Dutch Expert Trained Armenian Cheese Producers
Kees van Vught, a Dutch expert held a special session for cheese makers of Armenia in the regions of Lori and Gegharkunik. The expert conducted a professional training for ...
Dutch Expert Trained Armenian Cheese Producers

Kees van Vught, a Dutch expert held a special session for cheese makers of Armenia in the regions of Lori and Gegharkunik. The expert conducted a professional training for 15 cheese producers, visited their factories, provided an on-site consultation, and performed a test-cheese making of Gouda and Mozzarella.

During the training, the  expert introduced the samples of cheese produced in the Netherlands. At the end of the training manufacturers had an open discussion with the van Vught concerning the cheese production. The training and consultation were carried out in the frameworks of an agreement signed between Armenia SME DNC and "PUM'' Netherlands Senior Experts organization. Kees van Vught's visit was financed by USAID-funded “Partnerships for Rural Prosperity” (USAID/PRP) Program, implemented by Small and Medium Entrepreneurship Development National Center (SME DNC) of Armenia and its partners. 

 
Before the training,  Kees van Vught discussed the details of his visit and administrative issues as well as the SME support tools and directions of SME DNC of Armenia with Syunik Tadevosyan, Deputy Executive Director of SME DNC of Armenia and Chief of Party of USAID/PRP Program , Artak Dadoyan, the Head of the Local Economic Development Division at SME DNC of Armenia, Suren Khudaverdyan, Director of Syunik regional branch of the  SME DNC of Armenia and PUM coordinator in Armenia, Violeta Virabyan, Expert  at International Cooperation Division of SME DNC of Armenia.

On the September 20, 2016 SME DNC  of Armenia and ''PUM'' Netherlands Senior Experts signed a cooperation agreement.

The core objective is to promote the dissemination of experience and knowledge of Dutch senior experts among SMEs  in Armenia. On a voluntary basis Dutch specialists provide expertise and technical consultation, which enhance SMEs’ engagement in international market, emphasizing the importance of applying the best  international practices.