USAID and the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs join forces to combat disinformation and help Georgia build a stronger democracy
USAID and the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs join forces to combat disinformation and help Georgia build a stronger democracy!
Today, USAID/Georgia Mission Director Peter Wiebler joined Ambassador of the Czech Republic Petr Mikyska in signing a Memorandum of Understanding.
Together, we’re partnering on the Supporting Democratic Resilience in Georgia project, a new activity to help Georgia’s civil society and independent media combat disinformation and provide people with fact-based information about important issues.
Implemented by People in Need, the European Values Center for Security Policy, and Transitions Online, this activity will help the Georgian people build a more resilient, more responsive democracy.
A new partnership initiative to support primary health care launched in Georgia.
"Focusing and improving Georgia's primary healthcare is one of our top priorities" - Czech Ambassador to Georgia H.E. Petr Mikyska said at the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Czech Development Agency (CzechAid) and UNICEF Georgia. The Memorandum was signed by the Ambassador on behalf of the Czech Development Agency and the Director of UNICEF Georgia Mr. Ghassan Khalil. Mrs. Tamar Gabunia, First Deputy Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, witnessed the signature.
Within the framework of the Memorandum, the Czech Development Agency and UNICEF unite their forces to support the strengthening of primary health care in Georgia, expanding the original CzechAid project (focused mainly on the adult population) to children, youth and maternity. The project was conceived in close cooperation with Georgian authorities, reflecting the urgent needs in this field.
In total, 46 primary health care facilities will be covered by the project, including 146 village doctors and nurses in Dusheti and Zugdidi municipalities. Project duration is from May 2020 till June 2023, with total funding by the Czech Government via CzechAid of 1.25 million EUR and UNICEF contribution of 70 000 USD with future expansion of around 85 000 USD.
The purpose of this MoU is to provide a framework of cooperation and facilitate collaboration between Liberty and UNFPA in areas of common interest – to promote healthy and active ageing and gender equality in Georgia. This cooperation considers the following areas of activity:
- Liberty Bank will partner with UNFPA Georgia Country Office to inform older people about COVID-19 and disseminate relevant materials among the older people across the country. UNFPA Georgia and Liberty Bank will also conduct a joint campaign to raise awareness on COVID-19 among older people, their family members and caregivers;
- Liberty Bank will support “60+ clubs for healthy and active life”, initiated by UNFPA Georgia in partnership with local municipalities and NGOs.
- UNFPA Georgia and Liberty Bank will explore opportunities to promote gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in Georgia.
“I am extremely proud of this new partnership, which reinforces Liberty’s commitment to the safety of older population in Georgia and also, prevention and raising awareness regarding Covid-19.” said Vasil Khodeli, the CEO of Liberty Bank, “For the past few years, at Liberty we have been continuously creating special spaces and events for 60+ population through various educational and entertainment programs offline and online. Today, we are excited to greet UNFPA as our partners and join the forces towards promoting the importance of healthy and active life for elderly as well as explore the opportunities to promote gender equality and empowerment of women in Georgia.”
“We at the UNFPA see huge potential in this partnership with the Liberty Bank,” said Lela Bakradze, Head of the UNFPA Georgia Country Office, “Promoting healthy and active ageing and gender equality will help the country to progress towards achieving sustainable development. It is very important to partner with Liberty Bank – a company which shares our values and is ready to invest in the better lives of senior citizens, women and adolescent girls in Georgia. We believe that our cooperation will be a new step towards building more equal society where no one will be left behind.”
UNDP, UK Government train Georgian police in human-centred and disability-sensitive service delivery
UNDP and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia signed a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to make the Patrol Police Unified Service Center more customer-focused
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia have joined hands to improve capacities and service delivery at the Ministry’s Patrol Police Unified Service Center, formerly known as Room #12.
UNDP Head Louisa Vinton and Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Kakha Sabanadze signed a Memorandum of Understanding at an online meeting today.
“The Ministry of Internal Affairs is reforming its Unified Service Centre, aiming to provide high-quality one-stop-shop services to the citizens,” Sabanadze said. “Personnel training is a critical part of this reform.”
