China highly appreciates friendship with Georgia - Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA)
The Georgian Vice Premier, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met with Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), Li Jinzao, on the sidelines of the 22ndGeneral Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
The Georgian Foreign Minister emphasized Georgia’s successeful co-operation with China in many areas, including in tourism and welcomed the establishment of the world tourism alliance at the initiative of China.
Discussions focused on issues of bilateral relations. Mikheil Janelidze noted with satisfaction Georgia’s active participation in One belt One road Initiative. Special attention was paid to the signing of free trade agreement between Georgia and China, Georgia’s involvement in the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank and many other important projects.
The development of tourism, culture and people-to-people contacts was identified as the priority areas of co-operation between the two countries. It was underlined that Georgia with its winter and summer resorts is an attractive tourist destination for China. Special note, in this context, was taken of the importance of direct flights between China and Georgia and of Chinese businessmen’s rising interest in Georgia’s tourism potential.
At the end of the meeting Mikheil Janelidze invited Li Jinzao to Georgia.
The meeting with the Chairman of the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) was attended by the newly-elected UNWTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili and Georgia’s Ambassador to China Davit Aptsiauri.
Myhome and Visa launch a new campaign to support local tourism
The campaign is a part of Visa’s global initiative to support small businesses around the globe
TBILISI, 13 July, 2020 - Visa today announced the launch of a joint 2-months, “Your Summer is here” campaign with a real estate platform Myhome.ge to support domestic tourism in Georgia.
Starting from August 1st, 2020 first 200 consumers booking a property through Myhome.ge with their Visa card will receive a 20% of cashback of maximum 100 GEL back to their account. The aim of the campaign is to promote local touristic destinations and support tourism business that have been most adversely affected by the pandemic.
The joint campaign “Your Summer is here” is part of Visa’s global initiative “Where You Shop Matters”, designed to support micro and small businesses around the globe as they go through the recovery following the COVID-19 lockdown. In Georgia the initiative has been launched in Georgia with Visa Small Business Hub, a merchant platform providing tools and information on how to start, run and grow small businesses and is powered by a number of Visa activities with banks and merchants.
“It has always been important for Myhome to support and promote domestic tourism, and for this purpose, during 2019, we’ve been introducing different destinations of Georgia to our customers and helped them create an adventure, loaded with impressions. Over the past summer, 125,000 users have found a place, where to stay daily, with the help of our platform. We want to simplify this process even more and create a platform where you can easily find and book a residential apartment, hotel, house or a cottage” – said Madona Kachkachashvili, Myhome Product Owner.
“Small businesses are at the center of our local communities and global economies. Being a global brand we’re well aware how important it is to be locally relevant and contribute to the communities we are part of. Especially now that we’re going through these hard times. With this campaign and “Where You Shop Matters” global initiative we support small business as well as encourage consumers to think of the positive impact each of them can make for the local travel industry. We are committed to helping small businesses thrive and expand their purchasing power through Visa’s fast, convenient and secure digital payment options and we will continue to support the big potential of small businesses, everywhere.” – said Cristina Doros, Visa Regional Manager for the Caucasus region.
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Xinhua Headlines: China adopts law on safeguarding national security in Hong Kong
China's top legislature unanimously adopted the "landmark" law on safeguarding national security in Hong Kong.
People convicted of the national security crimes could face up to life imprisonment.
The law is a "sword" deterring people who endanger national security and a "guardian" protecting Hong Kong residents.
BEIJING, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Chinese lawmakers Tuesday voted to adopt the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
The law was passed unanimously at the 20th session of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature.
President Xi Jinping signed a presidential order to promulgate the law, which goes into effect on the date of promulgation.
With 66 articles in six chapters, the law clearly defines the duties and government bodies of the HKSAR for safeguarding national security and four categories of offences -- secession, subversion, terrorist activities, and collusion with a foreign country or external elements to endanger national security -- and their corresponding penalties.
According to the law, the central government will set up an office in the HKSAR for safeguarding national security.
