Czech Republic and VFS Global extend visa service delivery to Georgia
The Government of the Czech Republic and VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions and governments, commenced their visa application services for Czech Republic visas in Georgia today, with the opening of the Czech Republic Visa Application Centre. Catering to the growing demand of Czech Republic bound travellers in the region; this new initiative is aimed at offering new services, facilities and benefits to visa applicants, and boost tourism, trade and investments, and bilateral ties between Czech Republic and Georgia.
VFS Global will operate Czech Republic Visa Application Centre, located at 10 Kuchishvili street, Tbilisi, Georgia, 0179
Mr. Prabuddha Sen, Regional Head - RCIS, VFS Global said, “It is our privilege to be the trusted partner to the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tbilisi in providing services to facilitate visa application process for travellers in Georgia. We are committed to provide professional and convenient services to all applicants applying for a Czech Republic visa in the region. VFS Global is privileged to be associated with the Government of the Czech Republic in Georgia. This extension of our association with the Czech Republic Government reflects their faith in our abilities, and we are sure this will go a long way in forging a longstanding partnership with VFS Global.”
The key features of the new centre are:
- Conveniently located and easily accessible state-of-the art Visa Application Centre
- Longer operating hours allowing applicants to visit at a time of their convenience
- Professional and responsive staff dedicated to handle visa queries and applications
- Automated queue governance for smooth flow of applicants, providing better crowd management
- Dedicated website for easy access to information including visa categories, requirements and check-list, applicable fees and application status
- Dedicated call centre and email support to answer queries and status of application
- 100% secure handling of passports, documents and personal information
- In-VAC feedback kiosks and forms, and online feedback services for applicants to share their recommendations and feedback about the services
- Tracking of application status and SMS alerts for visa status update on mobile phones
- Door-step delivery of passports
Visa announced the appointment of Cristina Doros as Visa Country Manager for Caucasus Region
Kyiv, Ukraine – July 4, 2019 - Visa today announced the appointment of Cristina Doros as Visa Country Manager for Caucasus region. In her new role, Cristina Doros will focus on growing the electronic payments business in Caucasus region by increasing Visa’s footprint in these markets, and enhancing value it provides to banks, merchants, and cardholders.
“We are excited to announce the appointment of Cristina Doros to the position of Country Manager of Caucasus. With proven management and leadership skills, an in-depth knowledge of payments and a strong understanding of the regional business, I am confident that Cristina will lead the business to greater heights reflecting the importance we place on the countries of Caucasus region,” said Vira Platonova, SVP, Group Country Manager for Visa CISSEE.
Cristina Doros brings more than 20 years of experience in retail banking, information technology, innovations, cards and mobile payments. Since 2016, Cristina joined Visa to lead the regional Core Products team, and has been acting Vice-President, head of Solutions, Visa CISSEE since 2019 overseeing Core products (Debit, Credit and Premium), Loyalty platform development, Digital Solutions and Push Payments, all foundational for the proliferation of electronic payments. Remarkable milestones of Cristina’s professional successes include enhancement of Premium benefits, launch of Loyalty program in Ukraine and Belarus, contribution to launching Tap to Phone SME technology, etc.
“After my fascinating experience as a head of Visa CISSEE Products team, I am thrilled to lead Visa business in the Caucasus region. This is an exciting and challenging opportunity to bring more innovations and benefits to our clients and partners and to strengthen our presence in the market, shaping the future of payments and driving innovations across the region.”- CristinaDoros said.
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Georgia hosts international forum on supporting local agribusiness and promoting rural development
On 13–14 June, the Bolnisi Municipality of Georgia hosted an international forum bringing together rural development actors from Georgia and other countries of the Eastern Neighbourhood region.
The event was attended by around 150 participants representing national and local governments, civil society, business and microfinance organisations from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.
They shared their experience and perspectives on challenges and opportunities for local rural economy development, with a primary focus on the role of local administrations in supporting agricultural businesses.
The event was co-organised by the Bolnisi Municipality and the Mayors for Economic Growth Secretariat.
Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG) is an initiative of the European Union, established in 2017 to support mayors and municipalities of the Eastern partner countries to become active facilitators for economic growth and job creation at local level.
Georgia and Moldova to join multi-country workshop on animal welfare during sea transportation
On 11 June, Chief Veterinary Officers and experts from the Republic of Moldova and Georgia will join their counterparts from some of the EU’s other Neighbourhood countries at a seminar in Bucharest, Romania, to discuss animal welfare during transportation by sea.
This multi-country workshop aims to identify good practices and facilitate exchanges of experience between experts in the field of animal welfare during transportation by sea of live animals from the EU to third countries.
The workshop is being organised by the European Commission’s Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument (TAIEX), in cooperation with the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority in Romania.
According to TAIEX, the communication of standards on animal welfare during transportation are relevant to international trade and cooperation with partners across the world, who play a significant role in promoting and implementing them. Such standards are included in the provisions of the Terrestrial Animal Health Code of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
In 2004, the EU adopted a regulation through which harmonised rules were set for animal welfare during transport in and between the Member States. Moreover, in 2015, the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that, for the transportation of animals involving a long journey starting from EU territory and continuing outside of it, the organiser of the transport from the EU is responsible for the welfare of animals for the entire journey, up to the final point in the third country.
