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The first in a series of eight projects on PRDP concludes

6 May 2019

On 30 April the EU technically reported the end of the ‘Dilijan and Adjacent Communities Development Initiative’ PRDP project. The project has been implemented by the Initiatives for Development of Armenia (IDeA) Foundation, DIS Properties Charity Foundation, the Dilijan Municipality, and Dilijan National Park. It was funded by the European Union and the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development of Armenia through a Pilot Regional Development Programme (PRDP). The total project budget was €1,195,000, of which the EU contribution was €780,000. The two-year grant project was aimed at boosting Dilijan’s tourism appeal and that of adjacent communities, thus supporting the development of local economies.

9Tourism and hospitality training were provided to over 300 local residents, who received free manuals and guidebooks. 340 residents of Dilijan and nearby communities – Hovk, Aghavnavank, Khachardzan, Gosh, Haghartsin and Teghut – directly benefited from the project. 50 sustainable employment opportunities were created, and over 100 enterprises were supported to develop tourism, hospitality, arts, and crafts, as well as new business. The first and unique Tourism Information Centre opened in Tavush last August, which has already welcomed over 1,000 tourists. To make leisure and hiking more comfortable and enjoyable in Dilijan National Park, four new hiking trails and one biking trail were built, and eight existing trails were refurbished and complemented with innovative information desks. For about a year, the masters and artisans of Dilijan have benefitted from opportunities at the project’s Arts and Crafts Centre (MADE). Besides providing space, furniture, and equipment to artisans and masters, the centre employs specialists who can present and sell their products. To encourage small and medium entrepreneurship in the marz, the project also issued a grant to 8 SMEs in Dilijan, Hovk, Aghavnavank, Khachardzan, Gosh, Haghartsin and Teghut, creating 31 workplaces. An agricultural pavilion and city market were established and launched in Dilijan for agritourism and ecotourism lovers; local farmers’ products will be sold there.

DSC_0836EU Ambassador Piotr Świtalski made a speech outlining the EU’s commitment to regional development: “The EU is committed to investing more in regional development in Armenia. We started PRDP in 2016 and allocated more than €10 million to launch 8 projects in different parts of Armenia. This project was one of the most successful in many ways. I would like to thank our partners for their joint efforts in making Dilijan a tourist centre. Still, Dilijan has undiscovered potential and I hope this will only be the beginning of investment to make Dilijan the heart of many more activities”.

15Vache Terteryan, First Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Development of Armenia, praised the efforts of partner institutions: “As a result of joint efforts and professional work, the project implementers managed to complete this important initiative within the set schedule and ensure quality results for their beneficiaries. We are excited about how the initiative has inspired development in Dilijan. This has required long-term, persistent work, and we need to consistently institutionalise this methodology, initiate similar projects, and target new, wider communities”.

After the closing project event, Ambassador Świtalski handed over prizes to the winners of online quizzes. Over 8 weeks, the Facebook page of the EU Delegation to Armenia organised 8 quizzes on every PRDP project; 19 participants won prizes by answering all the questions correctly.

The first in a series of eight projects on PRDP concludes

On 30 April the EU technically reported the end of the 'Dilijan and Adjacent Communities Development Initiative' PRDP project. The project has been implemented by the Initiatives for Development of Armenia (IDeA) Foundation, DIS Properties Charity Foundation, the Dilijan Municipality, and Dilijan National Park. It was funded by the European Union and the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Development of Armenia through a Pilot Regional Development Programme (PRDP). The total project budget was €1,195,000, of which the EU contribution was €780,000. The two-year grant project was aimed at boosting Dilijan’s tourism appeal and that of adjacent communities, thus supporting the development of local economies.

9Tourism and hospitality training were provided to over 300 local residents, who received free manuals and guidebooks. 340 residents of Dilijan and nearby communities – Hovk, Aghavnavank, Khachardzan, Gosh, Haghartsin and Teghut – directly benefited from the project. 50 sustainable employment opportunities were created, and over 100 enterprises were supported to develop tourism, hospitality, arts, and crafts, as well as new business. The first and unique Tourism Information Centre opened in Tavush last August, which has already welcomed over 1,000 tourists. To make leisure and hiking more comfortable and enjoyable in Dilijan National Park, four new hiking trails and one biking trail were built, and eight existing trails were refurbished and complemented with innovative information desks. For about a year, the masters and artisans of Dilijan have benefitted from opportunities at the project’s Arts and Crafts Centre (MADE). Besides providing space, furniture, and equipment to artisans and masters, the centre employs specialists who can present and sell their products. To encourage small and medium entrepreneurship in the marz, the project also issued a grant to 8 SMEs in Dilijan, Hovk, Aghavnavank, Khachardzan, Gosh, Haghartsin and Teghut, creating 31 workplaces. An agricultural pavilion and city market were established and launched in Dilijan for agritourism and ecotourism lovers; local farmers’ products will be sold there.

DSC_0836EU Ambassador Piotr Świtalski made a speech outlining the EU’s commitment to regional development: "The EU is committed to investing more in regional development in Armenia. We started PRDP in 2016 and allocated more than €10 million to launch 8 projects in different parts of Armenia. This project was one of the most successful in many ways. I would like to thank our partners for their joint efforts in making Dilijan a tourist centre. Still, Dilijan has undiscovered potential and I hope this will only be the beginning of investment to make Dilijan the heart of many more activities”.

15Vache Terteryan, First Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Development of Armenia, praised the efforts of partner institutions: “As a result of joint efforts and professional work, the project implementers managed to complete this important initiative within the set schedule and ensure quality results for their beneficiaries. We are excited about how the initiative has inspired development in Dilijan. This has required long-term, persistent work, and we need to consistently institutionalise this methodology, initiate similar projects, and target new, wider communities”.

After the closing project event, Ambassador Świtalski handed over prizes to the winners of online quizzes. Over 8 weeks, the Facebook page of the EU Delegation to Armenia organised 8 quizzes on every PRDP project; 19 participants won prizes by answering all the questions correctly.