IFC raises awareness in Georgia on food safety
30 September, 2010
IFC raises awareness in Georgia on food safety

International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, trains Georgian food processing companies in best international practices in food safety so as to help increase their competitiveness at local and international markets. 
IFC goes ahead with training Georgian food processing companies so as to raise their awareness on international standards on food safety. IFC hosted a workshop to this end on September 24, 2010 in Tbilisi, where experts used examples of companies that have benefited from improved

food safety systems to demonstrate to food processing company executives the value of modern practices such as HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points), an international food safety management system. 
“These seminars help companies get familiar with the benefits and business needs of adopting international food safety standards”, David Vadachkoria, Manager of ‘Sela’, an ice cream producer, said.  “I hope that as a result of IFC’s work, more companies will start introducing international food safety standards. This will increase competition and ultimately benefit our consumers.”


The IFC Georgia Food Safety Improvement Project will help client companies pilot HACCP in Georgia and increase the capacity of local HACCP consultants through further training sessions and seminars. 
“Implementation of international safety standards in Georgian food producer companies is not widespread, which hampers exports”, Maia Tevzadze, Project Manager for IFC’s Georgia Food Safety Improvement Project, stressed during the workshop.  “We are glad to continue sharing our global experience to stimulate demand for higher food safety standards to help local food producers reach new markets.”


The IFC Georgia Food Safety Improvement Project is being implemented in partnership with BP and its oil and gas co-venturers, as well as the Austrian Ministry of Finance.
Georgia became a member of IFC in 1995. IFC’s cumulative investments in Georgia since then total nearly USD 500 million in 35 projects across a variety of sectors. Through its advisory services, IFC is working toward reforming the country’s tax system to benefit small businesses, while helping companies improve corporate governance practices and raise food safety standards.

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