International Donors' Conference for Georgia: extracts from the opening speeches

Type: Report   Reference: I-059256   Duration: 10:53:33  Lieu:
End production: 22/10/2008   First transmission: 22/10/2008
The European Commission and the World Bank invited international donors and financial institutions to a Donors' Conference for Georgia on 22 October 2008 in Brussels. They called for pledges to mobilise external assistance to support the country in the reconstruction of damaged infrastructures, reintegration of internally displaced people and in accelerating Georgia's economy recovery from the impact of the August conflict. The European Commission promised an assistance package of up to 500 million Euros over three years, depending on the pace of recovery and the evolution of the Georgian economy. José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, said that Georgia needed now additional assistance and that the world had to respond to the need and help Georgia to get back on track in its transition to democracy and economic reforms. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, explained that this assistance would focus on three points: rebuilding confidence in the Georgian economy; boosting investment in critical infrastructure, including energy; and providing food, shelter and other basic services to thousands of internally displaced A Joint Needs Assessment made an estimation of 2.3 billion Euros to cover budget support, social sector support and infrastructure development. EU Member States, third countries, international financial institutions and international organisations participated in the conference.

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10:49:43 Title 00:00:04
10:49:48 Views of the Donors' conference for Georgia: arrivals (9 shots) 00:00:43
10:50:31 José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in ENGLISH) saying that what they decide at this conference really matters; simply put, it is what he would describe as the moral imperative to help a neighbour in need; the European neighbourhood policy is more than words, it is about actions; Georgia needs now additional assistance and the EU must respond to the need and help Georgia to get back on track in its transition to democracy and economic reforms 00:00:25
10:50:56 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:51:01 José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that of course it is very important in terms of solidarity, but it is also a way of helping themselves too; they need to give themselves at this conference the means to deliver this assistance to Georgia that is crucial for its future stability; he is therefore delighted to confirm that the European Commission will provide a package of up to 500 million Euros over three years for Georgia's post conflict recovery 00:00:28
10:51:29 Cutaway 00:00:07
10:51:36 Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, (in ENGLISH) saying that the Commission's assistance will focus on three points; first, rebuilding confidence in the Georgian economy; second, boosting investment in critical infrastructure, including energy; and third, providing food, shelter and other basic services to thousands of internally displaced 00:00:23
10:51:59 Cutaway 00:00:05
10:52:04 Benita Ferrero-Waldner (in ENGLISH) saying that they also want to help the populations of South Ossetia and Abkhazia; they will engage where there is real need based on expert assessments and the final amount of the package will be contingent on the recovery and evolution of the Georgian economy which they will review over the next 12 months 00:00:26
10:52:30 Cutaway 00:00:02
10:52:32 Bernard Kouchner, French Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and President in office of the Council, (in FRENCH) saying that it is a political proof, it is not just a proof of charity or solidarity, it is a political proof that the EU is standing by Georgia 00:00:12
10:52:44 Cutaway 00:00:06
10:52:50 Shigeo Katsu, Shigeo Katsu, Vice-President of the World Bank for Europe and Central Asia Region, (in ENGLISH) saying that as an international community they are now coming together a second time to provide support to Georgia, to address the immediate post-conflict needs and to do so on a scale and in a manner that enables this country to sustain its impressive reform performance; they simply cannot afford to lose ground in the many areas where hard won development gains have been so impressive; they cannot afford to relax their fight against poverty where Georgia had started to make progress; it is the people of Georgia who all will benefit from their progress at the conference 00:00:43
10:53:33 Cutaway 00:00:03
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