“Police work is full of stress, especially at a time of crisis like the one we are now facing,” Vinton said. “Our training is designed to equip the Unified Service Center staff with the tools and approaches they need to serve citizens effectively, especially those who are vulnerable or have special needs.”
Launched in 2018, the Unified Service Centre of the Patrol Police provides over 50 services to citizens, most of them associated with driving penalties, suspension of driving licenses, delivery of found number plates and consent to transportation of vehicles transferred to special parking lots. With UNDP support, the Centre staff will be trained in customer relations and communication, anger management and disability-sensitive service delivery.
In addition, UNDP will help the Unified Service Centre introduce a Common Assessment Framework (CAF), a total quality management instrument for the public sector that has been successfully applied by more than 4,500 public agencies in the EU Member States.
The Public Service Hall was the first public institution in Georgia to pilot the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) in 2019. UNDP is supporting the introduction of this successful practice for Georgia’s other public agencies.
UNDP’s assistance to the Ministry of Internal Affairs is part of the USD 6 million (GBP 4.5 million) UK-funded support to the Public Administration Reform in Georgia, covering three major directions of the reform: policy development, civil service reform and public service delivery.
With regard to the implementation of Georgia Defence Readiness Programme (GDRP), Defence Ministry of Georgia and the United States European Command (EUCOM) concluded Memorandum of Understanding. Minister of Defence Levan Izoria and Director of Strategy and Policy for U.S. European Command Maj. Gen. David W. Allvin signed the MoU.
Minister Levan Izoria thanked the U.S.official for a vigorous cooperation with and support of Georgia and stressed the significance of the GDRP for the Armed Forces of Georgia.
According to Minister, the MoU envisages strengthening territorial defence capabilities of Georgia, especially in a military training area: “In cooperation with our U.S. partners, we plan to staff, equip and train 9 Georgian battalions to enhance the national defence capabilities and security of the country.
GDRP is being implemented within the Framework Agreement on Security singed between Ministry of Defence of Georgia and the U.S. Department of Defence for 2016-2019.
Prior to signing the Memorandum, Minister hosted Major General David Allvin personally. Chief of the General Staff of the GAF Major General Vladimer Chachibaia, First Deputy Minister of Defence Lela Chikovani, First Deputy Chief of the GS COL Nikoloz Janjgava as well as the Sergeant Major of the GAF Koba Tsirekidze attended the meeting.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with Honourable Minister of Civil Aviation of the Republic of India Sri Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who paid a working visit to Georgia, specifically authorized by his government to hold negotiations on a broad spectrum of issues with the Georgian side.
During the meeting the Georgian Foreign Minister and the Indian Minister of Civil Aviation spoke about important issues relating to bilateral and multilateral relations, including in the areas of trade and economy, investments, transport, education and culture.
The sides positively assessed the bilateral political consultations held at the level of Deputy Foreign Ministers in Tbilisi, on 25 and 26 July as well as co-operation within the framework of the Georgian-Indian Intergovernmental Economic Cooperation Commission, reaffirming the readiness to further promote the fruitful interaction between the sides in the aforesaid formats, as well as towards intensifying parliamentary and people-to-people contacts.
The sides spoke about the necessity of signing an air traffic agreement between Georgia and India in the near future expressing the intention to prepare a document on free trade and carry out a respective feasibility study.
Within the framework of the Indian delegation’s visit to Georgia, bilateral meetings with President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and First Vice Premier, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitri Kumsishvili. Sri Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Dimitri Kumsishvili signed Memorandum of Intent to enhance cooperation between India and Georgia on Civil Aviation Matters.
Minister of Internal Affairs Giorgi Mgebrishvili signed three memorandum of understanding with Minister of Emergency Situations of Kirgizia Kubatbek Boronov and Minister of Interior of Kirgizia Kashkar Junushaliev. Within the frames of the visit of the president of Kirgizia, signing ceremony was held at President’s palace. The mentioned memorandum envisages further enhancement of the existing relations and sharing best practice and experience.
The agreement concluded between the Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia and Kirgizia, also envisages joint fight against trafficking, drugs, crime and illegal migration. On the basis of the memorandum signed with Minister of Emergency Situations, sides agreed to share experience and implementation of the joint projects and trainings.
