On October 11-13, The Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, in cooperation with the international organization GIZ, the National Center for Teachers Professional Development, the University of Magdeburg (Germany) and the Center for Vocational Education and Training UNEVOC, is holding a regional conference for the development of the vocational education in the region of South Caucasus.
Owing to the support of the listed organizations, the international leaders program “a master trainer in vocational education” will be conducted, which involves the vocational education specialists from Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan. The participants of the program will be involved in the introduction of the dual vocational education in their countries, respectively.
Furthermore, Georgia is a leader in terms of the introduction of dual vocational education in the South Caucasus countries. The first idea of introducing the dual vocational education was presented by the Ministry of Education and Science, with the support of GIZ. Moreover, within the scope of the conference, German experts will share their experiences with their local counterparts. Additionally, 17 experts from these three countries have studied the German model of dual vocational education, as well as the international experience of dual vocational education in the European countries. Transfer projects will be developed, which will be support also by the GIZ. The transfer projects is related not only to the professional development of teachers and school faculty, but also the introduction of new evaluation forms and the implementation of dual programs in tourism and wine-making.
Georgia has a dual leadership role in professional education with the introduction of the South Caucasus countries. The first idea about the dual education by the Ministry of Education and Science of the International Organization for the support of GIZ. The scope of the conference will be to share experiences with German and local experts. Seventeen representatives of the three countries studied as the German dual vocational education policy, as well as international experience in professional education in European countries. The program has been developed for the transfer of projects which will be undertaken as well as the support of GIZ. Topics related to the transfer of projects, as the professional development of teachers and principals in schools, as well as the evaluation of new approaches and dual programs in tourism and wine-making.
President of Georgia Congratulates to Armenian Counterpart on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Restoration of Armenia’s IndependenceWednesday, 21 September 2016 14:50
It is my pleasure to extend my most sincere congratulations to you on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the restoration of Armenia’s independence. On this notable day, I would like to express my deepest respect, on behalf of the Georgian nation, toward the Armenian people.
Taking this opportunity, allow me to emphasize that the friendship between Georgia and Armenia is based on deep historical and cultural traditions. I strongly believe that with our joint efforts we will manage to overcome the current challenges that our countries face and will further strengthen our cooperation for the mutual benefit.
Your Excellency, let me reaffirm my deepest respect to the friendly Armenian people. I wish you peace and prosperity”, - stated the President in the official letter.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan on Tuesday appointed Karen Karapetyan as the country's new prime minister, according to a government statement. Prior to his appointment as prime minister, Karapetyan worked as deputy general director for international projects at Gazprom Energy Holding.
Karapetyan is a member of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA).He served as the mayor of Yerevan in 2010-2011. The outgoing prime minister, Hovik Abrahamyan, resigned on Sept. 8 after serving in the post for three years.
Abrahamyan said in a statement that Armenian society remained polarized, and called for the society and the government to work for the welfare of all citizens. He said that he resigned from his post to give the president an opportunity to form a new government.
Istanbul, Turkey, September 7, 2016—IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, provided over $800 million to support 22 climate-smart investment projects in Europe and Central Asia in fiscal year 2016, helping its clients improve resource and energy efficiency, expand sustainable urban infrastructure, and increase access to renewable energy.
Over $220 million of the total was invested in green buildings projects in Turkey, Bulgaria and Georgia, helping to reduce water, heat and energy consumption and losses in commercial buildings. About $240 million was directed to renewable energy projects in Turkey and Armenia, to support the rehabilitation and development of hydro, solar and wind power stations.
A particularly important theme for IFC was sustainable cities, which focuses on developing modern, energy-efficient urban infrastructure, including public transport, water and solid waste management, through state-of-the-art projects and public-private partnerships. In FY16, IFC supported the expansion of the Istanbul metro and Heksagon waste management company in Turkey, which offers solutions to turn urban solid waste into energy and fertilizer, and is now looking for similar sustainable projects across the region.
The year also marked IFC’s first green bonds transaction in the region with the Turkish Bank TSKB, to attract institutional investors to finance a portfolio of green projects across industries.
“Every third dollar of our investments in the region over the past year was climate smart,” said Tomasz Telma, IFC Director for Europe and Central Asia. “In addition to finance, we provide advisory services to manufacturing companies and financial institutions across the region to maximize impact, and leverage private sector resources to improve efficiency and invest in new technologies.”
In FY16, IFC invested over $2.9 billion in Europe and Central Asia, including $570 million in mobilized funds, to support the growth of sustainable private companies and contribute to long-term economic development across the region.
IFC’s goal is to make climate investments 28 percent of its annual new commitments by 2020.
According to the Armenian side, the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan didn’t meet with the representatives of occupation regime. This statement was made by the Deputy Foreign Minister Gigi Gigiadze. As he noted, media published the information about possible meetings today morning.
“Armenia is a friend country of Georgia. It recognizes the sovereignty of Georgia and its territorial unite. We continue cooperation with official Yerevan,”-Gigi Gigiadze said.