[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The official visit of Georgian experts to Kiev, organized by Caucasian House, starts today, January 26. During four days, until January 29, a number of public lectures, round-table discussions as well as meetings with local experts will be held.
The goal of the visit is two-fold. First and more importantly, Georgian experts will share their experience with Ukrainian colleagues regarding the issues that interest the Ukrainian society. Additionally, the Georgian delegation will receive up-to-date information on the current developments in Ukraine directly from the grassroots level, i.e. local NGO representatives and experts.
On January 26, Caucasian House together with its partner organization – Institute of World Policy – will hold a public discussion: “Ukraine-Russia: Conditions of Peaceful Coexistence.” Speakers include Volodymyr Ohryzko, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine (2007-2009) and Georgi Kunadze, Deputy of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia (1991-1993).
On January 27, a round table “Georgian Experience for Ukraine” will be organized with participation of Georgian and Ukrainian experts in order to discuss the issues related to the problems of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and tax reform. Iulia Kharashvili, the Chair of IDP Women Association “Consent”, will speak about Georgia’s experience in dealing with challenges facing IDPs. Samson Uridia, the Head of Foreign Relations Department of the Revenue Service of Georgia, will discuss the opportunities and challenges of tax reform in Georgia. Ukrainian experts will have an opportunity to share their views on these issues for the meeting to be interactive.
For the in-depth study of the current developments in Ukraine, during January 28-29, representatives of Caucasian House, Giorgi Kanashvili and Tato Khundadze will visit Odessa to meet representatives of local NGOs as well as the Odessa branch of the Centre for Strategic Studies under the Auspices of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine. The goal of the meetings is to establish close ties with the local NGOs and think tanks in Odessa. The meetings will discuss the importance of including regions of Ukraine in the peace dialogue on the civil society level.
The visit of Georgian experts in Ukraine is organized within the project Ukraine out of Crisis through the Dialogue implemented by Caucasian House and funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]