SME Development and DCFTA in Georgia

Start/end date: 
2015 - 2019
Implementing partner: 
EU budget: 
€5.03 million

The project supports the implementation of DCFTA-related institutional and regulatory reforms in Georgia. It lays the ground for strengthening the SME sector to ensure broad-based growth, by increasing the competitiveness of Georgian SMEs and ensuring their adaptation to the new regulatory environment enabling them to benefit from the opportunities under the DCFTA.


  1. Strengthen public private policy dialogue (PPD), including advocacy and lobbying on issues affecting SMEs in the context of the DCFTA focusing on support to the effective participation of SMEs’ agencies, BMOs and business service associations;
  2. Provide for capacity development of state bodies representing the institutional support framework for SME development/business-specifics on DCFTA related matters to develop targeted SME sector development programs on national, sector and local levels;
  3. Support capacity development for improved provision of professional technical assistance and business development services (training, providing information, mentoring, coaching, supporting international networking) to the SME sector as whole, including supporting clustering, networking and business collaboration initiatives;
  4. Provide for EU linkages and integration with the Georgian SME sector in existing EU business, including EU clusters, innovation and entrepreneurial networks (including specifically facilitating the set-up of SME clusters and enterprise networks with the supporting BMOs and Business Service Associations and institutional stakeholders).


SMEs in Georgia


  • Organising conferences/events on DCFTA/SMEs matters and the enterprise development agenda;
  • Support the development process of services offered to SMEs by partner institutions;
  • Development of a joint information and communication package on DCFTA related issues;
  • Introduction of principles of business collaboration and clustering to the Georgian private and public sector; 
  • Support implementation of the cluster development process and cluster promotion;
  • Identification of clusters in Georgia with international linkage potential;
  • Introduction to European cluster potentials and its advantages;
  • Matching events of Georgian and European clusters enhancing their cooperation via e.g. study tours/ orientation.

Results by September 2017

  • Contribution to SME development strategy and action plan of the government of Georgia;
  • International Conference “Georgia Against Counterfeiting in the Context of DCFTA” in partnership with the National Intellectual Property Center (Sakpatenti);
  • Strategic Conference on Skills for DCFTA and TVET in Georgia;
  • Four public events on electronic system of public procurement in partnership with State Procurement Agency;
  • DCFTA website of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development:;
  • Three publications of the State Procurement Agency on electronic system of public procurement;
  • Five DCFTA Information Centres of the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) established in regions with local staff recruited and trained (ongoing);
  • Organized and facilitated a strategic workshop for Enterprise Georgia on alignment of strategic frameworks (with respect to National SME Strategy Action Plan and Export Development Initiative);
  • Principles of business clustering introduced;
  • Developed methodology to identify clustering perspectives and opportunities in Georgian industries;
  • Georgian Film Cluster is formalised. Project supported Georgian Film Cluster in establishing linkage with European Film Cluster Network and Marseille Cluster, SOFA School of Film Agents;
  • Georgian Furniture Cluster is formalised. A linkage has been established between producers and interior designers; Project supported Georgian Furniture Cluster in procuring first order for Furniture in Germany, Cologne and connecting with Bulgarian Furniture Cluster;
  • Apparel Industry - 4 companies currently being advised on improvement of business standards and processes. Project organized an outbound trade mission of 5 Georgian apparel companies to Germany, which included their participation in the Munich Fabric Start trade fair; Georgian companies established contacts with German buyers;
  • Trout Industry – Project conducted assessment and identified clustering and internationalisation opportunities;
  • ICT Industry – Project conducted assessment and identified clustering and internationalisation opportunities.
  • Project supported first Enterprise Europe Network Info Day organised by Enterprise Georgia and GITA consortium in partnership with EEN, with participation of ca 100 SMEs.

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