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.
“Chinese government will help the Georgian side to hold various events on the territory of China targeted at promotion of the Georgian products,” – the First Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitry Kumsishvili stated following the meeting with Zhong Shan, the Minister of Commerce and Industry of the People’s Republic of China.
According to the First Vice Prime Minister, the proposal of the Minister of Commerce of the People's Republic of China is unprecedented and it will contribute to the export growth of Georgian products in China.
“Today we have been offered another unprecedented assistance by the Minister of Commerce of China. In order to sell more Georgian products in China and thus increase the export rate from Georgia, the Minister has offered us to conduct a number of events in the territory of China,” – Dimitry Kumsishvili declared.
According to the First Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, special joint groups, which will further promote the Georgian products in China, will enable more Chinese companies to get acquainted with Georgia's opportunities and make necessary investments for our country.
Shanghai Expo was one of the prevailing issues for discussion at this meeting.
Dimitry Kumsishvili expressed his gratitude towards the Minister of Commerce of China for the official invitation of the Government of Georgia to the Shanghai International Exhibition, which will be held in November 2018.
"Within the Shanghai Export International Exhibition, Georgian companies will be able to communicate directly with 150 000 buyers, which will be supported by the Ministry of Commerce of China. This will be an exhibition that our country needs to utilize with full potential. This exhibition allows Georgian companies to export their products to the Chinese market and significantly increase their sales," - Dimitry Kumsishvili noted after the meeting.
In addition, Dimitry Kumsishvili invited the Chinese Minister of Commerce, Zhong Shan to Georgia and offered to hold a business forum in Tbilisi within the framework of Intergovernmental Commission meeting between the two countries this summer.
According to the First Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on Trade-Economic Cooperation between Georgia and China represents an effective leverage for further development of bilateral cooperation.
Dimitry Kumsishvili and Zhong Shan agreed to take effective steps to the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between Georgia and China. As it was noted, both Georgian and Chinese companies should fully benefit from the free trade agreement, for which both sides shall come up with important decisions.
The agreement on which the negotiations have been completed in a short period of seven months has been in force since 2018. It was also noted at the meeting that following the signing and enactment of the Agreement, there is a tendency for the growth of trade turnover between the two countries, however the potential is still huge and it needs to be supported with the favorable directions for both sides, for which the Chinese side will provide assistance to the Georgian producers.
Deputy Ministers of Economy and Sustainable Development, Genadi Arveladze and Giorgi Cherkezishvili, as well as the CEO of the LEPL Georgian Railway, David Peradze and the the Georgia’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Davit Aptsiauri also attended the meeting.
Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister Gigi Gigiadze took part in the ceremony of official opening the exhibition "Poles and Germans: Histories of the Dialogue”, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Polish-German Treaty on Good Neighborhood and Friendly Co-operation.
Gigi Gigiadze, delivering a speech, congratulated the German and Polish people on this day and underlined that the close partner relations established between Germany and Poland is an example of good neighborhood in modern Europe. The Deputy Foreign Minister also spoke about the importance of bilateral co-operation of Georgia with Germany and Poland. It should be noted that the ceremony has been held in Tbilisi. This fact is especially welcomed by the Georgian side.
Project LIMEN. Cultural Ports from Aegean to the Black Sea (2013-2015) is co-financed from the Joint Operational Program “Black Sea Basin 2007-2013” and national resources and is being coordinating by EKBMM. 7 bodies from 6 countries are collaborating as partners to this project: Istanbul University and Koc University of Istanbul (Turkey), Municipality of Kavala (Greece), Museum for National History and Archeology for Constanta (Romania), Odessa City Council, Department of Culture and Tourism (Ukraine), and Municipality of Varna (Bulgaria).G. Chubinashvili National Research Center for Georgian Art History and Heritage Preservation (Georgia)
Assisting and supporting every activity are the Organization of The Black Sea Economic Cooperation, the Black and Azov Seas Ports Association and the International Black Sea Club.
Project “LIMEN, Cultural Ports from Aegean to the Black Sea”, co-funded by the European Union, by the Black Sea Basin Joint Operational Programme “Black Sea 2007-2013” and by national resources and coordinated by the E.K.B.M.M. Georgia is represented by George Chubinashvili National Research Centre for Georgian Art History and Heritage Preservation.
The aim of the “LIMEN” project is to decisively contribute to addressing an important gap in the development of cultural tourism in the wider Black Sea area.
Using the valuable experience from the institution of the European Capital of Culture, the special objective/aim of the project is preparing basis for establishment of a new institution, the “Black Sea Cultural Port”. The establishment of this new and promising Institution is proposed as an innovative tool for the promotion of the cities-ports of the Black Sea and of their cultural treasures.
Additionally, the aim of the project is to promote the institutional cooperation of the cities-ports on a permanent basis. Also, to develop a structured cultural-touristic-economic-social network, to improve the administrative capacity at local level and to create the conditions of promoting and supporting the SMEs involved in the fields of culture and tourism.
By using the European experience from similar institutions and the existing networks in the area, the project aims to:
- become the “umbrella action” for all the cross-border and transnational development initiatives that concern the cities-ports in the Black Sea basin
- create a development platform that, in economic and cultural terms, will ensure the equal and sustainable cooperation which will meet the contemporary needs
- to promote the cultural value of these areas and to connect the past with the current economic scenery
- to promote the tourism product by developing an institutionalized model of cooperation, characterized by parity between the participant city-ports
- support the tourism and other enterprises in the promotion process of special tourism products of each area, especially those connected with the ports and the sea routes.
In connection and cooperation with Tbilisi Fashion Week the Embassies of Estonia, Sweden, Denmark and Norway are pleased to present fashion sketches from esteemed fashion Illustrators from the Nordic countries.
The opening event of the Exhibition for press and invited guests are Thursday 8th October 2015, at 6 PM at Zurab Tsereteli Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) (Rustaveli Av. 27).
In order to benefit and support First Step Georgia (NGO dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for children with special needs)and Dog Organization Georgia (a dog shelter).
the unique sketches will be sold to the public
The exhibition is open for the public from the 9th-13th of October 2015. Free entrance.