Railway station to be opened in Batumi
Construction of a railway station started many years ago but terminated shortly after will come to an end soon. For the first time this year, a passenger train will arrive in Batumi city of seaside Adjara region.
Opening of the station is expected in May. The building auctioned two years ago meets international standards.
EU4Business in Georgia: Training opportunity for business consultants
Business consultants in Georgia have until 24 September to apply for a four-day EU4Business training course on ‘Change Management for Consultants’.
The course will take place in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi over two modules, on 27–28 September and 8–9 November. It will provide consultants with the tools, methodologies and processes to deliver high-quality projects on time, within budget and with minimal risk.
The course is aimed at experienced consultants with at least five years’ experience in the field of management consulting (in areas such as IT, implementation of production systems, strategic management, human resources, etc.).
Participants will learn change management skills to meet the demands of complex clients with large-scale projects.
More information on eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found here. (http://eu4business.eu/events/change-management-training-business-consultants-tbilisi)
This training course is part of the ‘Advice for small businesses’ programme implemented by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and supported by the EU under the EU4Business initiative.
Dimitry Kumsishvili Met with Georgian and Turkish Business Association Members
First Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitry Kumsishvili held a meeting with the representatives of the Georgian and Turkish Businessmen Associations where the parties discussed business and investment environment in Georgia as well as prospects of deepening trade and economic ties between Georgia and Turkey.
It was highlighted that Turkey is Georgia’s largest trade partner and second largest investor country. Despite intense trade and economic relations, ties between the business circles of the countries are still developing, and the volume of the Turkish capital in Georgia is increasing.
Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Cherkezishvili and the Head of the LEPL Enterprise Georgia, Mikheil Khidureli also attended the meeting.
Georgia: assessing progress in implementing small businesses reform
On 7 June, the Public-Private Working Group on the Small Business Act (SBA) for Europe will meet in the Georgian capital Tbilisi. The event will bring together stakeholders in small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) policy: from representatives of the Georgian Government and relevant agencies to members of academia, the private sector and international organisations.
During the meeting, the country’s government will present an overview of the progress achieved on implementing the recommendations provided in the last SBA assessment cycle (2015–16). It will also allow private sector representatives and key stakeholders to comment on recent developments and reform effectiveness.
The event is being organised by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), in the framework of the EU-funded ‘EU4Business: From Policies to Action’ project.
The OECD will present the updated methodology and framework for discussion, as well as the overall assessment process and timeline.
As part of the multi-country EU4Business: From Policies to Action project, the OECD is assisting the Georgian government in assessing the implementation of its SME Development Strategy 2016-2020, identifying outstanding issues for developing the SME sector, and improving the monitoring system to better assess the results of the strategy's implementation. The objective of the project is to build capacity in Georgia’s institutions to implement and monitor its SME Development Strategy.
Meet the HUAWEI P20 and HUAWEI P20 Pro, Introducing the Future of AI Photography
The New HUAWEI P Series brings the world a mobile photography revolution
At an exclusive launch event held at the Grand Palais, Huawei Consumer Business Group unveiled the much-anticipated HUAWEI P20 and HUAWEI P20 Pro. The HUAWEI P20 Pro features the world’s first Leica triple camera and both devices include unprecedented AI advances, bringing to life a new, breathtakingly intelligent camera experience.
“The P Series inspires creativity and ignites a passion for photography all over the world,” said Richard Yu, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Consumer Business Group . By combining the world’s first triple-lens Leica camera and exciting innovation, driven by Artificial Intelligence (A.I.), Huawei delivers the most exceptional photography experience possible. At the launch, held at Paris’ iconic Grand Palais, Huawei also announced a partnership with one of the worlds most celebrated supermodels and photographers, Helena Christensen, to shoot an intimate gallery of portraits. The series of portraits captures three fascinating subjects that showcase the vivid colours and stunning detail of photography delivered through the HUAWEI P20 Pro – in a greater level of detail than ever before.
The beautiful collection entitled “See More”, focuses on the stories of three talented professionals, and demonstrates how HUAWEI P20 Pro allows photographers and viewers alike to see more of subjects, thanks to the perfect balance of light and detail in each portrait. The series demonstrates Helena’s skill and dexterity as a photographer, effortlessly complemented by the incredible HUAWEI P20 Pro – bringing technology and creativity together in one perfect art form. The expertly-crafted Huawei Leica triple-lens combines with powerful proprietary innovation including object recognition and super slow-motion to deliver a professional photography experience.
