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.
New joint Czech-Georgian scientific program to support Georgian universities!The presentation was opened by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Georgia, Mr. Petr Mikyska, representative of JSC ENERGO-PRO Georgia Mr. Giorgi Trapaidze and a representative of Czech Technical University in Prague (ČVUT), Dr. Ing. Petr Nowak.The Ambassador underlined the importance of the project for Georgia as a country with significant hydropower potential. The involvement of ENERGO-PRO Georgia is of utmost importance for the project, as an example of the cooperation of Georgian private sector and Czech and Georgian educational institutions with Czech Government support. The project fosters cooperation between the Czech Technical University in Prague with Georgian Technical University in Tbilisi and Akaki Tsereteili State University in Kutaisi. The main goal of the project is to assist the development of hydropower direction and to introduce modern approaches in educational processes, as well as to improve the professional preparation of Georgian universities graduates.This cooperation is an opportunity for Czech and Georgian University lecturers to exchange experience and increase qualifications in the field, an important issue for Georgian employers. The project focuses on the improvement of curriculum, an increase of the interest and engagement of students through various trials, tours to HPPs and workshops in the Czech Republic or online (in the course of the COVID-19 situation).
A new program to support two state hospitals in Georgia
Tbilisi, 17 September, 2020. The Czech Development Agency continues to support Georgian healthcare system by launching new instrument “Tied Financial Donation”. The first beneficiaries in Georgia are state Republican hospitals in Batumi and Rukhi, which will get Czech medical devices.
A contract was signed today on behalf of the Czech Development Agency by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Tbilisi, Mr. Petr Mikyska, Mr. Irakli Gvazava Acting Director of Rukhi Republican hospital and representative of Batumi Republican Hospital to lay foundation for new cooperation.
The two hospitals are newly built and started partial functioning after COVID-19 pandemic hit the country. However, not all the departments have necessary equipment. Recognizing the problem, the aid aims to ensure modern technologies are provided to both hospitals in order to enhance and improve services provided by them.
The new Republican Batumi hospital is designed for 170 beds. For the first time in its history, hospital will offer citizens the service of midwifery and pediatric medical care and Czech products are designed for it. Meanwhile, Rukhi Republican hospital is designed for 220 beds and by getting new equipment, they will improve surgical and intensive care departments.
The new cooperation also involves trainings for hospitals’ staff, provided by Czech professionals, who will share their experience and simplify the use of new technologies. The Czech Republic will continue to support both hospitals in the future.
New equipment will be delivered in two stages before the end of 2020. Total cost amounts to EUR 371 000, from which Batumi Republican hospital will get EUR 186 000 and Rukhi Republican hospital EUR 185 000.
A new partnership initiative to support primary health care launched in Georgia
A new partnership initiative to support primary health care launched in Georgia.
"Focusing and improving Georgia's primary healthcare is one of our top priorities" - Czech Ambassador to Georgia H.E. Petr Mikyska said at the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Czech Development Agency (CzechAid) and UNICEF Georgia. The Memorandum was signed by the Ambassador on behalf of the Czech Development Agency and the Director of UNICEF Georgia Mr. Ghassan Khalil. Mrs. Tamar Gabunia, First Deputy Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, witnessed the signature.
Within the framework of the Memorandum, the Czech Development Agency and UNICEF unite their forces to support the strengthening of primary health care in Georgia, expanding the original CzechAid project (focused mainly on the adult population) to children, youth and maternity. The project was conceived in close cooperation with Georgian authorities, reflecting the urgent needs in this field.
In total, 46 primary health care facilities will be covered by the project, including 146 village doctors and nurses in Dusheti and Zugdidi municipalities. Project duration is from May 2020 till June 2023, with total funding by the Czech Government via CzechAid of 1.25 million EUR and UNICEF contribution of 70 000 USD with future expansion of around 85 000 USD.
Czech contribution in monitoring COVID-19 in Georgia was invaluable and hugely important” - Georgia’s Health Minister
"Czech contribution in monitoring COVID-19 in Georgia was invaluable and hugely important” - Georgia’s Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze praised the Czech Republic’s contribution during Friday meeting with the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Georgia, H.E. Petr Mikyska as the Georgian and Czech sides met to discuss various aspects of joint collaboration.
In return, Ambassador Mikyska highlighted Georgia's notable success in dealing with the pandemic, saying that Georgia is "Deservedly considered among the best countries worldwide when it comes to combating COVID-19”.
The meeting was also attended by the representatives of the health sector and the Czech non-governmental organization the Caritas Czech Republic in Georgia, which presented two new projects: “Way to Home: Development of Adult Alternative Social Services in Georgia” and “Support to Primary Healthcare Strengthening in Georgia (Phase II)”, funded with more than 2 million euro from Czech Development Cooperation.
Czech Beer Days 2020 opened in Tbilisi
The Tbilisi Czech Beer Days 2020 (Welcome to the Czech Beer Days at Pub “U LVA”) take place on June 23-25, showcasing the finest of Czech beer and cuisine. The newly opened Czech beer pub “U LVA” on Abashidze 24 is hosting the events from 19:00 until 23:00. The initiative is brought by the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic. The motive behind this festival is to introduce Czech culture and it is an amazing way to do so.
The opening held on June 23rd at 19:00 had a very lovely atmosphere. The welcoming hosts of the place along with the guests made the event very special. One of the highlights of the night was the authentic Czech beer, such as Pilsner Urquell. Highlighting and bringing to the forefront these traditions enriches the local community and it’s a great initiative that is being brought about.
At the opening of Czech beer Days Tbilisi 2020 was attended by the Czech ambassador to Georgia Petr Mikyska, as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Georgia.
The event aims at introducing traditional Czech Beer - a delicious beverage with a rich flavor and Czech cuisine. During the Czech Beer Days visitors have an opportunity to benefit 1+1 offer on purchasing beer (buy one 0.5 L of Pilsner Urquell and get one for free) and 50% discount on national Czech dishes.
We want to remind that Pilsner Urquell was first brewed in 1842 in Plzeň (Pilsen) in Western Bohemia (part of the Czech Republic) and is regarded as the historically first lager type beer. This crisp, refreshing golden lager was made with local ingredients: sweet Moravian barley, delicately bitter Saaz hops, soft Pilsen water, and bottom-fermenting H-strain yeast. The beer was named after the city where it was brewed - Pilsen, where it is still brewed today. Over the last 178 years, pilsner-style lager has become the world’s most popular beer, with seven out of 10 beers in the world imitating this innovation. There are many pilsner-style beers out there, but only one original.
By Alex Klimczyk