Mikheil Janelidze: “Georgia is a role model in the region in terms of carrying out reforms and transforming itself into a genuinely democratic country”
“Today’s forum is important not only for Georgia but also for Europe as a whole” – Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze said when addressing the participants of the international forum – “The Prospects of Georgia’s Democratic and Economic Development” taking place at the Tbilisi Courtyard Marriott Hotel, on 1-2 February. In his address, Mikheil Janelidze spoke about the priorities of Georgia’s foreign policy, European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations, main directions of Georgia-EU partnership and Georgia’s economic and democratic development.
According to the Foreign Minister, with the historic signature of the Association Agreement, including the DCFTA, Georgia has moved to a qualitatively new level of cooperation with the EU by launching an ambitious process of political association and economic integration.
In his address Mikheil Janelidze highlighted the importance of Georgia’s integration with NATO and the steps the Government has taken on its path to NATO membership. According to the Minister, Georgia successfully carries out measures under the Substantial Package, which serves the goal of enhancing the country’s defence capability. Other than that, reforms in Georgia’s military, security and foreign policy, good governance, democracy and economic development sectors are carried out in close coordination with the Alliance that brings Georgia closer to its ultimate goal of NATO membership.
“Georgia is a role model in the region in terms of carrying out reforms and transforming itself into a genuinely democratic country. We need to achieve even a greater progress and continue to move ahead along this road” – Mikheil Janelidze said.
The international forum – “The Prospects of Georgia’s Democratic and Economic Development” is held under the aegis of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), in partnership with the University of Bremen and with the financial support of the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.