Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili’s meeting with Estonian President
Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration, and the special friendship and partnership between the two countries, were the key issues discussed during today's meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Alar Karis, President of the Republic of Estonia.
Held as part of the Prime Minister's visit to Davos, the meeting underlined the close partnership between the two countries and Estonia's considerable support for Georgian institutions' alignment with European standards.
Irakli Garibashvili thanked Alar Karis for firmly supporting Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty, and the country's European and Euro-Atlantic integration. In response, Alar Karis reassured the Head of Georgian Government of Estonia's unwavering support for the country's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
In discussing Georgia's progress toward European and Euro-Atlantic integration, Irakli Garibashvili emphasized that Georgia completed the European Commission's self-assessment questionnaire ahead of schedule, and now is anticipating the European Commission's relevant decision, while counting on Estonia's firm support on the path to European integration.
The conversation also touched on the importance of Georgia's integration into NATO.
The meeting underlined the successful partnership between the two countries in the areas of innovations, digital technologies, and education, also in the field of defense. The parties emphasized the importance of deeper economic cooperation and the need to tap into the full potential in this regard.
The conversation also involved the ongoing military action in Ukraine. Irakli Garibashvili reaffirmed Georgia's solidarity with the Ukrainian people.
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Under the initiative of Prime Minister of Georgia, a large-scale project will be launched to construct
Under the initiative of Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, a large-scale project will be launched to construct and rehabilitate 800 school buildings. Its first phase will be launched in September-October and tenders will be announced for the construction of 80 new school buildings and rehabilitation of 320 existing ones.A work group meeting was held and led by the Prime Minister of Georgia at the Government Administration in relation to the referred initiative. Details of the project were discussed by Mikheil Chkhenkeli, Minister of Education and Science of Georgia and Levan Sukhitashvili, Director of the Agency for Educational and Scientific Infrastructure Development with the Head of Government of Georgia.According to the project, rehabilitation of 400 school buildings will be tendered out in 2023-2024, while the construction and rehabilitation of 800 school buildings in total will be carried out by the end of 2026.Project ensures equal access to education resources and their advancement. Over 230 000 students will benefit as a result. Thus, all public education institutions will have state-of-the-art infrastructure by the end of 2026.It is worth noting that refurbishment to modern standards is envisaged during the rehabilitation of existing school buildings and construction of new ones. Namely, modern lab facilities will be created, sports infrastructure will be upgraded and – what is most important – a healthy lifestyle will be introduced. Every school building will be adapted to the special needs of persons with disabilities.As noted by the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia at the end of the meeting, focus on education is a strategic priority of the Government of Georgia.Cost of the project amounts to 1 BLN GEL.Press Service of the Government Administration
Irakli Garibashvili: Export in July reaches a record-high indicator at 540 MLN USD
Export in July reached a record-high indicator at 540 MLN USD. It was announced by Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia at the Executive Government Meeting today.As the Prime Minister noted, the country has increased its exports by almost 40%.“Export in July reached a record-high indicator at 540 MLN USD. If we compare this indicator with the previous year, we realize that it has increased by 40%. I also wish to say that it is a record-high indicator compared to July of the previous year, as well as all other months. In total, exports in January-July increased by almost 37% and amounted to over 3 BLN USD. We have a rise in imports as well and the total turnover in trade reaching almost 10.2 BLN USD, which exceeds the indicator of previous years by about 35%” noted the Prime Minister of Georgia.According to Irakli Garibashvili, proceeds from tourism in July exceeded the results of 2019 by reaching 476 MLN USD, which is a record-high indicator.The Prime Minister of Georgia noted that total revenues generated from travelers in January-July amounted to 1.618 BLN USD.According to the Head of Government of Georgia, such trends in exports and tourism give us grounds to claim that high growth rate of economic performance will be maintained in actual data of July as well.“You see that a great number of tourists are in the country and I wish to tell you that revenues generated from travelers, i.e. tourism in July actually exceeded the data of 2019 for the first time after the COVID pandemic. That indicates that the sector has recovered and not only equalized, but exceeded the data of 2019. We thus have a record-high indicator of revenues. Namely, proceeds from tourism amounted to 476 MLN USD, which is by 20% higher compared to the respective period of 2019, while exceeding 130% of 2021 data. Overall, revenues generated from travelers in January-July reached 1.618 BLN USD. That is, such trends in exports and tourism gives us grounds to claim that a high growth rate of economic performance will be maintained in actual data of July as well, which is very promising for us. Of course, it means more jobs and more income for our fellow citizens, with a reduction of poverty in the country” concluded Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.Press Service of the Government Administration
