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Germany supports Georgia’s Defence Institution

By Messenger Staff
Monday, September 12
Germany’s Ambassador to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), Hans-Dieter Lucas, has stated that his country would allocate half a million euros for building Georgia’s Defence Institution Building School (DIB School).

The DIB School is an initiative of the Substantial NATO Georgia Package (SNGP), a set of 13 capacity building measures aimed at strengthening Georgia’s defence capabilities and advancing preparations towards Georgia's eventual NATO membership.

The Ambassador also announced Germany would send a project coordinator for the School.

The School will be built on the foundations of the Defence Ministry’s Professional Development Centre, which has provided training courses to hundreds of security professionals since 2012 with NATO support.

The School’s establishment will be implemented in several phases.

It will continue to be supported by NATO capacity-building programmes such as the Professional Development Programme, Building Integrity Programme, and Defence Capacity Building Trust Fund.

The Defence Institution Building School is applying modern and NATO compatible approaches to education and training, and aspires to become a NATO-accredited Georgian institution, with links to NATO and partner states’ institutions.

The Defence Institution Building School is seen to support the ongoing reforms of the Georgian security sector by contributing to change in four main priority areas:

Good Governance and Management of the Security Sector -the School will promote the further professionalization of the personnel of the Ministry of Defence and Georgian Armed Forces in order to improve the quality of governance and management, and the institutionalised development of Georgia’s security sector.

Security and Defence Policy- the School will provide space for information exchange and discussion in order to develop a common understanding of security and defence policy issues among defence offcials, other governmental actors and civil society.

Communication and Cooperation in the Security Sector - the School will foster better cooperation among governmental and non-governmental institutions within Georgia’s wider security sector, providing a stimulating forum for policy discussion, networking and cooperation.

Regional and International Cooperation - the School will share best practices, lessons learnt, and progress achieved through Georgia’s security sector reform process with other countries in the region and beyond.