The HKSAR will establish a committee for safeguarding national security, which is under the supervision of and accountable to the central government. To be chaired by the HKSAR chief executive, the committee shall have a national security adviser designated by the central government. The Hong Kong police force will also set up a department for safeguarding national security, according to the law.
After the law was passed, the NPC Standing Committee consulted its HKSAR Basic Law Committee and the HKSAR government, and adopted on Tuesday afternoon, by a unanimous vote, a decision to list the law in Annex III to the HKSAR Basic Law.
The newly-adopted decision stipulates that the law shall be applied locally in the HKSAR by way of promulgation by the region.
The law came into force in Hong Kong at 11:00 p.m. local time on Tuesday upon its promulgation by the HKSAR government in the gazette.
HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam said in a statement that the HKSAR government welcomes the passage of the law.
"I am confident that after the implementation of the national security law, the social unrest which has troubled Hong Kong people for nearly a year will be eased and stability will be restored, thereby enabling Hong Kong to start anew, focus on economic development and improve people's livelihood," she said.
The law came after prolonged social unrest and escalating street violence had plunged Hong Kong into the gravest situation since its return to the motherland in 1997. Rampant activities of "Hong Kong independence" organizations and violent radicals as well as blatant interference by external forces have disrupted Hong Kong residents' daily life and threatened their safety.
Addressing the closing meeting of the NPC Standing Committee session, Li Zhanshu, chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, said the unanimous passage of the law and the decision has reflected the common will of the Chinese people including Hong Kong compatriots.
Stressing that national security, social stability and the order of rule of law are the premises of the development of Hong Kong, Li said the legislation represents the aspirations of the people and an irresistible trend of the times.
In a statement, the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council voiced firm support for the law, calling it a "milestone" event that will usher in a turning point for Hong Kong to end chaos and bring back order.
In a separate statement, the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the HKSAR said the promulgation and implementation of the law at the occasion of the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland is an event worth celebrating for all Chinese people, including Hong Kong compatriots.
Nearly 2.93 million Hong Kong residents earlier signed a petition in support of the national security legislation during an eight-day campaign starting May 24.
"SWORD" AND "GUARDIAN"
The Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council said in its statement that for a tiny number of people endangering national security, the law will be a "sharp sword" hanging over their heads.
But for the vast majority of Hong Kong residents including foreigners in Hong Kong, the law will be a "guardian" that protects their rights, freedoms and peaceful life, said the office.
According to the law, people convicted of the national security crimes could face up to life imprisonment.
Convicted criminals will be disqualified from running for public office, and people in public office who are found guilty of the crimes will be removed from their posts.
The law shall apply to acts committed after its entry into force for the purpose of conviction and imposition of punishment, according to its provision.
Upon promulgation, the law will resolutely and effectively safeguard national security and ensure that the "one country, two systems" cause is steered toward the right direction, said top legislator Li Zhanshu.
The law will vigorously uphold the constitutional order and the order of rule of law in the HKSAR, forestall and deter external interference, and safeguard Hong Kong's fundamental, long-term and current interests, he said.
The Georgian Foreign Minister has discussed with his Czech colleague issues relating to tourism cooperation
Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs David Zalkaliani spoke over the phone with his Czech counterpart, Tomáš Petříček. Discussions focused on issues relating to COVID-19 pandemic and various aspects of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
David Zalkaliani thanked his Czech colleague for the Czech Government’s solidarity and humanitarian assistance rendered to Georgia during the pandemic.
Special accent was put on prospects of restoring tourism cooperation between the two countries. According to Zalkaliani, Georgia will open up borders to foreign tourists as of 1 July, in accordance with WHO recommendations and through safe travel corridors.
The Czech Foreign Minister highly appraised the Georgian Government’s efforts and measures against COVID-19. He said that he supports safe tourism concept and looks forward to renewing tourism cooperation with Georgia.
David Zalkaliani thanked the Czech colleague for the Czech Republic’s firm support of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and for condemnation of the Russian Federation’s destructive activities continuing even amid the pandemic.
