In Moldova Czech experts share their know-how in cooperation with the UN Population Fund
On April 21, 2016, the first meeting of the “International Advisory Panel on Population and Development – Republic of Moldova” took place. The meeting, which connected Czech and foreign experts was prepared by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) with financial support from the Czech Republic. The panel aims to provide know-how and experience to partner countries that are facing the challenges associated with demographic factors.
The event was attended by the Ambassador of the Czech Embassy in Moldova Zděnek Krejčí, UN Resident Coordinator Dafina Gercheva, Head of Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister for Social Affairs Boris Gilca, representative of the Parliamentary Commission for Social Protection, Health and Family and representatives of the UNFPA regional office in Istanbul. The event was also attended by numerous experts, representatives of demographic and statistical institutions and representatives of the non-profit sector. Two Czech experts, Tomáš Kučera from the Faculty of Charles University and Tomáš Sobotka of the Vienna Institute of Demography actively participated in the accompanying debates.
The panel members are going to focus primarily on sharing experience related to demographic changes including the challenges related to the aging population and sexual and reproductive health. Through cooperating with the Panel, Moldova will be able to take advantage of international expertise that takes into account local conditions and experience of other countries while preparing and implementing relevant development policies.
Moldova is one of the priority partner countries of the Official Development Assistance of the Czech Republic. In 2015, Moldova was the biggest beneficiary of the bilateral development projects of the Czech Republic with the overall amount of almost 80 mil. CZK. Cooperation in the field of demography and demographic studies represents one of the key themes of Czech development activities in Moldova. As stressed by Mr. Krejčí, Czech government supports development of demographic statistics in Moldova by numerous projects.
The next meeting of the Panel is scheduled for September 2016. In the meantime, individual members of the Commission will work closely with the Moldovan Commission on population and development issues and will submit recommendations for the National Action Strategy.