The project “Georgian Business Close to Europe”/GEclose2EU is announcing an open call for the sector representatives of Toy and Child Apparel Manufacturing representatives. In the frames of the project, SMEs operating in the above stated sectors can apply for the technical assistance from April 29 until May 15, 2020.
The selected companies will be given the opportunity to get financial assistance, in order to develop and increase company’s export potential. The maximum budget of the technical assistance in 15 000 GEL, with the co-financing share of 30%. The purpose of the technical assistance can be advancing manufacturing technologies and improving production chain, participation in international fairs and expos, addressing new needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemics.
The call is open only for small and medium size enterprises operating in the abovementioned sectors for over a year and have more than 2 employees. The priority will be given to those organizations, which have high export potential, the history of exporting their products to other markets and have participated in international fairs. Also, special emphases will be given to the companies, which positively consider environmental protection and gender equality issue in their daily operations, have introduced modern management standards and have high corporate social responsibility.
The interested companies can participate in the call through filling out the application on the web-site: http://geclose2eu.info/index.php?m=125. The deadline for providing applications in May 15, 2020. The applications will be reviewd by the competent commission representing Economic Policy Research Center, State Agency ‘Enterprise Georgia’ and Swedish Embassy. In the period of the open call, interested participants can attend consultation meetings, where they will be given the chance to address the questions in online format to the organizers.
The call for applications is announced based on the results of the needs assessment research of toy and children apparel manufacturing sectors. The research has identified these 2 new sectors, which have the potential of developing on local and international markets.