On April 26, 2018, the Grodno Regional Executive Committee hosted the first Steering Committee meeting for the project «Support and training for Food processing enterprises in Grodno Oblast - Establishment of Grodno Agro-Industrial Park (GAIP) in Belarus».
The Steering Committee is envisaged to monitor progress, efficiency and effectiveness of the project implementation and provide strategic guidance. Representatives of all strategic project partners and counterparts were present at the meeting, as well as representatives of the Project Donor - the Russian Federation.
During the meeting the project manager Karl Schebesta made a report – presentation on the project activities implementation, financial expenditure as well as review on the conducted activities for the period December 2017 – April 2018 among which:
Developing training materials for the Center of Excellence;
Developing a pool of trainers for the pilot center with supporting institutions;
Training seminars and workshops (training of trainers) for the Center of Excellence;
Awareness raising and training workshops on quality management, ISO 22000, BRC, IFS, GAP etc;
Assisting selected enterprises in the implementation of a HACCP based quality management; system; and guiding selected enterprises in getting certification of their quality management system according to the market requirements;
After reviewing report of the project manager, the members of the Steering Committee adopted a number of key decisions on the project. The comments and suggestions from the representatives of the Project Donor were considered and taken into account for further project implementation. All the members of the Steering Committee confirmed their interest in the project, as well as further assistance for its implementation.