for us, but also for the whole of Georgia. The event gave us an opportunity to share successful experiences of our completed as well as ongoing projects with world leaders, leading international institutes, and consulting companies,” explained Aleksi Aleksishvili, Chairman and CEO at PMCG.
The EDD, organized by the European Commission, is a large international forum gathering the development community each year to share ideas and experiences to inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. This year the forum was entitled “Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves no one behind.”
The forum was attended by about 8000 visitors. Georgia’s experience and approaches of addressing territorial inequality, poverty and unemployment attracted great attention and interest.