Ambassador Kelly and MCC Deputy Vice President Sumar meet with PM Kvirikashvili and FM Janelidze (February 4)

WP_20160204_003Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Deputy Vice Presidents Fatema Sumar and Jonathan Nash are visiting Tbilisi to meet with Georgian government stakeholders on the progress of the $140 million MCC compact to improve the quality of education in Georgia.  On February 4, they and Ambassador Kelly met with Georgian Prime Minister Kvirikashvili, Foreign Minister Janelidze, and Education and Science Minister Sanikizde to discuss MCC projects and their contribution to U.S.-Georgia relations.

The MCC compact seeks to improve the quality of education in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields and increase the earning potential of Georgians through strategic investments from the start of a student’s general education through graduation and beyond, including investments in technical training and advanced degree programs. The compact includes a focus on increasing women’s participation in STEM professions.  The San Diego State University-Georgia project is particularly exciting, as the MCC $30 million grant to San Diego State University will help Georgians meet labor market demands of the 21st century global economy and earn a U.S. degree in Georgia.