Thursday, 6 September 2012, at Avis Hotel in Bucharest took place the workshop The importance of local and regional partnerships in the sustainable development of rural areas. The event was organized by ANTREC Romania – as partner – and the Association for Business Development (ADA) – as beneficiary of the project "Sustainable development of human resources for the Romanian rural tourism!" (ID 54620), co-financed from European Social Fund through the Sectoral Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013. 

The workshop is part of a series of activities developed within the project, whose main objective is the development of human resources for the rural tourism. Through this project, which will be implemented until 2013, there will be organized trainings and courses for 540 people from rural areas in the regions South-East, South-Muntenia and South-West, selected from a 1500 people target group. The beneficiaries are both employees in rural tourism but also unemployed or people engaged in subsistence agriculture. They will attend professional training courses for boarding house managers, maids, cooks and waiters. 

The workshop was attended by the partners in the project, local authorities, non-government organizations representatives and academics from South-Muntenia region, as well as local rural tourism operators: owners of hostels and guesthouses. 

The main theme addressed during the workshop was the strategic partnerships that ANTREC Romania, as regional project coordinator, can conclude with city halls, county councils, agencies for labor force employment, tourism agencies, employers associations and NGOs etc relevant for the project’s objectives. These partnerships contribute to reaching another of the project’s aims: developing a multi-regional network of local centers for human resources development services in rural areas. For South-Muntenia region, the Regional Coordinating Center is located in Albeşti Paleologu, Prahova County. 

Mrs. Otilia Manta, Project Manager, underlined the importance of these partnerships - through their quality and magnitude - to the success of the project: "Developing sustainable partnerships and long-term effective communication and collaboration between partners are the key-factors to both sustainability and continuity in the implementation of our project. The partnerships ANTREC Romania has formed with representatives of local authorities, local education institutions, employers’ associations, non-governmental organizations and private actors directly involved in rural tourism activities will continue to achieve the project objectives. The number and especially the quality of our partners is a decisive factor".