GEORGIAN GROCERY STORE TO OPEN IN BELARUS AND TRACTORS TO BE JOINTLY ASSEMBLED IN GEORGIA

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 20 March 2019 17:20

Georgian grocery store will be opened in Belarus and tractors will be assembled at a joint venture that will operate in Georgia. It was announced at a meeting of Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia with Mikhail Rusy, Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus today.

Joint production of elevators for residential blocks is also under consideration, along with a cooperation in the sector of transportation. Namely ferry transfer has a development prospect, along with a transit of cargo originating in Belarus through Ukraine and Georgia. Need of specific steps to be made for the development of logistics was underlined at the meeting. Head of Government of Georgia instructed the cabinet to discuss and agree ways on improving the logistics with the Belarussian colleagues within a Work Group format to significantly increase the bilateral trade.

Belarussian side is also interested in incorporating a joint venture to assemble tractors in Georgia. It was agreed at the meeting today that relevant partners will be solicited with support of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.

Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus also expressed readiness to have Belarussian manufacturers bid in tenders announced for the substitution of municipal busses in Tbilisi and Batumi, along with a keen interest in providing elevators with any specific configuration to an interested buyer at the Georgian market.

It was also agreed at the meeting that Belarussian side will work on the allocation of a special place in Minsk for a Georgian grocery store with a concept of AgroHub.

Commissioners Hahn and Gabriel in Belarus to participate in the Eastern Partnership Informal Dialogue

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Friday, 22 June 2018 00:17

Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel will be in Minsk, Belarus, on 21-22 June to participate in the 10th Eastern Partnership Informal Partnership Dialogue. They will discuss cooperation within the “20 Deliverables for 2020” following the Eastern Partnership Summit in November last year as well as how to step up cooperation in the area of digital economy with the Minsters of Foreign Affairs and Ministers in charge of the digital agenda from the six Eastern Partners -Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.  On 21 June, the Commissioners will meet with Minister of Communications and Informatisation of the Republic of Belarus, Sergey Popkov, to discuss ways to cooperate in the digital area and, in particular, in the area of cybersecurity resilience, and thereafter will participate in a plenary session on promoting broadband connectivity and tackling roaming tariffs in the region.

On Friday, Commissioner Hahn together with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Vladimir Makei, will take part in a plenary session on the state-of-play of the Eastern Partnership and the External Investment Plan. During his visit he will also have bilateral meetings with President of the Republic of Belarus, Aleksander Lukashenko, Mr Makei, Mr Popkov and will meet with civil society representatives from the economy and digital economy sectors. Photos and videos of the visit will be available on EbS.

The President of Georgia and the President of the Republic of Belarus Hold a Tete-a-Tete Meeting

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Thursday, 02 March 2017 11:25
As a part of the official visit to the Republic of Belarus, the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili has held a tete-a-tete meeting with the President of the Republic of Belarus, H.E. Aleksandr Lukashenko. The meeting was mainly focused on the prospects of further strengthening cooperation in political, trade-economic, and cultural areas. One of the main talking points was the issues of regional security. The parties have also discussed the situation in the occupied territories of Georgia. President Margvelashvili has thanked President Lukashenko for his support of Georgia’s territorial integrity, sovereignty, and non-recognition policy. According to President Margvelashvili, by signing the so-called Treaty on Alliance and Integration, the Russian Federation has begun annexation of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region. If conducted, the announced referendum on integrating Tskhinvali to the Russian Federation will have extremely negative outcomes for the security of Georgia and the entire region. President Margvelashvili has underscored the extreme importance of the international community’s firm position in regard to illegal actions taken by the Russian Federation, in order to avoid annexation of the occupied territories of Georgia. The President of Georgia has expressed concern on the fact that Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region are still inaccessible for the international community and the European Union Monitoring Mission is the only international mechanism on site, which, despite the mandate, is not allowed to enter the occupied territories of Georgia. This further worsens the situation of human rights. The conversation has also touched upon the incident that took place on May 19, 2016 in the village Khurcha. The parties have also discussed the growing dynamics of economic and trade relations between Georgia and the Republic of Belarus and the importance of further strengthening this cooperation. According to President Margvelashvili, Georgian side expresses readiness to share its experience in regard to economic reforms, e-governance, and fight against corruption with Belarusian colleagues. As noted at the meeting, the Republic of Belarus is interested in those opportunities, which Georgia opens up for its partners through the Free Trade Area Agreement (DCFTA) and active cooperation with other regions. The two presidents have also expressed their readiness to strengthen cooperation in the areas of education and innovation. As highlighted at the meeting, opening of the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus to Georgia, announced in April, 2015 during President Lukashenko's visit to Georgia, significantly contributes to the further development of bilateral relations between the two countries. The parties have expressed hope that this visit will further strengthen the existing relationship between Georgia and the Republic of Belarus.

