The project

Enhancing SME competitiveness through promotion and wider use of sustainable innovative technologies

The target region of AREVADZOR Project - Enhancing SME (Small Medium Enterprise) competitiveness through promotion and wider use of sustainable innovative technologies - is in the central part of the Vayots Dzor Marz encompasses two of the three state sanctuaries – Yeghegnadzor and Herher sanctuaries.

The first challenge is to be able to take advantage of the high potential of the target region as an attractive destination for tourism. As a matter of fact, the region of Vayots Dzor marz provides interesting tourism sites and opportunities, which, if packaged and promoted properly, would become an attractive ecotourism cluster. In addition, the area within this cluster includes a wide range of natural and historic monuments with high potential tourism. Tourism has been adopted by the Government as a priority sector for the economic and social development of the Vayots Dzor marz.

In this context, to promote tourism in the region, the Government of Armenia has undertaken steps towards improvement of the infrastructure of the region, and the development and regular organization of festivals and other events. In this context, the project aims to foster employment.

The objectives

Overall objective of the proposed action is to contribute to enhance the economic competitiveness of Vayots Dzor region through promotion and wider use of sustainable innovative technologies by SMEs. Definitely, the project aims to foster employment by improving competitiveness of SMEs in tourism sector in the central part of the Vayots Dzor marz (around Yeghegnadzor and Herher sanctuaries).
This will be achieved through the promotion of environmentally and financially sustainable practices, particularly, environmental friendly tourism (eco-tourism) combined with the adoption renewable energy sources and efficient energy practices.

Target groups

In terms of geography, the proposed project will target communities in the central part of Vayots Dzor marz, including 7 rural communities and 1 urban community. In this region the target groups are:

  • local communities;
  • SMEs participating in ecotourism sector in the 8 target communities;
  • Job seeking population of the 8 communities.

Programme Components

Promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy sources within SMEs
The Project will promote: (a) effective ecotourism practices, and (b) sustainable energy practices to benefit businesses in terms of cost savings, and promote “green business” and “green region”.

Establishment of Solar Photovoltaic Power Station
The Project will build and operate a Solar Photovoltaic Power Station with 1000 kwt capacity in the target region in Vayots Dzor.

Capacity and institution Building for sustainability
The Project aims at strengthening the institutional and human capacities to promote effective business practices and develop a stable cooperation between public authorities and the private sector for promotion of eco-tourism.

 

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Latest news

Very nice article in the Aravot newspaper about Arevadzor project

The Armenian newspaper "Aravot" published a nice article about Arevadzor project: the article talks about the many advances and developments that the EU-funded project is bringing to the Armenian community, both in terms of sustainable energy and development of ecotourism within the country.

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04 September - Networking and B2B Event

The Networking and B2B Event under the framework of the Mentoring Service of the project: "AREVADZOR – Enhancing SME competitiveness through promotion and wider use of sustainable innovative technologies project", was dedicated to networking and establishment of cooperation between B&B's, industry experts and other public and private stakeholders in the tourism and energy sectors.

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Վայոց Ձորը կունենա արևային նոր էլեկտրակայան Եվրոպական միության աջակցությամբ

Այսօր առավոտյան Վայոց Ձորի մարզի Գլաձոր համայնքում կայացավ Եվրոպական միության կողմից ֆինանսավորվող «ՓՄՁ մրցունակության բարձրացում կայուն նորարարական տեխնոլոգիաների խթանման և լայն կիրառման միջոցով» ծրագրի շրջանակում կառուցվող արևային էլեկտրակայանի հիմնարկեքի արարողությունը:

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Vayots Dzor to Have a New Solar Power Plant with the Support of the European Union

In the frame of the EU funded “Enhancing SME Competitiveness through Promotion and Wider Use of Sustainable Innovative Technologies” project a ground-breaking ceremony of the solar power plant was held in Gladzor, Vayots Dzor region today morning.

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Invitation to Media

The Delegation of the European Union to Armenia invites you to the groundbreaking ceremony of the solar power plant to be constructed in the framework of “Enhancing SME Competitiveness through Promotion and Wider Use of Sustainable Innovative Technologies” project in Gladzor, Vayots Dzor region. The event will take place on 18 June, at 10:10-11:00, in Gladzor, Vayots Dzor, Armenia.

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The European Union’s Pilot Regional Development Programme (PRDP) for Armenia

Title of the action:  Enhancing SME competitiveness through promotion and wider use of sustainable innovative technologies

Location of the Action: Vayots Dzor Region, Armenia

Duration of the Action: 33 months, 15/12/2016 - 15/09/2019



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