COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Georgia/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.6 Other relevant issues

The policy of support for the Georgian Diaspora is still vague and assistance from the state is very small. Organisational support for the Diaspora is the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its Department for Cultural Heritage and Relations with the Diaspora.

Until 2008, the policy of support of the Georgian diaspora was indistinct and the state assistance was very small. The organisational support of the diaspora was the responsibility of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through its Department for Cultural Heritage and Relations with the Diaspora.

In 2008, the State Minister for the Georgian Diaspora http://www.diaspora.gov.ge was appointed, which together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, develops the policy of support of the diaspora. However, the financing of the State Minister for the Georgian Diaspora is minimal: in 2008 – 200 000 GEL, in 2009 – 43 500 GEL, in 2010 – estimated 45 000 GEL.

Priorities for 2011-2014 - Office of State Minister in Diaspora Affairs of Georgia

Priority 1: Integration of Georgian diaspora in the homeland.

Activities:

  • the annual celebration of the Diaspora day in Georgia and involvement of representatives of the Georgian diaspora in the cultural activities devoted to the Diaspora day;
  • Foundation of Georgian Houses abroad and their support;
  • holding business forums in Georgia and abroad;
  • relation of Georgian companies with diaspora organisations;
  • proposal of investment projects for Georgian businessmen acting abroad; and
  • using the Georgian diaspora ties for attraction of foreign investment to Georgia.

Priority 2: Preservation of education and cultural heritage in the Georgian diaspora

Activities:

  • supply of folklore ensembles with traditional garments and musical instruments;
  • supply of Sunday schools with relevant literature;
  • support of information resources and cultural activities;
  • advancement of Internet connection with the diaspora and development of online projects;
  • creation / popularisation of Georgian TV and other media projects abroad; and
  • promotion of student mobility programmes.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been developing a strategy in this line as well for 2010:

Strategic priority 4: Citizens of Georgia and diaspora abroad

  • travel, study and business abroad; and
  • relations with the diaspora.

Strategic priority 5: Awareness of Georgia

  • objective information campaign; and
  • international cultural cooperation.

The most important priority is "Awareness of Georgia", which is dominant for the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia as well.

Main programmes / activities by priority:

  • conducting an effective information campaign; and
  • intensification of international cultural cooperation.

Expected results:

  • effective opposition to negative propagation;
  • dissemination of timely and objective information about the processes taking place in the country on the international scene;
  • awareness / improvement of the cultural and intellectual potentiality of Georgia; and
  • initiating various projects in cooperation with the UN education, science and culture organisations.

Priorities for 2011-2014 - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Priority: economic and cultural diplomacy

International cultural cooperation plays an important role in the creation of a positive and objective image of Georgia worldwide. Demonstration of national culture and intellectual potentiality may become an effective instrument of foreign policy, which will promote the implementation of foreign political and economic interests through the building of an adequate image of Georgia.

Activities:

  • export support and promotion of Georgian products in new markets;
  • promotion of foreign investments within its competence;
  • promotion of diversification of power supply routes;
  • promotion of Georgian culture and intellectual potentiality abroad; and
  • cooperation in frameworks of BSEC and GUAM.

Other

The Georgian Centre for Relations with Compatriots Residing Abroad was financed, in the amount of 102 200 GEL from the 2006 budget. The establishment of the spiritual-cultural centre for Phereidan Georgians (residing in Iran) was assigned 219 600 GEL. Contacts with the Diaspora of "Georgian Hebrews" in Israel and Muslim Georgians in Turkey are under progress (see chapter 3.4.2). The cultural activity of representatives of Diasporas is also supported by the Foundation of His Holiness and Beatitude, Archbishop of Mtskheta-Tbilisi and Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilya II – "Chveneburebi".

Examples of good practice

YTA.Union
“Diverse Georgia – Civil Society Platform for Cultural Diversity. Elaboration of a Package of the Non-Governmental Sector Recommendations Concerning the Implementation of the Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions” 2015, www.culturaldiversitygeorgia.com
Project is realized in the frames of the PARTICIPATION PROGRAMME, UNESCO.

Project Goal:
Promotion of creative work and diversity of cultural expressions through raising awareness of the civil society and institutional development in the cultural sphere (in line with the Major Programme IV, Strategic Objective 8; Main Line of Action 2).

Project Objectives:
Conducting preparatory work for the implementation of the 2005 Paris Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions:

  • Creation of a database of institutional and human resources;
  • Creation of a platform of non-governmental organisations which will participate in the implementation of the Convention;
  • Elaboration of a package of recommendations on the Convention implementation based on the results of round table and focus group discussions;
  • Promotion of the Convention and UNESCO

Examples of good practice

YTA.Union
“Development of Pilot Scheme for Monitoring Implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions” www.culturaldiversitygeorgia.com
Project is realized in the frames of the PARTICIPATION PROGRAMME, UNESCO.

Project Goal
Promoting the diversity of cultural expressions through monitoring the commitments undertaken by the Georgian Government after ratification of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and by means of raising public awareness (in line with the Major Programme IV, Strategic Objective 8; Main Line of Action 2).

Project Objectives
1. Monitoring of implementation of the 2005 Paris Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural     
    Expressions:

  • development of the Convention implementation monitoring methodology as a result of round tables;
  • development of the implementation monitoring pilot scheme
  • collecting and processing information of the activities implemented in the regions by the non-governmental sector and municipalities in accordance with the Convention;
  • monitoring of the reflection of the Convention in the government strategy by the public sector and monitoring of the practical implementation of the Convention (by selected communities);
  • Information analysis and wrap-up conference;
  1. Promotion of the Convention and UNESCO.

Chapter published: 13-02-2019

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