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“Not the end, but the beginning of something new”: Final Conference of the Project „Strengthening the development potential of the EU mobility partnership in Georgia through targeted circular migration and diaspora mobilization” in Tbilisi, Georgia
In the year of 2009, Georgia concluded Mobility Partnership with EU – this was an important step to better use the chances of Migration for Development for the country of South Caucasus. With the objective, to realize the partnership, the Global Programme “Migration for Development (PME) implements a project funded by EU and BMZ from May 2013 to May 2016 „Strengthening the development potential of the EU mobility partnership in Georgia through targeted cicular migration and diaspora mobilization“.
The project is implemented by the partners from Georgia – Public Service Development Agency and Georgian Small and Medium Enterprises Association (GSMEA). On April 26, the project partners and stakeholders gathered for final conference of the project in Tbilisi, with the aim to discuss the project final results and lessons learnt, also to present to the public future cooperation plans and activities.
The conference was opened by Mr. George Jashi, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the State Commission on Migration Issues, Mrs. Maria Schäfer, Country Director of GIZ Office South Caucasus and Mr. Günther Taube, Head of Department „Global Partnerships“of the field Sector and Global Programme. In his final presentation Mr. Benjamin Wösten highlighted the project achievements, which had a large target group at different levels – migrants in Germany and Georgia, employers, political decision-makers and totaled more than 3.300 beneficiaries in general.
The project activities were focused on developing best practices and recommendations with the objective to assist Georgia to use the development potential of the EU Mobility partnership. Diaspora mobilization, circular migration between Georgia and Germany and migration policy advice have been the core components of the project. Through the provided funding from EU and BMZ, the project managed to expand the activities of PME as well as pilot new approaches of the migration management.
An important milestone of the conference was the “external view” as presented by the evaluators of the project, as well as by the migrants, employers and political decision makers. As the returned entrepreneur, who received support from the project, expressed: „Due to the Soviet past, the country of Georgia has still difficulties with own initiatives and Innovations. The country needs the knowledge and experience which we have accumulated abroad, in Germany. And we need investment in the country to be made by such people. In order to reach this purpose and to motivate me to accomplish my business idea in Georgia, the project has provided me with all the necessary networking and informative assistance“.
Of course an important question of sustainability was discussed actively during the final conference. In order to have the sustainable achievements, the project used the final conference as a forum to discuss important lessons learnt and best practices. The project staff members have envisaged respective project components of “Circular Migration, “Start-up Support for Returning Migrants”, and “Diaspora Mobilization” in their presentations.
The event was followed by a media event , where the follow-up phase and approaches of the project have been presented: a cooperation project between the PME of Global Programme, Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia and Secretariat of the State Commission on Migration Issues/Public Service Development Agency about circular labour migration; a project with the State Minister’s Office for Diaspora Issues about financial literacy and remittances and adaptation of the Start-up component of PME about supporting returned migrants. Respective MoUs are already agreed between the parties content-wise and will be signed officially in the nearest future.
You can find pictures of the event here
You can find project digest document here
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- Alumniportal Group "Making Migration work for Georgia"
- EU Mobility Partnership Georgia (Cimonline)
- Public Service Development Agency
- Georgian Small & Medium Enterprises Association
- Programme Migration for Development
- Returning Experts
- Business Ideas for Development
- Centre for International Migration and development (CIM)
- The Office of the State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues
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