September 25, 2016
The JICA's delegation from Japan visited Georgia from September 18 to 24, 2016, for the purpose to arrange research survey and to discuss the future cooperation in the field of: 1) Human Resource Development (Tourism and Agriculture), 2) Exchange of Wine Producing Techniques and 3) Private Sector Partnership with Georgian counterparts.
The delegation was comprised by the JICA HQ's East and Central Asia and the Caucasus Department, Hokkaido Intellect Tank, Machi Seisakushitsu Co., NPO Niseko Chuo Storehouses, KONDO VINEYARD. Co, Industry Promotion Bureau, Commerce and Tourism Department, Sorachi sub prefecture and Niseko Town Office.
In the capital-Tbilisi the First Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Georgia Mr. Nodar Kereselidze hosted Japanese Delegation. The importance of increasing qualification level of the Ministry of Agriculture employees under the frame of the regional development program through appropriate retraining courses was emphasized by the First deputy minister at the meeting. Particular attention was given to the rural development program and the main directions of the Agricultural Development Strategy.
The delegation visited Georgia's targeted regions: Kakheti and Samtskhe-Javakheti, met the relevant government officials, organizational staff, wine producers, small and medium business entrepreneurs, etc. Arranged various site visits and hold workshops.
Workshops were conducted in Kakheti and Samtskhe –Javakheti Regions and the final workshop was arranged in the capital Tbilisi at the Ministry of Agriculture.
During the workshops partnership possibilities between Georgia and Hokkaido in the field of Agroturism, local product development and Georgian traditional wine exchange programs were discussed.
In November, 2016, under the JICA's Technical Cooperation scheme country focused on the program - "Regional Development through integration of rural tourism and value added agriculture" will be implemented in the JICA Hokkaido for Georgian delegation that is to be consisted with local producers of wine, representatives from the tourism, agriculture and private sector and from the relevant officials.
Hokaido's Sorachi sub prefecture and Niseko-cho expressed its desire to host Georgian agricultural mini fare including cultural activity and exchange programs with the local community.