Nine completely innovative ideas and fully-funded ventures have been added to the most viable sector of Georgian economy - the high-tech and innovations-based industry. The authors of the winning projects of the second stage of "Startup Georgia" were awarded today.
Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili attended the ceremony. The Prime Minister considers "Startup Georgia" to be a completely new step in the direction of creating a novel Georgia and a fresh Georgian economy.
"This leads to the transformation of the economy and shifting people's mindset towards the entrepreneurship. This will ensure that individuals become employers rather than mere employees. This is the main implication of this groundbreaking project," - the Prime Minister commented and indicated that establishment of the "Startup Georgia" Fund is the main achievement of the Government.
The Prime Minister also congratulated 9 winning entrepreneurs, who were bold enough to venture completely new ideas for the purpose of acquiring the funding. The Prime Minister urged young people never to think of others who have already implemented similar ideas or of that realization of their innovations is not worth it.
"It is always worth it! Even if only one step out of 10 or 100 ones that you take turns our to be correct, it is still worth it - since said step might completely alter our economy. That is why I consider this project to be completely outstanding and I would like to particularly congratulate you," - the Prime Minister noted in his address to the winners.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili also thanked all stakeholders who contributed to the implementation of the initiative, including the Ministry of Economy and Georgia's Innovation and Technology Agency as well as Partnership Fund and young generation, who vigorously engaged in the process of realization of this important idea.
"This is a completely new step in the direction of creating novel Georgia and fresh Georgian economy," - the Prime Minister stated.
According to the head of the Government, funding of a qualitatively novel ventures is a new opportunity for younger generation to obtain funding without having to apply for the collateral loans.
"The contest took place in a completely transparent environment. Foreign experts from California and Europe with a specific field-related backgrounds also participated in the selection process. This is a qualitative change of our economy that is rooted in encouragement of the most rapidly developing sectors. The most important outcome of the said endeavour is shifting younger generation's mindset towards becoming employers rather than mere employees fro the very beginning," - the Prime Minister noted in his conversation with the reporters.
The total amount of awards issued to the nine winning projects is around 900 000 GEL. Winning projects mainly concentrate on tourism, agriculture, chemical industry, production of construction materials and other areas.
The direct air link to be established between Georgia and India. This statement was made by the Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze at Parliament. According to him, this agreement was made with Indian side during the visit with Indian Delegation.
"We have very active relations with India. My deputy Zviad Gonadze returned from India today. We talk about direct air traffic, innovation, trade, education and cooperation "- Janelidze said.
"On behalf of the Government of Georgia, I strictly condemn the series of terrorist attacks occurring in Turkey in the recent past and express solidarity with the families of the victims, people and authorities of the Republic of Turkey" noted H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia in his conversation with H.E. Binali Yildirim, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey held at Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul today.
Discussions were focused on the significance of the strategic partnership between the two countries. It was noted at the meeting that Republic of Turkey and Georgia have been developing the cooperation in various directions with a shared effort for a great number of years. Parties spoke about the significance of the Eurasia Tunnel Project, which is officially launched today. In the opinion of the Prime Minister of Georgia, tunnel connecting the continents of Europe and Asia creates new transport opportunities and gives rise to a significant role of the initiative with a revisiting concept on the Silk Road. Focus has been made on the current trade and economic relations existing between the two countries and prospects for their further advancement. Hosting Prime Minister invited the visiting colleague and delegation of Georgia to a business lunch after the official meeting in Istanbul.
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze has attended the reception evening dedicated to Qatar’s national holiday. Mikheil Janelidze appeared with a speech before the attending audience congratulating the State of Qatar and the Qatari people on their national holiday.
According to the Minister, the relations between the two countries are successful and co-operation between the Foreign Ministries, as well as various line ministries have gained a fresh momentum.
“Qatar’s business interest in Georgia keeps rising and relations between the private sectors of Georgia and Qatar are gradually strengthening. Introduction of direct flights between the two countries is worthy of special mention, in this context. It is a very important decision which will be put into practice tomorrow. Such direct flights to be performed three times a week create far greater prospects for the development of people-to-people contacts, for closer ties between business communities, which, I hope will become even more intensive in the future and will be followed by concrete projects” – the Minister said. At the end of the meeting Mikheil Janelidze thanked the Embassy of Qatar to Georgia for its contribution to the further development of relations between the two countries.
“I am sure that visa free regime will be available for Georgians in the nearest future,”-this statement was made by the Deputy Head of EU Delegation to Georgia Carlo Natale.
“We are waiting for progressive news from Brussels where the meeting is scheduled. A huge step was taken last week. I am sure that visa free regime will be available for Georgians in the nearest future,”-Carlo Natale added.
The trilateral negotiations on visa liberalization issue of Georgia will be discussed today, between EU Council, EU Parliament and EU Commission in Brussels. This information was published yesterday, by the Foreign Affairs Minister of Slovakia Miroslav Lajčák.
“Within the frames of trilateral meetings, we will meet in European Parliament at December, 13. We are waiting that COREPER will discuss this issue on December, 20,”-he said.
The Council prolonged the mandate of the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia, EUMM Georgia until 14 December 2018. It also allocated a budget of €18 million for the period from 15 December 2016 to 14 December 2017.
The EUMM contributes to stabilisation, normalisation and confidence building between the conflict parties after the war between Russia and Georgia in 2008. The mission provides civilian monitoring of parties' actions, including full compliance with the EU-brokered Six-Point Agreement and subsequent implementing measures throughout Georgia. It also informs European policy in support of a durable political solution for Georgia.
The main tasks of the civilian mission EUMM Georgia are the following:
- Stabilisation: monitoring the situation of the stabilisation process and on freedom of movement and actions by spoilers, as well as on violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. The mission operates a 'hotline' to deal with incidents;
- Normalisation: monitoring the normalisation process between the conflict parties and how people are affected;
- Confidence building: contributing to the reduction of tensions through liaison, facilitation of contacts between parties and joint projects;
- Contributing to informing European policy regarding the conflict.
Although the situation in the country is relatively stable, EUMM's contribution remains key. EUMM has successfully launched a number of small confidence building projects under its new facility and will increase those. It has also seen an important positive development with the resumption of the incident prevention and response mechanism in Gali.
The mission is headquartered in Tbilisi and has three field offices in Gori, in Mtskheta and in Zugdidi. The mission started on 1 October 2008. It is currently headed by Kęstutis Jankauskas and has 200 EU monitors working for the mission.
The European Union continues to fully support Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders. The EU actively supports conflict resolution efforts through the work of EUMM but also the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus (EUSR) and his co-chairmanship of the Geneva International Discussions to which EUMM participates.