17/09/2013 - The Slovak Republic has become the 27th member of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), the leading international forum for bilateral providers of development co-operation.
| Peter Burian, State Secretary of the Slovak Republic’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General and DAC Chair Erik Solheim.
Slovakia’s accession to the DAC comes after a period of rapid expansion in its development activities, notably growth of official development assistance (ODA) from $28 million to $92 million over the 2004-08 period. Its bilateral assistance is concentrated in the Balkans and Eastern Europe, as well as in several low-income countries including Kenya, South Sudan and Afghanistan. Projects and programmes focus on building democratic institutions and a market economy, as well as on promoting social, economic and infrastructure development. The Slovak Republic’s multilateral assistance is mainly channelled through the European Union.
“I am convinced that our accession to the DAC will further reinforce the Slovak Republic’s progress in its development work,” said Peter Burian, State Secretary at the Slovak Republic’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. “Moreover, as a relatively new donor, Slovakia can also bring fresh insights to the DAC´s deliberations.”
DAC Chair Erik Solheim said the Slovak Republic’s membership will bring many benefits to the Committee. “I strongly believe that Slovakia has much to contribute to the DAC´s work, by sharing valuable knowledge and experience acquired during its transition to a market economy and its integration with the European Union,” Mr Solheim said. “We are looking for new dimensions that Slovakia can bring to the Committee’s discussions.”
The Slovak Republic is the third OECD member to join the DAC in 2013, following the accession of Iceland on 14 March and the Czech Republic on 14 May. “Our goal is that all OECD countries, present and future, will become DAC members,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “We will support this process in any way we can,” Mr Gurria said during Slovakia’s accession ceremony.
Further information on Slovak Republic’s accession to DAC is available at: http://www.oecd.org/dac/peer-reviews/slovakia.htm and about the OECD Development Assistance Committee at: http://www.oecd.org/dac/
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