The Parliamentary Delegation visiting Geneva
The Parliamentary delegation of Georgia, chaired by the Vice-Speaker, Manana Kobakhidze, paid the visit to Geneva, Switzerland to attend the 133th General Assembly of IPU. The delegation is composed of majority MP, Merab Kachakhadze and the Secretary General of the Staff, Zurab Marakvelidze.
The IPU GA opened on October 17 with the main topic of migration. The participants discussed enhancement of moral and economic support to legal and human migration. This year, the IPU assembly is attended by the delegations of 135 countries, including the Speakers of the Parliaments of 47 countries, the Vice-Speakers of the Parliaments of 48 countries and more than 700 MPs of various countries.
The Georgian delegation held two bilateral meetings – with the Parliamentary Delegations of the Great Britain and the Kingdom of Sweden. The parties spoke about political and economic situation in Georgia. Deriving from the regional processes, emphasis was made on economic challenges of Georgia.
Georgian delegation informed the colleagues about the economic projects of utmost importance. The parties spoke about Silk Road Forum in Tbilisi and EUAA. Georgian delegation noted that the negotiations with China will adopt important changes to economic situation of Georgia, and EUAA will allow Georgia, as of EaP participant state, to further approximate to EU standards and norms.
At both meetings, the parties spoke about investments. Georgian delegation clearly expressed interest of Georgia in investment attraction and noted that important legislative changes have been undertaken in this direction and regulated tax system makes Georgia attractive for foreign partners.
The parties as well spoke about ongoing reforms in Georgia, including judicial reforms. Georgian delegation reiterated that the priority today is human and human rights. The parties touched upon territorial integrity of Georgia and creeping annexation by Russia, as well as freedom of media. As noted, today as never, Georgian media is absolutely free without pressure by the Government. The meetings were attended by the resident representative of Georgia to UN in Geneva and other organizations, Shalva Tsiskarishvili.
The meetings of the Secretary Generals of the Parliaments were as well held within the Assembly. Simultaneously, the Georgian delegation held informal meeting with Ukrainian delegation. The parties spoke about situation in Ukraine and Russian aggression.
The Vice-Speaker, Manana Kobakhidze once more confirmed Georgian support to Ukraine and expressed her concern about the current situation.