Monday, 27 May 2013

Visegrad Group and International Development Cooperation Towards Africa

On 16th May 2013 the Slovak NGDO Platform MVRO and Partners for Democratic Change Slovakia (PDCS) welcomed, in cooperation with their Visegrad 4 (V4) partners from the Czech Republic (People in Need), Hungary (DemNet Foundation) and Poland (Polish Humanitarian Action) participants to the conference “Visegrad Group and International Development Cooperation towards Africa”.

The event was held under the auspices of the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Slovak Parliament František Šebej and took place at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. The conference aimed at searching synergies among development activities of V4 countries in Africa. It was opened by the State Secretary of the MFaEA SR Peter Burian, the member of the National Council of the Slovak Republic František Šebej and the Chairwoman of the Slovak NGDO Platform Zuzana Fialová.

Before the panel discussions, main findings of the report based on the predecessor conference Visegrad Countries in International Development Cooperation, which took place in January 2013, were introduced. In the panel discussions representatives of the national parliaments of V4 countries as well as the European Parliament, executive bodies and the International Visegrad Fund discussed further possibilities of V4 cooperation with African countries. In the last panel representatives of V4 academia and NGOs discussed the involvement of private sector in development cooperation and shared experience from their countries.

To introduce the panel a video interview with a Slovak company active in Kenya was shown.
The programme of the conference can be found here.

On 18th May 2013, PDCS in cooperation with the Society Development Institute and the Slovak NGDO Platform organized a celebration of the Africa Day in the Medická záhrada (Medical Garden) in Bratislava. Visitors had an opportunity to discover the diversity of languages, literature and cuisine of some of the African countries. The events were supported by the European Union (V4 Aid - United Support for Millennium Development Goals project) and the International Visegrad Fund.

Information provided by Andrea Girmanova, MVRO - Slovak NGDO Platform

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