The World Bank and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia launched a two-day (22-23 June) knowledge sharing event between Poland and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine as a part of a “Poland as a Global Development Partner project”.
In the opening session the participants were welcomed by Deputy Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Ambassador of Poland Andrzej Cieszkowski, Head of Polish MFA Development Cooperation Department Zuzanna Kierzkowska as well as the World Bank Regional Director for the South Caucasus Henry Kerali.
The specific objective of the event is an exchange of experience between high-level technical decision-makers in Poland and the group of Eastern Partnership countries.
In addition to specific exchanges of experience, this event is expected to promote more contact between high-level technical experts and decision-makers among these countries. This process will add to ongoing bilateral efforts by: focusing on economic reform issues, in particular empowering local institutions to provide better public services and assuring macroeconomic and financial stability and providing a forum for a mutual exchange of experiences.
“We are gathered here today not only because of Poland’s accomplishments during the last 25 transition years, but because looking forward - Poland is expected to play an increasingly significant role on the global development scene, by influencing debates internationally and within the EU, sharing its successful experience of economic transition, and supporting global development efforts. The main topic of today’s seminar – decentralization – was a cornerstone of Poland’s success and is now high on the reform agenda in Eastern Partnership countries.” said Andrzej Cieszkowski, Ambassador of Poland to Georgia.