New measures in challenging poverty in the GAP region will be discussed in Adıyaman

07 May 2006

New measures in challenging poverty in the GAP Region will be discussed in Adıyaman.

In the light of their experience gained in the Southeastern Anatolia (GAP) region since 1996, GAP Regional Development Agency and the UNDP have jointly organized an international forum on “Fighting Poverty, and Employment in the GAP Region”, to be held in Adıyaman during 12-13 May, with the aim of reviewing poverty in the context of national and local dynamics and finding more effective ways to fight with it.

Secretary of State and Deputy Prime Minister Assoc. Prof. Abdüllatif Şener will open the forum which will host representatives from both public and private sectors, as well as Turkish and international institutions.

The forum will involve group studies on the topic, followed by presentations of framework statements by the forum participants regarding the issue. The results of the Development Project, carried out by the GAP Regional Development Agency and the UNDP in Southeastern Turkey, which will be finalized in August 2006, will also be evaluated in the forum.

The international forum to be held in Adıyaman aims to determine new measures and steps to be taken in the near future to challenge poverty, and to improve employment opportunities in the GAP Region, in the light of national and international experiences of the past decade.

The 2-day forum will be held from 12 to 13 May, 2006 with the support of the Government of Adıyaman and the financial sponsorship of the Government of Switzerland.