Discussion on Defence Institution Building School
16 December 2015

One of the directions of Substantial NATO-Georgia Package is to establish Defence Institution Building School (DIB School). The first meeting in round table format was held at General Staff to discuss the issue of establishing DIP School under SNGP. Deputy Defence Minister Ana Dolidze, Advisor to Defence Minister Shota Gvineria, First Deputy Chief of General Staff, Colonel Omar Begoidze, NATO Core Team and DIB School project managers familiarized the representatives from security sector with the implementation process of the project.

Ana Dolidze spoke about the project and emphasized the importance of DIB School for partner countries: “DIB School is a part of SNGP Georgia gained at NATO Summit in Wales. Implementation of the project will promote Georgia to become one of the leader countries to export the reforms made in defence and security sphere. We have quite a large experience in how to improve policy and service in defence and security fields. DIP School will serve to develop knowledge and share it to our partner countries in the region. This institution will be a link for relation to NATO in Georgia and exporter of this relation to partner countries to which the Alliance doesn’t have as close relation as with Georgia.”

At the meeting Advisor to Minister Shota Gvineria highlighted the SNGP implementation process. Project managers of DIB School from Georgia and NATO sides – Tea Nikolashvili and Andreas Glodde informed the invited guests the tasks, missions, priorities and concept of the project. The representatives from security sector will propose the project DIB School managers their visions and recommendations in the nearest future which will be implied in the establishing process of the school.

Deputy Leader of NATO Core Team Yash Holbrook evaluated the first discussion on DIB School positively. “Today’s meeting was a very good first step, I think, in bringing together many security agencies to discuss very important aspects of Defence Institution Building School under the Substantial NATO-Georgia Substantial Package. As a first step it was instructively because it held first time where the security agencies heard about the concept that was being developed within SNGP. We were very eager to hear the feedback. I think it is a very good start. So first start means there will be more meetings even more productive because there is obviously a lot of interest among the interagency security players. So I am looking forward to seeing how it goes. Great start!,” stated Yash Holbrook at the end of the meeting.