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On 8 April 2019, Ajara hosted National Women Business Forum. The event, which has become a tradition, was held for the third time in Batumi and was attended by up to 250 women entrepreneurs from different regions of Georgia, mostly representatives of small and medium businesses. About 50 women from Khulo and Keda Local Action Groups (LAGs) supported by EU ENPARD programme participated in the forum.

The main objective of the forum is to strengthen the capacity of women entrepreneurs, increase their engagement in small and medium business, access to finance, promote their activities and stimulate new ideas. The event is held annually in Ajara and it is organized by Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry with Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ajara, Ajara Business Women’s Association and Women’s Rooms. The main topic of the discussions for this year was access to finances and opportunities for simplifying financial products, strengthening bilateral dialogue between financial institutions and presenting the examples of financial institutions from other countries.


Representatives of Khulo and Keda LAGs had an opportunity to conduct business negotiations with potential business partners and discuss prospects for cooperation. They were introduced with the successful examples of Georgia and neighbor countries. Within the frame of the forum, training was conducted on the following directions: branding, how to expand the business, emotional intelligence and relations with financial institutions. All participants had the opportunity to choose their interesting training and attend it.

The projects “Optimizing the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality (Keda LEADER)” and “Promotion of Rural Development and Diversification in Khulo Municipality” are implementing since 2017 with support by EU under the European Neighborhood Program for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD). In Keda the project is implemented by CENN and in Khulo – by the Caritas Czech Republic in Georgia (CCRG).
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12.03.2019
From February 26 to March 2 Keda Local Action Group (LAG) members and winemakers from the region participated in a study visit to Poland organized with the support of the Ministry of Agriculture of Adjara A/R and EU ENPARD supported project Keda LEADER.

The study tour organized by the Malopolska Region Self Government aimed at exchange of experiences and planning of the future cooperation between winemakers from Poland and Georgia.

In the framework of the study tour participants visited wine cellars, met with local winemakers, learned about their activities and shared experiences on wine-making and maintenance of the vineyards. In addition, meetings were held with the Winemakers’ Association of Winemakers the Malopolska Region and members of the Polish Local Action Groups. In the framework of the meeting with the chairman of the association the partnership between Malopolska and Adjara winemakers’ associations was initiated and joint activities were planned both in Poland and Georgia.

Members of Polish LAGs shared their experience of implementing different rural development projects with Keda LAG members. Next visit was planned to Adjara aiming at kicking off joint projects in the framework of this newly established partnership.

The EU-supported ENPARD project is implemented by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims at diversifying the local economic activities, improving investment climate, and empowering competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning of rural development.

The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.

More information about the Keda Local Action Group (LAG) is available on the official website: www.kedalag.ge


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07.03.2019
On 1-3 March, nine members of Keda Local Action Group (LAG) and the coordinator from Keda municipality of Ajara, participated in the EU-supported training “Project Cycle Management, Monitoring and Evaluation”. The workshop carried out under the EU’s ENPARD project “Optimizing the Potential of Local Assets for Rural Development of Keda Municipality (Keda LEADER)”, was implemented by the Center of Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), the partner organization of CENN. It aimed at improving knowledge/skills in project cycle management with the focus on monitoring and evaluation among the LAG Board members. The training was designed based on the adult learning methods, ensuring active participation of its participants.

The training was the sixth educational activity for capacity building of Keda LAG and the local community in general. Twelve such trainings in different areas will be held in order to improve the knowledge and skills of the LAG board members and enable them to function successfully as a team.

The EU-supported ENPARD project is implemented by CENN in partnership with the Center for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims at diversifying the local economic activities, improving the investment climate, and empowering competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning of rural development.

The EU is supporting agriculture and rural development in Georgia through its ENPARD Programme. Implemented since 2013 with a total budget of EUR 179.5 million, the main goal of ENPARD is to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. The first phase of ENPARD in Georgia focused on developing the potential of agriculture. The second and third phases of ENPARD focus on creating economic opportunities for rural population that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.

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05.03.2019
ABOUT KEDA
The Keda Municipality is located in the middle of the Adjaristskali river basin. The Keda Municipalty shares a 38 km-long border with the Kobuleti Municipality to the north, a 24 km-long border with the Shuakhevi Municipality to the east, a 24 km-long border with the Khelvachauri Municipality to the west, and a 17 km-long border with Turkey to the south. The Shavsheti and Meskheti mountain ranges run through the southern part of the Municipality while the Kobuleti mountain range runs through the north/north-west part.
The total area of the municipality is 452 km2, with a population of 21,244. The municipality consists of 10 communities and 64 settlements. The town of Keda, located 200 m above sea level, is an administrative center of the municipality. 
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