Local Democracy Agency Office in Kutaisi
The association of the Local Democracy Agencies (ALDA) made a decision to open the first LDA outside South East Europe in Kutaisi. The Kutaisi-Newport Twinning played a great role for this decision and we are proud that the Association will be involved into the ALDA activity. On February 21, a meeting of potential partners of the new Agency was held in the premises of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Representatives of the cities of Nantes Strasbourg (France) and Newport (UK) together with the Mayor of Kutaisi and Chair of the KNIA, M. Megrelishvili and other local partners from Georgia gathered to discuss an action plan of the opening and future activities of the Agency. The meeting was also attended by the representatives of KS the Norwegian Association of Municipalities; Nalag, the Association of Georgian Municipalities as well as by Permanent Representatives of the member countries of the Council of Europe. The LDA office in Kutaisi will be opened by summer 2006. The first projects foreseen include women and youth improvement, local capacity building in the areas of participatory planning processes, waste management, budget management, local economic development and the exchange of best practices with the international partners. Through 2006 ALDAs communication and press work will be focused on Georgia to raise the visibility of the new Agency. On 31 May 2006, an information day ''Georgia: Two years after the Rose Revolution" will be organized in Strasbourg also participate itself in conferences and seminars related to Georgia.