BISHKEK, 4 December 2019 – Representatives of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) took part in the official ribbon-cutting ceremony marking to opening of the Eco-Floris tea production factory. The Eco-Floris company produces herbal and fruit tea under the brand name, Issyk-Kul Bouquets. The newly opened factory, which conforms to the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HAACP) system and the ISO's food safety management standards, will supply the national and international markets with high-quality locally sourced herbal teas. Local supermarkets, hotel chains and cafes are already placing orders. UNIDO’s support for the company is part of the project, “Linking the tourism industry to productive activities in the Issyk-Kul region in the Kyrgyz Republic”, funded by the Government of the Russian Federation.
The following day, representatives of the Russian Federation, the Issyk-Kul Regional Administration, the Kyrgyz Republic’s Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism, the Department of Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic and the project beneficiaries attended a final project steering committee meeting. In his welcoming speech, Azamat Jamankulov, Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism, said, “The tourism sector is one of the priority areas for the country's development strategy. I’m sure that the maximum effort of our partners within this project positively affected the level of tourism development of the region and the country as a whole.”
The representative of the Russian Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic, Renat Agliullin, mentioned that based on the feedback received from beneficiaries and counterparts, the technical assistance provided by UNIDO has been very successful, producing a multiplier effect on the economy, which resulted in an increase in local people's well-being, and contributed to the development of the Issyk-Kul region.
In concluding remarks, UNIDO project manager, Olga Memedovic, announced that national counterparts and beneficiaries have expressed a strong demand for the project to continue using the same methodology and focusing on the second tier of beneficiaries. The steering committee members also emphasized that it is recommended to leverage the developed methodology and national project team experience, as well as the high level of commitment of counterparts, to extend the project to the second phase.
Project beneficiary, Elena Novikova, director of the Eco-Floris company, mentioned that prior to working with UNIDO, Ecofloris employees, for the most part, used to manually process medicinal herbs. After UNIDO provided additional equipment, the volume and quality of production improved significantly. She also said, “It's nice that, with the efforts of UNIDO, the design and packaging of tea has changed. Just see what beauty you can give as a souvenir to your relatives and friends. Inside the box you can read about the area in which the tea plants grow and how they are harvested.”
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