Georgia: EU project delivers anti-fraud training to migrations officers

Published in Politics
Monday, 14 November 2016 17:18
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has provided training on document security for visa and consular officials from the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the EU-funded “More for More” project. The anti-fraud training was delivered last week to officials currently serving in Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iran, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kuwait, China, Qatar, South Africa and Jordan. 
Core subjects included document security features, document abuse and impostor detection. Participants were able to engage in active discussions on how to deal with false documents submitted in support of visa applications, passport examination and applications for residence permits. The three-day training was specifically planned by IOM to gather core actors in the border management chain and to obtain a clear understanding of the shared challenges being faced. 
The IOM is the leading intergovernmental organisation in the field of migration dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration. IOM works to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration challenges, and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

Sri Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Dimitri Kumsishvili signed Memorandum of Intent

Published in Politics
Friday, 11 November 2016 15:50

Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze held a meeting with Honourable Minister of Civil Aviation of the Republic of India Sri Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who paid a working visit to Georgia, specifically authorized by his government to hold negotiations on a broad spectrum of issues with the  Georgian side. 
During the meeting the Georgian Foreign Minister and the Indian Minister of Civil Aviation spoke about important issues relating to bilateral and multilateral relations, including in the areas of trade and economy, investments, transport, education and culture.
The sides positively assessed the bilateral political consultations held at the level of Deputy Foreign Ministers in Tbilisi, on 25 and 26 July as well as co-operation within the framework of the Georgian-Indian Intergovernmental Economic Cooperation Commission, reaffirming the readiness to further promote the fruitful interaction between the sides in the aforesaid formats, as well as towards intensifying parliamentary and people-to-people contacts.
The sides spoke about the necessity of signing an air traffic agreement between Georgia and India in the near future expressing the intention to prepare a document on free trade and carry out a respective feasibility study.
Within the framework of the Indian delegation’s visit to Georgia, bilateral meetings with President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and First Vice Premier, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitri Kumsishvili.  Sri Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Dimitri Kumsishvili signed Memorandum of Intent to enhance cooperation between India and Georgia on Civil Aviation Matters.

James Appathurai welcomes NATO-GEO 2016

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Thursday, 10 November 2016 15:15

James Appathurai, NATO Deputy Assisstant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia welcomes NATO-GEO exercise:
“I welcome the start of NATO-GEO 2016, the second NATO-Georgia Exercise, which runs from 10-21 November - another milestone in the long-standing, deep cooperation between NATO and Georgia and further recognition of Georgia' commitment to strong defence, to NATO operations and to international security. For NATO, this reflects the Alliance's commitment to help project stability, share knowledge and expertise and train our forces together. The Joint Training and Evaluation Centre will host the exercise, which involves 350 international personnel from the Georgian Armed Forces, NATO SACT, JFTC, Landcom and many other NATO structures and affiliated centres. NATO-GEO 2016 will train a Georgian led multinational brigade headquarters in planning, coordinating and carring out a crisis response operation in a fictitious environment, through a computer assisted, command post exercise,”-he said.

Democrats and Republicans support Georgia-Nicolas Berliner

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Wednesday, 09 November 2016 16:15

Georgia should know that both of them, Democrats and Republicans support Georgia. This statement was made by the US Deputy Ambassador to Georgia Nicolas Berliner.
As he explained, despite the US Elections result, US and Georgia will actively cooperate.
“It is important Georgia to know that both of them, Democrats and Republicans support Georgia. The sides will cooperate in future,”-he made this comment in Tbilisi today.

Georgia: working to achieve a clean water supply for all

Published in Society
Tuesday, 08 November 2016 10:05
Many parts of Georgia still suffer from irregular water supply, with a significant impact on lives and livelihoods in the towns and villages affected. Now, with EU support, the taps are beginning to run again, delivering clean water to homes and businesses, improving living standards and contributing to regional development. In its latest feature story highlighting the impact of EU cooperation with its Eastern Partners, the EU Neighbours East project speaks to residents and businesses, as well as officials involved in the efforts to upgrade infrastructure.
The second phase of the Water Infrastructure Modernisation project is funded by the European Union, with a grant from the Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) and a loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB), contributing to the refurbishment and upgrading of municipal water facilities in Georgia.
We welcome the European Union’s efforts to contribute to the regional development of the country by financing vital projects that aim increase the living standards of the citizens of Georgia,” says Makvala Berishvili, from Oni, in western Georgia, whose family hotel business has been transformed by the now reliable supply of water.

