Under the EU funded More for More project IOM continued its support to the Georgian Public Service Development Agency in the field of document examination including civil registration documents. From 20 - 24 June two experts from the Dutch government led the training in Tbilisi for 27 officials of the Public Service Development Agency along with Public Service Hall officials from Tbilisi, Rustavi, Gori and Zugdidi and PSDA Community Centre officials from Sartichala and Sadakhlo.
The initial three days were led by Mr. Jody Schuurman from the Royal Dutch Marechaussee and were devoted to identity document examination including in-depth analysis of printing techniques and the personalization of identity documents. The final two days of training were delivered by Mr. Eric Geestman from the Identity and Document Investigation Unit of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service and covered civil registration documents including the handling of documents issued in foreign countries.
“The training was very useful for us, the officials of the Public Service Development Agency who process dozens of ID documents, passports and residence cards of Georgian citizens and foreigners every day. We are very thankful to our partner organization IOM who brought experienced trainers from Dutch governmental services to share their experience and knowledge. We will pass this knowledge on to those of our colleagues who could not directly benefit from this training,” said Miranda Arabidze, Head of the Civil Acts and Population Registration Unit of the Public Service Development Agency.