USAID and the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs join forces to combat disinformation and help Georgia build a stronger democracy
USAID and the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs join forces to combat disinformation and help Georgia build a stronger democracy!
Today, USAID/Georgia Mission Director Peter Wiebler joined Ambassador of the Czech Republic Petr Mikyska in signing a Memorandum of Understanding.
Together, we’re partnering on the Supporting Democratic Resilience in Georgia project, a new activity to help Georgia’s civil society and independent media combat disinformation and provide people with fact-based information about important issues.
Implemented by People in Need, the European Values Center for Security Policy, and Transitions Online, this activity will help the Georgian people build a more resilient, more responsive democracy.
Czech Development Agency Delegation to Visit Georgia
Czech Republic continues supporting Georgia within its Development Cooperation framework. In this context, Mrs. Michaela Marksová-Tominová, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Mr. Jan Sliva, Head of the Czech Development Agency and their teams will be visiting Georgia on April 19-22, 2021. As part of the official visit, Czech delegation will meet Georgian counterparts and Czech Embassy’s local partners, including the project sites implemented with Czech support in Georgia.
On April 19th, the agency delegation will sign two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia. The MoUs cover two projects, implemented with Czech financial support in Georgia: Way to Home: Development of Adult Alternative Social Services in Georgia (Total budget: about 780 000 EUR) and Support to primary healthcare Strengthening in Georgia (Total budget 1 233 000 EUR).
In coming days, the delegation will also attend the Opening Ceremony of Multifunctional Regional Beekeeping Centerand visit the Rukhi and Batumi Hospitals. The newly built hospitals in Rukhi and Batumi were equipped with the modern technical appliances within the framework of Czech Development Agency’s financial support. The delegation will also pay the visit to the Zugdidi Screening Center constructed and equipped by Caritas Czech Republic (CCR) with the financial support of the Czech Development Agency. The visit will be concluded by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Finance and Economics of Adjara on Quantification of Health and Environmental Risks and Support for the Rehabilitation of the Former Batumi Refinery Site.
Press release of the Czech Embassy in Georgia
Ambassador Petr Mikyska opened the first informal meeting of Czech Business Platform in GeorgiaOn March 24, 2021, Ambassador Petr Mikyska opened the first informal meeting of Czech Business Platform in Georgia. The Platform was established on the initiative and under the auspices of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tbilisi. There were nearly thirty representatives of Czech companies operating in Georgia and Georgian entrepreneurs selling Czech products or representing Czech entities participating in the first meeting. Representatives of the Czech non-governmental organizations Caritas Czech Republic in Georgia and People in Need were also present.Among those present were representatives of the largest Czech investors in Georgia ENERGO-PRO and MND (KBOC); representatives of ŠKODA Auto, KOPOS Kolín, Elkoplast, Alka Plast, TON, Eco-Bohemia, Wiemarg; importers, distributors and producers of beer using Czech technologies (Plzeň, Český ráj, Apeni, Ludi Batumuri, U Lva), real estate companies (Stratos, L&R Company Services), tourism (Georgia-Trip), medicine (National Laboratory of Genetics). The director of the Czech Trade office in Baku, P. Zelenka, who also covers Georgia, attended the meeting. The chairman of the newly revived Czech-Georgian Chamber of Commerce, D. Mahovský, informed about the planned activities. In the future, cooperation with other institutions is planned, such as the Chamber of Commerce of the Czech Republic, the Confederation of Industry and Transport of the Czech Republic, the Confederation of Municipalities and Cities. Representatives of the non-governmental sector presented the possibilities of cooperation with companies, their involvement in development cooperation projects and the concept of corporate social responsibility.The mission of the Platform is to enable discussion and exchange of views between representatives of companies and Embassy and companies themselves, sharing information, knowledge, skills and experience, strengthening public-private partnerships, ensuring greater regularity in contacts with Czech institutions, building links with Georgian partners and strengthening the brand of Czechia. Last but not least, the Platform should be a place for coordinating the promotion and protection of the interests of Czech companies through the Embassy. The Platform is open to all Czech companies interested in the Georgian market and Georgian companies selling Czech products.During the informal part, the participants shared their experiences from working in Georgia and generally positively assessed the idea of establishing the Platform. The prevailing opinion among those present was that meetings should take place regularly three times a year.Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tbilisi, Georgia
Ekaterine Tikaradze Studies the Process of Vaccination Ongoing in the Republican Hospital
Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, Ekaterine Tikaradze got familiarized with ongoing process of COVID-19 vaccination.
