Cooperation between the municipalities of Alytus and Georgia Ozurgeti continues
On the first week of July, a delegation from Ozurgeti municipality, Georgia, have visited Alytus district. Alytus District Municipality Administration is implementing the project “Promoting Women’s Social and Economic Empowerment in Ozurgeti: Transfer of Alytus Region Experience”, aimed at improving the social, economic and legal situation of women in the Ozurgeti region.
The delegation from Georgia included Constantine Sharashenidze, Mayor of Ozurgeti Municipality, Nana Tavdumadze, Municipal Assembly Director, Gia Ebralidze, Deputy Governor of Guria Region and members of Municipal Council and Administration.
The Mayor of Alytus District Municipality Algirdas Vrubliauskas welcomed the cooperation and jointly implemented projects.
"We are pleased that our municipalities are cooperating and have successfully implemented various projects funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European Union in the sphere of social and entrepreneurship promotion," said the Mayor.
During an exchange of experience visit, representatives of Ozurgeti municipalities, communities, and women's organizations visited Pivašiūnai, Mikalava, Punia, where guests were presented with examples and opportunities of women's economic and social activity. During the visit, the delegation met representatives of local communities, women's organizations, and participated in the State Day celebration in Daugai.
Guests visited the Alytus Vocational Training Center, where Lithuanian education system was introduced, similarities and differences between countries were discussed. Delegation visited industry and service department, practical and theoretical training rooms. Contacts between the delegation and the school management have been established for possible future cooperation.
Delegation has visited Youth Employment Center, health and recreation centres in Druskininkai. Guests had the opportunity to hear more about the examples of tourism development.
On the last day of the visit, guests have tried the art of ebru at the Alytus Women's Crisis Center. Everyone was fascinated by the thoughts of applying it in their work. Fati Mamiashvili, head of Georgia’s Women’s Crisis Center, shared her impression that it would be a great tool for Georgian women to produce handicrafts at home and start a small business.
Municipalities have been cooperating for 9 years. The partnership between Alytus district and the Ozurgeti municipalities started in 2010. In 2011, municipalities have signed a cooperation agreement in the economic, cultural, educational, tourism and social fields.
The project, worth EUR 20 350, is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme and by the contribution of the Alytus Region and Ozurgeti municipalities.
Information from Alytus District Municipality