Key features of the HUAWEI P20 Series include:
- An advanced camera system to capture more light, more details and more beauty, featuring a revolutionary Leica triple camera on the HUAWEI P20 Pro with the smartphone industry’s highest pixel count, and an all new Leica dual camera on the HUAWEI P20;
- Innovative photography features, including Master AI which is AI-driven professional photography skills and HUAWEI AIS, a powerful AI stabilization technology;
- A barely-there bezel, light-inspired design with stunning colors and finishes that reflect and refract light including an all-new dynamic gradient finish on the HUAWEI P20 and HUAWEI P20 Pro;
- Ultimate performance, featuring Kirin 970 with a dedicated NPU and EMUI 8.1 based on Android™ 8.1 for a premium and smooth user experience from the inside out.
In addition to the HUAWEI P20 and HUAWEI P20 Pro, Huawei also unveiled the third-generation PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS. Continuing its collaboration with one of the most iconic global brands, the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS features Porsche Design’s signature design language and Huawei’s cutting-edge technology and craftsmanship, setting a new standard in premium smartphones.
The HUAWEI P20, HUAWEI P20 Pro and PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS will be available beginning [date] in [countries].
Introducing master photography powered by AI
The HUAWEI P20 Series introduces an advanced new camera system that brings consumers features that ultimately enhance every part of the smartphone photography experience. The HUAWEI P20 Pro features a Leica triple camera with the highest pixel count on modern smartphones – the camera configuration is comprised of a 40MP RGB sensor, a 20MP monochrome sensor, an 8MP sensor with telephoto lens. It also features an exclusive new Leica color with a dedicated ISP and color temperature sensor for better color reproduction.
With f/1.8, f/1.6 and f/2.4 wide aperture to capture crisp, clear details with perfect clarity, the HUAWEI P20 Pro also includes a brand new Leica VARIO-SUMMILUX lens with 3x optical zoom to capture long-range photography of up to 5x Hybrid Zoom as well as a highly sensitive image sensor of 1/1.7 inches model (about 7.76mm x 5.82mm) to capture low light images photos with up to ISO 102400.
The HUAWEI P20 builds on the foundation of its predecessor, with an all new Leica dual camera featuring a 12MP sensor with a pixel size as high as 1.55 μm, and a 20MP monochrome sensor, enhancing the HUAWEI P20’s ability to capture photos in low-light settings. In addition, the HUAWEI P20 and HUAWEI P20 Pro feature a 24 MP selfie camera with AI beautification and 3D portrait lighting – the result is beautiful selfies with healthy-looking skin tone adjustments, delicately outlined face details, and realistic 3D feature enhancements.
The HUAWEI P20 Series’ Kirin 970 processor and dedicated Neural Network Processing Unit (NPU) enable truly effortless photography. AI-powered scene and object recognition has the ability to identify 19 different scenarios and objects and choose the right skills for the right moment – brand new to Huawei’s advanced camera system is 4D predictive focus. In this mode, the camera predicts moving objects and focuses on them with extreme efficiency in order to capture minute details of objects in motion. New to the HUAWEI P20 Series is AI-Assisted Composition, which provides intelligent suggestions to frame group shots and landscapes.
In addition, HUAWEI AIS (AI Image Stabilization) steadies handheld night shots and results in incredible pictures, even without a tripod. This also benefits videos, as the HUAWEI P20 Series devices support six-axis stabilization and 960fps slow motion for clear and detailed footage.
From the outside in, the HUAWEI P20 Series is inspired by light. Most notably, the HUAWEI P20 and HUAWEI P20 Pro come in an all new exclusive color, Twilight, achieved by applying several layers of NVMC optical coatings underneath the glass back, so light hitting the surface refracts and creates a gradual change in hue, from a striking blue to a twilight effect. The devices also feature HUAWEI FullView Display (5.8-inch for the HUAWEI P20 and 6.1-inch for the HUAWEI P20 Pro), with ultra-thin bezels and impressive screen-to-body-ratios, and a display that seamlessly blends with rounded edges for a comfortable hold. The HUAWEI P20 and HUAWEI P20 Pro are available in Twilight, Black, Midnight Blue and Pink Gold.
