President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov Addresses Participants of 21st Conference of Humanitarian Association of Turkmens of the World

Published in World
Thursday, 20 September 2018 20:25

I extend to you my congratulations on the opening of the 21st Conference of the Humanitarian Association of Turkmens of the World. I trust that this forum that is being held on the eve of the 27th anniversary of independence will be of great significance in terms of consolidation of Turkmens of the world and intensification of ties in such spheres as economy, culture, science, education, healthcare, tourism, sport, entrepreneurship etc., states the Address by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the participants of the 21st Conference of the Humanitarian Association of Turkmens of the World.

Independence Day is a holiday that symbolizes the unity of the nation and the inviolability of the sovereign state. After Turkmenistan declared independence twenty-seven years ago, the principles of a democratic, law-based, secular state were identified and secure foundations were laid for political, economic and cultural development of the country. Independence demonstrated to the whole world the unity of our people, especially of Turkmens residing in different countries, and thousand-year old traditions of peacefulness, friendship and good-neighborliness.

Our country is confidently advancing towards high goals. Drawing on the enormous creative potential of the people, including Turkmens of the world, we are successfully implementing national programs and carrying out socio-economic, cultural, educational and political reforms. With building and commissioning of comfortable dwelling houses, schools and universities, kindergartens, medical centers, large production and social enterprises, modern residential areas and settlements with developed transport and communication infrastructure, we are writing glorious pages in our motherland’s recent history.

Turkmenistan’s international profile is advancing steadily as well. Our country is known as an independent nation that pursues a policy of positive neutrality based on the principles of peacefulness and good-neighborliness.

In 2018, when we celebrate the slogan “Turkmenistan: the Heart of the Great Silk Road”, our country was elected a member of the Bureau of the Inland Transport Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe. Upon our initiative, the UN General Assembly adopted resolutions on supporting international efforts towards stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan and on cooperation between the United Nations and the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea. We also initiated the adoption of a resolution on declaring 3 June World Bicycle Day. Independent Turkmenistan was elected a member of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, ECOSOC, for 2019-2021. All these testify to the high international profile of our neutral country, the message says.

Our ancestors had to leave their place of origin due to a variety of reasons, but Turkmens never forgot about their historical homeland. Fatherland is the most precious thing in life. Therefore, for every one of us there is no duty higher than diligent service to Motherland, a country of peace and good-neighborliness, a country of progressive reforms.

Today we are building bridges of friendship and brotherhood and working closely with all countries, distant and close, where Turkmen diasporas exist. Our universities accept Turkmens from all over the world. Our friendly bonds are strengthening due to regularly held creative festivals and cultural events. Our country’s policy will continue to focus on expanding relations with Turkmens of the world and further enhancement of our country’s international profile.

I wish you all good health, happy and prosperous life, much success in your work oriented towards ensuring prosperity of independent Turkmenistan, the Presidential Address states.

Study on gender equality in creative industries in the Eastern Neighbourhood

Published in World
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 20:16

A new report summarising a study on gender equality within creative industries in four Eastern Neighbourhood countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine) was recently presented by the British Council at the HeForShe conference in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.

The study ‘Gender equality and empowerment of women and men in cultural and creative industries’ is the result of the work of a team of nine experts who organised focus groups, conducted online polls and interviewed opinion leaders in each of the four countries.

In total, around 500 men and women were interviewed to understand why women in some industries get lower salaries, why it is necessary to defy stereotypes even if they are not very noticeable and why men in some countries are fearful of taking up certain professions.

According to the report, creative industries make up 4% of Ukraine’s Gross Domestic Product. Similar findings were also demonstrated in the other countries of the study. The experts aimed to illustrate the situation in creative disciplines with respect to gender and to understand how this information could be used in future programmes that will work with creative industries in the region.

Civics Teachers’ National Fair-Conference

Published in Education
Sunday, 10 June 2018 12:00

On May 28, 2017 Lia Gigauri, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, Nino Buachidze, USAID representatives and Marina Ushveridze, Chief of Party of “Momavlis Taoba” program welcomed participants of Civics Teachers’ National Fair-Conference at the Tbilisi Exhibition Center.

