Belarusian Delegation Studied Ukrainian Expertize

Belarusian delegation got to know the Ukrainian experience in economic development of rural territories and best practices of entrepreneurship and self-employment. The study visit was conducted from November 2 till November 8, 2016 within the Expanding Economic Opportunities in Rural Belarus Project. The project is supported by the European Union and the US Agency for international development (USAID).

The representatives of CSOs and initiative groups, rural business and local authorities from 12 pilot localities of the project participated in the study visit.

During the visit the participants met with representatives of local authorities, CSOs, visited 7 agricultural cooperatives, touristic attractions (the national park of Karpaty, touristic complex “Bukovel”, farmsteads), study and practical center on the manufacture of agricultural production based at the college in the city of Strij, participated in informational and educational events.

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The participants of the study visit to Ukraine

One of the most vivid impressions of the visit became the agricultural cooperative “Chistaya Flora” (“Pure Flora”) in the villiage Spas, Ivano-Frunkovsk region”, said Aleksandr Semenov, the coordinator of the resource center of the territory of Hodosy rural council. “The Cooperative processes small fruits and herbs. The standards of quality are really high. The territories, where the herbs are cultivated, are certified and recognized by European experts as territories of high quality. “Chistaya Flora” exports its production to Canada, the USA and Europe.

Belarusian delegation got to know the role of international projects in the development of cooperation and social responsibility of business based on the example of the firm “Danon”. Also participants familiarized themselves with the work of the Agency for local economic development of Burshtyn, which organized the event.

The main objectives of the Agency are expanding opportunities of local communities to attract investments, small and medium business development, strengthening of economic activities of local citizens.

“We are ready to work hard to reach notable results similar to those our Ukrainian colleagues have”, noted Aleksandr Semenov.

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The Expanding Economic Opportunities in Rural Belarus Project is financed by the European Union and co-financed by the US Agency for international development (USAID).