At today's Government meeting, the Prime Minister assessed his working visits to Spain and Davos.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili commended the unveiling of a commemorative plate honoring Georgia at the World Tourism Organization Headquarters in Madrid.
According to the Prime Minister, it is a great honor and recognition of the country's significant achievements and the Government's efforts in this direction.
"Quite interesting were our meetings with Spain's Prime Minister and Monarch, the sovereign head of state. We discussed numerous exciting directions in the relations between the two countries. We have nominated to the Office WTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili, our Ambassador to Spain and Representative at the World Tourism Organization, who needs support, so we held a number of meetings to this end," Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated.
The visit to Davos was assessed by the Prime Minister as very interesting. According to him, Georgia is keeping its finger on the pulse of global events, maintaining contact with its friends and partners.
"We held several meetings with heads of states, including an interesting discussion with EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti. Importantly, 2016 was a record-breaking years in terms of EBRD investments in Georgia-the largest amount of investments was made in Georgia, and plans for 2017 are even greater, heralding yet another record-breaking year. Their expectations are very positive," the Prime Minister said.
According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, very positive expectations were expressed by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde in relation to global economic growth.
"We had very important meetings with representatives of the public sector and investors. Georgia is in the spotlight, being as one of the Eastern European countries considered by companies planning to expand in Europe, and we had a number of meetings in this direction as well. In this regard, especially important are Japanese companies taking interest in Georgia, which is commendable," the Prime Minister stated.
According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, meetings were also held with companies specializing in tourism, hospitality, and aviation and interested in the Georgian market.
"It has been a very important visit, and I am believe its multidimensional results will become tangible soon," the Prime Minister said.
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with EU funding under the EU4Business Initiative is organising an international conference of consulting professionals in the Georgian capital Tbilisi on 3-4 November 2016. ‘Competitive Consulting 2016’ will bring together consultants from a wide range of markets, as well as a number of international consulting firms interested in engaging with local partners.
This event will help consultants to build their competences, exposure and network so that they can provide high quality services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SME).
The conference will feature plenary sessions from leaders in the consulting industry and the business world. They will explore global trends in the sector and the new challenges in the industry and the region. The event will include detailed breakout sessions examining new techniques, models and approaches for agile consulting, combining experience with innovation. (EU Neighbours East Info).
Presentation of MAN’s new blue buses was hold in Rose Square in Tbilisi. The buses will run on #61 line in the nearest future. According to the Tbilisi City Mayor Davit Narmania, new buses are consistent with European standards, are ecologically clean and working on CNG fuel.
“The new buses are safe for the environment and this is too important. They work on natural oil and they are the most high-class civic buses,”-Davit Narmania said.
According to Mayor, buses are provided by heat and conditioner systems. 27 ml euro was allocated by EBRD and 7 ml euro by – E5P Fund.
New blue buses will operate in Tbilisi from September, 2016. The agreement was signed between the Man Truck and Bus AG Company and Georgian side. German company has been selected as a tender winner company. The tender is carried by European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
European Bank has allocated a loan of 27 million EUR to Tbilisi Municipality for acquisition of buses, while the additional grant of 7 million has been allocated by fund E5P, under the management of EBRD.
The Committee considered with the I reading the draft by Guguli Magradze and Zviad Kvachantiradze on Philanthropy, Charity and Social Partnership and the draft on Tax Code, aiming at facilitation to philanthropy and charity, development of social partnership and definition of legal basis.
The draft on Philanthropy, Charity and Social Partnership defines the subjects of philanthropic and charity activity and the spheres of the hereof activity. The draft envisages tax remissions to stimulate hereof subjects – profit of the subjects other than from economic activity, shall be exempted from profit tax. Conveyance of the profits by the subjects to the natural persons: socially vulnerable families, disabled persons, single mothers and families with many children, orphan and gutter persons, refugee or humanitarian status persons, IDPs, affected with natural disasters, accidents, catastrophes, epidemic, war and armed conflicts, injured in the struggle for territorial integrity, families of deceased in the struggle, persons with chronic diseases shall be exempted from income tax. The draft envisages other preferences – exemption from double taxation.
As the Chair, Zurab Tkemaladze stated, it is not clearly defined in the draft. The law shall be approximated to EU legislation and the businessman shall have the impetus and opportunity to do charity. So, the draft is very important but the Committee will support it if it is in harmony with the Constitution, Tax Code and approved by the Government.
The Committee considered the Loan Agreement between Georgia and EBRD (Tbilisi Bus project). As the Deputy-Finance Minister, Giorgi Kakauridze stated, the agreement was signed on May 11, 2016, envisaging provision of Tbilisi City Hall with new, ecologically effective, compressed natural gas powered 175 buses. EBRD has allocated 27 ml EURO loan and ESP has allocated 7 ml EURO grant. Consideration was participated by the Deputy-Mayor, Irakli Lekvinadze. The Committee supported the document.
The Committee considered with the III reading the drafts on: Innovations; Grants; Tax Code; Science, Technologies and Development thereof; Energy and Natural Gas; Public Register; Food/Forage Safety, Veterinary and Plant Protection Code; Entrepreneurs; Labor Migration; Public Health; Control on Entrepreneurship; Code of Administrative Offenses; Official Statistics. The Committee supported the drafts.
Prime Minister discussed the importance of the European Neighbourhood Program for Agriculture and Rural Development in Georgia (ENPARD Georgia II). 50 million Euro Financing Agreement on the second stage of the program has already been signed. The program aims at fostering agriculture, relevant policy and reforms as well as improvement of the quality of the applicable services.
"This is a crucial program in terms of development of the agriculture industry. 50 million Euro Financing Agreement has been signed. The funds has been allocated for the purpose of fostering agriculture, relevant policy and reforms as well as improvement of the quality of the applicable services." - Prime Minister stated.
Pursuant to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has already approved the 50 million USD credit line for Georgian enterprises that will attempt to bring their production standards with those of the EU.
"This is a substantial motivation for developing the enterprises, particularly SMEs that are compliant with the EU standards. We urge the business sector to exploit this opportunity to the fullest. This is the first phase of the program and the EBRD will cooperate with the representatives of the Georgian banking sector to make this credit line available for our entrepreneurs," - Giorgi Kvirikashvili noted.