Migration and development

Georgia - Workshop on the interrelations between public policies, migration and development

 

 Organised by the OECD Development Centre and the European Commission

2 Sanapiro str. Tbilisi Public Service Hall

 25 July 2013

 

Agenda

08:45 – 09:00    Registration

 

09:00 – 09:30    Opening remarks

  • Boris Iarochevity, Deputy head of Delegation, European Union to Georgia
  • Levan Samadashvili, Chair of the Public Service Development Agency, Ministry of Justice
  • Konstantine Surguladze, State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues
  • Konstantine Elizbarashvili, Deputy Head of Reforms and Development Agency, Ministry of Internal Affairs

 

09:30 – 10:30    Session I – Interrelations between public policies and migration: conceptual framework

Presenters:

  • David Khoudour, Head of the Migration and Skills Unit, OECD Development Centre
  • Hyeshin Park, Policy Analyst, OECD Development Centre

Focus of the session

This initial session set the stage for the workshop by presenting the OECD Development Centre’s project on the interrelations between public policies, migration and development of partner countries. The presentation covered the project’s objectives as well as a conceptual framework on the different interactions between public policies, migration and development.

 

10:30 – 10:50    Coffee break

 

10:50 – 12:30    Session II – Analysis of the migration-development nexus in Georgia

Chair: Irma Tsereteli, Programme "Migration for development" (CIM/GIZ) 

Presenters:

  • Irina Badurashvili, Georgian Centre of Population Research
  • Nino Parsadanishvili, Tbilisi State University
  • Tamar Zurabishvili, Tbilisi State University Center for Social Sciences

Focus of the session

Migration can be an important enabler for development, but it can also prevent emigration countries from adopting adequate structural reforms. This session focused on both the benefits and costs of migration in terms of economic and social development.

 

12:30 – 13:30    Lunch break

 

13:30 – 15:10    Session III – From migration to development: policy and institutional co-ordination

Chair: Ilyana Derilova, Chief of IOM Mission in Georgia

Presenters:

  • Konstantine Elizbarashvili, Deputy Head of Reforms and Development Agency, Ministry of Internal Affairs
  • George Jashi, Executive Secretary of the State Commission on Migration Issues
  • Ana Mchedlishvili, Chief specialist of the Ministry of  Education and Science
  • Mikheil Skhiereli, State Minister's office on Diaspora issues of Georgia

Focus of the session

This session focused on the current migration policies in Georgia. In particular, it examined public policies and institutional programmes that foster the human development of migrants and the development potential of emigration. During the session, participants also discussed institutional co-ordination between policies and programmes, emigration policies and how countries of emigration such as Georgia tackle the issue of immigration. 

 

15:10 – 15:40    Coffee break

 

15:40 – 17:10    Session IV: Identifying knowledge gaps and defining research priorities

Chair: David Khoudour, OECD Development Centre

Panellists:

  • Ia Dadunashvili, GEPRA and Targeted Initiative Georgia
  • Tsisnami Sabadze, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development
  • Gocha Sirbiladze, Civil Development Agency (CiDA)
  • Maia Tsereteli, Employment Agency Association
  • Mirian Tukhashvili, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

Focus of the session

This session focused on identifying knowledge gaps on the interrelations between public policies and migration as well as on prioritising the sectors on which the project should focus in Georgia. 

 

17:10 – 17:30    Closing remarks and next steps

  • Ketevan Gomelauri, Deputy Chair of the Public Development Agency, Ministry of Justice
  • David Khoudour, OECD Development Centre

 

17:30 – 18:30    Cocktail