Georgian Prime Minister and Turkish Foreign Minister Discuss Deeper Strategic Partnership between the Two CountriesMonday, 23 December 2019 17:14
We appreciate our special relations with Turkey, and we welcome deeper strategic partnership, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia stated during today's meeting with Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey.
The meeting emphasized the trilateral format bringing together Georgia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan, and pointed out that the uniqueness of this format is demonstrated by the fact that the 8th meeting between the three countries' Foreign Ministers in Tbilisi discusses cooperation across a variety of sectors.
During the meeting between the Prime Minister of Georgia and the Foreign Minister of the republic of Turkey, special emphasis was placed on the next meeting of the two countries' high-level Strategic Cooperation Council to be held in Ankara in early 2020.
The conversation also touched on joint energy and transport projects, including the Southern Gas Corridor, and the importance of its part, the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), recently inaugurated in Turkey, and of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railroad.
The Head of Government thanked the Republic of Turkey for firmly supporting Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
The meeting also underlined the importance of the cultural cooperation between Georgia and Turkey, and the dynamic of bilateral high-level visits as another demonstration of the strategic partnership between the two countries.
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Giorgi Gakharia: Hospitality is in our DNA, and it is a country where future is born from history and traditionsWednesday, 23 October 2019 17:18
We are honored to host the Silk Road Forum for the third time in Tbilisi, Georgia. This event has gathered more than 2000 participants from over 60 countries, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia stated in his speech at the formal reception honoring the delegates of the Silk Road Forum.
As the Head of Government underlined, more than 300 bilateral meetings have already been scheduled, which is remarkable, indeed.
Besides Georgia's investment opportunities, Giorgi Gakharia, in his speech, also singled out the worldwide uniqueness of Georgian hospitality.
"Georgia is not only the best place for investments and doing business. Georgia is a homeland of winemaking and Georgians are number one hosts in the world, because hospitality is in the DNA of our culture.
So, let me, keeping in mind all countries along the Silk Road, raise a toast to Georgia at the crossroad of civilizations, where future is born from history and traditions," Giorgi Gakharia stated.
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Giorgi Gakharia: Opening the European School is a new step for our system of education and in Georgia-EU relationsMonday, 16 September 2019 18:19
The opening of the European School is a very important new step for our system of education and, most importantly, a step forward in the relations between Georgia and the European Union, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia stated in his speech at today's ceremony marking the beginning of construction of the European School Complex.
The Head of Government expressed gratitude to European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiation Johannes Hahn for his special contribution to the initiation of the project.
"This school, and its character, bears witness to the importance of Georgia-EU relations, and the depth of our developing cooperation and partnership. The school's students will propagate the values poised to strengthen this country and eventually turn it into an organic part of the European Union," Giorgi Gakharia emphasized.
The Prime Minister also thanked Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport Mikheil Batiashvili and Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze for their engagement with the project's implementation.
The Prime Minister, together with European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiation Johannes Hahn, Minister of Education, Science, Culture, and Sport Mikheil Batiashvili and Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze, buried a time capsule at the construction of the European School Complex by Lisi Lake. The EU-standard European School with a dorm for 100 students will be built in this territory. The land for the school is allocated by the Tbilisi City Hall.
The European School, unmatched throughout the region, will set a precedent outside the European Union. The establishment of the school is one of the goals of the Eastern Partnership's 20 Deliverables for 2020 under the Eastern Partnership for the EU. The school will offer a multicultural environment and fundamental values-based quality education to students from six partner countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, and Ukraine-with a view to enhancing their employment opportunities.
The ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia Party named Giorgi Gakharia, Minister of Internal Affairs as the candidate for the post of Prime Minister.
Bidzina Ivanishvili, Chairman of Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia Party made the statement after the sitting of the political council and parliamentary majority held at the party’s central office.
Giorgi Gakharia has held the posts of Minister of Internal Affairs and Vice Prime Minister since November 13, 2017. He also serves as Secretary of the National Security Council.
In 2016-2017, Gakharia was the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development. He also held the post of Business Ombudsman in the past.
Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze quit the post on September 2. Bakhtadze said that he had completed his mission at this stage.
The renewed cabinet of ministers will require the expression of confidence on part of the Georgian Parliament.
Vakhtang Gomelauri is named as the candidate for post of Minister of Internal Affairs, while Irakli Gharibashvili – as a candidate for post of Defense Minister.
Giorgi Gakharia, the candidate for post of Prime Minister made the statement after the sitting of the political council and parliamentary majority held at Georgian Dream party’s central office.
Levan Izoria, current Defense Minister is presented for post of Secretary of the National Security Council.
Vakhtang Gomelauri currently serves as head of State Security Service. Irakli Gharibashvili is the Political Secretary of Georgian Dream’s Party.
Bidzina Ivanishvili, Chairman of Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia Party named Giorgi Gakharia, Minister of Internal Affairs as the candidate for post of Prime Minister.
A delegation of the Council of Europe's Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) carried out a periodic visit to Georgia from 10 to 21 September 2018.
During the visit, the delegation assessed progress made in the implementation of the recommendations made by the CPT following the previous visit in 2014. In this context, the delegation paid particular attention to the treatment of persons in police custody and the situation of prisoners in penitentiary establishments, in particular those in high-risk and semi-open prisons, as well as juvenile inmates. In addition, the delegation carried out visits to several psychiatric hospitals and, for the first time in Georgia, to an immigration detention facility.
In the course of the visit, the delegation held consultations with Tea Tsulukiani, Minister of Justice, Giorgi Gakharia, Minister of Internal Affairs, David Sergeenko, Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs, and with several other senior officials from the aforementioned Ministries. In addition, the delegation had meetings with Nino Lomjaria, the Public Defender (Ombudsperson) and staff of the National Preventive Mechanism Department of her Office, as well as with representatives of international and non-governmental organisations active in areas of concern to the CPT.
