Irakli Garibashvili’s meeting with Charles Michel in Brussels
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, as part of his ongoing working visit to Brussels, is holding a series of high-level meetings with the leaders of various European institutions.
This two-day visit includes today's meeting with Charles Michel, President of the European Council. Georgia's EU membership bid and granting the status of a candidate to the country were the key issues discussed.
During the meeting, the parties held extensive discussions on the process of reviewing Georgia's application, including the European Commission's questionnaire, with both of its parts completed by Georgia ahead of schedule, also the country's progress toward implementing the Association Agreement and carrying out democratic reforms. The Prime Minister underlined Georgia's historical choice to return to the European family, emphasizing in this context the importance of the European Commission's opinion and the European Council's decision on granting Georgia the status of a candidate country.
The parties also discussed the region's security situation in light of Russia's military aggression in Ukraine, including the state of affairs in Georgia's occupied territories. The Prime Minister reaffirmed the solidarity and unwavering support of the Georgian Government and people for Ukraine. According to Garibashvili, ending the war in Ukraine is crucially important to all, and the consequences of this war will define the future of both the whole world and Georgia.
Irakli Garibashvili thanked Charles Michel for his personal effort toward supporting Georgia's path to European integration.
Press Service of the Government Administration
Irakli Garibashvili: Let me introduce today a new Minister of Education and Science of Georgia – Giorgi Amilakhvari
Let me introduce today a new Minister of Education and Science of Georgia – Giorgi Amilakhvari. He has acquired a very good education and is a very successful individual. It was announced by Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia at a media briefing held within the Government Administration today.The Head of Government of Georgia thanked Mikheil Chkhenkeli, Ex-Minister of Education and Science on behalf of the team for the past service. As Irakli Garibashvili noted, Mikheil Chkhenkeli was a successful minister in serving the country and its youth for 4 years. He carried out a lot of significant projects and launched a lot of reforms. He is now returning to academic life at his own wish.“I want to let you know that today I will be introducing a new Minister of Education and Science – Giorgi Amilakhvari. Prior to that, I want to tell you that I already met Mikheil Chkhenkeli, who is leaving at his own desire. I wish to note that Mikheil Chkhenkeli was a successful minister in serving our government, our country and our youth for 4 years. He carried out a lot of significant projects and launched a lot of reforms. It was his own decision and desire to return to academic life. Namely, Mikheil Chkhenkeli will continue working as a Chairman of the International Advisory Board at Kutaisi International University (KIU). On behalf of our team, myself and the Government of Georgia, I wish to thank Mikheil Chkhenkeli for his past service and wish him success in future endeavors.As for our new Minister – Giorgi Amilakhvari – he is a very successful individual. I wish to tell you that he has a very good, decent education. He studied in the United States and later in Hamburg, Germany. He worked at the Max Planck Research Institute on his dissertation thesis. He has been awarded an LLM and is an associated professor. Also, I wish to note that Giorgi has a successful work experience as he is a founder of one of the very successful universities in the country. During his tenure as a Rector of the referred higher education institution, it achieved a lot of success and serves as one of the truly good examples of how a young, motivated person can create a very modern, European university with western quality. Such is the university created by Giorgi. Herewith, I wish to note that Giorgi has been successfully chairing a parliamentary committee on education and science till present. A number of significant initiatives are associated with him within the legislature. Giorgi has been engaged in the system of education for years and knows the situation at large and within every pillar of the education system, having a good grasp of its challenges that remain within the sector. I believe and I am confident that Giorgi will be a successful Minister of Education and Science. He has a very good vision. We have talked a lot during the past two years on topics related to education. He knows very well how to address the pending issues and I think that Giorgi will be a successful minister. Lastly, let me say that we need good managers, sector-specific managers. At the same time, I wish to say that Giorgi Amilakhvari has a lot of scientific papers published with monographs in Georgian and English languages. In parallel, he worked on his academic pursuits. Hence, I want to once again wish success to Giorgi Amilakhvari and once again thank our Ex-Minister Mikheil Chkhenkeli” stated Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.Giorgi Amilakhvari expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister of Georgia for the demonstrated trust and noted that he will soon present his own vision and action plan to the Head of Government of Georgia.Press Service of the Government Administration
Economic Council meeting led by Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili
The Economic Council’s meeting, led by Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, was held today at the Government Administration.The members of the Economic Council discussed large ongoing and planned economic projects, also the infrastructural projects underway on the instructions of the Prime Minister.The 2023-2028 Urban and Resort Development Program was also discussed at the meeting, and Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Irakli Karseladze briefed in detail the Head of Government and the meeting’s participants on this program. It was noted that ten tourist destinations had been selected for rehabilitation at the initial stage. The special importance of developing destinations for the country’s economic progress and stimulation was underlined.The conversation touched on the high rates of economic growth. It was pointed out that, despite the situation in the region and global challenges, Georgia’s economy maintains sustainability, and a high growth of economic activity is in place.Notably, the trend of a high economic growth in 2022 continued in January 2023 as well, with the month’s growth rate reaching 8.4%. In parallel with high economic activity, a drop in inflation—which is a global post-pandemic challenge—is also evident.Attention was paid to FDIs. It was noted at the meeting that the volume of FDIs in 2022 grew by 61.1% to make up 2 billion USD, which is a historical maximum of FDIs made in the country so far.Press Service of the Government Administration
Charles Michel meets Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili
President of the European Council Charles Michel met today with Georgian President Salome Zarubishvili in Brussels.
“Reaffirmed EU’s commitment to Georgia’s European path to President Zourabichvili and welcomed her role in advancing Georgia’s people aspirations,” Charles Michel wrote on Twitter.
He added that the decision of the European Council to grant a European perspective to Georgia is “a historic opportunity not to be missed”.
“Progress on reforms remains crucial,” said Charles Michel.
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Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili hosts dinner in honor of EU delegation members
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili hosted a formal dinner in honor of the EU delegation members currently visiting Georgia.
The official dinner honoring the diplomats was held at Mtatsminda. The Head of Government and the European diplomats discussed Georgia’s European integration in an informal setting.A high-level regional ambassadorial organized by the EU Delegation is about to be held in Tbilisi. Senior officials for the EU’s External Action Service and the European Commission—including the Heads of the EU Delegations to the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Central Asia, also to Turkey and Austria—will participate in the regional ambassadorial.
The high-level regional ambassadorial of the EU is held periodically and represents an important forum for discussing the EU’s policy toward concrete countries.As it was noted at the official dinner, holding the ambassadorial in Georgia demonstrates Georgia’s importance in the region for the EU, including as a strong ally in cementing the cooperation among European and Central Asian countries.Press Service of the Government Administration
Georgian Prime Minister meets Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Armenia
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with Zhanna Andreasyan, Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Armenia.The conversation at the meeting focused on the multidirectional relations and productive cooperation between Georgia and Armenia. It was noted that Georgia and Armenia are linked by a centuries-old history and good-neighborly relations.The current cooperation between the two countries in the areas of education and science and topics pertaining to expanding these relations in the future were discussed. It was noted that the Georgian side is actively cooperating with Armenian counterparts and is committed to continuing efforts toward exchanging experience in the area of education, ensuring education quality, and reforming.It was underlined that the Georgian Government remains committed to enhancing access to quality education.
The meeting at the Government Administration was attended by Minister of Education and Science Mikheil Chkhenkeli and Armenia’s Ambassador to Georgia Ashot Smbatyan.Press Service of the Government Administration
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