One of the six press conferences of ADAMI Media Prize for Cultural Diversity in Eastern Europe was held in Tbilisi on 16th September 2015 at the Europe House. Its objective was to present the idea behind this new initiative and launch of the international media competition awarding outstanding films, TV and online programs promoting cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.
Under the EU-funded More for More project, IOM has procured an online subscription for the Keesing Document Checker for the Georgian Ministry of Justice’s Public Service Development Agency (PSDA). The subscription will be used by the Agency’s officials dealing with the identity documents and will assist in enhancing knowledge of information about passports from around the world.
During a ceremony hosted by the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), IOM and the MFA signed a Deed of Donation about the transfer of ownership of the Consular E-Management Service System. This signature ceremony marks the culmination of five years of close cooperation between IOM and the Georgian authorities in enhancing the latter’s capacities to manage readmission and offer a comprehensive online consular service package to Georgian citizens abroad.
CRISIS SITUATIONS ARE LABORATORIES FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKERS
By Ambassador William Lacy Swing
When disaster strikes, the humanitarian community rushes to respond. We mobilize resources, activate response mechanisms, send doctors, search and rescue teams, logisticians, counsellors, engineers, equipment, tarpaulins, food, medicine and water. All the paraphernalia of an emergency response, swings into action, to conflict zones, natural calamities, or man-made disasters.
IOM has procured six online subscriptions for the Keesing Document Checker for the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs. The subscriptions are for three key border checkpoints including Tbilisi airport, the forensic laboratories in Tbilisi and Batumi and also for the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
With European Union funding under the “More for More” project and at the request of the Ministry of Interior (MIA) and the Public Service Development Agency (PSDA) of the Ministry of Justice, IOM trained 15 officials in Presentational Skills from 7-9 and 21-23 July 2015 respectively.
The #MigrantHeroes Smartphone FilmCompetition is a new IOM initiative to collect films shot on smartphones that tell migrant stories from around the world. Selected films will compete for the 5th Olleh International Smartphone Film Festival (OISFF)’s special “Migrant Heroes Prize.” IOM is officially sponsoring the OISFF in 2015.
Deadline: 17 August, 13:00
Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM’s Border Management Specialist Mark Richmond delivered a two day training course from 1 - 2 July 2015 at the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia (POG) in Tbilisi. State Prosecutors from locations across Georgia were present along with representatives of the Border Police, Patrol Police, Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Georgian Revenue Service.
On 30 June – 1 July 2015, jointly with the Office for the State Minister of Georgia for Diaspora Issues and Public Service Development Agency, IOM organized a Migration for Development workshop in Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel in Tbilisi. IOM engaged participants in discussions on financial literacy and remittance services and on mainstreaming migration into national development plans.
Under the EU-funded More for More project IOM responded to a specific training request from the Migration Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. With vast experience of managing centres in the Netherlands Greg Pidakos shared his knowledge in such matters as developing SOPs, conflict avoidance and increasing good communication between those working and staying in the centre.