Visa Acquires Control of Earthport
Visa’s Ownership of Earthport to Bring More Speed, Simplicity, Transparency and Trust to Global Payments
Tbilisi – May 20, 2019 —Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) today announced it has acquired control of Earthport (AIM:EPO), a company that provides cross-border payment services to banks, money transfer service providers and businesses via the world’s largest independent ACH network.
Currently, Visa enables payments to be sent to or from Visa cards. The acquisition will make it possible for Visa clients to enable individuals, businesses and governments to utilize Visa to send and/or receive money through bank accounts around the world. With the acquisition of Earthport, Visa expects to be able to reach the vast majority of the world’s banked population and allow them to easily, quickly and securely move money worldwide.
Nearly $80 trillion (US) of money is sent via a wire transfer or bank account globally today, but the process is harder and more complex than it should be. Money can take days to arrive because of outdated, inefficient and costly methods.
This transaction can solve for many use cases including payroll and international person-to-person and business-to-business remittances. Take the example of a global marketplace that employs contractors globally who have to get paid in their local currencies. Today, that company may be paying its workforce using inefficient, expensive wire transfers that can take days to arrive. With the combined capabilities of Visa and Earthport, Visa can be the single network for these payments, helping to pay contractors and employees around the world, quickly and safely.
“Visa is modernizing the way we move money by making it quicker, safer and easier to pay and be paid than ever before,” said Bill Sheley, head of global push payments, Visa. “The acquisition of Earthport unleashes the power of Visa by taking us ‘beyond the card,’ empowering us to enable our clients to make payments through bank accounts around the world.”
Earthport’s technology will allow Visa to further expand and scale Visa Direct’s rapidly growing portfolio of use cases, including funds disbursements, peer-to-peer payments, cross border payments, marketplace payouts, and bill payments. Over the last 12 months, Visa Direct’s transaction count growth has continued to be over 100% - showing the demand for faster, smarter money movement among consumers and businesses around the world.
About Visa Inc.
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit usa.visa.com/about-visa, visacorporate.tumblr.com and @VisaNews.
Earthport (AIM: EPO) provides cross-border payment services to banks, money transfer service providers and businesses via the world’s largest independent ACH network. Customers gain new levels of predictability, transparency and cost-efficiency without intermediary deductions or landing fees. This is underpinned by bank-grade compliance expertise, providing peace of mind to clients, and end-to-end FX, treasury and cash management solutions to support customers with their growth.
NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019 Closing Ceremony
29 March, 2019 - The closing ceremony was held at the NATO-Georgia Joint-Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC). First Deputy Chief of the Defence Forces Colonel Nikoloz Janjgava, the U.S. Army Lieutenant General John C. Thomson III and Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff of the NATO Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) Brigadier General Ladislav Jung attended the ceremony.
During the ceremony, First Deputy Chief of the Defence Forces congratulated the exercise participants on the successful accomplishment of the exercise and outlined that the exercise was an excellent example of the productive cooperation.
“We all worked hard to make this remarkable event happen. We are able to conclude that the Exercise fulfilled its objectives which are, among others, to enhance our capabilities and improve our interoperability with the Allied staffs.”- stated Colonel Nikoloz Janjgava.
In his address, Lieutenant General Thomson congratulated the exercise participants on their successful accomplishment, and thanked the Georgian soldiers for their teamwork and collective efforts. Additionally, Lieutenant General Thomson stated that: “The successful conclusion of an exercise that has made us stronger. History teaches us that strength deters aggression.”
The official closing ceremony of the exercise concluded with an award ceremony. First Deputy Chief of the Defence Forces Colonel Janjgava and Lieutenant General Thomson presented certificates to the participants.
“NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019” (Computer Assisted/Command Post Exercise - CAX/CPX), held from 18-29 March, 2019 at the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre (JTEC) at National Centre “Krtsanisi” and involved around 350 personnel. “NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019” was the first NATO multinational brigade-level command post exercise conducted and led by the Georgian Defence Forces.
This exercise was designed to train a Georgian-led multinational brigade headquarters staff to plan, coordinate and execute scenario-based military responses to humanitarian crises. It was also testing the interoperability of Georgian, Allied and Partner Forces, as well as Georgian command and control capabilities. Additionally, it tested the ability to adopt a comprehensive approach to a non-article 5 crisis response, involving civil-military cooperation with international organizations and non-governmental organizations. Humanitarian bodies like the inter-governmental organizations: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) - were represented during the exercise, providing direct feedback and mentorship to exercise participants.
This was the second NATO-Georgia Exercise to take place through the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP) framework - a set of 15 defence capacity building Initiatives agreed between Georgia and NATO at the Wales Summit in 2014, and reinforced at the Warsaw Summit in 2016. The first NATO-Georgia Exercise was conducted in 2016 involving 15 NATO allied and partner nations.
“NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019” was scheduled by NATO Allied Command Transformation, conducted by the Georgian General Staff with mentoring from NATO Allied Land Command. It was directed by the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center, and mentored by the NATO Joint Force Training Centre.
This exercise was comprised of 21 Allied Nations (Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States) and 3 Partner Nations (Azerbaijan, Georgia as the Host Nation and Sweden).