Flights in 12 new directions to be carried out from Kutaisi Airport
Regular flights in 12 new European directions will be carried out from Kutaisi Davit Aghmashenebeli International Airport: Frankfurt, Hamburg, Baden-Baden, Venice, Naples, Nice, Pisa, Stockholm, Nurnberg, Poznan, Heraklion and Turku.
The flights of low-cost Wizz Air Company will be carried out by Airbus A 320 type of planes. There were no direct flights in direction of Finland and Sweden before.
The M4EG Staff Exchange Programme helps Kutaisi to develop an Investment Portfolio
Kutaisi, Georgia, 21 August 2019 – Kutaisi City Municipality recently welcomed a colleague from Delft, the Netherlands, who travelled to Georgia on a 5-day Staff Exchange Mission in order to help Kutaisi design an Investment Portfolio – one of the essential components of Kutaisi’s Local Economic Development Plan (LEDP).
The Staff Exchange visitor from the Netherlands, Mr Gido Ten Dolle, who leads Delft’s Urban and Economic Development portfolio, met members of Kutaisi’s Municipality and City Assembly as well as representatives of the private sector, free industrial zones and higher education institutions. Their discussions focused upon Kutaisi’s opportunities for urban and economic development, and Mr Ten Dolle shared his experience of policy strategies and economic growth.
Through its Local Economic Development Plan, Kutaisi seeks to attract investors, raise the city's international profile and develop an inclusive economy. Encouraged and inspired by the 5-day exchange programme, the city’s municipality introduced a draft Investment Portfolio in order to achieve these goals according to a new vision focusing upon the promotion of tourism, industrial zones and higher education. Kutaisi expects to adopt a definitive version of this Portfolio by the end of 2019.
Ms Nino Tvalavadze, Kutaisi’s Deputy Mayor, stated that ‘It was very important for Kutaisi to participate in the M4EG Staff Exchange Programme. We are working on an economic development plan for our city, and at this stage we are seeking professional advice to promote Kutaisi as an investment opportunity. The City of Delft developed its own investment portfolio with the help of its university sector. We have similar opportunities in this regard, and Mr Ten Dolle’s expertise was therefore particularly interesting and fruitful.’
In turn,Mr Gido Ten Dolle, Delft’s Urban and Economic Development Director, noted that ‘We can look back at a very intensive week during which we visited many different places and sites, and held intensive discussions with Kutaisi’s Deputy Major, with several Members of Parliament and with representatives of employers’ organisations and higher educational institutions. We spoke a lot about the best methods to design an investment portfolio, and I am sure that we have identified some key ideas for further action. Kutaisi has great potential for further investments, but in order to be successful the challenge is to focus and set some clear priorities.’
In his assessment of the exchange visit,Mr Zviad Archuadze, M4EG Country Coordinator for Georgia and Azerbaijan, declared that ‘Kutaisi was already the 2nd signatory from Georgia to participate in M4EG’s Staff Exchange Programme this year. We are very glad that the Programme is continuing to run smoothly and effectively and that the meetings in Kutaisi have been so productive. Thanks to the Staff Exchange Programme’s meetings and sharing of experience, Kutaisi will soon adopt a new investment portfolio capable of contributing to the city’s economic growth.’
Launched as part of the EU’s ‘Mayors for Economic Growth’ (M4EG) initiative, the Staff Exchange Programme sends municipal staff members from EU countries to selected signatories in order to share their experience and render assistance. Kutaisi is the second municipality in Georgia to participate in the M4EG Staff Exchange Programme this year; earlier, in July, a Polish delegation from the town of Kostrzyn visited Baghdati Municipality in order to help their Georgian colleagues further promote Baghdati as a tourism destination.
About the ‘Mayors for Economic Growth’ (M4EG) Initiative:
The EU’s ‘Mayors for Economic Growth’ (M4EG) Initiative was launched in January 2017 in the 6 Eastern Partnership countries in order to increase the capacity of local administrations to stimulate economic growth and job creation in their area. By the summer of 2019, over 300 local administrations had already joined the Initiative, over half of which have already been promoted from Junior to Acting Members upon drafting and beginning to carry out their unique local economic development plans. In order to support the efforts of these Acting Members, the M4EG Secretariat launched a Staff Exchange Programme to send experienced municipal staff from EU countries on one-week missions to share their experience and render assistance.
1500 teenagers spent their summer holidays at Robotechnics Summer Camp
Robotechnics Summer Camp was closed in Kutaisi, where approximately 1500 teenagers spent their summer holidays and had the opportunity to get acquainted with modern technological innovations.
The project was implemented by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia, together with the Ministry of Defense.
The primary aim of the project was to promote: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, robotics, modern technological achievements amongst the youth, in conjunction with developing creative thinking and popularizing a healthy lifestyle.
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
The Georgian side has been informed through diplomatic channels by the Iranian side that a number of Iranian citizens have expressed their discontent with security procedures at the Tbilisi International Airport.
Immediately upon receiving the information, the competent authorities of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia made an immediate enquiry into the procedures conducted by aviation security officers at the Tbilisi Airport.
The preliminary enquiry has found no evidence of wrongdoing, including actions insulting religious feelings.
The Ministry has already reported the findings to the Iranian side. The inquiry results will also be communicated to the Iranian ambassador in Tbilisi.
New Educational Project of Georgia and Germany
The specialists of the International Technical University of Munich (TUM International) will develop the Kutaisi University Complex development plan, academic and research programs together with the Georgian side. Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia - Teimuraz Murgulia and Managing Director of International Technical University of Munich - Daniel Gottschald signed the relevant document today.
According to the agreement, the TUM International Quality Management Standards will be applied in development of Kutaisi University study and research programs as well as in the process of selection of management, scientific and administrative staff. The joint organizational group will cooperate at all stages of development of Kutaisi University and the German specialists will provide consultations to Georgian architects in the process of design works of the University infrastructures.
The agreement also envisages establishment of the Innovation Center, Clusters Hub and Applied Research Centre in Kutaisi University and seeking of potential business partners. The concept will be developed jointly for transfer of knowledge and development of the innovation centers, which will facilitate the Kutaisi University to become the center of knowledge and innovation in the region.
The Technical University of Munich (TUM), founded in 19th century, has 12 faculties, including engineering, natural sciences and social sciences, agriculture, food technology and medical. The University pays special attention to the field of innovation and technology. Annually, more than 1000 agreements are signed with the leading technology companies. The University students have founded more than 800 “Startup Companies”. The Technical University of Munich has 40 000 students and 10 000 employees. The University professors and teachers have received 13 Nobel Prizes in physics, chemistry and medicine.
Trophy Visits Kutaisi
After visiting high altitudes in Svaneti, World Rugby U20 trophy visited Kutaisi last week. The second largest city in Georgia that hosts Group B matches is also parliamentary capital of Georgia.
This time trophy was accompanied by Kutaisi born veteran Georgian International Besik Khamashuridze along with Lexo Gugva. Obviously trophy made its first stop in Parliament of Georgia, where the Speaker of parliament Irakli Kobakhidze and MPs – the Lelos ex captain Irakli Abuseridze, veteran rugby players Giorgi Kakhiani, Beka Natsvlishvili and Bidzina Gegidze (ex GRU President)- welcomed it.
It is significant that one of the venues of the tournament and the host stadium of probably future Champion was on the list after the parliament.
AIA Arena in Kutaisi is in full preparations to host Future Stars of World Rugby from New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland and Italy in less than month’s time. There the trophy was warmly welcomed by veteran and current players of RC AIA, boys and girls from local clubs, probably the future stars of Lelos.