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The conference will be-co-chaired by the European Commission and the World Bank and co-hosted together with the French Presidency and the incoming Czech Presidency of the Council of the European Union on October 22, in Brussels.
The purpose of the conference is to mobilize a critical mass of external assistance to support the country in the reconstruction of damaged infrastructure, reintegration of internally displaced people and in accelerating Georgia's recovery from the impact of the August 2008 conflict on its economy. Over the past five years, Georgia has pursued a challenging programme of institutional and policy reforms, which have resulted in a sustained high level of economic growth and in the strengthening of key institutions. The Government of Georgia will have the opportunity to confirm its strong commitment to furthering this agenda to ensure the country’s rapid and sustained development in the years ahead. Donors will also discuss delivery mechanisms and principles of donor coordination.
To guide the discussion, a group of international institutions are preparing a Joint Needs Assessment (JNA). The JNA exercise is being coordinated by the World Bank with the participation of the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations. The Government of Georgia has been closely involved in the work of the JNA. Following a mission of experts during September 8-21, the report is in the process of being finalized.
Participation at the conference is by invitation only, for press arrangements please follow the media advisory.
Latest news & speeches:
EU assistance fact sheet: GEORGIA 22/10/08
Speech: Donors conference for Georgia: time to walk our talk - Benita Ferrero-Waldner22/10/08
Speech: Opening of the International Donors' Conference for Georgia - José Manuel Barroso 22/10/08
Announcement of Donor's Conference 16/10/08