Presentation on theme: "REGIONAL RURAL DEVELOPMENT STANDING WORKING GROUP (SWG) IN SEE"— Presentation transcript:
1 REGIONAL RURAL DEVELOPMENT STANDING WORKING GROUP (SWG) IN SEE Boban IlicSWG Secretary GeneralThe Balkans on the move
2 Our OrganizationThe “SWG” stands for Regional Rural Development Standing Working Group in South Eastern Europe.It is an International Intergovernmental Organization, consisted of governmental institutions responsible for agriculture and rural development in respective countries and territories of Southeastern Europe.Its managing and coordinative body is the SWG Head Office/Secretariat, based in Skopje, Macedonia.
3 Our MissionTo increase horizontal collaboration among respective countries and territories of SEE, coordinating regional initiatives related to agriculture and rural development and support the process of economic development in rural areas of Southeastern Europe.
4 Our General Objectives To facilitate close cooperation among the Ministries of Agriculture and other stakeholders in the field of agriculture and rural development and to support the EU integration of the Western Balkan countries.
5 SWG Member institutions Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Protection, AlbaniaMinistry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations,Bosnia and HerzegovinaMinistry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and HerzegovinaMinistry of Agriculture and Food, BulgariaMinistry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, CroatiaMinistry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Economy, MacedoniaMinistry of Agriculture and Rural Development, MontenegroMinistry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, SerbiaMinistry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development, Kosovo (UNSCR1244)SWG observers- Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, SloveniaFederal Ministry of Agriculture, Water Management and Forestry,Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bosnia and HerzegovinaProvincial Secretariat of Agriculture Water Management and Forestry, Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, Serbia
7 Our main activities and achievements Policy DialogueAnnual Working Meetings of the Ministers of Agriculture from SEEAgriculture Policy ForumsTechnical DiscussionsExperts` MissionsCapacity Building and EducationCapacity Building for Agriculture and Rural Development Policy Analysis and ImplementationTrainings, Seminars on Agriculture, Rural Development TopicsYoung Professional Program for Managing and Leading Regional Rural DevelopmentCreation of Western Balkan Rural Extension Network through Curriculum ReformNetworkingSupport to Creation of Rural Development NetworksOrganization Rural EventsOrganization of Conferences, Professional GatheringsPeople-to-People Actions for Promotion of Cultural and Rural Heritage
8 Our main activities and achievements Support to agribusiness and trade- Networking of Professional Associations and Markets from SEE countriesOrganization of Business-to-Business Meetings with Stakeholders- Discussions on the CEFTA AgreementTrade Fair ParticipationArea Based Development ApproachStudy on the Situation in the Cross-Border Region Drina – TaraFund Raising – Donor ConferenceAssessments of the Situation and Potentials of the Cross-Border Regions in SEECross-Border Project ImplementationCommunicationWeb page: info available about events, trainings, seminars, workshopsJoint StatementsPromotional Material, Technical Material Related to Agriculture and Rural DevelopmentPress Releases and Media Campaigns on Activities
9 Value added of regional programme to national efforts Networking and enhancing regional cooperationCapacity BuildingAdvocacy and resource mobilizationPolicy analysisInformation exchange and access to knowledge
10 Relevance to Europe 2020 objectives Development of partnerships with research and education institutions in the agriculture, food and rural developmentCapacity buildingPromotion of innovative approaches (Area based Development Approach)Networking for information, know-how, knowledge sharingDevelopment and implementation of Agriculture and rural development policiesIncrease of competitiveness trough implementation of food quality and food safety systems and standardsRegional professional and business networkingMobilization of EU financial instruments (IPA)Empowerment of rural women and youthCapacity building on on-farm and off-farm economic activities in rural areasPromotion of people-to-people actionsDevelopment of modular formal and non formal rural development educationSmart GrowthSustainable GrowthInclusive Growth
11 Key challenges Way forward Closer cooperation with the European Commission- discussions on CAP and Pre-Accession Assistance;Expend the operations with the Projects in Member Countries;Expending the list of partners (Partner Organizations and Governments);Stronger fund raising for the countries in the region;Profiling of SWG as a partner to the donor community;Horizontally addressing other sub-sectors under the authority of the Ministries of Agriculture in SEE.
12 Planned Activities Political and policy dialogue Agriculture and rural development policy analysisArea based development approach (ABDA)Implementation of projects with regional relevanceNetworking
14 SWG Finances and Funding Gaps Current portfolio , 00 EUR for 2010/ 2011SWG Strategic plan defined for the periodConcepts and project ideas preparedEfforts to secure a mid-term portfolio of projects million EUR for the period 2012 – 2015Financial gap of EUR ,00
15 Thank you! Contact: SWG Head Office/ Secretariat Adress: “III Makedonska Brigada bb”Makedonija Tabak Building 2nd floor1000 Skopje, MacedoniaTel:Fax: