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VISIT OF NEW APPOINTED PM/WRA PROGRAM MANAGER TO ANAMA

During the period of 29-31 March 2010, US Department of State Program Manager, Ms. Katherine Baker paid a visit to ANAMA. The goal of the visit was to get acquaintance with mine clearance operations in Azerbaijan. The program of the visit covered regional trips to Fizuli, Horadiz Regional Base for familiarization with MDD facilities and was informed ongoing operational activities. On 29 March the guest visited Mine Action Resource and Training Center in ANAMA Goygol Regional Base. On 30 March Ms. Katherine Baker paid a visit to the carpet-weaving workshop formed for disabled people and their family members in Ganja city. At the same day, the representative took place in the opening of Terter Regional Vocational Training Center (VTC). The main purpose of establishing the Tartar Regional Vocational Training Centre is to provide people affected by war and their family members, mine victims, poor families, refugees and IDPs with new jobs, to help graduates of VTC in designing sustainable means of making profits, and to involve them in all fields of society developmental processes. Trained in VTC people will be mastered professions in 4 directions - carpentry, advertisement-design and domestic decoration, bakery, and growing seedlings. IEPF will support trained people with job provisions and placements, at the completion of trainings. 3 trainers, 1 international advisor, 2 managers will work in the centre. Ms. K. Baker mentioned that IEPF had implemented several MVA projects. Those projects were financially supported by the PM/WRA as to support MV is one of the mail goals of the US Department of State in provision of assistance in humanitarian demining. She expressed her delight with the construction of three-storey training centre and wished success to the project staff in their future activities. Within the frame of the visit, on 31 March 2010, US Department of State Program Manager visited Guzdek settlement of Garadagh region and got acquainted with ongoing operations. After the trip to Guzdek settlement, the guest had a meeting with ANAMA Director, where she had widely informed about all mine action activities, short and long term strategy of the Agency.