Ilia Darchiashvili has met with his Finnish counterpart
Within the framework of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili met with his Finnish counterpart, Pekka Haavisto.
At the meeting, the sides reviewed the agenda of cooperation between the two countries.
The Ministers stressed that Georgia-Finland cooperation has been successfully developing for over 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Special attention was paid to Georgia's European integration as the main direction of the country's foreign policy. Ilia Darchiashvili thanked his Finnish counterpart for his strong support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as for the country's European aspirations, and stressed the importance of international support in the difficult security environment in the region and in the world in general.
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Ilia Darchiashvili has met with the Deputy Secretary General/Political Director of the European External Action Service
On 24 January 2023, a meeting was held between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili, and the Deputy Secretary General/Political Director of European External Action Service, Enrique Mora. He visited Tbilisi on 25 January as part of the Georgia-EU high-level strategic dialogue on security issues.
Discussions focused on current issues and priority areas of the Georgia-EU cooperation agenda. The sides highlighted the historic decision of the 2022 European Council to recognize Georgia's European perspective, which formally opened the country's path to EU membership. Special attention was paid to the importance of strengthening the Black Sea connectivity between Georgia and the European Union and the role of Georgia in strengthening the energy security of the European Union.
At the meeting, special attention was paid to the security challenges and the risks, which, taking into account the current geopolitical background, are an acute problem in the region. The European Union once again emphasized its strong support for the territorial integrity of Georgia within the internationally recognized borders and its readiness to continue its active involvement, including the functioning of the monitoring mission, which is the only international mechanism on the ground. The parties also emphasized the importance of continuing joint efforts, which will contribute to the process of Georgia's accession to the European Union and ensure the strengthening of peace and stability in the region.
Prime Minister of Georgia: Together with Azerbaijan we are developing different initiatives. For example, I want to mention the Black Sea Submarine Electric Cable
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia participated in a Panel Discussion on Eurasia Middle Corridor: From Pathway to Highway, held within the scope of 2023 World Economic Forum in Davos today.“First of all, thank you very much for organizing this panel. This is very important. You mentioned the war in Ukraine. It is catastrophic for the entire region. Of course, it affects us as well. I think this war has shown us that countries and nations need to diversify their economies. I think before the war less countries paid less attention to the Middle Corridor, but after the war the attention is growing. It is increasing. So, therefore, as President Aliyev has mentioned, I also want to repeat that we have an excellent relationship with Azerbaijan, with Kazakhstan; with Turkey we have a strategic partnership. And, I think, the chemistry is here and we have a strong foundation to work together” it was stated by Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia at a Panel Discussion on Eurasia Middle Corridor: From Pathway to Highway, held within the scope of 2023 World Economic Forum in Davos today.As the Head of Government of Georgia noted, the country is investing heavily in its infrastructure.“We in Georgia are investing heavily in infrastructure right now. First of all, I want to mention that we are building highways, which will be completed by the end of 2024. We are spending 2 or 3 BLN USD to complete this highway. Of course, this will facilitate transportation. Secondly, I want to mention the ports.Port capacity of the Black Sea of Georgia is quite big, but we need to increase it. Therefore, I want to mention one particular project, which is Anaklia Deep Sea Port. We have decided that the Government of Georgia will start the construction of this port. 51% of this port or consortium we want to build will be owned by Georgia – by the Government of Georgia. The rest – 49% – will be put on an international tender. We are talking with many potential investors about this. Now, why are we doing this? Why do we want to build this port? President Aliyev mentioned about the increase of capacity of Azerbaijani ports. I think Kazakhstan has the same intention. So, Georgia now has a capacity of about 550 000 TU in Poti Port, around 200 000 in Batumi Port. This is not enough. So, that is why we want to implement this project” added the Prime Minister of Georgia.The Head of Government of Georgia focused on the Black Sea Submarine Electricity Cable, as an ambitious project, thereby referring to it as a very interesting initiative.