U.S. Government Meets with Local Government, Civil Society, and Entrepreneurs in Kakheti

Monday, March 16, 2020
Meeting with the next generation of civic leaders
USAID

USAID/Georgia Mission Director Peter Wiebler, USAID/Georgia Democracy, Governance & Social Development Office Director Adam Schmidt, and other USAID representatives met with local Government officials, civil society partners, and entrepreneurs in Kakheti over March 12 and March 13.

On March 12, Mr. Wiebler met with Kakheti Governor Irakli Kadagishvili, Telavi Mayor Shota Nareklishvili, and members of the Telavi Sakrebulo.  In two separate meetings, Mr. Wiebler affirmed the U.S. Government’s continued support for strengthened local governance and economic development.  The discussions focused on recent USAID-supported participatory budgeting activities and future plans to partner with local government in Telavi and Lagodekhi Municipalities.

On March 12 and March 13, USAID representatives met with local civil society activists working to strengthen elections and political processes in Kakheti with support from USAID.  That included a visit to the Telavi Democracy School established by the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy. Democracy School alumni presented their proposals for improving public services in Telavi and the surrounding communities.  Following the meeting, USAID representatives joined members of the Telavi-based Women Entrepreneurs’ Club for a discussion on women’s economic empowerment and how local businesses can contribute to local policy debates. 

Mr. Wiebler also participated in a roundtable with Kakheti-based representatives of the Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy, Transparency International Georgia, and the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy.  Following the roundtable, USAID representatives met with youth participants in USAID’s Promoting Integration, Tolerance, and Awareness program, where they discussed how young people can lead Georgia’s democratic, social, and economic development. 

The trip concluded with a visit to the Knowledge Cafe in Tsnori, a USAID-supported civic space for residents of mountainous Kakheti.  During a discussion with Knowledge Cafe founder Nana Bagalishvili, Mr. Wiebler learned more about the priorities of local citizens and discussed how USAID programs can continue to support civil society in Kakheti.   

 

Last updated: March 16, 2020

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