“During that time we have carried out more than 300 projects in areas such as good governance, regional development, human capital and crisis management. Now is the time to build on this solid foundation by developing another, modern dimension of development cooperation with Georgia,” said the deputy foreign minister.
Deputy Minister Joanna Wronecka met with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikheil Janelidze, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Science Aleksandre Jejelava, Minister of Labour, Health and Social Affairs David Sergeenko and Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Zurab Alavidze. The Polish deputy foreign minister also met with deputy ministers of internal affairs. The main purpose of the meetings was to review the existing cooperation and discuss directions of future activity.
The MFA deputy head emphasized Georgia’s key position as Poland’s partner in the South Caucasus region, also with regard to development cooperation. She praised the determination with which the Georgian authorities have been implementing the process of Georgia’s integration with the EU structures despite the challenges now facing the European Union. “Poland supports Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations and wants to aid Tbilisi in its efforts to build a strong and prosperous Georgia. “Development cooperation brings added value to this process,” Deputy Minister Wronecka told Georgia’s top diplomat Mikheil Janelidze.
The deputy minister also declared that the MFA is prepared to continue supporting efforts of the Georgian society in such areas as implementing the association agreements, crisis management, reforming pre-school education, implementing regional development policy and developing a system of support for people at risk of social exclusion. She also pointed to the need for a new approach to development projects, specifically to strengthen the role of women in the society and to create conditions for long-lasting professional activation of vulnerable people.
The Polish-Georgian development cooperation dialogue, taking place on 9-10 October 2017, provides an opportunity to visit the places where development projects funded by Polish Aid are carried out. The deputy minister met with the staff and residents of a crisis centre for domestic violence victims and the staff and residents of a care centre for disabled persons run by the Camillian Fathers. Poland believes it is important to support groups at risk of social exclusion and has been carrying out pilot initiatives in Georgia to address their needs for years. Deputy Minister Joanna Wronecka also visited Gori, where the Marshal Józef Piłsudski Square revitalization is underway.