The Georgian city of Batumi on 8 March will host this year’s National Women’s Business Forum, with the support of EU4Business. It will gather women entrepreneurs from all regions of the country, public, private and civil society organisations that support women’s entrepreneurship in Georgia, and national, regional and local government decision-makers.
The main topic of the Forum is women’s economic empowerment, financing opportunities for women start-ups and sharing of experience. Successful examples shared by women entrepreneurs from Georgia and neighbouring countries will give participants more knowledge about existing grant projects and loans and how to expand business.
Private and governmental organisations implementing grant projects will introduce financial opportunities via info desks. Panel discussions will be held between the participants and financing organisations, which will help to establish close linkages.
The Forum is organised by the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), the Ajara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and the Association of Businesswomen of Ajara (ABWA).
The event is supported by the EU-funded “SME Development and DCFTA in Georgia” project, implemented through the EU4Business initiative.
Up to 40 journalists of the broadcast, print and online media took part in the media tour to Ajara organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with support from the European Union and in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia and Ajara Autonomous Republic Government.
The journalists travelled to the villages across the region and visited small farmers’ cooperatives supported by European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) recognised as one of the most successful agriculture initiatives funded by the European Union.
Media representatives received first-hand information about the challenges faced by small farmers, successes of agriculture cooperatives, and the role of agriculture cooperation in boosting rural development in Georgia.
On 28-29 June, the journalists travelled to the villages in Ajara highlands and visited berry and hazelnut plantations, trout farms and greenhouses.
On 30 June, media representatives met with Janos Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia; Niels Scott, Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia; Archil Khabadze, Chair of the Ajara AR Government; Zaur Putkaradze, Minister of Agriculture of the Ajara AR; Nodar Kereselidze, First Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Georgia; and David Galegashvili, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of Georgia.
Together they visited a berry plantation in the village of Ochkhamuri and the Ajara Agriservice Centre branch in Kobuleti.
“It is encouraging to see that the assistance offered by the European Union and our cooperation with UNDP, the Government of Georgia and local partners make farming more efficient and bring new prospects to the rural areas. In Ajara only, ENPARD assisted more than 70 farmers’ cooperatives. Over ten thousand small farmers benefitted from our services,” Ambassador Herman said to journalists.
“The success of the programme ENPARD in Ajara is the result of proactive cooperation with the national and regional government. The programme is coming to an end this month but we look forward to launching its next stage to continue our assistance to rural development in Ajara and the other regions of Georgia,” said Niels Scott, Head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia.
The European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) was implemented in Ajara in 2013-2016. The total budget of ENPARD Ajara is €3.3 million with up to €3 million from the European Union and the rest from the Government of Ajara Autonomous Republic. More information about ENPARD Ajara is available at the UNDP website: http://bit.ly/1bAw3RA
The officers of Detectives and District Inspectors Divisions of the Police Department of Adjara A/R, along with the officers of Batumi Division and Khelvachauri Regional Division as a result of operative-searching activities detained 4 individuals - Kadir A. (DoB: 1969), Jemal T. (DoB: 1971), Tarik A. (DoB: 1972) and Ketevan B. (DoB: 1974) - for providing lodging to prostitution. The investigation established that detained persons provided lodging to prostitution for certain amount of cash in their hotels and rented flats in Batumi and Gonio.
The law enforcers have already interrogated hotel personnel and female witnesses. The detainees have already pleaded guilty.
Investigation is in progress on the fact of making available an area for prostitution (Article 254 of the Criminal Code of Georgia).
Development of the arts incubator, creation of cultural-touristic space near Enguri river, construction of the museum city are the main priorities of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia in 2016.
Mikheil Gorgadze presented plans during the Cabinet session today at the Administration of the Government. Alongside with presenting his vision of the future development, Minister discussed important projects that have already been implemented in the area of culture and monument protection.
The Cabinet and representatives of relevant Parliamentary Commissions also heard to the priorities of Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs. Agency headed by Tariel Khechikashvili intends to provide support to the mass sport and develop relevant infrastructure, to implement the sport voucher system for socially vulnerable families and integrate persons with disabilities and ethnic minorities into the sports world.
The Government, alongside with representatives of relevant Parliamentary Commissions, has already obtained information concerning portfolios of all the ministries, Tbilisi city hall and agencies of Autonomous Republic of Ajara and outlined main priotities.
Prime Minister urged the members of the Cabinet to present time-bound plan regarding resources and ways of implementation of their respective projects. Upon submitting detailed blueprints by all the ministries, they will be systemized at Administration of the Government and pursuant to final review, final list of the Governmental priorities will be elaborated.
Central Criminal Police Department alongside Ajara, Imereti, Ratcha-lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti police departments jointly conduct investigation under the article 223 (1) I and II parts, article 18-179, II part and article 151 of the Criminal Code.
At this moment additional evidences have been gathered regarding the mentioned cases on the basis of which criminal authority Mindia G. under the nickname “Lavas Oghli” was exposed.
As a result, investigation has moved to the final phase and Mindia G. will face charges in the nearest future.
In December 2015 Mindia G. was detained in the Republic of Moldavia. Deportation procedures are in progress at the moment.
The City of Batumi is hosting the first national discussion about Sustainable Development Goals, anew global development agenda, on Friday, 25 September 2015, 13:00, Hotel Radisson Batumi.
The discussion is organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia in cooperation with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia, Government Administration of Georgia, Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara and Batumi City Hall.
The event will also see the launch of a new four-year project that will help Batumi to introduce sustainable urban transport and make another step forward to becoming a Green City.
The €9 million ENPI FLEG II programme deepens reforms in forestry policy, and legal and administrative matters in the sector while carrying out pilot projects, and addressing forest fire and climate issues. It builds upon the achievements of its predecessor,
On 8 May 2015, 14:00, Agriservice Centre in village Gvara, Kobuleti municipality, will host the celebration of Europe Day 2015. The event is organised by the European Union and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in cooperation with the Government of Ajara Autonomous Republic as part of the Europe Week in Georgia.
H.E. Ortwin Hennig, Ambassador of Germany to Georgia; Archil Khabadze, Head of the Ajara Autonomous Republic Government; Kaido Sirel, Head of Operations Section of the European Union Delegation to Georgia; and Shombi Sharp, Deputy Head of UNDP in Georgia, will visit the Agriservice Centre to see the implementation of the EU-funded programme ENPARD – the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development, and meet with local residents.
The celebration will also see an agriculture fair organised by the farmers’ cooperatives established with assistance from ENPARD, and an exhibition of agriculture machinery handed over to the successful cooperatives by the European Union and Europes.
About ENPARD Ajara:
Under the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD), UNDP promotes agriculture development in the Ajara Autonomous Republic as a foundation for food security, sustainable production and rural employment. The three-year initiative closely works with the Government of Ajara Autonomous Republic and Ajara Agriservice Centre to increase efficiency of farming, establish and strengthen small farmers and enhance institutional development of the Ajara Ministry of Agriculture.
The total budget of ENPARD Ajara is €3.5 million with up to €3 million from the European Union and the rest from the Government of Ajara Autonomous Republic.