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Within the framework of the Keda Local Action Group initiative, Keda Municipality joined the EU initiative “Mayors for Economic Growth.”

Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG) is a new initiative of the European Union, which began operating in January of 2017 within the framework of the Eastern Partnership.
The overall goal of the initiative is to support mayors and municipalities to be more active facilitators for economic growth and job creation at the local level. Mayors for Economic Growth has the potential to become an extensive professional network across the region, which will require certain commitments from its members as well as offer solid expert and peer-to-peer support.

It is noteworthy that with the initiative of the mayor of Keda, Mr. Levan Gorgiladze, the Chief Specialist of the municipality’s financial unit and coordinator of Tourism and Business Development sectoral direction of the Keda Local Action Group (LAG), Raul Tsintsadze, was nominated as the Local Economic Development Officer (LEDO) within the framework of M4EG.

According to the mayor of Keda, “yet another new initiative has started in our municipality, which will ensure economic development, new partnerships and efficient partnerships between local governments, and the private and civic sectors. Keda City Hall expects that the coordinated work will create more public good. This will be a long-term Local Economic Development Strategy and support the municipality’s economic growth, and the initiative will also attract new investments and other vital changes that will be utilized to improve the livelihood of Keda residents. In the name of our municipality, I want to first express our gratitude to the European Union for their support, and also to CENN, the Institute of Democracy and the Keda Local Action Group for their initiative”.

By joining the aforementioned initiative, new opportunities will be available for Keda Municipality in terms of an expanded investment portfolio and additional support from donors. Furthermore, by joining the initiative, another positive example of cooperation between the municipality and the Keda Local Action Group has been established.

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02.11.2018
On 15-20 October 2018, LAG board members from the Keda Municipality of Ajara participated in a study tour. The activity carried out under the EU’s ENPARD project, Keda LEADER, was organized by the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). Representatives from the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia and Ministry of Agriculture of Ajara A/R participated in the study tour.

During the study trip, participants visited three LEADER regions and met with the LEADER managers and LAG Board members. Additionally, they visited the projects financed and implemented under the LEADER.

Austrian LEADER managers presented detailed information about the Austrian approaches, the role of LAGs in the development of Local Development Strategies and project evaluation.

In the LEADER region of Donau-Böhmerwald, participants visited the projects related to youth and women and carried out the meeting with a female network, addressing issues concerning female empowerment and employment. In the LEADER region of Pramtal Sauwald, the team visited the projects related to the development of regional value chains, such as pumpkin oil producers and family-owned beer breweries. In the LEADER region of Südliches Waldviertel – Nibelungengau, participants visited local producers of poppyseed, a family-owned whiskey distillery, herbal tea and spices. Additionally, participants visited an eco-tourism project - Tree Top Walk.

Participants were especially interested in the process of project evaluation, the selection process and the projects related to creating regional value chains.
The EU-supported ENPARD project is implemented by CENN in partnership with the Centre for Strategic Research and Development of Georgia (CSRDG), Institute of Democracy (IoD) and the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims to diversify local economic activities, improve the investment climate, and empower competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning in 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 populations that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge

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29.10.2018
On 30th September 2018, the Autumn Festival, supported by the EU ENPARD program, was held all day in Keda Municipality. The event was held with the initiative of Keda Municipality in partnership with CENN and Keda’s Local Action Group.

The official ceremony began with the signature of a Friendship Memorandum between the town of Keda and the Ukrainian town of Kremenets. In celebration of the European year in Georgia, a farmer’s market took place on the main bridge of the town. Sports activities, educational and entertaining programs for children, exhibitions about traditional cuisine, folklore and crafts were conducted in the town’s central park. An award ceremony for the honourable citizens of Keda and traditional cultural performances were the closing events of the festival.

The Autumn Festival is an annual event that aims to represent the diverse cultural traditions of Keda and in general, publicly promote Keda Municipality.
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 the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (ÖIR). The project aims to diversify local economic activities, improve the investment climate, and empower competitive agricultural and environmental practices in Keda Municipality via bottom-up strategic planning in 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 populations that go beyond agricultural activities. More information on ENPARD is available at: www.enpard.ge.
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03.10.2018
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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