The 4th Steering Committee Meeting of the project took place on July 16, 2020. SC the meeting was organized via online platform ZOOM due to travel restrictions related to the pandemic. 4th Quarterly Report (covering 1st of Feb – 30th of Apr 2020), ongoing 5th Quarter (project implementation until 15th of July 2020) and plans for future activities were presented by the Resident Twinning Adviser (based in Baku).
The 4th quarter resulted in the completion of the activity 1.5 (indicator 5.3) and in initial work on activity 1.5 (indicator 5.4) and activity 1.2 (indicator 2.1) at the end of the quarter. Mission on activity 1.2 started an important work on the Report on alternative support measures (focus on livestock). Mission on activity 3.2 (indicator 9.1 and 9.2) gave an insight on the gaps in SIS (IT system) and proposed an action plan to eliminate those gaps.
During an ongoing 5th Quarter the focus has been given on activity 1.2 (indicator 2.1) on preparation of alternative livestock measure for Azerbaijani government. As a result of these activities alternative support model with six measures (including procedures, checklist and application form) for livestock sector was prepared by Twinning and introduced to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The activity is to be completed in the beginning of the 6th quarter with identification by the Azerbaijani authorities of which of the proposed measure to launch.
For the future activities RTA (based in Baku) mostly stressed the need to continue work started on activity 2.1 for introduction of the EU RD framework and best practises. Twinning has already developed initial draft for two pilot programmes for Ismayili and Lankaran in the 2nd quarter. In order to finalize the activity - the short-term and long term strategies were presented, the final purpose of which is to propose an Action Plan by developing and detailing the steps to be taken (legislative, institutional development, capacity building, resource allocation) to enable Azerbaijan authorities over time to directly undertake rural development policy. The working group of tHree ministries (Akia/MoA, Ministry of Economics, Ministry of Labour) is going to be re-established to work on this activity.
At the end of the meeting SC members approved 4th Quarterly Report and noted the remarkable work done by the Twinning office, considering difficult working conditions (travel restrictions, quarantine related to Covid-19).
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