The first meeting of the DCFTA Central Advisory Council takes place in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on 12 June, organised by the EU-funded project ‘Georgia on European Way: Creation of Effective Model for DCFTA and SME Strategy Implementation’.
The DCFTA Central Advisory Council is an advisory body established by the project in order to facilitate the sharing of experience, questions and recommendations concerning the implementation of DCFTA-related rules and legislature in Georgia from small and medium enterprises, civil society organisations and both local administrations and the central level of decision-making.
The DCFTA Central Advisory Council will bring together representatives of 10 Local Advisory Councils established in all 9 regions of Georgia and the Autonomous Republic of Adjara in April and May 2018, and representatives of state institutions and bodies that are primarily responsible for the DCFTA implementation at the decision-making level.
The goal of the meeting will be to provide a venue for feedback from the regions, from representatives of small and medium sized enterprises and local expertson how they are coping with DCFTA-related issues in their day-to-day business.
The project aims to establish regular meetings of Local Advisory Councils in regions of Georgia every four months and then subsequent meetings of Central Advisory Councils at the national level in Tbilisi and, thus, to feed the decision-making with recommendations, questions and suggestions from the regions on steps stemming from the DCFTA Agreement implementation.
The Georgia on European Way project is funded by the EU as part of its EU4Business initiative. The project seeks to strengthen the capacities of Georgian Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Business Support Organisations (BSOs) in supporting the implementation of the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) with the EU, as well as the SME strategy for Georgia, through capacity building, awareness raising and the creation of advisory councils bringing together representatives of local and central government, SMEs, CSOs, BSOs and international experts.
12/06/18, starting at 10am
The working languages of the meeting will be Georgian and English.