The Official Visit of the President of Georgia to the Republic of Belarus Has Begun

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 14:32
The official visit of the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili and the Georgian delegation to the Republic of Belarus has begun. The President was greeted at the National Airport by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Mr. Mikhail Rusyi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Mr. Vladimir Makei, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to Georgia Mr. Mikhail Miatlikov, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Republic of Belarus Mr. Davit Kotaria. As a part of the visit, the President will hold official meetings tomorrow. He will meet with the President of the Republic of Belarus, H.E. Aleksandr Lukashenko both in tête–à–tête and extended formats. Following the extended meeting, the two presidents will sign a joint document and hold a joint press conference. President Margvelashvili will also take part in a tree planting ceremony at the Independence Palace and lay a wreath at the Victory Monument. As a part of the visit, President Margvelashvili, together with the Georgian delegation, will hold meetings with the Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, Mr. Mikhail Myasnikovich and the Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus, Mr. Vladimir Andreichenko. The President will also meet with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus, Mr. Andrey Kobyakov, both in tête–à–tête and extended formats. As a part of the cultural activities, the President will visit the State Museum of the Great Patriotic War, as well as the cultural and sports complex, Minsk-Arena and Belarus' High Technologies Park. The President will also deliver a public lecture at Belarusian National Technical University. At the end of the visit, President Margvelashvili, together with the Georgian delegation, will lay a wreath at the memorial complex, the Mound of Glory. The Georgian delegation will return to Georgia on March the 2nd. Among the members of the Georgian delegation are the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Mr. Giorgi Gakharia, the Head of the Administration of the President Mr. Giorgi Abashishvili, the Secretary of the National Security Council Mr. Davit Rakviashvili, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Vakhtang Makharoblishvili, the Secretary of the President for Foreign Affairs Mr. Tengiz Pkhaladze, the Parliamentary Secretary of the President Mrs. Ana Dolidze, and the Advisor to the President in Economic Issues Mrs. Maia Melikidze.

Eastern Neighbourhood: Forestry project highlights positive developments

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:25
An EU-funded forestry project has highlighted the progress made in the forestry sector at its final meeting in December. Attendees at the last meeting of the Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (FLEG) II Programme, from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Russia, suggested ways to ensure that the project’s results are long-term.
One of more important deliverables of the Programme is increased collaboration between neighboring countries on forest management. Other important achievements included inputs to country forestry sector programs, study tours to EU Member State countries and bilateral dialogue, building community and youth awareness about the importance of forests, promoting new protected areas, and forest biodiversity conservation.
Key long-term achievements will continue to benefit the region after the programme’s completion, such as the National Program Advisory Committees (NPACs) which was created by FLEG, and contributed towards the institutional reform process as well as providing independent and valuable data.
FLEG also contributed to making forest management and governance more transparent, built educational and professional capacity in the forestry sector, fostered collaboration between local communities and the forestry sector and facilitated community participation in the sector for sustainable forest management.

Eastern Partnership to develop regional energy cooperation

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 15:03
The Eastern Partnership Platform on Energy Security has hosted representatives from the EU, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Participants gathered to discuss energy security, renewable energy, energy efficiency and nuclear safety at its 16thmeeting in Brussels.
The meeting focused on regional energy cooperation and EU-funded energy programmes and initiatives, such as: EU4Energy; the ‘Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy going East’; Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership (E5P); the EU technical Assistance Facility for Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL); and the High Quality Studies to support the Activities under the Eastern Partnership (HiQSTEP).
Participants were looking for solutions to energy efficiency in the housing sector, discussing the construction of missing infrastructure links and ways to bring partner countries' energy-related rules more in line with EU rules.

EU identifies key deliverables for the Eastern Partnership

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Monday, 19 December 2016 13:35
The European Commission and the European External Action Service have identified 20 key deliverables for the Eastern Partnership by 2020. The targets were published in a joint working document, "Eastern Partnership – focusing on key priorities and deliverables", on 15 December.
The document is to contribute to the joint work of EU Member States and EaP Partner countries and highlight actions in key priority areas such as economic development and market opportunities, strengthening institutions and good governance, connectivity, energy efficiency, environment and climate change as well as mobility and people-to-people contacts. The EU Member States and EaP Partner countries agree that the EaP needs to focus on delivering tangible results to citizens.
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint policy initiative between the European Union and its six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
 

