The goal of the Cross-border Economic Development (CED) is to improve the living conditions of bordering communities in the Georgia’s Kvemo Kartli and Armenia’s Tavush regions.
The CED project will commence with a Baseline Study, covering both Tavush region of Armenia and Kvemo Kartli region of Georgia and aiming to explore the existing cross-border trade and investment regulations in both countries, mutual investment opportunities, as well as to identify local businesses that can benefit from this initiative.
The Baseline Study will comprise of two stages – a Desk Research and a Field Work. In particular, the Desk Research will identify up to four sectors that are developed on both sides of the border and provide an opportunity for cross-border cooperation (e.g. there is a demand on one side and supply on the other, or there is an investment potential.)
The Desk Research will respond to the following questions: What are internal investment regulations, related to these sectors; what are production-related regulations, including taxation, licensing, certification, etc. What are the exporting and importing regulations between Armenia-Georgia and what are practical challenges; Are there any preferable trade conditions that the products/services originating in Armenia and Georgia have in EU and EEU respectively and what are practical challenges related to export; Sector-specific development trends, including foreign trade, investment growth.
And the Field Work will: map value chain actors in the identified sectors, including list of products, their production capacities; explore prospective business linkages and investment opportunities between the identified value chain actors; inform the design of supportive activities of the project.
The final report in English that synthesizes the results of the desk research and field work in both Armenia and Georgia.