The third memorandum was concluded between police academies of Georgia and Kirgizia. Memorandum is aimed at converting MIA Academy into an international center and enhancing cooperation to boost qualification. Within the frames of the visit delegation members will also visit Joint Operations Center, 112 and Emergency Situations Agency.
The Memorandum was signed between Georgian and Italian Naval Administrations.
The memorandum was signed between the Naval Administration of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and Italian Naval Administration on competency certificates. According to the agency, it was taken into force on 7 of October.
"The memorandum is another big step forward for the benefit of sailors, which will facilitate and significantly increase their employment potential", - said the agency.
Memorandum of Cooperation concluded between Cyber Security Bureau and State Service of Veterans Affairs
Memorandum of Cooperation was concluded between LEPL Cyber Security Bureau of Ministry of Defence of Georgia and LEPL State Service of Veterans Affairs. Director of Cyber Security Bureau Andrea Gotsiridze and Director of State Service of Veterans Affairs Major General Koba Kobaladze signed the Memorandum.
The goal of the document is promoting a close cooperation between the two entities to foster the integration of veteran warriors into a social life. Under the social rehabilitation program, the veterans will be retrained in the Cyber Security Bureau.
According to Andrea Gotsiridze, the Bureau stands ready to provide training courses for the employees of the State Service of Veterans Affairs as part of the cooperation with other entities. They will be offered the lectures on cyber incidents.
The social rehabilitation and integration of war and military forces` veterans is among the priority areas of Defence Ministry. By concluding the Memorandum, one more step has been taken towards this direction.
The representatives of the State Service of Veterans Affairs viewed the Bureau infrastructure as well and familiarized with the working proces
Welcome to Georgia. I am very glad to be seeing you here and I appreciate your visit and your support to Georgia - with these words Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili addressed the US Secretary of State John Kerry during the Plenary Session of the US-Georgia Strategic Partnership Charter held at the Administration of the Government today.
According to the Prime Minister, enhancement of US Support to Georgia is particularly important in view of upcoming NATO summit.
"We are grateful for the US support to territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia. I am glad that we are holding Plenary Session of the US-Georgia Strategic Partnership Charter. We have prepared tangible deliverables for this session and it is particularly important that we are signing a memorandum on expanding cooperation in defense, security and education areas today. We are glad to be launching new programs within the frames of USAID as well," - Prime Minister indicated.
The US Secretary of State outlined the important reforms carried out in Georgia as well as importance of the US support in this process.
"On behalf of President Obama I would like to express how glad I am to be standing by your side in this journey that you are on during these 25 years of independence - you develop in various directions, You have embraced important reforms and we have great respect for your desire as a country to be able to continue looking in the western direction without punishment, without retribution, without putting your people to anything except a better position. We respect you for that. You have embraced important reforms and you expect elections in the month of October. This will be an important event, significant in terms of affecting the public opinion concerning the way in which Georgia is developing. I am aware that you face security related challenges. We all face the same challenges today. I am extremely pleased to have an opportunity of cooperation within the frames of relevant Memorandum and agreements that will be signed today and we will be given opportunity to announce new programs as well," - John Kerry noted.
The meeting assessed this year's performance of the Charter's working groups in the directions of economy, trade, and energy, as well as democracy and governance.
Priority activities were identified for the Defense and Security and People to People and Cultural Exchange Working Groups.
The parties commended the ongoing activities under the Georgia-US Charter on Strategic Partnership and emphasized that holding plenary sessions on an annual basis allows for top-level discussions on the key directions of strategic partnership.
The Prime Minister of Georgia pointed out that Georgia-US strategic partnership seeks to strengthen security and promote democracy in Georgia and regionally and worldwide alike.
The documents about to be signed at the Government Administration were pointed out, including the Georgia-US Memorandum on Deeper Defense and Security Partnership. The meeting also discussed Georgia-US cooperation in the field of education and the enhancement of the Fulbright Student Program, as well as the Growth Program, a new USAID initiative designed to promote economic growth in Georgia's regions, especially the regions along the occupation line.