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.
PRES RO priorities in Eastern neighbourhood
Ensuring proper consistency of European action in the Eastern neighbourhood will be of particular importance for PRES RO, as the EU will celebrate ten years since the launch of the Eastern Partnership (EaP) and five years since the conclusion of the first Association Agreements. Romania will work together with the EEAS, COM, Member States and EU’s partners to properly mark this symbolic context and to communicate the tangible benefits for the citizens provided by the EaP.
Romania will also support the efforts undertaken by the EEAS and COM for continued implementation of the deliverables under the EaP Agenda for 2020.
Romania will support the further extension of the benefits of the existing DCFTAs, as well as stronger interconnections with the most advanced EaP states. It will devote special attention to consolidating concrete answers the EU could offer to the aspirations of states such as Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Georgia for an explicit European perspective. Equally, Romania aims at boosting the importance of the Black Sea on the EU’s agenda. In the context of finalizing the new EU Strategy for Central Asia, Romania intends to contribute to reanimated relations between the EU and the Central Asia.
The main actions and evolutions of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union could be followed on the website: www.romania2019.eu.
Georgian designers and furniture producers strengthen international ties with support from EU4Business
A group of Georgian interior designers and furniture producers are visiting the German city of Cologne this week to showcase their products at the design fair taking place during Passagen Interior Design Week, Germany’s largest annual design event.
The visit agenda also includes trips to leading German furniture producers to explore the potential for cooperation.
All are members of the Georgian Furniture Cluster, which was established in 2017 with the support of the European Union and its EU4Business initiative.
The visit has been organised within the SME Development and DCFTA in Georgia project implemented under EU4Business. It assists Georgian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to become more competitive and adapt to the new regulatory environment created under the EU Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement.
President S. Zourabichvili to Visit Brussels
Salome Zourabichvili, President of Georgia will leave for Brussels on January 21 to hold meetings as part of her fist working visit abroad.
According to Natalie Sabanadze, Ambassador of Georgia to the Kingdom of Belgium and Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Head of Georgian Mission to the EU, President Zourabichvili’s first visit to Brussels has a political significance.
“The President of Georgia will meet with our partners in NATO and the EU. Meetings are planned with all three presidents of the EU, namely Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament. To discuss foreign affairs, President Zourabichvili will hold meetings with Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship. It is likely and I am certain that the President will once again underscore the importance of Georgia’s European integration,” Natalie Sabanadze said.
President Zourabichvili’s visit will end on January 23.
Death toll rises to four as 4-year-old child dies in Tbilisi explosion
A four-year-old child has died in hospital after a Tbilisi residential building explosion rocked Tbilisi several hours ago. Doctors say the child was in a critical condition when he was brought to Imedi Clinic.
Among the injured are six minors and two middle-age individuals-a man and a woman, based on the latest information.
Georgian PM Mamuka Bakhtadze has declared 17 January as a mourning day.
Flags on state buildings will fly at half-staff tomorrow.
Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, who visited the injured children in the Iashvili Clinic, stated that their lives are not at risk.
She said that she is deeply touched by the huge tragedy and offered her condolences to the families of those who died.
The local authorities will accommodate them until the building is checked for safety and mandatory works are done.
Three people have been killed and at least five injured in a powerful explosion in the Didi Digomi district of Tbilisi about two hours ago – among the injured four are children.
A gas leak may have caused the explosion. Nearby buildings were also damaged in the blast, locals say.
The evacuation of people from the building where the explosion took place has ended.
Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze and Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze are at the scene.
Health Minister David Sergeenko told the media that the health condition of two minors is satisfactory, while the condition of two others is critical. One has a skull trauma, but fortunately there is no need of surgical intervention. Another is being transported from the Imedi clinic and his health condition, as far as I know, is critical,” Sergeenko said.
Residents told the media that there was a strong gas smell present in the building throughout the day. Employees of gas provider company Kaztransgas came to the building to check for a leak, but left the scene after finding that nothing was wrong with the gas infrastructure
Patrol police, rescuers and emergency brigades are at the scene.
The staircase inside the building has been destroyed, as well as the walls of several flats.
A residential building has exploded due to an alleged gas leak in Didi Digomi district of Tbilisi.
Three deaths have been confirmed, several have been hospitalised.
Rescue workers are currently trying to extinguish the fire and evacuate people from the building.
Bank of Georgia Group receives support for energy efficiency and renewable energy loans
The EU-supported, multi-donor Green for Growth Fund (GGF) has provided a loan of USD 25 million to Bank of Georgia Group. The main aim is to support the bank in diversifying and growing its energy efficiency and renewable energy lending portfolio for large companies and SMEs, as well as public entities. Potential beneficiaries include manufacturing, construction and agriculture industries, as well as renewable energy projects.
Kaha Kiknavelidze, the CEO of Bank of Georgia Group commented on the new agreement with GGF. “This is our second co-operation with GGF, which will significantly contribute to the further improvement of our environmental footprint”, he said.
The Green for Growth Fund, part of the EU4Energy Initiative, invests in measures designed to cut energy use and CO2 emissions and improve resource efficiency in 19 markets across southeast Europe, the Caucasus, Ukraine, Moldova, the Middle East and North Africa. The fund provides such financing directly to renewable energy projects, corporations and municipalities or indirectly via selected financial institutions.
The GGF was initiated as a public-private partnership in December 2009 by Germany’s KfW Development Bank and the European Investment Bank, with financial support from the European Commission, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the Austrian development bank OeEB.