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Brussels, 16 October 2008

Donor's Conference for Georgia – Brussels, 22nd of October 2008

The European Commission and the World Bank will co-chair, and the French and the Czech Presidencies of the Council will co-host a Donors’ Conference for Georgia at ministerial level on 22 October 2008 in Brussels. The purpose of the conference is to mobilise external assistance to support the country in the reconstruction of damaged infrastructure, reintegration of internally displaced people and in accelerating Georgia's recovery from the impact of the August 2008 conflict on its economy as well as improving the security of Georgia's energy infrastructure. EU Member States, third countries, international financial institutions and international organisations will participate in the conference.

At the invitation of the Georgian government, a post conflict needs assessment coordinated by the World Bank and the United Nations developed estimates of the financial assistance required to address the losses caused by the conflict and to re-establish the conditions for a return to sustained growth. Further participants in this needs assessment mission were the Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and the International Finance Corporation. As a result the Joint Needs Assessment has made an estimate of $ 3¼ billion (€2.38 billion) needed over a three year period to cover budget support, social sector support and infrastructure development.

Co-chaired by External Relations and Neighbourhood Policy Commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner and World Bank Vice-President Shigeo Katsu, the conference will include key note statements by Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg and Georgian Prime Minister Lado Gurgenidze.

The media is invited to the following events:

09.30-10.15: Opening of the Conference and Introductory speeches:

  • Opening of the Conference by Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner
  • Welcoming address by Commission President José Manuel Barroso
  • Introductory speech by Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner
  • Introductory speech by French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner
  • Introductory speech by Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg
  • Introductory speech by Presentation by World Bank Vice-President Shigeo Katsu

Venue: European Commission, Charlemagne Conference Room S3 "Alcide de Gasperi", Rue de la Loi 70

15.30-16:00 : Press conference

Venue: European Commission, Charlemagne Conference Room S3 "Alcide de Gasperi", Rue de la Loi 70

Europe by Satellite will cover the Opening and the Introductory Statements as well as the Press Conference.

Accreditation of journalists:

Members of the Media, even those accredited to the Commission wishing to attend any of the media events should contact Mr. Alexander Rowland, Joint European Commission / World Bank Office, phone: +32 2 504 0990, fax: +32 2 504 0999, Email: . Georgian press should contact Ms. Inga Paichadze, World Bank Tbilisi office, phone: 995 32 913096 (ext. 246), fax: 995 32 913478, Email: Please send your request with a photocopy of your press card no later than Monday 20 October.

All media need to register and collect special passes on Wednesday 22 October from the press desk in the Charlemagne lobby from 8h00. Access will be granted to the opening remarks, after which all journalists are requested to leave the conference room. Journalists will be allowed to re-enter the room for the press conference to be held at 15:30.

No workplaces can be provided in the Charlemagne conference centre and journalists who are not accredited to the Commission but who would like to use the WiFi zone or a computer in the Berlaymont Press centre should indicate this when registering.

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