Mr. Piotr Świtalski,
Ambassador, and Head of European Union Delegation to the Republic of Armenia,
Mr. Vache Terteryan, RA First Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration
and Infrastructures, Mr. Tigran Petrosyan, the Governor of Shirak Marz, Mrs.
Jemma Harutyunyan, Mayor of Amasia together with other officials of the state,
regional organizations and guests participated in the official opening of
Amasia Wool Factory.
"Today, with the opening of Amasia wool processing
factory, we are happy to contribute to creation of new workplaces, women's
economic empowerment and economic growth in Shirak region. Together with Lori
and Tavush, Shirak is currently one of the three focus regions of EU-Armenia
cooperation. We are grateful to our partners People in Need, Amasia
municipality, Women Resource Centre Development Foundation, and Shirak Chamber
of Commerce and Industry for drawing our attention to comparative advantages of
Amasia in wool value chain. We would be delighted to see the production of
carpets, rugs and textiles blooming in Amasia in the coming years", stated
the EU Ambassador Piotr Świtalski
“We are very excited to have
the opportunity to use the wool processing potential of Amasia and eight
neighboring villages and contribute to the upcoming wool value chain
development. Newly created job vacancies, especially those involving women are
a chance to promote and save traditional Armenian crafts and significantly improve
economic situations of dozens of families in Amasia community”, stated in her
welcoming speech Mrs. Varduhi Dadunts, the Country Director of “People in
the official opening of the Amasia Wool Factory, the guests participated in a
short tour of the factory involving presentation of installed equipment,
wool-processing techniques, and dialogue with the employees.
wool produced in Amasia and neighboring villages
is known to be exceptionally thick, with up to 16 natural colors.
This makes it ideally suited for production of carpets,
rugs and various textiles. Annual production
capacity of the factory is 25 tons of wool.
the framework of “EU4Shirak: Wool for Jobs” project, wool processing
specialists were trained by professionals from Europe and Armenia. They gained
the necessary skills to work in
the new factory or throughout
the wool sector. Moreover, the project offers funding
opportunities to local 14 SME's operating within the newly
established wool value chain. This will increase their competitiveness on the
market and support economic growth of Shirak region. In total, 60 sustainable jobs will be created in Shirak region within
the “EU4Shirak: Wool for Jobs” project.
Wool for Jobs” project was launched in March 2018 and
will continue until March 2020. It is co-funded by the European Union
and the Government of Armenia and implemented by People in Need NGO, together
with Women's Development "Resource Center" Foundation, Chamber
of Commerce and Industry of Shirak
Region, and Amasia Municipality.
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