National exhibition of Belarus

Published in Economics
Friday, 02 September 2016 10:45

First large-scale national exhibition of the Republic of Belarus of opened in Tbilisi today. The exhibition features products manufactured by 150 leading companies of Belarus as well as tractors produced by Georgian-Belarus Company. The event was attended by the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Vice Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Rusiy. 
In his speech, the head of the Government of Georgia discussed friendly relations between the countries and expressed hope that the exhibition will bring Georgian and Belarusian people even closer and deepen trade and tourism activities. Giorgi Kvirikashvili indicated that the goal of the governments of the both countries is increasing the volume of trade to 200 million USD by 2017.
"We came up with idea of exhibition in April 2015, when President of the Republic of Belarus Aleksandr Lukashenko visited Georgia. Exhibitions like this brings our people even closer together and inspire new ideas among the representatives of business ideas. It is a welcoming fact that Inter-Agency Commission of Bilateral Economic Cooperation will be held in parallel with this exhibition. We have growing, positive dynamics in many areas, including trade, tourism, etc. We have come up with the idea to increase volumes of trade to 200 million USD by the end of 2017 and we will achieve this task," - Prime Minister of Georgia stated.
According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, foundation of joint company producing cars and tractors was laid in Georgia and creation of similar ventures in other directions is planned as well.
"Yesterday we had a conversation with Mikhail Rusiy. We discussed the ways of widening this process to include other directions and services as well. I would like to outline that a very successful techno park that was founded in Georgia several months ago with the aim of funding startup businesses was largely inspired by successful experience of Belarusian Techno Park. We examined said Techno Park during our visit. I would like to thank our guests once again for this important exhibition. I hope that representatives of Georgian business circles will remain active and establish new, very important business contacts. I would like to welcome celebration of Tbilisoba organized by Embassy of Georgia in Minsk that was attended by thousands of people from our partner country," - Giorgi Kvirikashvili noted.
Importance of the first large-scale national exhibition of the Republic of Belarus in Georgia was assessed by Vice Prime Minister of Belarus Mikhail Rusiy. According to him, the exhibition supports reinforcement of the bilateral relations between the countries.
"All tasks will be fulfilled. Belarus and Georgia have common political and economic interests. We are glad to see Georgia as our genuine friend that stands by us and supports us," - Mikhail Rusiy noted in his speech.
Exhibits featured at the National Exhibition of the Republic of Belarus include tractors produced by Georgian-Belarus Company. Exhibition includes wide spectrum of Belarusian products and services: mechanical engineering and transport, agricultural and food products, scientific achievements and modern technologies, oil-chemical industry and pharmaceutical products, light industry, and wood and construction materials, tourism services, consumer goods, etc.

The Georgian Foreign Minister has welcomed the opening of the embassy of Belarus in Georgia

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Friday, 26 August 2016 16:10

Newly-appointed ambassador of the Republic of Belarus to Georgia Mikhail Miatlikov presented copies of his credentials to Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze. Mikhail Miatlikov is the first ambassador of Belarus, who will be based in Tbilisi. The Georgian Foreign Minister congratulated the ambassador on his appointment and wished him success in his future endeavours. He expressed his satisfaction at the decision of Belarus to open an embassy in Georgia reiterating the hope that Mikhail Miatlikov will spare no efforts to further intensify relations between the two countries.
Discussions during the meeting focused on the issues relating to bilateral relations. Special attention was paid to the forthcoming session of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation due to be held in early September, as well as to the organization of a national exhibition of Belarus in Tbilisi. The sides exchanged their views on mutual cooperation within the international organisations. They also spoke about the ongoing processes in Georgia, the situation in the occupied territories and various issues of regional importance.

TAIEX to help EN Countries deal with tax evasion

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Thursday, 28 July 2016 11:25
Tax fraud as a criminal offence will be discussed by experts from Austria, Belarus, Lithuania, Moldova and Russia in the Belarusian capital Minsk this week. The two-day workshop is organised by the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange Instrument of the European Commission (TAIEX) in cooperation with the Department of Financial Investigations of the State Control Committee of Belarus.
The event aims to help improve Belarusian legislation concerning the activities of financial investigations bodies against tax fraud and evasion in the country. International experts will advise on how to improve the implementation of the legislation on the activities of FIBs against organised crime connected with the tax fraud. The participants will also discuss new schemes and innovative approaches such as horizontal monitoring.
TAIEX is a demand-driven tool that supports partner countries with the approximation of national laws, regulations and quality standards to those of EU Member States in the framework of Cooperation or Association agreements signed with the EU. In the Eastern Neighbourhood, TAIEX works with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.
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