According to the Plan, medical workers registered at the special platform have already received the first dosages of vaccine.
At this stage, 4456 medical workers have been registered and 1143 have been vaccinated.
The Minister of Health one more time urged medical workers to get involved in the vaccination process and stated that immunization will end the pandemic.
“I got familiarized with vaccination process ongoing at the Republican Hospital. We spoke with doctors regarding attitude of medical personnel. Doctors expressed their readiness to get involved in the vaccination process” – stated Ekaterine Tikaradze.
In addition, within Caritas project of Czech Republic, 55 pieces of oxygen concentrators were handed over to the Republican Hospital.
The medical device is procured with financial support of Visegrad Fund and Government of Korea.
“Georgia received 55 oxygen concentrators from partner countries. This action will further strengthen state clinics”, - stated Ekaterine Tikaradze.
“Visegrad is a donor organization representing 4 countries: Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia. The Fund support social and economic empowerment of the countries of Eastern Europe” – stated Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Hungary to Georgia H.E. Dr. Viktória Horváth.
The project is aimed at support of health system amid the pandemic. In addition, the project envisages enhanced knowledge of all levels of COVID hotels personnel. This will help with timely and quality delivery of services to the people being in quarantine zones and clinical hotels.
The project also envisages technical assistance for primary healthcare workers, to enable them to better manage the pandemic within their competencies. The cooperation in this direction is ongoing with LEPL Emergency Situation Coordination and Urgent Assistance Center.
Meeting of Mikheil Sarjveladze with Czech Ambassador, H.E. Petr Mikyska
The Chair of the Human Rights and Civil Integration Committee, Mikheil Sarjveladze hosted the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Georgia, H.E. Petr Mikyska to discuss the directions and priorities of the Committee.
"It was an interesting and fruitful meeting. We introduced to the Ambassador the strategy and main directions of our Committee's activities. Special emphasis was placed on the protection of the rights of persons in the occupied territories and, in this regard, the need for important steps in the international arena to force the occupying state and, consequently, the criminal group operating directly in the occupied territories to retreat, for example, in the case of Zaza Gakheladze.
Among other priorities, it is important to ensure the standards set out in the Association Agenda for the protection of human rights, which should be typical of a country with a claim to Europeanness. In this regard, the Ambassador expressed commitment and desire to be involved in this process and participate in planning various joint projects", - M. Sarjveladze commented.
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Meeting of Maka Botchorishvili with Petr Mikyska
The diplomat expressed the Czech Republic's unwavering support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for Georgia's European aspirations.
During the meeting, the Czech Ambassador echoed to Georgia's foreign policy priorities, including the application for EU membership in 2024, noting that full implementation of the Association Agreement in this regard is the right strategy.
The parties underlined the close cooperation between the countries in various fields. For her part, M. Botchorishvili expressed gratitude for the support provided by the Czech Republic to Georgia.
During the meeting, the issue of grasping the DCFTA between Georgia and the European Union was discussed. The sides discussed Georgia's export strategies to the EU and in this regard, and stressed the need for close cooperation between businesses.
M. Botchorishvili and P. Mikyska spoke about the dangers posed by disinformation and hybrid war in Georgia and noted that the support of the EU and partner countries in this direction is very important for the country.