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With the EU support, an entire value-chain development approach for woollen products is being restored in Amasia (Shirak marz) and the surrounding 8 communities. The “EU4 Shirak: Wool for jobs” project is being implemented by People in Need – Armenia (PIN) in cooperation with Women’s Development “Resource Centre” Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Shirak marz, and Amasia Municipality. It is funded by the EU and the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development of Armenia through the Pilot Regional Development Programme (PRDP). This two-year project has a total budget of €549,819 (the EU contribution is €335,000).

556A wool-processing factory is being established in Shirak marz, including infrastructure and production lines. The former cinema building, which was not being used, has been turned into a wool-processing factory after renovation and will provide jobs to not only the residents of Amasia, but also the surrounding communities. The equipment will mainly be imported from Italy and China, but domestic equipment will also be used for production. It is expected that the equipment will be installed in the middle of February, and the factory will be officially opened in April.

The project will help local 14 SMEs to develop their capacities, and 60 permanent jobs will be created in the marz. 150 job seekers registered in employment centres will develop their skills through training, raising their competitiveness in the labour market as a result of the project. SMEs and the wool-processing factory will be united by establishing a regional association that will promote effective business relationships and promote sales of goods. Thus, Shirak marz will become a centre of quality yarn and woollen goods production.

1Jemma Harutyunyan, the Head of Amasia Community, Shirak marz, highlighted the importance of the project: “Providing jobs to women is very important. Not only women from Amasia will work but there will be also an opportunity to address women’s unemployment in 9 settlements in our community. This is a great achievement for the people of our community, until now, the wool was completely thrown away, it was not used, and it seemed to be redundant”.

3Ruzanna Torozyan, the President of Women’s Development Resource Centre Foundation presented their support for the project: “Our centre has the “Wool to Carpet” studio in Shinuhayr, the largest village in Syunik marz. This village has the highest rate of poverty and migration. We are very happy that we now can share this best experience with our partners. In Amasia we will be responsible for the factory’s professional training and the entire process. Some of the 30 women studying here will work in the wool-spinning factory, some of them will work in wool-testing and -washing facilities, and we also have women working in the dyeing facility. The factory will be big and we will have the opportunity to create more than 20 jobs. Other women who are really interested in working with us will have the opportunity to work from home because our company is entering the thread market. They can join our markets, produce yarn fibres at home, and earn”.

ARS_0639On 20 May the “EU4Shirak: Wool for Jobs” project was officially launched in Amasia, Shirak marz. The project is financed through the Pilot Regional Development Programme. The launch event was attended by the Head of the EU Delegation to Armenia, Ambassador Piotr Świtalski, the Armenian Minister of Agriculture, Arthur Khachatryan, and the Armenian Minister of Territorial Administration and Development, Suren Papikyan. The experience of the “Wool to Carpet” studio in Shinuhayr community in Syunik marz was presented to the guests to give them the full picture of the expected results for Amasia.
The proposed action follows a value chain development approach for woollen products, from sheep to customer. A wool-processing factory will be established in the community of Amasia, creating at least 20 jobs. To create further new jobs and contribute to economic development, the project will finance 14 proposals offered by SMEs, providing at least 40 new jobs. About 150 job seekers registered in employment centres will develop their skills through training, raising their competitiveness in the labour market. This EU-funded project will also contribute to the development of sheep breeding in the region by providing a stable income for local farmers. The two-year project has a total budget of €549,819 (the EU contribution is €335,000). The project will be implemented by People In Need – Armenia (PIN), in cooperation with Women’s Development “Resource Centre” Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Shirak marz, and the Amasia Municipality.

ARS_0761EU Ambassador congratulated those who have worked hard for the project: ‘The EU is very committed to promoting regional development in Armenia. This project is one of several which we have launched in different marzes. To me, this region is one of the most beautiful corners of Armenia and I am so grateful that we can cooperate on new development ideas, create new jobs, and bring hope to the citizens of this marz. This commitment to regional development is long term; we hope very much that the new government can take this commitment forward, and that we can start new initiatives’.

ARS_0812Minister Papikyan welcomed EU support for the equal development of Armenian marzes: ‘The Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development attaches importance to the equal development of Armenia; we have been in constant dialogue with the EU since 2009. The aim of this cooperation is to ensure the implementation of projects and initiatives which complement regional development priorities and bring effective and sustainable results’.

ARS_0848Khachatryan spoke more about the implementation of the project: ‘This project is aimed at restoring traditional sheep breeding. In Armenia, we used to have over 2 million head of cattle – today’s number is barely a quarter of that. We should be able to develop sheep breeding, taking into account the ever-lasting demand for meat. To have good woollen products, we need to have good sheep, but we cannot imagine good sheep without a feeding base, without good cultivated lands, etc. The project take a value chain development; thousands of households will enjoy the impact of this indirectly. If we want to prevent emigration, we should not have more than 40% of non-cultivated land in the country. We need to support smaller producers and processors, not just large businesses. This project can be a great example’.