Irakli Garibashvili: We are celebrating the most significant day of our great history and marvelous past today
Initially, I wish to congratulate you all with the Day of Didgori. We are celebrating the most significant day of our great history and marvelous past today. Victory in the Didgori battle is an example of unfading strength and perseverance, military glory, heroism and daring of Georgian people that defined the following development of our country in many ways. It was announced by Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia when delivering a speech at the celebration of Didgori Day.As the Head of Government of Georgia noted, the brilliant victory attained 9 centuries ago was a “marvelous triumph” belonging to a number of greatest achievements of military strategy in world history, turning into a solid foundation of unification, solidification and statehood of our nation.“Victory in the Didgori battle made the liberation of our country possible and gave rise to the Golden Age in the history of Georgia – political, economic, cultural, religious and educational renaissance. With this victory, Georgia eventually got established as the strongest state in the region.At the same time, I wish to once again remind our future generation – especially our children and youth – that it was the day of national victory with Christian values, which serves as a basis of our culture, history and traditions of our country. These very values support us to this day. It is the only solid basis” noted the Prime Minister of Georgia.According to the Head of Government of Georgia, the Didgori battle and victory guides every single citizen of the country.“We know it well that unequal powers stood opposite each other in Didgori Valley, however unbending spirit, Georgian firmness, daring and courage were on our side – of course – with the wisdom and bravery of our grand ruler, Saint King David the Builder.I wish to once again recall the words of our prudent Patriarch, which – may be said – best express the significance of this day – a true public feast: Didgori battle is yet to be won! Didgori is the fight and victory that guides each citizen of the country. We should remember that future generations need to know that with the unity of our country and people, with a daily work for and to our homeland, we can succeed in any challenge – great or small – be that unification of our nation and gaining our territorial integrity. Once again, let me congratulate you all on this day and wish unification, solidification and integrity to our homeland. God be our protector!” stated Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.Various cultural events were held to celebrate Didgori Day. Three military officers were awarded with a Didgori Cross. Event was attended by Juansher Burchuladze, Minister of Defense of Georgia; Irakli Karseladze, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia; Lasha Khutsishvili, Minister of Finance of Georgia; Larry Barnabishvili, Department Head for Regional Coverage at the Government Administration; Giorgi Dokhturishvili, Governor of Kvemo Kartli; Revaz Javelidze, Head of Government Administration and officials of the local authorities.
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Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia Meets Yıldırım Demirören, Chairman of Demirören Holding
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met Yıldırım Demirören, Chairman of Demirören Holding today.Parties discussed the prospects of future cooperation. Focus was made on the investment opportunities in various directions, including the hospitality industry, real estate sector, energy and information technologies. It was noted that a large investment will be injected by the company for the construction of a new, 5-star hotel branded as Old Iveria in Tskaltubo.Potential of the country was highlighted at the meeting.According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, a stable and favourable business environment exists in the country for investors, with low rates and small number of taxes and unique location of the country, making Georgia particularly attractive for foreign investors.Meeting held at the Government Administration was attended by Ziya Alemdar, Vice-President of Demirören Holding and Supervisory Council Members – Sinan Oktay and Alaattin Aykaç; Kıvanç Oktay, Chairman of Lidya Yapi A.S. and Ivane Nakaidze, Founding Partner and CEO of Petrocas Energy Group.
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Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia Meets Meir Shamir, CEO of Mivtach Shamir Holdings Ltd
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met Meir Shamir, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and main shareholder of Mivtach Shamir Holdings Ltd today.Parties discussed the investment potential of the country and prospects of future cooperation, inter alia including the energy and agriculture sectors.Discussion was also related to the strategically significant location of Georgia, rising volume of international visitors and tax incentives offered by the country.Mivtach Shamir is one of the largest holdings operating on the real estate market of Israel, also engaged in the sectors of energy, finance and technologies for over 30 years. Company has a presence in India and USA as well.Meeting held at the Government Administration was attended by Doron Grupper, Partner of Mivtach Shamir in the Energy Sector and Shlomo Gigi, Expert on the Operation of Power Plants. Attendees from the Georgian side included Levan Davitashvili, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development (MESD) along with Romeo Mikautadze, Deputy Minister of MESD.Press Service of the Government Administration