Publicity Event for the Mine Clearance and Rehabilitation Project in Georgia
19.03.2012 / 17:40
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On 12 March 2012 a publicity event was held at the Vaziani military base. The occasion was a handing over of the specialist humanitarian demining equipment to the Military Engineers’ Brigade of the Georgian Armed Forces. The transfer documents were signed by NAMSA representative David Towndrow and First Deputy Minister of Defense of Georgia Nodar Kharshiladze. More than 150 guests, including the Czech and Estonian Ambassadors to Georgia and Vice Prime Minister and State Minister for Euro-Atlantic Integration Giorgi Baramidze, attended the event.
The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and demining equipment of total worth of around 460,000 EUR was purchased within the scope of the Georgia Explosive Remnants of War and Medical Rehabilitation Project, a NATO Trust Fund project, which is being implemented since October 2010. The project has two major objectives: to train and equip a 66 strong EOD company of the Military Engineers’ Brigade to international Humanitarian Demining Standards, and to enhance the capability of the medical rehabilitation department of the Gori Military hospital by providing modern equipment.
The Lead Nations of the project are the Czech Republic, Estonia and Lithuania. Thirteen other NATO member and non-member countries – Australia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Denmark, Israel, Japan, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Turkey and the United States made contributions to the project. Total budget of the project is 1,8 million EUR and it is due to complete in June 2012. NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA) is the executive agent of the project.
For general information on the project click here.