The Civics Teachers’ National Fair-Conference brought together 250 civics teachers from all regions of Georgia to discuss innovations in the field of civics education, share experiences, and participate in professional development. Awards for the best civics teachers of the year were given to civics teachers at an award ceremony during the conference.

National Fair-Conference of Civics Teachers was held in the framework of USAID-funded Momavlis Taoba Project, which is implemented by PH International.

Georgia’s main crypto event will take place in Tbilisi – Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Georgia 2018

Published in Economics
Thursday, 07 June 2018 09:34

On June 20, Georgia’s main crypto event will take place in Tbilisi – Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Georgia 2018. The conference aims to provide every participant with comprehensive understanding of the economic and legal subtleties of the crypto industry in the country.

Conference topics:

  • aspects of mining: hardware, profitability;
  • case studies of blockchain for business;
  • prospects of blockchain in the state administration;
  • regulation of cryptocurrencies and blockchain;
  • ICO campaigns: investments, marketing, trends;
  • tokenization.

For: executives, financiers,developers, lawyers, marketers, and PR managers.

Why: to learn more about making profits out of cryptocurrencies and opening of a mining farm; get some legal advice, increase the profitability of ICO, find partners, promote your company, attract new customers; understand that spending your budget on things that do not work is not a good idea.

Speakers of the conference embrace Georgian thought leaders, representatives of public agencies, miners. Georgian and international lawyers, economists, ICO consultants, and analysts will share their case studies. Here are some of them:

  • Avtandil Kasradze, Georgia's Innovation and Technology Agency;
  • Mariam Turashvili, National Agency of Public Registry Georgia;
  • Vano Narimanidze, Association Blockchain Georgia;
  • Alex Sudadze, Bitcoin Embassy Georgia;
  • David Kiziria, Innovation and Development Foundation;
  • Denis Aleinikov, Aleinikov & Partners;
  • Catharina Geiselhart, PwC Germany;
  • Gordon Einstein, CKR LAW LLP.

The full program is available on the website.

Venue

The event will be held at the fashionable Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel located in the heart of Tbilisi. Address: 1 First Republic Square (former Rose Revolution Square).

Organizer

International company Smile-Expo hosts blockchain events in 20 countries of the world. Over 12 years of operation, it has gained a reputation as a proficient organizer of big industry-specific events in Europe, Asia, and even Australia.

Partners of the event are founders of the blockchain industry in Georgia: Association Blockchain Georgia, Bitcoin Embassy Georgia, and Blockchain Systems Institute.

Around 300 participants from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, Germany, and the USA are planning to attend the conference.

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EU-supported conference in Georgia on role of women on economic growth and policy development

Published in Economics
Thursday, 29 March 2018 20:22

On 27 March, over 200 participants from government, civil society, the private sector and international bodies gathered in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi to participate in a four-day conference on ‘Women’s Role in Economic Growth and Policy Development’.

The event is part of Women Empowerment Week in Georgia, and is supported by the EU4Business initiative and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), as well as other international donors and local partners.

The conference serves as a unique opportunity for participants to learn and be inspired by successful female leaders, with a wide range of panels, presentations, side events and networking opportunities.

The event focuses on the topic of women in government, civil society and business. It will also host a training session on social media marketing, an exhibition of female entrepreneurs and an award ceremony for women in leadership. Other topics during the event will cover women and innovation, access to finance and the role of women in energy, transport and logistics.

The EU supports female entrepreneurs in Georgia through the EBRD’s Women in Business programme, funded by the EU as part of its EU4Business initiative. Under the programme, the EBRD provides access to finance through credit lines to local banks dedicated to women-led SMEs, alongside business advice to help businesses become more competitive. The programme also offers training, mentoring and other support to enable female entrepreneurs to share experiences and learn from each other as peers.

