On October 16, CBDN was celebrating yet another Caucasus Tea festival in Tbilisi, Georgia. The aim of the festival was to promote sectoral cooperation and popularize Caucasus Tea brand across the region. The event was part of CBDN’s on-going work engaging different economic sectors in regional dialogue.
The Festival provided a good opportunity not only to present assortments of premium tea brands, but also to showcase results of cooperation by cheese-makers and wine producers of the South Caucasus – including “Caucasian Cheese” and “Caucasian bouquet” – as well as the concept of a new regional project “Caucasus Honey.”
Hundreds of people – ranging from tea experts, business representatives, authorities, diplomatic missions, NGOs and international organisations, to producers from across the South Caucasus, including Shirak, Karabakh, Samegrelo, Imereti and Zaqatala rayon – attended the event, and enjoyed tastings of the finest teas from across the region. The event received a wide media coverage including national TV stations and print media. As one of the guests said:
‘I enjoyed trying the tea that is produced by tea-makers across the region. I think it is important to have this kind of initiatives where people of the Caucasus work together and this kind of events where public enjoys tea, wine, cheeses, and honey not thinking where it was mad.’
This year, inter alia, CBDN has been working on a new regional project “Caucasus Honey”. The concept was conceived during a beekeepers meeting in Gyumri in February 2011 where experts across the region discussed the possibilities of creating a common Caucasus Honey brand with the view of promoting cooperation through a joint endeavor.
Consequently, during 2011, CBDN has been engaging with beekeepers across the region to take the initiative further. Based on this work 7 pilot designs, or collections of “Caucasus Honey” have now been prepared. These prototypes were presented during the Caucasus Tea Festival on October 16th, in Tbilisi. Each collection consists of 7 unique types of honeys from Shirak, Karabakh, Zaqatala, Znaur, Kars, Tkvarchal/i, and Gardabani and symbolises economically connected and cooperating Caucasus.
During the festival, public was invited to taste selections of honeys that make the Caucasus Honey and vote for their favourite option of the collection. Hundreds attended the festival, tasted honey, learned about Caucasus Honey and gave their feedback. The comments received during the festival are currently being discussed among CBDN and beekeepers, based on which a further workplan will be developed.
CBDN welcomes any feedback on the design and the initiative as a whole.
Between 14-15 October 2011, Caucasus Business and Development Network in cooperation with the Armenian Development Agency (ADA), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Armenia and fashion centre ATEX, organized the first ever international forum of textile and fashion in Yerevan, Armenia.
The aim of the forum was to identify areas for cooperation in South Caucasus textile industries and opportunities for the development and improvement of productions, and create and strengthen regional and international links in textile and fashion.
The agenda of the meeting consisted of exhibition of textile products, as well as round table discussions on the modernization and development of textile and fashion industries, and possible joint projects.
The Forum was attended by the representatives of business-structures, manufacturers of textile and garment industry, experts from the South Caucasus, Central Asia and EU countries.
The event was very successful and provided a good opportunity to promote and develop mutually beneficial cooperation, and exchange experiences on new technologies and business practices.