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Small business development project brings benefits to local communities

Small business development project celebrated a decade of success and entered a new, fourth phase in 2022. The project is initiated and funded by bp and its co-venturers in Georgian Pipeline Company.

Aiming to deepen positive relationships between bp and people from target villages and settlements of internally displaced persons, the project is promoting economic growth through small and medium-size business development.

The project covers 117 target villages and 4 settlements of internally displaced persons in fifteen municipalities of Kvemo Kartli, Shida Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Imereti, Guria and Samegrelo, located along the Baku-Supsa pipeline.

The project will support:

  •      123 small entrepreneurs start new business 
  •      18 existing small entrepreneurs expand business
  •      Create storage, processing, packaging facilities adding value to the products
  •      Improve market access and create income generation opportunities
  •       Develop people’s technical and professional skills through trainings, consultations, and coaching
  •       Support people launch innovations, improve digital skills and increase productivity, efficiency and sustainability

Raindi Kipiani, the representative of the mayor of Baghdati in Didvela administrative unit said: "People are actively engaged and willing to continue cooperation with the small business development project, because over the years it helped them develop new skills, start new businesses and improve their livelihoods".

Eteri Kvirikashvili, social investment lead for bp in Georgia said: ‘bp has launched small business development project in 2012. Since than I have seen significant personal and economic growth the project has brought to the local communities.  I am happy to see people are still actively engaged eager to grab opportunities created by the project.’

The implementation of the 4th phase of the small business development project started this year and will last till the end of January 2026. Center for Training and Consultation CTC has been successfully implementing the project since July 2015.

Some of the project highlights show significant achievements over the decade:

-       857 people funded by the project, created start-ups and scaled-up their business activities 

-       Program funded businesses created products and services worth of 9,3 million GEL, generated profits worth of 5.3 million GEL and paid more than 42,700 GEL in taxes to the state budget.

-       2650 people received technical and professional trainings supporting them with their business and personal growth.

Small business development project is part of the wider community development initiative CDI. bp and its oil and gas partners initiated CDI in 2003 and over the last 18 years have invested USD 28 million in the local community development.

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We support programmes that respond to local needs and which are relevant to our business activities.

In 2003, we launched our first community development programme, linked to the start of construction work on the BTC/SCP pipelines.

 

Our Community Development Initiative (CDI) is helping to develop local economic capacity and improve our relationships with our pipeline neighbours.

Helping rural development

CDI aims to deepen the positive relationship between bp and communities along the pipeline routes. It supports sustainable forms of social co-operation, improving agricultural production, and developing regional agro-businesses.The total number of communities covered by CDI along pipelines is more than 300.

Implementation by local non-governmental organizations The programme is implemented by two Georgian non-governmental organizations. The engagement of national NGOs has been a deliberate policy, designed to increase local capability.

A model for business development CDI has attracted considerable interest as a model for community development. We were invited in 2014 to provide advice and share our experience of CDI implementation with the Deputy Minister of Economics, in support of the Ministry’s newly established ‘Entrepreneur Development Agency’ and support programme. 

Between 2018 and 2020, USAID, through the USAID Zrda Activity in Georgia, partnered with bp Georgia

 

We have implemented joint development projects in 41 villages adjacent to the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) and South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) pipelines in Shida Kartli, Samtskhe-Javakheti, and Kvemo Kartli. USAID/Georgia and bp Georgia co-financed $685,000 in initiatives to provide local residents with grants, training, and technical assistance to support the growth of micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises.