Mamuka Bakhtadze confirms that he resigns as Prime Minister
Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze resigns.
Mamuka Bakhtadze published a post on his Facebook page: “It was a great honor for me and at the same time a great responsibility to serve as the Prime Minister of Georgia for protecting the interests of our country. I was and will be a member of the Georgian Dream team and the devoted soldier of our country. I would like to thank my predecessors and wish success to the next Prime Minister”.
Under the constitution, the authority of the Prime Minister be terminated as soon as he/she resigns, but the government continues fulfilling its duty until the appointment of a new prime minister.
Mamuka Bakhtadze was approved to the post of Prime Minister by the Parliament of Georgia on June 20, 2018.
From November 13, 2017 till June 20, 2018 Mamuka Bakhtadze served as the Minister of Finance of Georgia. Prior to his appointment as Minister, he held the position of Director-General of the Georgian Railway.
Georgian Dream names Giorgi Gakharia as candidate for post of Prime Minister
The ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia Party named Giorgi Gakharia, Minister of Internal Affairs as the candidate for the post of Prime Minister.
Bidzina Ivanishvili, Chairman of Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia Party made the statement after the sitting of the political council and parliamentary majority held at the party’s central office.
Giorgi Gakharia has held the posts of Minister of Internal Affairs and Vice Prime Minister since November 13, 2017. He also serves as Secretary of the National Security Council.
In 2016-2017, Gakharia was the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development. He also held the post of Business Ombudsman in the past.
Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze quit the post on September 2. Bakhtadze said that he had completed his mission at this stage.
The renewed cabinet of ministers will require the expression of confidence on part of the Georgian Parliament.
Vakhtang Gomelauri is named as the candidate for post of Minister of Internal Affairs, while Irakli Gharibashvili – as a candidate for post of Defense Minister.
Giorgi Gakharia, the candidate for post of Prime Minister made the statement after the sitting of the political council and parliamentary majority held at Georgian Dream party’s central office.
Levan Izoria, current Defense Minister is presented for post of Secretary of the National Security Council.
Vakhtang Gomelauri currently serves as head of State Security Service. Irakli Gharibashvili is the Political Secretary of Georgian Dream’s Party.
Bidzina Ivanishvili, Chairman of Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia Party named Giorgi Gakharia, Minister of Internal Affairs as the candidate for post of Prime Minister.
PRIME MINISTER OF GEORGIA MEETS NEW AMBASSADOR OF CHINA
Chinese people respects the choice made by Georgian people to live in a unified Georgia" stated Li Yan, newly appointed Ambassador of the People's Republic of China at an introductory meeting with Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia today.
Madam diplomat focused on the support of China towards sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia, inter alia through international formats.
Meeting held at the Government Administration of Georgia gave rise to discussions related to the prospects of intensified interaction between Georgia and China to cover both economic and people-to-people relations.
Growing inflow of tourists from China was positively viewed and noted that number of visitors has been increased by 50 percent in the first half of the current year. This indicator is expected to rise further by the end of 2019.
Positive trend of bilateral trade has been underlined. Attention was made on the significance of Georgia's participation in the China International Import Expo. It was thereby noted that it will be yet another annual opportunity given to the Georgian companies to showcase their output to Chinese investors.
Silk Road Forum has also been discussed at the meeting within the initiative of One Belt - One Road. Significant role of Georgia as a regional hub has been stressed towards this end.
Prime Minister's Press Office
President of Turkmenistan Holds Meeting with Prime Minister of Republic of Uzbekistan
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has held a meeting with Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov, who arrived in our country to attend the First Caspian Economic Forum in the Avaza National Tourist Zone.
The head of state heartily welcomed the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, thanking him for attending the Caspian Forum. The Turkmen leader emphasized that our country highly treasures the friendly relations with the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The guest passed on warm greetings to the head of Turkmenistan from President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who had expressed confidence that the First Caspian Economic Forum would give powerful impetus to diversified cooperation in the Caspian Sea and the region, and greatly boost investment. As highlighted, Uzbekistan actively supports the large regional and international projects initiated by the Turkmen leader.
Grateful for the kind words, the head of state extended his best wishes to the top leadership and the people of the friendly country. The Turkmen leader pointed out that one of the top priorities of Turkmenistan’s foreign policy is advancing a productive dialogue with its neighboring countries, including Uzbekistan.
Then, the President of Turkmenistan and his guest exchanged their opinions on prospects of the Turkmen-Uzbek cooperation, having said that new possibilities open up today for enhancing the multifaceted dialogue. The parties specifically highlighted that the agreements concluded between President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President Shavkat Mirziyoyev during the official visit by the head of Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan, are being successfully implemented now.
During the meeting, special emphasis was placed on the importance of the First Caspian Economic Forum. The guest noted that the forum’s outcomes would undoubtedly mark a new stage in terms of strengthening the good-neighborly relations, mutually rewarding and equitable cooperation among the countries in the region.
