“We are waiting for cooperation with the new Parliament of Georgia"-Ian Kelly
“We are waiting for cooperation with the new Parliament of Georgia and the new Government”-this statement was made by US Ambassador to Georgia Ian Kelly today in Kutaisi.
As the Ambassador said, being in Kutaisi is a great honor for him.
“This day is too important for Georgia because this is a first day of Parliamentary session. We are waiting for cooperation with the new Parliament of Georgia and the new Government. We already have deep cooperation with Georgian government and we are ready for future acts,”-Ian Kelly said.
Executive Government Meeting Gets Held and Led by Prime Minister of Georgia
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia held and led an Executive Government Meeting at the Government Administration today.
Members of the Cabinet of Ministers discussed 5 agenda items.Discussion topics included a Draft Government Decree on the attraction of funding for the Feasibility Study of the Submarine Black Sea Power Transmission Project.
Namely, work has started on a project with an initiative of Georgia, which implies the interconnection of the Caucasus region and Europe through a high-voltage submarine electricity cable and namely it aims to connect the Georgian and Romanian power grids via a submarine electricity transmission line to be constructed in the basin of the Black Sea.Due Diligence is being performed at present. Funding has been allocated for it in the volume of 2.5 million Euros and study is scheduled to be completed at the end of the current year.
At the same time, the Ministry of Finance of Georgia will approach the World Bank in line with a decision of the Government of Georgia on the allocation of 75 MLN USD for the Feasibility Study to be carried out for the Black Sea Submarine Power Transmission Project. Preliminary agreement has already been reached with the World Bank on the volume and aim of the funding.One more agenda item discussed at the Executive Government Meeting today was a Draft Government Decree on the Agreements to be concluded by and between the Government of Georgia and Adjara Energy 2007 LLC on the Imereti Wind Power Plant.
According to the referred Government Decree, draft agreement approved by the Government of Georgia intended for the comprehensive Feasibility Study on the Imereti Wind Power Plan of the Imereti region identified as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) complies with the applicable legislation on the country. Timeline of 24 months is envisaged from the signing of the referred agreement for the implementation of preparatory works.Capacity of the power plant is 50 megawatts, with generation potential of 180.89 million kilowatts/hr, while the required investment amounts to 66 MLN USD.Press Service of the Government Administration
Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister of Georgia
A Government meeting was held today under the chairmanship of Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili at the Administration of the Government.The Members of the Cabinet of Ministers discussed 14 topics. One of the topics to be discussed involved the participation of Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency in 500 Georgia LP, a venture investment fund. It was noted that the development of innovative business has reached a level when global players take an interest in investing in the Georgian startup ecosystem. Georgia 500 is a 20-million-USD venture fund established by 500 Global to support and further develop investments in Georgian startups and innovations.Notably, it will be a venture fund, in which, alongside the Government of Georgia, the private sector will also take part, namely the Innovation and Technology Agency will be the fund’s partner with a 5-million-USD investment.The topics to be discussed also included several draft ordinances of the Government of Georgia on the development of wind farms and solar and hydropower plants in Georgia. The installed capacity of these projects is over 153 MW.The Members of Government discussed the draft ordinance of the Government of Georgia on the agreement on the Ksani Wind Farm to be executed between the Government of Georgia and Wind Farm LLC, based on which an agreement will be signed between Government of Georgia and Wind Farm LLC, to obligate the company to carry out a technical and economic study of the Ksani Wind Farm’s project at its own expense within 12 months. The project is planned to be implemented in Ksani Municipality. According to the project, the expected installed capacity will make up 50 MW, with the annual generation reaching 173.5 million kWh , and the project’s value constituting 59.4 million USD.The draft ordinance of the Government of Georgia on the agreement on the Devashi HPP to be signed between the Government of Georgia and United Power Energy LLC was also discussed at the meeting. Based on this agreement, the company is obligated to carry out a technical and economic study of the Devashi HPP project at its own expense within 15 months.The hydropower plant’s location is the Devashi River, Lentekhi Municipality. According to the project, the expected installed capacity will be 5.45 MW, with the annual generation reaching 28 million kWh, and the project’s value constituting 4.389 million USD.The Members of Government also discussed the draft ordinance of the Government of Georgia on the approval of the Akhali Samgori solar power plant’s concept and the implementation of accompanying measures, based on which Georgian Energy Development Fund JSC will be tasked with implementing preliminary work under the project of the Akhali Samgori solar power plant. The power plant’s location is the village of Akhali Samgori, Gardabani Municipality. According to the power plant’s project, the expected installed capacity will be 96 MW, with the annual generation reaching 96.7 million kWh , and the project’s value constituting 86.935 million USD.
