for the Horticultural Training & Demo Center (HTDC)
As an integral part of meeting policy objectives, a Horticultural Training and Development Center ("HTDC") will be operated within the IAZ. It will serve both the tenants of the IAZ, and – as a service to the public - the farming diaspora in the Imereti region. A dedicated plot of approx. 1.1 ha has been earmarked for the HTDC.
Proposed commercial structure
The HTDC is envisaged to be self-sustaining, through fees collected for trainings provided, sponsorships, and potential donorships and NGO support. GoG envisages to provide service payments for the operation of HTDC, and impose abatements, both to be defined at the RFP stage.
The responsible Ministries support the formal recognition under the vocational training law / framework of Georgia.
For note, various Development Agencies including UNDP, USAID, and EBRD have expressed their in-principle readiness to support the development CAPEX and ongoing operations of the HTDC.