Having identified the transport sector as a key area of partnership, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan acknowledged the personal contribution of the President of Turkmenistan to developing regional transit-transport infrastructure.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed his gratitude for supporting the initiatives and stated that in the light of the present-day conditions the transport sector is seen as a strategic area of interstate cooperation. A notable example is the opening of a highway bridge and a railway bridge over the Amudarya River between cities of Turkmenabat and Farab. The Turkmen-Uzbek cooperation in transport facilitates the development of Central Asian countries and neighboring regions and is regarded as the crucial factor for the successful economic integration and partnership in the context of the North-South and East-West transport corridors.
We do not mean only overland routes, the head of state continued, stressing that our country offers Uzbekistan to explore the possibilities of using the modern port infrastructure and facilities on the Caspian coast (Turkmen sector) to access to European and Middle Eastern markets, the Black and Mediterranean Seas. At the same time, the sides confirmed their willingness to closely collaborate on the Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-the Caspian Sea-Southern Caucasus Corridor project.
Economic cooperation was also recognized as a priority area of the bilateral relations. Uzbekistan seeks to promote the long-term partnership, the friendly country’s Prime Minister said, speaking of interaction in the manufacturing sectors, and of closer ties between border regions.
During an exchange of views on topical issues on the regional and global agenda, the two countries confirmed their mutual willingness to advance the dialogue within the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, and other reputable international organizations.
Closer and more active humanitarian cooperation between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan was a specific topic of discussion. Stressing the need to intensify scientific exchanges and contacts to explore the national historical and cultural heritage, the parties evinced common interest in running international conferences on a regular basis with the participation of scientists and specialists from the two countries.
Ending the meeting, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov expressed confidence that the relations between the two countries would continue to develop successfully.
The state news agency of Turkmenistan
President of Turkmenistan receives Prime Minister of Azerbaijan
President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan Novruz Ismayil oglu Mammadov, who arrived in our country, heading a representative delegation to participate in the First Caspian Economic Forum in the Avaza National tourism zone.
Cordially greeting the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, the President of Turkmenistan thanked the distinguished guest for the participation in the Forum.
Expressing gratitude for the hospitality, the Prime Minister conveyed the greetings from President Ilham Aliyev to the Turkmen leader.
The guest emphasized that Azerbaijan demonstrated keen interested in strengthening relations with Turkmenistan. In this regard, Novruz Ismayil oglu Mammadov underlined the exceptional importance of the Caspian Economic Forum held in Avaza on the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan expressed confidence that the current Forum would enrich cooperation between the countries of the Caspian region with new ideas.
Thanking for the kind words, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov conveyed his greetings to the President of Azerbaijan, emphasizing that Turkmenistan highly evaluated the good relations with its closest neighbours and would strengthen a fruitful dialogue between the neighbouring states.
The Turkmen leader and the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan underlined the importance to continue the constructive cooperation in the spheres of trade, economy and culture between the countries of the Caspian region.
As noted during the meeting, the relations between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan gain new content.
Discussing the promising areas of the Turkmen-Azerbaijani partnership, the President of Turkmenistan and his guest emphasized the significant potential for enhancing fruitful cooperation in various fields, including energy, transport and logistics.
The importance of joining efforts in the implementation of projects on the creation of transcontinental transit and transport corridors, providing the optimal routes for the transportation of goods and their integration into the international transport infrastructure was noted.
The President of Turkmenistan and Prime Minister of Azerbaijan expressed satisfaction with the common views on the preservation of the ecological well-being of the Caspian Sea, the productivity of meetings and consultations held by the relevant departments of the Caspian littoral countries on the protection and enhancement of the biological diversity of this unique reservoir. It was emphasized that the Caspian Sea had always been and remained a sea of friendship and consent of the fraternal neighboring peoples.
During the meeting, the President of Turkmenistan and his guest exchanged views on a number of issues of the regional and international politics of mutual interest. In this regard, Novruz Ismayil oglu Mammadov emphasized the importance of international initiatives put forward by the Turkmen leader with the aim to create a new global security architecture, transforming the Central Asia and the Caspian region into the zone of peace and stability.
In conclusion of the meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan expressed confidence in the successful development of bilateral relations.
Prime Minister Hosts European Chess Champions Davit Tatvidze and Kesaria Mgeladze
Today, Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze hosted chess champions: 6 year-old Davit Tatvidze and 9 year-old Kesaria Mgeladze, winners of the European Youth Chess Championship in Mamaia, Romania.
Mamuka Bakhtadze congratulated the young chess players and emphasized that all of Georgia is proud of their success.
"Georgia is a homeland of champions and most talented people, as evidenced by the achievements of Kesaria and Dato. Under the educational reforms, we must revive the school tradition of actively engaging children in chess. In a society where chess is popular, human capital and talent are best developed," the Prime Minister said.
The Head of Government singled out the great chess traditions of Kutaisi and Batumi, and thanked the parents and coaches of Kutaisi's own Davit Tatvidze and Batumi-native Kesaria Mgeladze.
The Prime Minister wished the little champions success at the upcoming European Individual Chess Championship to be held in August in Bratislava.
Prime Minister's Press Office