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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

U.S. Government supports international certification opportunities for Georgian agriculture products

17.10.2012. On October 17, 2012, at 12:00 pm, USAID’s Economic Prosperity Initiative (EPI) will host an event at Tbilisi Marriott to award two local laboratories, Multitest and Wine Laboratory, with international accreditation certificates as part of U.S. Government support for Georgia’s economic growth and the enhancement of competitiveness of Georgian products (see also: Accredited local laboratories to increase agriculture export).

USAID Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin will attend the event along with representatives of Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, American National Standard Institute (ANSI), Georgian Accreditation Center (GAC) as well as local laboratories, food processors and supermarkets.

Universally recognized and accepted test results and certificates from these laboratories will validate the quality of Georgian produce and enable Georgian exporters to have a better access to more high-end markets such as established supermarket chains.

EPI, in collaboration with the Georgian Accreditation Center (GAC) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has been working to improve Georgia’s capacity in accreditation and conformity assessment. Both areas are considered key technical barriers in increasing the export of Georgian products to international markets.

As a result, Wine Laboratory and Multitest, two laboratories that test agricultural export commodities such as wine, mineral water, hazelnuts, and fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, received accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). By being able to provide credible certificates, these two laboratories now open the doors to international markets and allow a wider range of products to be more competitive. The accreditation will facilitate internationally recognized certification of Georgian products to increase export and competitiveness of local production.Georgian produce will benefit from higher credibility and thus, easier access to global markets.

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