LDA Georgia Board Meeting at the Hotel de Ville of Strasbourg
On 20th November the LDA Georgia Board Meeting took place in Strasbourg. The LDA Georgia delegation was composed by Mrs. Nino Tvaltvadze, Executive Director of LDA Georgia, Mr. Nodari Jikia, GYLA Kutaisi Branch’s Program Director, Mr. Shota Murgulia, Kutaisi city Mayor, and Mr. David Megrelishvili, Head of the Division “Foreign Relations and International Projects” of Kutaisi.
Mrs. Tvaltvadze presented a report on the situation of the LDA Georgia and its activities in the last year and a half (July 2014 – November 2015), and in particular the six projects implemented by the LDA Georgia: “Kutaisi: IT WORKS”, “Protected voice guarantee of effective self-governance”, “IMERY – Joint Initiative of Municipalities of Imereti Regions”, “Mobilized Civil Society for Local Democracy”, “The way forward for reforms in the housing sector: empowering grass-root homeowners associations in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine” and “Vision of New Generation”. A video displaying the great achievements of the projects was shown, pointing out the considerable engagement of citizens in the society and the effort of LDA Georgia in involving the members of the community in public life.
The LDA Georgia delegation also took part in some relevant international events such as the Club de Strasbourg Meeting this week and the World Forum on Local Economic Development in Torino (October 2015). Furthermore, a visit to the LDA Armenia was conducted, fostering the cooperation between the two countries (September 2014).
Finally, the LDA Georgia sent some of its representatives to Italy to get involved into the project “EYES – European Youth Environment Sentinels” and “All ways we…”. EYES was implemented by ALDA in Vicenza and it aimed to put the civic participation of young Europeans at the service of health and environment. The second project, “All ways we…” was a youth exchange project which aimed at reducing and helping to eradicate discrimination, encourage discussion and improve practical skills.
Thus, 2015 really represented a “re-launch” year for the LDA Georgia and essential results were achieved thanks to the projects aforementioned.
The meeting also represented an occasion for sharing ideas and discussing proposals for 2016 with Anne-Laure Joedicke, Project Manager MENA Region of ALDA, and the delegations from the cities of Strasbourg and Tbilisi. The former was formed by Mr. Clément Dolisi, European Affairs Of-ficer, Mr. Julien Chiappone-Lucchesi, Director of European and International Relations; and the second by Mrs. Lika Davitadze, Head of International Department of the city of Tbilisi, and Mrs. Lali Ounaphkochvili, Service international.