Development Minister Müller and Georgia's Prime Minister agree on stepping up vocational education and holding an investment forum

The Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and the German Federal Minister for Development Gerd Müller in Tbilisi

Press release of 15.05.2017 |

TBILISI – Germany will redouble its efforts to support vocational education in Georgia. Development Minister Gerd Müller announced this decision after meeting for talks with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili in Georgia's capital, Tbilisi. The dynamic and reform-oriented republic in the Caucasus is considered to be a pillar of stability in the region. This year, Germany and Georgia are celebrating the resumption of diplomatic relations 25 years ago, when Georgia gained independence.

To mark that anniversary, a ceremony, attended by numerous members of the Georgian government as well as representatives of Germany's and Georgia's private sector, was held at the residence of the German Ambassador. At the ceremony, Minister Müller said: "We are extending a helping hand to the young people of Georgia and intend to focus on creating a brighter future by investing in young people and their vocational education. Georgia can rely on Germany to provide support when it comes to developing the economy, enhancing vocational education and fostering technologies for the future."

Looking ahead to the 2018 Frankfurt Book Fair, at which Georgia will be the guest of honour, Minister Müller and Prime Minister Kvirikashvili agreed to hold a Georgian-German investment forum in Germany next year. The forum will focus on fostering business partnerships and on establishing industry in Georgia.

Minister Müller also inaugurated a new programme for "Private sector development and vocational education in the Southern Caucasus" at a local vocational college. The college, with help from German companies, will train young women and men in various trades such as drywall construction, painting and plastering, welding and electrical work. With this support, Germany wants to help give young people living in Georgia better employment prospects in their own country.

Youth unemployment in Georgia is high, while at the same time there is a shortage of skilled workers in construction and the tourism industry. Experts are convinced that establishing a dual (school-based and on-the-job) training system will be key to triggering further positive development in this Caucasian country. Around 250 German companies currently have operations in Georgia.

At the celebrations marking 25 years of development cooperation between Georgia and Germany, Minister Müller underlined that the Federal Republic of Germany would continue to support reform processes in the countries of the South Caucasus region.

As part of its Caucasus Initiative, the BMZ is working closely with its partners on fostering sustainable economic development in Georgia, as well as on setting up administrative structures at local level and reforming the judicial system.

After the break-up of the Soviet Union, Germany was the first country to recognise Georgia as an independent state. Today, it is Georgia's second most important trading partner, behind the US. Aided by the support it has been receiving under an EU association and free trade agreement, Georgia, despite its problems, has been on a dynamic and reform-oriented course and is seeking to work even more closely with the EU and NATO

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