Tbilisi: The Parliamentary Delegation of Georgia and the Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Diaspora and Serbs Living in the Region of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, Milimir Vujadinovic held discussions on the current situation in the Serbian and Georgian diasporas. The parties also discussed the challenges faced by the Georgian and Serbian diasporas and ways to solve them.
Beka Odisharia, Chairman of the Diaspora and Caucasus Affairs Committee, represented the Georgian Parliamentary Delegation at the meeting, which also included Nodar Turdzeladze, the deputy chairman of the same committee, Gela Samkharauli, the first deputy chairman of the Agrarian Affairs Committee, and Ilia Koberidze, the temporary representative of Georgian affairs in the Republic of Serbia.
As the Serbian side noted, about half of Serbs live abroad, and the state tries its best to maintain cordial ties with the diaspora.
At the same time, the Georgian parliamentarians introduced to their colleagues the projects implemented in Georgia that mainly aimed at solving diaspora problems; in particular, they talked about diaspora grant programs, organizing forums and gatherings for diaspora representatives employed in the field of modern technologies and IT, supporting Sunday schools, young ambassadors and folk ensembles.
The efforts of the Georgian government, the ruling team and the parliament in terms of the involvement of the diaspora in the country’s development were also noted during the meeting.
At the meeting, the officials also discussed the introduction of the Irish model of relations with the diaspora. In the end, the parties at the meeting agreed to hold consultations on diaspora projects and further deepen the cooperation.