On June 2, we, in partnership with the Vocational Skills Agency and with the support of the USAID Economic Governance Program, officially launched a public-private partnership (PPP) platform in information and communications technology (ICT), aimed at addressing the skills mismatch in the sector.
The PPP platform brings together ICT companies and vocational and non-formal education providers to discuss educational challenges and to develop concrete solutions. After identifying challenges, one of the platform’s goals is to create a new training program for ICT involving sector experts. This is expected to make a significant contribution to solving challenges related to the development of skills in this sector.
David Tsiklauri (Senior Private Sector Development Advisor at the USAID Office of Economic Growth), Natalia Beruashvili (Chief of Party at the USAID Economic Governance Program), and Tamar Kitiashvili (Director at the Vocational Skills Agency) opened the event.
“The USAID Economic Governance Program supports the implementation of economic reforms that contribute to the economic development of the country. However, it is hard to implement these reforms without skilled professionals and specialists. Therefore, our focus is on empowering young people,” said Beruashvili.
Meanwhile, Giorgi Tsulaia (Researcher at PMC RC) presented the project’s aims and objectives, and Giorgi Khishtovani (Research Director at PMC RC) moderated the discussion on the skills mismatch in the ICT sector in Georgia. Furthermore, institutional and instrumental mechanisms for collaboration between the public and private sectors were also presented during the event, followed by a discussion of possible cooperation between ICT companies and education providers.
“We want to encourage cooperation between interested private actors and educational institutions. One of the important parts of our meetings will be talking about the problems and challenges in terms of skills in this sector, as well as what kind of opportunities the state and international organizations provide,” said Khishtovani.
Finally, Kitiashvili noted: “Dialogue in this direction is crucial. On behalf of our agency, we are ready to facilitate the consolidation of skills in this sector and find the proper solution to the existing problems. We think that this event has contributed to the development of this trend, and we will soon see the results.”