Georgia: rural development through cooperatives development

Published in Politics
Monday, 07 November 2016 17:32
The EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) is to organise an Interagency Conference on 8-9 November in Georgian city Kutaisi to discuss lessons learned, methodologies, key findings and the experience of EU assistance in regional development.
The conference will bring together ENPARD actors in Georgia, as well as representatives of government and non-governmental organisations to discuss the development and progress of the Cooperative Development Component in reducing rural poverty in Georgia through support to rural development and agriculture.
Launched in 2012, the EU-funded ENPARD programme aims to boost the production of food and to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. Besides its grants component, the programme also provides direct budget support to the Georgian government for the implementation of its agriculture sector strategy, and brings expertise and know-how to the authorities. 

Georgia to Join Black Sea Security

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Monday, 07 November 2016 15:41

Together with the North-Atlantic community, we are sure to be part of Black Sea Security, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili told the press in his comment on this issue.
According to the Prime Minister, Georgia is engaged in the Black Sea Security Dialogue as set forth at the NATO Summit, with continuous consultations in full swing.
Georgia, according to the Head of Government, may participate in patrolling and other similar operations. "It is very important to us because this process is an inseparable part of our NATO integration," Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated.

EU project helps develop e-Government in Georgia

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Friday, 04 November 2016 16:28
A strategy to further develop Georgia’s IT-based governance has been developed by international and Georgian experts as part of an EU-funded Twinning workshop held on 1 November in Tbilisi. The event was part of the ‘Support to Strengthening of e-Governance in Georgia II’ project to improve access to e-services for businesses and citizens, strengthen transparent governance and define the role of ICT technologies in administration reform.
EU experts and representatives from government administration, ministries, and public entities working in the field of e-Governance discussed Georgia’s e-Government Development Strategy for the next two years in the workshop organised by the Data Exchange Agency (DEA). The final version of this document is to be approved by the Government of Georgia.
The Chairmen of the DEA Irakli Gvenetadze talked about the importance of the Strategy, saying: ”This document is a guideline which is based on international and local experiences and best standards in practice. The Strategy unites all state institutions and identifies the necessary activities, the implementation of which can turn Georgia into sustainable e-Governance model state.”
The EU Twinning project ’Support to Strengthening of e-Governance in Georgia II’ is a two year project aimed at assisting implementation of Georgia's E-Government Strategy with a total budget of EUR 1 300 000.

ITC delegation has paid a visit to Georgia

Published in Politics
Thursday, 03 November 2016 13:00

The delegation of the International Trade Centre led by the ITC Programme Coordinator for the Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia
arrived in Georgia. The visit was organized through the efforts of the Georgian Foreign Ministry. 
The International Trade Centre actively cooperates with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The visit of the ITC serves several goals, in particular: fully engaging Georgia in the export promotion project involving the six countries of Easter Partnership, due to start in the spring of 2017; implementation of projects aimed at developing the small- and medium sized businesses  in Georgia and ensuring their maximum participation in international trade; promoting the use of opportunities offered by the DCFTA; identifying products with a prospect of being exported to the EU market during the next two or three years. On 2 November, the ITC delegation held a closing meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister David Jalagania. The members of the delegation spoke about the specific directions and prospects of co-operation that have been identified during the meeting. The ITC delegation pledged to work out a plan for the promotion of export of country-specific products, upon which the project will be agreed with the government of Georgia and its implementation will be started.

Georgia: EU to assist reforms in public administration

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Thursday, 03 November 2016 11:30
Georgia has launched an EU-funded modernization program for Public Administration in Tbilisi on 28 October. Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and the Ambassador of the European Union Janos Herman announced the beginning of the new programme, which will target policy making and accountability in the public sector.
The Georgian ministries of Agriculture, Justice, Education and Science, Labour-Health and Social Affairs, Economy and Sustainable Development will directly benefit from technical support to improve accessibility of public services to citizens and strengthen local governance structures. The Civil Service Bureau will be improved with new standards for human resources management and the monitoring of civil servant asset declarations. The programme also aims to help civil society organisations to better supervise government activities. 
"Good governance of public institutions is a cornerstone for democracy and economic development. It is also crucial for ensuring a population's trust in its state institutions.  Georgia's national reform strategy is based upon the European Principles of Public Administration.  The European Union is proud to both be a model and to support the Government's efforts in such an important area," said Ambassador Herman.
The EUR 30 million EU-funded support programme will be implemented from 2016 to 2019 and will be aligned to the priorities set by the EU – Georgia Association Agreement, DCFTA, and the Georgian National Public Administration Roadmap.

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