The Georgian Foreign Ministry hosts the annual forum “Strong Diaspora for United Georgia” dedicated to the Diaspora Day. The forum due to last for two days aims to deepen cooperation with Georgian citizens living abroad, to ensure their active involvement in efforts to further develop the country and to solve the problems facing the Georgian Diaspora abroad.
The forum was officially opened by Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani. The President of Georgia, Prime Minister, Chairman of the Parliament, Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, Chair of Parliamentary Committee on Diaspora and Caucasus Issues Beka Odisharia.
The Foreign Minister identified EU integration and visa liberalization as main topics of discussions during the forum. Zalkaliani highlighted the importance of coordination with Diaspora representatives.
In the words of Zalkaliani, all embassies functioning in the EU countries are in close relations with Diaspora organizations as their involvement is particularly important.
Discussions during the forum will focus on the use of Diaspora knowledge and experience to the benefit of the country, as well as on state programmes designed to promote Diaspora initiatives. The event will be attended by heads of Diaspora organizations, representatives of the Georgian government, academic and business communities, non-governmental and international organizations.
Within the framework of the event, focus meetings will be held in the areas of education, culture, business, public diplomacy and other areas.
Various cultural events will also be held on the sidelines of the forum. In particular, Diaspora representatives will lay down a wreath at the memorial of heroes fallen for the unity of Georgia. The forum will attract up to 400 guests, including 120 Diaspora representatives from 25 countries. The forum will be held under the aegis of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the support of the IOM and the ICMPD.