The FINANCIAL -- The EU-funded “SME Development and DCFTA in Georgia” project initiated the first training on food safety for 30 entrepreneurs from local fruit industry at the DCFTA Information Centre in Gori on 28 March.
Participants learned about quality categories, food safety policy, obligations under the free trade agreement with the EU, procedures for exports, hygiene requirements and other legislative and practical issues, according to EU Neighbours East Info.
As well as the centre in Gori, the DCFTA, which stands for Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area, has four other centres in across the country, in Tbilisi, Zugdidi, Kutaisi and Sighnaghi.
They provide valuable advice to the business sector about the opportunities and standards for exporting products to the EU.
The “SME Development and DCFTA in Georgia” project assists Georgian small and medium-sized enterprises to become more competitive and adapt to the new regulatory environment created under the free trade agreement with the EU.
The project is part of European Union's EU4Business Initiative, which helps SMEs to benefit from the DCFTA by improving the business environment, increasing knowledge and skills of businesses, and by supporting SMEs to obtain better access to finance.