On July 13, Gela Dumbadze, the State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues met with the USAID Caucasus, Georgia Mission Director Stephen Haykin. The meeting was attended by Shamena Gaal, USAID Agriculture Department officer and Nina Matiashvili, Chief Advisor to State Minister.
Stephen Haykin expressed appreciation for fruitful cooperation between the two bodies stipulated as well in the signed Memorandum of Understanding; he also got interested in the Stata Office’s future plans.
Gela Dumbadze spoke about the activities undertaken by the State Office, including the May 27-29 First Professional Diaspora Forum within the framework of Georgian Diaspora Days. He stressed the importance of his visit to the US to the “Global Partnership Week” last March and the meetings with Jonathan Katzs, USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia and Andrew O’Brien, Special Representative for Global Partnerships in the State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships (S/GP). At the meetings were outlined the prospects for cooperation, as well as the ways of assistance to Georgian diaspora in the USA.
The meeting discussed the possibilities of involvement of Georgian Diaspora entrepreneurs in the USAID projects; deepening cooperation with the Diaspora to mobilize investment resources and ways of inclusive economic development. The State Minister informed Stephen Haykin about the Global Diaspora Week scheduled for October that will be held in partnership with the International Diaspora Engagement Alliance.