Tomáš Petříček reaffirmed that the Czech Republic remains committed to supporting Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration, as well as Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.
China announces concrete measures to boost global fight against COVID-19 as Xi addresses WHA sessionBEIJING, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday announced concrete measures to boost global fight against COVID-19 including providing international aid and making the country's COVID-19 vaccine a global public good when available.Xi made the announcement as he addressed the opening of the 73rd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) via video link."China will provide 2 billion U.S. dollars over two years to help with COVID-19 response and with economic and social development in affected countries, especially developing countries," Xi said.China will work with the United Nations to set up a global humanitarian response depot and hub in China, ensure the operation of anti-epidemic supply chains and foster "green corridors" for fast-track transportation and customs clearance, he said.Besides, China will establish a cooperation mechanism for its hospitals to pair up with 30 African hospitals and accelerate the building of the Africa CDC headquarters to help the continent ramp up its disease preparedness and control capacity, said Xi."COVID-19 vaccine development and deployment in China, when available, will be made a global public good," said the president."This will be China's contribution to ensuring vaccine accessibility and affordability in developing countries," he added.Moreover, China will work with other G20 members to implement the Debt Service Suspension Initiative for the poorest countries, Xi said, adding that China is also ready to work with the international community to bolster support for the hardest-hit countries under the greatest strain of debt service so that they could tide over the current difficulties.The WHA is the decision-making body of the WHO. The 73rd session of the WHA, scheduled from Monday to Tuesday, is held via video link due to the impact of the current pandemic.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), its agenda was condensed only to essential issues, such as COVID-19 and the executive board members selection.Currently, COVID-19 has hit over 210 countries and regions, affected more than seven billion people around the world and claimed over 300,000 precious lives."China stands for the vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind," said Xi, adding that China takes it as its responsibility to ensure not just the life and health of its own citizens, but also global public health.China has all along acted with openness, transparency and responsibility in the fight against COVID-19, said Xi, adding that the country "has done everything in our power to support and assist countries in need."Noting that "nothing in the world is more precious than people's lives," Xi urged all countries to put the people first and do everything they can for COVID-19 control and treatment.He expressed China's staunch support to the WHO, calling on the international community to increase political and financial support for WHO so as to mobilize resources worldwide to defeat the virus."At this crucial juncture, to support WHO is to support international cooperation and the battle for saving lives as well," Xi said.Xi called on the world to provide more material, technological and personnel support for African countries, saying that "helping them build capacity must be our top priority in COVID-19 response."Furthermore, Xi said the international community must strengthen global governance in the area of public health."China supports the idea of a comprehensive review of the global response to COVID-19 after it is brought under control to sum up experience and address deficiencies," said Xi."This work should be based on science and professionalism, led by WHO and conducted in an objective and impartial manner," he added.He also proposed to restore economic and social development and strengthen international cooperation.Noting that the mankind is facing the most serious global public health emergency since the end of World War II, Xi said "solidarity and cooperation is a sure way through which we, the people of the world, can defeat this novel coronavirus."He called on the international community to work as one and make concerted efforts to protect the life and health of people in all countries, safeguard planet Earth and build a global community of health for all.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and leaders from other countries addressed the opening via video link, expressing their support to the WHO and multilateralism, as well as enhanced joint efforts in the global fight against COVID-19.
D. Zalkaliani expresses his gratitude towards the Republic of Korea for the support provided within the framework of the fight against the pandemic
The Georgian Foreign Minister, David Zalkaliani, expresses his gratitude towards the Republic of Korea for the timely support provided in terms of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to his statement, the Republic of Korea became an exemplary case in the fight against the pandemic from the very early stages of the outbreak of the virus.
With joint efforts of Georgian Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs, The Georgian Foreign Ministry and the Georgian Embassy to the Republic of Korea active cooperation takes place with our Korean Counterparts. Thus, with the support of the Korean Government, towards the end of April a Korean company, SD Biosensor, Inc. will begin to export rapid-detection tests for the COVID-19 virus to Georgia.