Results of Diaspora Excellence Groups programme unveiled in Moldova
The Diaspora Relations Office (BRD) of the State Chancellery (SC), in partnership with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) mission in Moldova, organized the final conference of the Diaspora Excellence Groups programme on 17 April 2018.
The event presented policy proposals drafted by experts of the Diaspora excellence groups (GED) within sectors of economy, medicine, justice, environment and Diaspora relations.
The event was attended by the Secretary General of the government of Moldova, Lilia Palii, the Head of BRD, Olga Coptu, state secretaries, representatives of BRD, experts.
The Head of BRD, Olga Coptu, said that GED Programme was created with the purpose of developing functional mechanism of collaboration between government institutions and highly qualified experts from Diaspora in strategic areas of development of Moldova.
According to the quoted source, there were created five Excellency Groups based on the Programme, led by Diaspora experts. The Diaspora Excellence Groups have worked on public policy proposals or certain projects agreed with representatives of the government of Moldova and have aim to advise governmental institutions in processes of public policy development, implementation and institutional reforms, formulate recommendations and initiatives as to improve public services, contribute by transferring pragmatic and applicative expertise, creativity and innovation to boosting development of public and private sector.
The Secretary General of the government, Lilia Palii, said that partnerships would be established throughout the Diaspora Excellence Groups to apply to community programmes to contribute to modernisation of Moldova.
With some exact proposals on it, representatives of the Excellence Groups, professor at the clinical medicine of the University of Washington (USA), Ian Toma, senior legal advisor to OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities (Netherlands), Laurentiu Hadarca, engineer – researcher at National Laboratory Henri Becquerel (France), Dorin Dusciac, and others.
Another dimension of programme was setting of ten Diaspora educational centres. In this context, Director of European Association of European Trainers in Moldova, Lucia Cucu, mentioned that the Ministry of Education, Culture and Research (MECCM) approved a curriculum for Romanian language for Diaspora. Also, a textbook for teaching and learning of the Romanian language for children from Diaspora aged 7 – 12 has been developed as well as a methodological guide that includes the list of additional teaching materials.
The Diaspora Excellence Groups programme is carried out within project: Strengthening development capacities of Moldova by means of creation of partnerships between Diaspora and country of origin funded by the Development Fund of IOM and implemented by IOM mission in Moldova in partnership with BRD.