AI-powered, intelligent experience
Powered by Kirin 970 with EMUI 8.1 based on Android 8.1, the HUAWEI P20 Series deliver premium performance and a smooth user experience. EMUI 8.1, fully customizable with AI support, includes HUAWEI Share 2.0 to seamlessly share files between Huawei phones, PCs, and Macs; an easy projection feature to connect the HUAWEI P20 Series wirelessly to a larger screen; and a Smart Screen function for an intelligent split-screen interface to run two supported apps side by side.
The HUAWEI P20 Series includes the best Bluetooth audio quality with 990 kps bandwidth to support Hi-res audio files. Like the HUAWEI Mate Series, the HUAWEI P20 Series features TÜV Safety Certified HUAWEI SuperCharge and a 4000 mAh battery on the HUAWEI P20 Pro – and 3400 mAh (typical value) on the HUAWEI P20 – with AI-powered Battery Management.
Huawei has also established a proprietary version of Prisma for the HUAWEI P20 Series, which supports real-time filter recommendations based on object and scenario recognition. The calculation speed is 3-4 times that of the cloud version. Additionally, in partnership with Google, the HUAWEI P20 Series supports Google ARCore to deliver advanced AI capabilities.
Alongside the new HUAWEI P20 Series devices, Huawei released three new audio accessories: HUAWEI FreeBuds, HUAWEI Active Noise Canceling Earphones 3, and HUAWEI DAC Headphone Amplifier. HUAWEI FreeBuds are Huawei’s first true wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds, delivering an impressive audio experience with balanced armature and dynamic drivers in a convenient wireless design. HUAWEI Active Noise Canceling Earphones 3 offer truly immersive listening with three different ANC modes and Hi-Res authenticated audio, as well as a USB Type-C plug to perfectly complement the HUAWEI P20 Series experience. The HUAWEI DAC Headphone Amplifier boasts an audiophile-grade DAC chip to decode 384 kHz, 32-bit lossless audio, and to power high-end headphones with up to 600Ω impedance.
The New PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS
The PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate Series began in 2016, when Porsche Design and Huawei first came together through a shared commitment to design, innovative craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology. Today the PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS, combining Porsche Design’s signature brand aesthetic with Huawei’s mobile engineering expertise, introduces the future of technology through features such as: the world’s first dual fingerprint design with an innovative in-screen fingerprint scanner; an AI-powered processor; a Leica triple camera with 40MP image capture; a long-lasting 4000 mAh battery with wireless quick charging; and an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance. This device will surpass the demands of even the most discerning smartphone user.
The new PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS will be available exclusively in Black, and for the first time in an eye catching Red and it will be available across the Europe from the beginning of April 2018.
EUR (includes tax)
4GB + 128GB
HUAWEI P20 Pro
6GB + 128GB
PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS
6GB + 256GB
PORSCHE DESIGN HUAWEI Mate RS
6GB + 512GB
About HUAWEI Consumer BG
Huawei’s products and services are available in more than 170 countries, and are used by a third of the world’s population. Fifteen R&D centers have been set up in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India and China. Huawei Consumer BG is one of Huawei’s three business units and covers smartphones, PC and tablets, wearables and cloud services, etc. Huawei’s global network is built on almost 30 years of expertise in the telecom industry and is dedicated to delivering the latest technological advances to consumers around the world.
For more information please visit: https://consumer.huawei.com/en/
Georgia: National Women’s Business Forum to take place in Batumi on 8 March
The Georgian city of Batumi on 8 March will host this year’s National Women’s Business Forum, with the support of EU4Business. It will gather women entrepreneurs from all regions of the country, public, private and civil society organisations that support women’s entrepreneurship in Georgia, and national, regional and local government decision-makers.
The main topic of the Forum is women’s economic empowerment, financing opportunities for women start-ups and sharing of experience. Successful examples shared by women entrepreneurs from Georgia and neighbouring countries will give participants more knowledge about existing grant projects and loans and how to expand business.
Private and governmental organisations implementing grant projects will introduce financial opportunities via info desks. Panel discussions will be held between the participants and financing organisations, which will help to establish close linkages.
The Forum is organised by the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), the Ajara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and the Association of Businesswomen of Ajara (ABWA).
The event is supported by the EU-funded “SME Development and DCFTA in Georgia” project, implemented through the EU4Business initiative.