Networking and Cooperation: Conference on Local Authorities Associations of South Caucasus
On 29 and 30 October 2009, ALDA and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe organized a conference of Local Authorities Associations of the South Caucasus in Kutaisi, Georgia. The conference explored present and future opportunities for the Associations of Local Authorities in South Caucasus, including benefits of networking and a new Euroregion South Caucasus initiative. Dobrica Milovanovic, Congress member and Vice-President of ALDA stressed that "The quickest way to an efficient local self-government that attends to the needs of its citizens is through pooling our knowledge, experiences and resources" (Opening speech | Keynote speech). NALAS was present at the conference, where it presented benefits of networking of associations of local authorities in South East Europe and offered its expertise and programs like peer-review and shadowing to the associations of South Caucasus.