EU and Eastern Partner country representatives meet for international parliamentary conference in Tbilisi

Published in Society
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 16:31

Representatives of the European Parliament and parliaments of 17 EU Member States, Candidate States and Eastern Partner countries are meeting in the Georgian capital Tbilisi for an international parliamentary conference on 4-5 December. They will discuss EU integration as a framework for promoting internal reforms, and talk about the benefits and challenges associated with the EU-inspired transformation.

The event will focus on the political and economic reforms inspired by the Association Agreements in different countries, EU partnership instruments and cooperation frameworks, legislative challenges on the way to implementing the EU-driven reforms, and the economic impacts of European integration on business and trade.

The conference will also pay attention to citizen expectations before and after EU integration, ways of countering anti-European propaganda, and to the future of the Union, considering the 60th anniversary of the European cooperation.

The international parliamentary conference “EU and Partners – Embracing Diversity for Stronger Unity” has been organised by the Parliament of Georgia on the initiative of the European Integration Committee of the Parliament, with support from the European Union  and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Conference on strategies and tools for ethics and transparency at local levels

Published in Society
Saturday, 02 December 2017 16:06

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is organising a regional conference on 6 - 7 December 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia, which will bring together around 100 mayors and local elected representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus. Numerous newly-elected Georgian mayors are to take part in the event, as well as representatives of national associations of local authorities, civil society organisations and expert.

The aim of the conference is to enable peer-to peer exchange on good practices to promote and strengthen ethics, transparency and citizen participation at local level in these countries. Participants will address these questions through concrete examples of local initiatives that were implemented in 2017, by twelve local authorities from Armenia, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

The conference will be opened by the Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Zurab ALAVIDZE, the Mayor of Tbilisi, Kakha KALADZE, the Secretary General of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities Andreas KIEFER, and the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Tbilisi, Cristian URSE, as well as a representative of the European Union.

On the eve of the conference, 5 December 2017, a workshop on ‘Local initiatives: managing and communicating the change’ will bring together the mayors and project co-ordinators implementing initiatives on ethical governance.

In addition, on 8 December 2017, the Secretary General of the Congress will intervene at the 6th General Assembly of the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG).

The conference is organised by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities within the thematic programme “Strengthening institutional frameworks for local governance”, implemented jointly with the Council of Europe Centre of Expertise for Local Government Reform, Directorate General of Democracy. This programme is funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and implemented by the Council of Europe, through the Partnership for Good Governance (PGG) 2015-2017 for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus.

EU IS THE MAIN DONOR FOR THE CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE EASTERN PARTNER COUNTRIES

Published in World
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 16:14

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Conference along with the 9th Annual Assembly of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum will take place on 25-27 October, 2017 in Tallinn under the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The three-day event, entitled "Tangible Results for People: Envisioning the Eastern Partnership in 2020 and Beyond," will focus on the future of the Eastern Partnership policy and on civil society's contribution to better governance in these countries.

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, said: "Civil society representatives are the best sponsors and monitors of much-needed reforms in the Eastern Partnership countries. They are voices against corruption and for transparency and an essential force in our daily work on so many issues, from fighting violence against women, to improving the media environment. We are partners, and we need each other to reach our common goals and to make the Eastern Partnership deliver."

The Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, stressed: “We are delivering on our promise to follow social innovation trends in our broadened support to civil society. Partnerships with key civil society actors, strong leadership and more efficient tools to advance the governance role of civil society organisations are all part our revamped toolbox. Together with partner governments, civil society in the Eastern partner countries will bring us closer to citizens in areas that make most difference for their lives.”

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum Steering Committee Co-chair Hennadiy Maksak said: “Civil society believes in the European future of the Eastern partner countries, based on shared values, rule of law and respect for democratic principles and public accountability. It is of crucial importance to create an enabling environment for the civil society, allowing it to engage in the reform agenda.”

The conference will serve as a platform for participants to discuss better governance, dialogue between governments and civil society, the use of technology to promote government transparency, and inclusive approaches to economic development. Discussions will also focus on civil society's role in combating disinformation and developing media competence.

