Carlo Natale's statement on visa liberalization of Georgia
“I am sure that visa free regime will be available for Georgians in the nearest future,”-this statement was made by the Deputy Head of EU Delegation to Georgia Carlo Natale.
“We are waiting for progressive news from Brussels where the meeting is scheduled. A huge step was taken last week. I am sure that visa free regime will be available for Georgians in the nearest future,”-Carlo Natale added.
Visa Partners Business Federation “Women for Tomorrow” and Announces Business Contest within She’s Next, Empowered by Visa in Georgia
Tbilisi, September 21, 2022 – Visa launches the third wave of She’s Next, Empowered by Visa in Georgia and in partnership with Business Federation Women for Tomorrow announces a public business contest for women entrepreneurs in Georgia. Women entrepreneurs are invited to share their business ideas in the competition for free mentoring sessions and money prizes, namely the first-place winner will be awarded with 25 000 Gel and the second-place winner with 15 000.
The contest is conducted in the form of Visa elevator pitch under the She’s Next, Empowered by Visa global initiative in Georgia designed for women, who have interesting business ideas or already run their own personal business, hold the position of a CEO or representative of a small or medium-size business, or be the founder of a startup company.
“I am proud, that Visa established the tradition in Georgia of continuing support of female SMBs within the global initiative She’s Next, Empowered by Visa. We are extremely happy to announce the third wave of the campaign and conduct the joint contest with w4t, aiming to empower women entrepreneurs in Georgia. Within the contest, we invite women, who lead startup, or have an interesting business idea, eager to learn pitching techniques for allocating solid money prizes. I strongly encourage each and every woman, aspiring to put down roots in the world of business,to take part in this promising initiative and become part of the She’s Next” - said Diana KiguradzeVisa Country Manager for the Caucasus region.
„It is an honor for Women for Tomorrow to be part of the global initiative - She’s Next empowered By Visa since 2020 and support women entrepreneurs to boost their business knowledge and expertise and achieve economic independence. We are proud, to launch the business contest in partnership with Visa and announce the call, where only women start-upers and entrepreneurs are able to register, present their business idea, advance in pitching and presentation skills and compete for the financial support aiming to increase their progress and development. We encourage every woman from all over Georgia to participate in the program, make an opportunity to challenge yourself to become a winner Wish you the best of luck! – noted Nina Kobakhidze Chair of the Board of the Business Federation Women for Tomorrow.
The competition will be held in three stages:
- Application process, an independent jury will first check if each application meets all eligibility criteria and will be followed by the selection of TOP 10 most successful and highly promising women entrepreneurs who will be granted to access free mentoring consulting sessions.
- Mentoring Sessions, the TOP 10 female SMEs will undertake two-day free consulting sessions, be assisted by the field experts to learn pitching techniques and create effective presentation to attract investments and develop their business.
- Visa Elevator Pitch Day and Award Ceremony, at the third and final stage of the competition, the TOP 10 candidates will be required to pitch a business idea (in the form of Elevator pitch) in 90 seconds in front of jury. 2 winners will be selected by a professional jury on the same day. The first-place winner will be awarded with 25 000 Gel and the second-place winner with 15 000 Gel.
Visa (NYSE: V) is a world leader in digital payments, facilitating payments transactions between consumers, merchants, financial institutions and government entities across more than 200 countries and territories. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, convenient, reliable and secure payments network, enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. We believe that economies that include everyone everywhere, uplift everyone everywhere and see access as foundational to the future of money movement. Learn more at Visa.com.ge
Georgia should ensure effective implementation of the anti-discrimination legislation and improve protection of human rights in the fields of labour and the environment
Strasbourg, 15 July 2022 - The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, published today the report following her visit to Georgia in February 2022, with recommendations on combating discrimination against LGBTI people and those belonging to religious minorities, as well as protecting human rights in the fields of labour and the environment.
To ensure that LGBTI people and persons belonging to religious minorities live free from violence and discrimination, the Commissioner calls on the authorities to address the inadequate implementation of legal standards and the persistent deficiencies in combating impunity for hate crimes and incitement to violence, and to remove the discriminatory barriers to the enjoyment of their rights.
The Commissioner notes that LGBTI people remain affected by instances of hate crime and pervasive discrimination in Georgia. She calls on the authorities to step up efforts to combat impunity for human rights violations against them and stresses that raising awareness among the public and training relevant categories of professionals on the importance of their role in promoting equality, dignity and non-discrimination should be a priority. She adds that hate speech against LGBTI people in the public sphere is an issue of concern and that an appropriate response to hate speech, including when voiced by officials, religious and community leaders and media professionals, is needed through an effective use of law enforcement channels and other mechanisms, such as prevention, monitoring, self-regulation, and counter-speech. In light of repeated occurrence of LGBTI people having been denied their right to peaceful assembly, the Commissioner stresses that authorities should adopt comprehensive measures enabling LGBTI people to freely express their views and assemble. Regarding transgender people, the authorities should facilitate legal gender recognition without invasive medical requirements and in a quick, transparent, and accessible manner.
As regards religious minorities, the Commissioner urges the authorities to ensure effective investigation, prosecution, and dissuasive and proportionate sanctioning for hate crimes committed on the grounds of religion and to remove discriminatory barriers in accessing places of worship and in regulating tax and religious property matters. “An open dialogue with all religious communities should be established”, she stated. To support this dialogue, she underlines the need for a meaningful partnership between competent authorities and religious denominations, for changes to the relevant regulations and for continuous training and awareness raising activities targeting officials and the general public. In addition, the Commissioner notes that the authorities should pursue their efforts in eliminating religious biases and stereotyping from school textbooks.
