The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili held a meeting with the co-chairs of the Geneva International Discussions from the UN and OSCE - Cihan Sultanoğlu and Viorel Moșanu.
The sides discussed security environment in the Russian-occupied regions of Georgia and in the vicinity of the occupation line, as well as the illegal actions of the occupation forces. The meeting focused on the importance of the Geneva International Discussions and the need to use the format effectively to achieve tangible progress in the main issues on the agenda, such as Russia's fulfilment of international obligations under the ceasefire agreement of August 12, 2008, as well as the safe and dignified return of internally displaced persons and refugees.
Darchiashvili drew attention to the security environment in the Russian-occupied regions of Georgia and in the vicinity of the occupation line, as well as the illegal actions of the occupation forces, which “further complicates” the security, humanitarian and human rights situation on the ground.
The officials underlined the need to keep the issue of the occupation of Georgian regions by Russia and the fulfilment of international obligations at a high level of the international community’s agenda.
The meeting also discussed the peace policy of the Georgian Government and the efforts made in the direction of the peaceful settlement of the Russian-Georgian conflict, both in the dimensions of deoccupation, and reconciliation and engagement.
MFA of Georgia
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) President Odile Reno-Basso, on a visit to Georgia, has signed agreements with two Georgian banks on loans to local small businesses.
The EBRD will provide new US$ 20 million loans to Bank of Georgia and to TBC Bank to help local firms across the country increase competitiveness and invest in upgrades, including green technologies.
This funding comes under the EU4Business-EBRD Credit Line – a flagship programme that enables borrowers to enhance production and trade more successfully on the international market, as well as advance environmental practices.
MSMEs can access funds in local currency and benefit from incentive grant funding, as well as technical assistance from international advisers, funded by the EU under the EU4Business initiative. Georgian companies will be able to improve their productivity, competitiveness and working environment for their employees.
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