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PROSPECTS FOR COOPERATION WITH THE PARLIAMENT OF AZERBAIJAN DISCUSSED AT A MEETING IN THE MEJLIS OF THE MILLI GENGESH OF TURKMENISTAN
On December 7, 2022, a meeting was held in the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan with the Azerbaijani parliamentary delegation, which arrived in our country on a visit, headed by the Chairman of the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan Sahiba Gafarova.
Warmly welcoming the Azerbaijani colleagues, the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan G. Mammedova congratulated the guests on the International Day of Neutrality, emphasizing the importance of the current meeting, held on the eve of this wonderful holiday.
During the meeting, which was held with the participation of the heads of the committees, the state and prospects of inter-parliamentary cooperation, the possibilities of intensifying the exchange of experience in the field of lawmaking were discussed.
After the meeting in a narrow format, the Chairman of the Milli Majlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan addressed the deputies.
Giving the floor to the guest, Speaker of the Mejlis G. Mammedova acquainted the deputies with the biography of the head of the National Parliament of Azerbaijan, emphasizing that thanks to the active support of the Presidents of the two states, all conditions have been created for the development of inter-parliamentary cooperation.
Addressing the audience, S. Gafarova noted that her first visit to Ashgabat coincided with the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Speaker of the Parliament of a friendly country emphasized the commonality of our peoples, who have lived in the neighborhood for centuries and have a common history, culture, language, and religion.
As the Speaker of the National Parliament said, Azerbaijan fully supports the permanent neutrality of Turkmenistan, President Ilham Aliyev invariably emphasizes that fraternal Turkmenistan has achieved great success by following this principle in its foreign policy.
Touching upon the subject of further development of inter-parliamentary cooperation and the significance of the current visit to Ashgabat, S. Gafarova stated that today successful contacts have been established between various organizations of the two countries, including with legislative bodies.
At the end of her speech, Speaker of the Parliament of Azerbaijan S. Gafarova thanked the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh G. Mammedova and all the participants of the meeting for their attention and hospitality.
On behalf of the deputies of the Mejlis of the Milli Gengesh, G. Mammedova expressed her gratitude to the guest for a meaningful speech, wishing the Speaker of the Parliament of the friendly country and Azerbaijani colleagues further success in their activities that meet the goals of common well-being and prosperity.
12TH MEETING OF THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL TURKMEN-RUSSIAN COMMISSION ON ECONOMIC COOPERATION
On December 7, 2022, the 12th meeting of the Intergovernmental Turkmen-Russian Commission on Economic Cooperation was held in Moscow under the chairmanship of Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexei Overchuk.
During the meeting, a thorough exchange of views took place on the progress and prospects of the Turkmen-Russian trade and economic cooperation. It was emphasized that in recent years it has been given a strong impetus to that cooperation, and today it is developing especially dynamically and consistently, on a mutually beneficial and equal basis.
The talks confirmed the mutual interest in expanding partnership in various fields and entering new promising areas. Among them, such areas as the fuel and energy complex, transport, industry, agriculture, construction, healthcare, and a number of other areas were named as priorities. Due attention was paid to the development of cultural and humanitarian interaction.
The heads of delegations noted the existence of a significant potential for saturating and enriching the entire bilateral complex of cooperation on a long-term basis, in accordance with the instructions of the Presidents of the two countries and the logic of strategic partnership relations between Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation.
As a result of the two-day visit of the delegation of Turkmenistan to Russia, 15 bilateral documents were signed, including the Program of Cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation for 2023-2024, as well as agreements in the economic, scientific, technical and humanitarian spheres.
Within the framework of the visit, a number of meetings were held between the relevant ministries and state agencies of the two countries.
Council Presidency and European Parliament provisionally agree not to accept Russian travel documents issued in occupied Ukraine and Georgia
On 10 November, the Council Presidency and the European Parliament reached a preliminary agreement on a decision not to accept Russian travel documents issued in Ukraine and Georgia. The agreed text is subject to approval by the Council and the European Parliament before formal adoption.
This decision is a response to Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine and its practice of issuing Russian passports to residents of the occupied regions. It also follows Russia’s unilateral decision to recognise the independence of the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in 2008.
Russian travel documents issued in the Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine or the breakaway territories of Georgia, as well as to persons residing in these regions, will not be accepted as valid travel documents for obtaining visas or crossing Schengen borders.
Russian travel documents issued in these regions are no longer recognised or are in the process of non-recognition by the EU Member States. This decision is therefore aimed at developing a common EU approach and ensuring the proper functioning of the external border.
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