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.
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
Meeting between Public Defender and US Ambassador
On March 22, 2021, Nino Lomjaria, Public Defender of Georgia, met with Kelly Degnan, Ambassador of the United States of America to Georgia.
The topic of discussion was the situation of human rights in Georgia. The Public Defender also spoke about the challenges faced by the Office, especailly in recent months, and the obstacles that hinder the full implementation of the Public Defender's mandate, for example when paying visits to semi-open prisons.
"Another visit paid by the US Ambassador to the Public Defender’s Office once again confirms the support that has been constantly expressed by the US Government to our Office," Nino Lomjaria said.
“It was a very informative meeting. It's important to have conversations with the Public Defender and find out what they are working on. It is an essential part of a strong democracy to have a Public Defender's Office that is defending the human rights of all the people of Georgia, working to keep transparency and accountability and democracy strong. I was very sorry to hear that there have been some attacks against the Public Defender's Office. That kind of hate speech is a toxic language, especially against an office that is serving the public in such an important way.
The Public Defender's Office also plays such an important role in keeping public officials accountable, something that Georgia needs to do more; more accountability, more transparency and less hate speech and vicious attacks against others“, the US Ambassador said after the meeting.
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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 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan with the Leader of the National Islamic Movement Party of Afghanistan
On February 22, 2021, the meeting was held between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov and the Leader of the National Islamic Movement Party of Afghanistan Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum who arrived in Ashkhabad on a working visit.
During the constructive talks the sides exchanged views on the agenda of the effective Turkmen-afghan interaction. It was underlined the active development of bilateral ties with the aim of all-round implementation of the agreements reached on high level between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan.
The Leader of the NIMP of Afghanistan especially underlined the efforts of Turkmenistan’s Leadership aimed at strengthening peace and security in the neighbor fraternal country as well as the integration of Afghanistan and its people into the stable channel of economic development.
In this context the initiatives of the President of Turkmenistan directed to the intensification and development of effective regional interaction with active involvement of the afghan side were highly appreciated.
The parties expressed adherence to the addition of joint efforts in rapid implementation of energy, communications, transport and other projects. In this regard it was expressed mutual interest to the timely and effective realization of the perspective project of TAPI gas pipeline, of the TAP transmission line and new routes of the railroad from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan.
During the negotiations the sides highlighted the significance of the realization by Turkmenistan of large-scale infrastructure projects directed to the further development of Afghanistan and the whole region. As is known, the given projects are aimed at creation of cost-effective jobs as well as stimulating the growth of well-being of the population living along the implementation of megaprojects.
The Turkmen side confirmed once again its readiness to continue active dialogue aimed at advancement of peace inter-afghan negotiations, as well as to provide its political space for any of their future rounds.
In the course of the talks the patties agreed that it is necessary to strengthen and enhance the mechanisms of achieving peace, sustainable development, stability and security in the region as a whole.
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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