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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Prime Minister attends test flight of unmanned aerial vehicles by Georgian-Polish enterprise
Georgian Prime Minister attended a test flight of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) manufactured by a Georgian-Polish enterprise. The combat and intelligence unmanned aerial vehicles successfully completed the test flight. Held at the shooting ground of the Krtsanisi Support Center, the demonstration flight of the Warmate (Kamikaze) and FLYEYE intelligence UAVs manufactured by Delta-WB LLC, a Georgian-Polish enterprise, was attended by Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili in the company of Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze, Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri, and representatives of the Defense Forces. Procedures necessary to prepare for the demonstration flight were carried out jointly by Polish and Georgian specialists.The FLYEYE unmanned aerial system is designed for high-precision tasks in adverse environmental conditions and radio-electronic warfare, in every climate zone. The system allows for covert surveillance and the analysis of captured data in real-time, day and night. The Warmate loitering munition boasts confirmed effectiveness and a high-precision target hit. It employs various types of warheads. It is used by the Polish Army and the regular armies and special forces of NATO member or non-member clients alike.Delta-WB LLC was established in Georgia by Delta International LLC and WB Electronics SA, companies established by Delta with 100% participation shares. The goal of this Georgian-Polish enterprise is to assemble UAVs. The enterprise will be able to manufacture hundreds of drones a year. At this stage, the company ensures procedures for streamlining the assembly line for Warmate and FLYEYE UAVs.To develop the military industry, an agreement has been signed between Delta-WB and the Defense Ministry of Georgia which envisages opening the first UAV training center in the region. The center’s professional instructors will retrain the relevant Defense Forces personnel.Irakli Garibashvili, joined by the Defense and Interior Ministers, dined together with soldiers in the dining hall of the Training and Military Education Command’s Support Center Krtsanisi.
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Prime Minister of Georgia at Groundbreaking of a Military Lyceum of Cadets Named After General Giorgi Mazniashvili
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia accompanied by Juansher Burchuladze, Minister of Defense of Georgia and Giorgi Matiashvili, Chief of Defense Forces of Georgia participated in the groundbreaking ceremony of a Military Lyceum of Cadets Named After General Giorgi Mazniashvili in Krtsanisi today.The Head of Government of Georgia laid a capsule in the foundation of the construction together with the senior management of the Ministry of Defense and received detailed information on the planned activities to be implemented.The Ministry of Defense of Georgia launched the construction of a Military Lyceum of Cadets Named After General Giorgi Mazniashvili in compliance with the advanced standards. New, functional buildings will be constructed at the site, while the current ones will be fully reconstructed.It is planned to have lodging quarters for 400 cadets with separate buildings for the actual training sessions, canteen and on-site hospital, conference halls and administrative building to be fully reconstructed at a place of 42 hectares. A simulation center will be built as well with an indoor gym, infrastructure and dispatch units. New parking lot will also be constructed with a petrol filling station and vehicle washing quarter with a repair and maintenance segment. Almost 40 MLN GEL has been allocated for the construction of the Military Lyceum of Cadets.Military Lyceum of Cadets Named After General Giorgi Kvinitadze has been effectively functioning in Kutaisi, west Georgia for years. New education facility will cover eastern Georgia and be similar to the one operating in western part of the country.Press Service of the Government Administration
Prime Minister of Georgia Gets Debriefed About the Performance Report of the Intelligence Service of Georgia for 2022
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met Shalva Lomidze, Head of the Intelligence Service of Georgia (ISG) today. The Head of Government of Georgia was debriefed about the Performance Report of the ISG for 2022 at the meeting.The Prime Minister of Georgia and ISG Head discussed the institutional plans and development priorities for 2023.Meeting held at the Government Administration was also focused on the geo-political situation in the region and challenges faced in the area of security at large.Press Service of the Government Administration
Prime Minister meets Ambassador of United Arab Emirates to Georgia
Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with Ahmed Ebrahim Ahmed Taher Al Nuaimi, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to Georgia.The conversation at the introductory meeting covered the relations between the two countries and prospects of future cooperation.The Head of Government congratulated the diplomat on his appointment as Ambassador to Georgia and wished him success in his future endeavors.It was underlined that the Georgian Prime Minister’s visit to the United Arab Emirates was yet another step toward strengthening the friendship and partnership between the countries. The Prime Minister thanked the Ambassador for the UAE Government’s hospitality and warm reception during his visit to the United Arab Emirates.Emphasis was placed on the friendship and close partnership between the two countries. Commitment to furthering cooperation across a variety of areas was expressed.Press Service of the Government Administration
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