Tbilisi and Bucharest become twin cities
Tbilisi has the 22nd twin city as Georgia and Romania Monday signed a memorandum on the establishment of twin-city relations. Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze signed the document as part of a visit to Bucharest.
"Georgia would have the opportunity to cooperate with Romania in various areas, like sports, culture, urban planning, and transport,” Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze said.
“Bucharest and Tbilisi have a lot in common. I hope that the deepening of relations will help us exchange our views and experiences and further cooperate,” Bucharest Mayor Nicușor Dan noted.
According to the Tbilisi City Hall, a bust of Shota Rustaveli will unveil in King Mihai I Park in Bucharest.
EBRD to support upgrade of up to 12 metro stations in Tbilisi
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide Tbilisi Transport Company with a loan of up to €50.6 million for financing the upgrade of up to 12 metro stations.
The agreement was signed on 17 January in the Georgian capital during a visit by Mark Bowman, vice President for Policy and Partnerships at the EBRD.
The new loan is a continuation of a broader effort, some of which aims to encourage people to switch from private to public transport. Improved lighting and ventilation and more energy-efficient escalators will improve the daily journeys of Tbilisians, while an overhaul of drainage systems will make the network more resilient to climate change.
With a population of 1.2 million, Tbilisi was one of the first cities to join the EBRD’s flagship Green Cities programme, which supports members in addressing their environmental challenges through sustainable investments and policies. The city was also one of the first to develop a Green City Action Plan (GCAP).
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Shining the light on disinformation: book launch in Tbilisi
On 14 October, a presentation was held at the Georgian National Library Hall of the Georgian translation of the book by Peter Pomerantsev, This is not Propaganda: Adventures in the War against Reality.
The presentation was led by Nino Dolidze, Executive Director of the International Society for Fair Elections and Democracy (ISFED), author Peter Pomerantsev and writer Lasha Bugadze.
The book was translated and published by Intellect Publishing House within the framework of the ISFED project ‘Strengthening Society Resilience against Disinformation’, with financial support from the EU Delegation to Georgia.
Peter Pomerantsev is a Soviet-born British journalist, author and TV producer. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a researcher at Johns Hopkins University. Pomerantsev studies information manipulation and countermeasures in the twenty-first century.
His first book, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, was published in Georgian in 2017.
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Kakha Kaladze attended the Qari Brand Electric Vehicle Presentation
The Mayor of Tbilisi, Kakha Kaladze, attended the presentation of the Qari brand electric vehicle and tested the vehicle himself.
Qari is an eco-friendly electric vehicle sharing service designed for quick and easy movement in urban conditions.
“Introducing environmentally friendly transport to the city is a very cool project. I mean scooters, and electric motorcycles, which are very popular. Today, Citroen brand electric vehicles have been added to them. The Municipality City Hall will support the implementation of such projects in the future as well. We communicated with the company and asked them to add bicycles to the presented transport in the future” – said Kakha Kaladze.
As the operational director of Qari Company, Jugha Sikharulidze, noted, Citroen Ami electric car emits no exhaust fumes and the maximum speed of this vehicle is 45 km/h.
A month ago, we launched the Qari vehicle sharing service in test mode. Currently, we are working at full capacity. In total, there are 60 electric vehicles in the city. Citroen Ami model is small in size, has a speed limit, which is safe for moving in the city, and also convenient for parking in the city” – said Jugha Sikharulidze.
Downloading and registering the application is a necessary condition for using the mentioned car. After using it, the car can be parked in the parking zones of the Qari application.
Turkmenistan’s presidential election are actively held in Tbilisi
On March 12, 2022, presidential elections will be held in Turkmenistan, which is an important event in the political life of the country.
On March 2, 2022, polling station N1 was opened at the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia to conduct presidential elections.
Every day from 08:00 a.m. to 07:00 p.m. local time, citizens of Turkmenistan who are in Georgia have the opportunity to take part in early presidential elections.
The Embassy has created all the necessary conditions for holding presidential elections at the highest level.
Online conference dedicated to Magtymguly Pyragy was held in Tbilisi
In preparation for the celebration of the 300th birthday Anniversary of the great Turkmen poet Magtymguly Pyragy, on May 17, 2021, the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Georgia held an online conference.
Representatives of Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations accredited in Georgia, the National Academy of Sciences of Georgia, the Creative Union of Writers of Georgia, as well as representatives of the media took part in this event.
The speakers noted that the creative work of the great poet-humanist Magtymguly Pyragy, which had a significant impact on the development of not only literature, but also on the spiritual life of the peoples of the East, has been translated into many languages and is the heritage of world culture.
During the conference, it was also emphasized that Turkmenistan is already actively working on preparations for the celebration of the 300th birthday anniversary of Magtymguly Pyragy.
The events planned for the forthcoming anniversary will contribute to the further study and wide popularization in the world of the richest literary heritage of the great Turkmen poet-philosopher Magtymguly Pyragy.
This event will be another step in further strengthening cultural and humanitarian ties, relations of friendship and mutual understanding between our countries and peoples.
At the end of the event, a film was shown dedicated to the great Turkmen poet Magtymguly Pyragy.