Noting that a decade of deregulation and the abolishment of the labour Inspectorate in 2006 led to a significant deterioration in the protection of labour rights in Georgia, the Commissioner welcomes the recent comprehensive legal and institutional reforms and urges the authorities to close the remaining legislative gaps by establishing a minimum wage compliant with international standards, by ensuring equal access to parental leave, and by developing clear guidelines on the duration and compensation for overtime work. “It is now important to ensure a full implementation of the labour standards, including the anti-discrimination provisions”, she stated. To this end, it is crucial to provide the Labour Inspectorate with sufficient and adequately trained human resources and an appropriate budget. While welcoming recent progress in the reduction of workplace accidents, the Commissioner calls on the authorities to further improve occupational safety at the workplace. She also recommends promoting and supporting diversity and equality at work, including with regard to the integration of persons with disabilities. The Commissioner further recommends that the authorities address the gender pay gap and gender stereotypes in employment, to continuously raise awareness about sexual harassment, ways to report it and available remedies, as well as to take resolute action to address child labour and prevent and combat child trafficking.
As regards human rights and the environment, the Commissioner calls on the authorities to strengthen the implementation of the existing national legal framework, to guarantee public access to information and meaningful and transparent public participation in environmental decision-making processes at various levels of government, as well as to improve air quality and the tracking of air pollution. They should also develop and implement preventive measures to reduce the risk of environmental disasters and to ensure protection of the rights of people displaced by such disasters or owing to climate change. The authorities should also provide a safe and enabling environment for environmental human rights defenders and activists and support their work
- Read the Commissioner's report following her visit to Georgia in February 2022
- Read the comments of the authorities of Georgia on the report
- Watch the report in a nutshell
Visa along with USAID Economic Security Program announces ICT Champion category winner of the Grace Hopper Award Program in Georgia
Tbilisi, June 10, 2022 – Today, Visa in partnership with USAID Economic Security Program in Georgia distinguished Nana Dikhaminjia as a winner of the ICT Champion category and awarded with special money prize - 5 thousand Gel. Visa, as supporter organization joined the Grace Hopper Award Program in Georgia, founded by the USAID Economic Security Program in partnership with TBC Bank and UN Women. The award ceremony of the program was held on June 10 and recognized the winners in six categories of the contest.
The winner of the ICT Champion category, Director of Digital Transformation Center at the Alte University - Nana Dikhaminjia is actively working in educational field and makes a special contribution to strengthening the role of women in the field of information and communication technologies.
The ICT Champion Award is a special nomination, that recognizes the most accomplished professionals and changemakers in the field of ICT who are making a significant impact within the organization, the community, or the country regardless of the type of sector they represent whether it’s education, private sector, government, consulting, or non-profit.
“We are thrilled to award Nana Dikhaminjia as the winner of the ICT Champion category. Being part of the Grace Hopper Award program corresponds our priorities to support women in tech and innovations, and advance them on a global level. Our team believes, that the winner receives our strong support and becomes a member of our big network. I am extremely happy to hand over special money prize 5 thousand Gel to Nana as our contribution in active work she does. I would like to thank to organizers for giving as an opportunity to support and empower women community in the country.” – noted Diana Kiguradze, Visa Regional Manager for Caucasus region and one of the members of the jury of established professionals assessing the nominations of the program.
Engaging as a supporter organization in the Grace Hopper Award Program and awarding the ICT Champion category winner is another step forward for Visa in its efforts of supporting women, advancement of innovations and also, contributing to development of an equal society. All three directions are an integral part of Visa’s mission to connect the world through the most innovative, convenient, reliable and secure payments network enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive.
Visa (NYSE: V) is a world leader in digital payments, facilitating transactions between consumers, merchants, financial institutions and government entities across more than 200 countries and territories. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, convenient, reliable and secure payments network, enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. We believe that economies that include everyone everywhere, uplift everyone everywhere and see access as foundational to the future of money movement. Learn more at Visa.com.ge
The Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on the so-called presidential elections in the occupied Tskhinvali region
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia refers to the so-called second tour of presidential elections held on 8 May 2022 in Tskhinvali region occupied by the Russian Federation and condemns this illegal action that contradicts the fundamental principles and norms of international law and blatantly violates Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.
Under the Russian occupation and effective control any so-called elections will not have legal consequences, in the circumstance when hundreds of thousands of IDPs and refugees expelled from their homes as a result of ethnic cleansing of Georgians in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions are still hampered to safe and dignified return home, and fundamental rights and freedoms of people on the ground are blatantly violated. Effective control of the Russian Federation over Georgia’s occupied regions and its responsibility for the violations of human rights on the ground are clearly attested in the Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights of 21 January, 2021.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia calls on the Russian Federation to respect Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and implement its international obligations, inter alia the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia appeals to the international community to duly assess and react on the actions directed against sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
MFA of Georgia
Georgia to submit the second part of the EU self-assessment questionnaire to the European Commission by 10 MayGeorgia will submit the second part of the EU self-assessment questionnaire to the European Commission on 10 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ilia Darchiashvili said following the meeting of the Georgian government commission on EU integration, chaired by Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili.
"Georgia has completed the second part of the questionnaire and we are going to hand it over to the European Commission by 10 May," the minister is quoted as saying.
As Ilia Darchiashvili noted, the second part of the questionnaire was of technical-sectoral nature, and it took a great deal of efforts to complete it. The Minister thanked the government agencies that took part in the process.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission’s opinion regarding the document will be the next step on the path of EU integration.
On 2 May, the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Gharibashvili, handed over the first completed part of the EU questionnaire to the EU Ambassador to Georgia, Karl Hartzel.
MFA of Georgia