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Caucasus Business and Development Network

Promoting economic cooperation across conflict divides

In 2005 we helped to establish the Caucasus Business and Development Network (CBDN), a pioneering, locally-driven initiative that promotes greater economic cooperation across conflict divides in the Caucasus and with neighbouring Turkey.

In the absence of political resolutions to the conflicts in the Caucasus, CBDN shows that engagement and cooperation are not only possible in the region but also in high demand. It also alleviates some of the negative social and economic consequences of the protracted conflicts in the Caucasus and offers an important model for future cooperation.

CBDN works with local entrepreneurs, businesses and international partners to support a variety of projects, including events, production lines that cross conflict divides and the creation and promotion of regional brands. These regional brands, which include cheese, tea, wine and honey, bring together ingredients and producers from across the region to work for a common goal.

It helps to create new platforms to promote economic cooperation in the region.