Welcome to the Rural Development Conference 2019

Georgia Rural Development Policy 2020+ EU Practice into Georgian Reality

Expo Georgia - Exhibition Center – 3rd Pavilion

  • ABOUT

    The conference aims to stimulate a targeted dialogue on EU practices in agricultural and rural development policy and the corresponding institutional framework, and its application in the Georgian context.

    The Conference is organized by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, with the support from the European Union (EU) and in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

    where

    Expo Georgia - Exhibition Center - Tbilisi

    when

    09:00-17:00
    08 April

    Agenda

    • 08 Apr, 2019

    • 08:00 – 08:45
      Registration - Welcome Coffee​
       
    • 09:00 – 09:30

      Opening remarks

      • H.E. Salome Zourabichvili, President of Georgia
      • Levan Davitashvili, Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia
      • H.E. Carl Hartzell, Ambassador of the European Union in Georgia
      • H.E. Louisa Vinton, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative
    • 09:30 – 09:50
      • Levan Davitashvili, Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia
      Introduction of the Rural Development concept in Georgia in the frame of the EU alignment process
    • 09:50 – 10:30
      Dr. Lászlo Sandor Vajda, Former Chief Negotiator for EU accession on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary
       
      Considerations for moving towards the new ARD programming in Georgia based on the EU experience
    • 10:30 – 11:00
      • Markus Hopfner, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism of the Republic of Austria
      Implementing the EU Rural Development Policy - Austrian experience
    • 11:00 – 11:15
      Coffee Break
       
    • 11:15 – 12:45
      Panel discussion and extended time for Q&A

      EU RD Policy Practice into Georgian Reality
      Panel interventions by
      • Levan Davitashvili, Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia
      • Maya Tskitishvili, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia
      • Giorgi Kobulia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
      • Markus Hopfner, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism of the Republic of Austria
      • Dr. Lászlo Sandor Vajda, Former Chief Negotiator on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary for EU accession
      • Nino Evgenidze, Executive Director of Economic Policy Researach Center (EPRC)
    • 12:45 – 14:00
      Lunch Break
    • 14:00 – 14:15
      • Dr. Lászlo Sandor Vajda, Former Chief Negotiator for EU accession on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture of Hungary 
      Experiences with bottom-up approach in the EU
    • 14:15 – 14:45
      • Khatia Tsilosani, Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia
      Outlook to the new, integrated Agriculture and Rural Development Strategy (ARDS) beyond 2020
    • 14:45 – 16:45
      Interactive stakeholder consultation session on Agriculture and Rural Development Strategy 2020+
    • 16:45 - 17:00
      Concluding Remarks
      • Khatia Tsilosani, Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia

    Speakers

    Contact information:



    Eka Naobishvili, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia,
    tel: +995 577 080831,
    email: eka.naobishvili@mepa.gov.ge

    Liliana Gureshidze, UNDP Georgia, Project: Improving Rural Development in Georgia,
    tel: +995 577 343341,
    email: liliana.gureshidze@undp.org

    Media Contact:



    Nana Chinchilakashvili, Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia,
    tel: +995 599 502619,
    email: nana.chinchilakashvili@mepa.gov.ge

    Tamar Khuntsaria, Team Leader, ENPARD Communication Unit, Action Global Communications,
    tel: +995 595 989916,
    email: tamar.k@actionprgroup.com

    Sophie Tchitchinadze, UNDP in Georgia,
    tel: +995 599 196907,
    email: sophie.tchitchinadze@undp.org