Ambassador Kelly Visits US government-supported assistance projects in Gori (February 26)

CCEAmbassador Kelly joined USAID Mission Director Douglas Ball on a visit to Gori where the two American officials met with beneficiaries of U.S. government development assistance at the AgroKartli farm services center and the Center for Civic Engagement.  AgroKartli is a farm services center supported by USAID’s Restoring Efficiency to Agriculture Production (REAP) program, which works to increase income and employment in rural areas by investing in and delivering technical assistance to agribusiness.  They then visited USAID-supported Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) in Gori, one of then that USAID supports in different regions throughout Georgia. The Centers promote a more informed and engaged citizenry by providing neutral spaces for citizens to engage in open debate on issues of public concern.  CCEs promote democratic values by being free and open to any individual or group regardless of political or social affiliations.  Over the past 24 years, the American people — through USAID — have invested more than $1.5 billion in Georgia’s successful development. USAID projects are designed to support Georgia’s transition to a free and prosperous democracy and include initiatives to accelerate economic growth, develop democratic institutions, and improve health and education.