The participants will adopt a Civil Society Declaration identifying major obstacles to further democratic development offering specific recommendations on how governments and civil society organisations can work together to overcome them.

The European Union's support to civil society has been instrumental in increasing public accountability, respect of human rights, and local development in Eastern partner countries. From 2014 to 2016, the European Union has funded more than 260 new projects across the region, reaching more than 600 organisations.

The Eastern Partnership Civil Society Conference is organised by the Estonian presidency, Estonian Center of Eastern Partnership and the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, a regional civil society platform aimed at promoting European integration and facilitating reforms and democratic transformations across the region.

The event is held every two years as a side event to the Eastern Partnership Summit, which this year will take place on November 24 in Brussels. 

Tackling the challenges for independent media in the Eastern Partnership countries

Published in World
Thursday, 14 September 2017 15:47

More than 350 media professionals and donors from the Eastern Partnership and the EU gather in Kyiv on 13 September for the 2nd Eastern Partnership Media Conference, which aims to shine a spotlight on the growing challenges facing journalists in the EU’s Eastern partner countries.

Bringing together participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine as well as EU Member States, the conference offers a unique platform to identify obstacles to a healthy media environment, discuss ways of addressing them, and examine how the EU and other donors can best support independent journalism in these countries.

In his message to the participants, European Neighbourhood Commissioner Johannes Hahn stressed that ''Freedom of expression is one of the very foundations on which our Union is built. We believe that a strong, independent press is fundamental to successful societies everywhere. Today's conference clearly shows the importance of closer engagement of the EU with partner countries on the issues of plurality and independence of media.''

Over the past decade, the European Union has spent and earmarked about €30 million in support of media initiatives in Eastern partner countries, €14 million of which on current projects.

The conference will look at the pressures experienced by media workers in the Eastern neighbourhood, discuss solutions to achieve economic sustainability in news and story production, as well as difficulties in reforming public broadcasting sectors.

Participants will also discuss methods to make media outlets more sustainable and to help journalists continue to grow professionally. The challenges posed by disinformation campaigns and efforts to spread biased or misleading information on social media will also be on the agenda, with a focus on how media can help increase critical thinking in society.

The 2nd Eastern Partnership Media Conference is held in preparation for the 5th Eastern Partnership Summit, to be held in Brussels in November 2017. The discussions and practical findings of the conference will provide a basis for further considerations at the Summit.

A CONFERENCE HELD UNDER THE “SOCIAL INCLUSION SUPPORT SUB-PROGRAM"

Published in Politics
Monday, 12 December 2016 15:08

A conclusive conference for the “Social Inclusion Support Sub-program" was held at the Ilia State University conference hall, where the guests had the opportunity to view special presentations created by the program beneficiaries – individuals with special educational needs, as well as the students of Georgian public schools regarding the events conducted by the” Social Inclusion Support Sub-program”.
The subprogram participants (public school students, students, SEN students and Romani people) provided the information to the audience with the history and culture of the Romani people, as well as their problems and everyday life.
For the duration of several years, the Ministry of Education and Science has been actively taking care of the ethnic minorities, and the integration of the Romani people into the Georgian educational system. In order to ameliorate the language skills and better integrate the youth with their peers, a “Social Inclusion Support Sub-program” has been launched, which entails a variety of activities during the school time. These activities, such as; reading and theater clubs, thematic gatherings and meetings, and conferences) attract beneficiaries with mutual interests (including adolescents with different religious beliefs, and ethnic backgrounds). The cohabitation with the volunteer peers gave the beneficiary adolescents the motivation to receive education, as well as creating a positive atmosphere at the educational institution.
Within the scope of the Sub-program, public school volunteers are being trained to cooperate; re-trained beneficiaries are actively engaging in the social life; and are participating in the process of searching for the new beneficiaries and identifying the problems.
Conference participants noted, that it is important for the government to protect the rights of the ethnic minorities. Additionally it is crucial to effectively implement such programs, which on one hand preserves their ethnic identity, whilst actively integrating them into the society.

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