On October 3, 2012, an international conference devoted to strengthening capacities of Slovak development co-operation was held in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. In the opening speech State Secretary Peter Burian stressed the importance of the OECD report that reviewed the system of development co-operation of Slovakia and highlighted the progress achieved in implementation of its recommendations.
"Slovakia is a successful example of transition from recipient to provider of development assistance," said State Secretary. Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) Brian Atwood praised the efforts of the Slovak Republic in meeting OECD recommendations and pointed to the unique experience of Slovakia in the field of reforms and transformation of the society. He underlined the need to better focus Slovak development cooperation on transfer of this experience to countries in transition.
According to State Secretary Burian, participation of Slovakia in the OECD Special Peer Review process is a first but important step towards membership in the DAC. "Slovakia belongs to the club of DAC donors, its place is there," confirmed the Slovak ambition Brian Atwood.
Conference was preceded by bilateral meeting between B. Atwood and State Secretary Burian. During his short visit to Slovakia the DAC Chair also met with State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance V. Hudak and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of the Slovak Republic F. Šebej to discuss current challenges of the Slovak development cooperation.