The project – implemented by the Microsoft Innovation Center Armenia and Gyumri Information Technologies Center – supports economic development in the Shirak marz by boosting the skills of young unemployed, and business development of the IT community through training and financial assistance.
The project contributes to the EU-funded Programme ‘Economic and Business Development in Georgia’ by strengthening the policy framework to facilitate the development of SME clusters, developing clusters in three sectors.
The project aims to strengthen the competitiveness of Georgian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), facilitate exports, adopt new standards and raise awareness of the DCFTA (free trade agreement with the EU). It also works to improve the quality of local business advisory services.
The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) Initiative East aims to strengthen economic development in the countries which have signed an association agreement with the EU - namely Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine - by providing targeted financial and technical support to small and medium-size