Tbilisi, Georgia, July 6, 2012—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, today launched a toolkit to help food
producers in Georgia improve their food safety management systems, thereby
increasing their competitiveness and expanding their access to local and
The IFC Food Safety Toolkit provides
stakeholders – including company managers and government inspectors –
with guidelines on how to ensure products are safe for consumption. The
IFC Georgia Food Safety Improvement Project has tailored the toolkit to
the local market and made it available in the Georgian language.
“Food safety is a shared responsibility
and requires collaboration among various stakeholders,” said Thomas Lubeck,
IFC Regional Manager for the South Caucasus. “The IFC Food Safety Toolkit
will not only help companies improve food safety practices, but it will
help producers increase sales and exports, creating jobs and encouraging
economic development in Georgia.”
The toolkit has been designed to provide
practical guidance for businesses, consultants, regulatory authorities,
non-governmental organizations, consumer organizations, and academics.
It helps companies identify gaps in existing systems and develop
more efficient food safety management practices. The toolkit has been successfully
tested in South Eastern Europe, Ukraine, Belarus, and Georgia.
The IFC Georgia Food Safety Improvement
Project is supported with funds from the Ministry of Finance of Austria
along with BP and its oil and gas co-venturers.
Georgia has been a member of IFC since
1995. IFC’s investments in the country to date total $605 million in 40
projects across various sectors. IFC also has Advisory Services projects
in Georgia that focus on reforming the tax system to benefit small businesses,
helping raise food safety standards, and strengthening the risk-management
practices of banks.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group,
is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the
private sector. We help developing countries achieve sustainable growth
by financing investment, providing advisory services to businesses and
governments, and mobilizing capital in the international financial markets.
In fiscal 2011, amid economic uncertainty across the globe, we helped our
clients create jobs, strengthen environmental performance, and contribute
to their local communities—all while driving our investments to an all-time
high of nearly $19 billion. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.
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