“Thirdly, I want to mention that we are together with Azerbaijan in developing different initiatives. For example, I want to mention the Black Sea Submarine Electric Cable, which is also very interesting. We are doing this together with Azerbaijan, Romania and Hungary. This initiative is backed by the European Union. In fact, we were in Bucharest in September, where we signed a Memorandum. All 4 countries will implement and invest in this – I would say – ambitious project. But this is very interesting. And, therefore, we must be ready for the increased flow of goods. I also want to mention that this corridor and this route is the shortest to connect Asia with Europe. For example, trains from China can come to Georgia within 15 days, maximum 20 days. Compared to transportation by sea, it takes 45 days, right? So, therefore, this is a very interesting, very important corridor. Of course, all these countries are definitely motivated and determined to develop this corridor” noted Irakli Garibashvili.The Head of Government of Georgia, similar to other panel participants, responded to the questions posed by Mirek Dušek, Managing Director of the World Economic Forum (WEF).According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, the country is modernizing its railway. Besides, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) Project is underway.“We are talking about the highways and railways. Right now our railway capacity in Georgia is 25 million tons. We are now implementing the modernization of our railway. It will be completed by the end of 2024. Capacity will be about 48 million tons. Besides that, together with Azerbaijan, we are now building a Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway. In fact, several months ago, Azerbaijan provided additional funds to complete this project. So it will also be ready by 2024. This is another 5 million tons of cargo. So, these are strategically very important projects.I also want to mention the relationship between Azerbaijan and Georgia. This relationship is tested and reliable. We have implemented very important, historic projects together, such as the oil and gas pipelines. Now comes this railway project and many others which will come in the future” noted the Prime Minister of Georgia.Press Service of the Government Administration
Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili to participate in World Economic Forum in Davos
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, accompanied by a delegation, has departed for Switzerland where he will participate in the annual World Economic Forum to be held in Davos.Within the scope of the visit, the Head of Government will hold high-level bilateral meetings both with global leaders and the executives of large international companies.The Prime Minister is scheduled to deliver speeches at panel discussions.Led by the Prime Minister, the Georgian delegation consists of Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Levan Davitashvili, Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili, Head of the Government Administration Revaz Javelidze, and the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor for Foreign Investments Vazil Hudak.Press Service of the Government Administration
MEETING AT THE MFA OF TURKMENISTAN WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR STANDARDS OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOR ORGANIZATION (ILO)
On November 14, 2022, in the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, a meeting was held between the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Vepa Hajyiev and the delegation of the International Labor Organization (ILO) headed by the Director of the Department of Labor Standards, Ms. Korin Varga.
During the course of the meeting, it was noted that Turkmenistan, being a member of the ILO, is committed in its policy to creating conditions for decent work and social justice for all.
The parties discussed the accession of Turkmenistan to international conventions and multilateral agreements, including international documents of the ILO. It was emphasized that Turkmenistan has ratified all the Fundamental Conventions, 2 of the 4 Guiding Conventions and 1 technical convention.
V.Hajyiev said that work in this direction is progressing. Thus, on April 19, 2022, Turkmenistan ratified the Act on Amendments to the ILO Constitution of June 24, 1986. Currently, the Government is studying the issue of joining another Guiding Convention - this is Convention No. 81 on Labor Inspection in Industry and Trade.
Regarding the request of the ILO to organize visits to the velayats of Turkmenistan by a mission of high-level ILO experts, the readiness of the Turkmen side to organize study visits and meetings with the leadership of the region and relevant local authorities was confirmed.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has met with the Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili, met with the Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates, Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh. At the meeting, the sides discussed the growing dynamics of bilateral relations.
Discussions between the Prime Minister of Georgia and the President of the Emirates focused on the so-called mechanisms for effective implementation of the agreements reached at the meeting held on 31 October. In this context, the Ministers emphasized the importance of outlining concrete steps, which will lead to an improved cooperation between the two countries.
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