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UNICEF Welcomes Georgian Government’s Decision on Fivefold Increase

08.11.18 14:31
As UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Shanelle Hall stated during today's meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze in Shanghai, UNICEF welcomes the Georgian Government's decision on increasing fivefold the support for socially vulnerable children under 16.

The meeting emphasized Georgia-UNICEF cooperation, which is highly commended by the fund.
The Head of Government informed the UNICEF Deputy Executive Director about the country's planned reforms to promote inclusive economic growth.

"We respect the Georgian Government's decision, and we are excited about it, because there was a study done on the children that are most vulnerable. There is an evidence that really established the importance of changing the policy, and the Government was bold enough to change the policy. We are really looking forward to seeing the positive impact this will have on the most vulnerable children in Georgia. 

The cooperation between UNICEF and the Georgian Government is really incredible. We really appreciate that cooperation. We appreciate that we are able to do our work on advocating for children and getting evidence what is needed for them, and that the Government is strong and critiques that evidence, and also makes its own policy decisions on what is good for children, so it is a wonderful cooperation," the UNICEF Deputy Executive Director stated.
According to Shanelle Hall, UNICEF is also excited and proud of the Georgian Government's bold decision on the implementation of the World Bank's Human Capital Project.

"Congratulations to the Government of Georgia for taking the decision to be one of the early adopters of the World Bank's Human Capital Project. UNICEF could not be more excited about that. We are keen to see children put in the center of it, but of the importance of people as part of economic development we could not be more supportive, and we are very proud that the Georgian Government has taken such a bold decision," Shanelle Hall emphasized.

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