The visit was carried out by the following members of the CPT:
- Mykola Gnatovskyy, President of the CPT (Head of delegation)
- Marzena Ksel, 1st Vice-President of the CPT
- Gergely Fliegauf
- Alexander Minchev
- Ceyhun Qaracayev
- Vytautas Raskauskas.
They were supported by Borys Wόdz (Head of Division) and Natacha De Roeck of the CPT's Secretariat, and assisted by an expert, Clive Meux, forensic psychiatrist, Oxford, United Kingdom.
The delegation visited the following places:
Establishments under the responsibility of the Ministry of Internal Affairs
- Temporary Detention Isolator (TDI) in Batumi
- TDI in Dusheti
- TDI in Khashuri
- TDI in Kobuleti
- TDI in Mtskheta
- TDI in Rustavi
- TDI in Samtredia
- TDI in Tbilisi
- Old Tbilisi Police Department Division No. 7
- Temporary Accommodation Centre of the Migration Department, Tbilisi
Establishments under the responsibility of the Ministry of Justice
- Pre-trial and High-Risk Penitentiary Establishment No. 3 (Prison No. 3), Batumi
- Pre-trial and High-Risk Penitentiary Establishment No. 6 (Prison No. 6), Rustavi
- Pre-trial and High-Risk Penitentiary Establishment No. 7 (Prison No. 7), Tbilisi
- Pre-trial and Closed-Type Penitentiary Establishment No. 8 (Prison No. 8), Tbilisi (Gldani)
- Pre-Trial and Closed-Type Penitentiary Establishment No. 9 (Prison No. 9), Tbilisi
- Rehabilitation Establishment for Juveniles No. 11 (Juvenile Prison), Tbilisi (Avchala)
- Semi-Open and Closed-Type Penitentiary Establishment No. 15 (Prison No. 15), Ksani
- Medical Establishment for Pre-trial and Sentenced Inmates No. 18 (Prison Hospital), Tbilisi (Gldani)
Establishments under the responsibility of the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs
- Batumi Health Care Centre (Khevalchauri Psychiatric Hospital)
- National Centre of Mental Health named after Academician Bidzina Naneishvili (Kutiri Psychiatric Hospital)
- East Georgia Mental Health Centre (Surami Psychiatric Hospital)
Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Giorgi Gakharia, within the framework of the visit to the People’s Republic of China, had a meeting with the Vice Mayor of Shanghai, Zhou Bo. Further enhancing of bilateral trade and economic relations and the Free Trade Agreement signed between Georgia and China were the main topics of the conversation. The Minister and the Vice Mayor also discussed the upcoming Silk Road Forum to be held in November in Tbilisi.
“The interest of the Chinese side towards Georgia is clear and it became even more obvious when several days ago, an Agreement was signed between the largest Chinese company CEFC and the Georgian Government. We examined the Free Trade Zone in Shanghai, which was very impressive and we believe their experience can well serve us. China is a huge market for our export, its share is increasing and we should pay even more attention to the related issues. I believe such meetings are of mutual benefit since we establish relevant working groups, just like today, which aim to further develop the certain issues” – Giorgi Gakharia stated.
Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Giorgi Cherkezishvili and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the People’s Republic of China, Davit Aptsiauri, also attended the meeting.
Georgian delegation, headed by the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia Giorgi Gakharia, introduced the Georgian investment environment at the Chinese-Georgian Business Forum held in Xiamen. Deputy Ministers of Economy and Sustainable Development – Nino Javakhishvili and Giorgi Cherkezishvili delivered speeches at the Forum. The importance of the Forum in terms of further development of the trade relations between the two countries was specially emphasized.
Within the framework of the visit, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Georgian Government and one of the largest Chinese company CEFC. The Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Giorgi Gakharia also signed an Agreement on handling 75% share of the Poti Industrial Zone to the Chinese conglomerate CEFC.
“The Agreement envisages handling of the 75% share, which belonged to the state, and the management right of the Poti Industrial Zone to the CEFC. The Poti Industrial Zone is a very important asset for the economy of the country and its vital to reorganize and actively develop it. We believe that the Chinese company will bring success to the Zone since they have the ability, the power andthe knowledge to manage such a complex and large project. We will start cooperation on this project in the nearest future” – Giorgi Gakharia stated.
“This really is a fact to welcome, as it will facilitate additional cargo inflow through Georgia” – the CEO of the Georgian Railways, Mamuka Bakhtadze noted.
Approximately two hundred Georgian and Chinese private companies participated in the Business Forum.
“Georgia’s economy is developing more rapidly than we expected,” – this is the statement by the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction, Sir Suma Chakrabarti that he made upon the completion of the meeting with the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Giorgi Gakharia. The main topics of the meeting were the economic situation of the country, its economic strategy and the development of the private sector. The EBRD President talked about the investments, the DCFTA, the capital market and the importance of increasing of the private sector competitiveness.
“We have discussed the strategy of the country. We also talked about Georgia’s economy, which is developing more rapidly than we expected. We also overviewed the priorities of the EBRD, talk about the importance of private sector development. Thanks to its geographic location, Georgia has huge potential in linking the countries of the region,” – Suma Chakrabarti said.
The EBRD President is paying a two-day visit to Georgia. On September 6, Suma Chakrabarti participates in the meeting of the Investors Council.
“We had a very productive meeting with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan. We discussed the prospects of further enhancing of the trade and economic relations and those important projects where the both our countries are actively involved in order to fully employ our energy and transportation capabilities” – this is the comment of the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Giorgi Gakharia made upon the completion of the meeting with the Prime Minister of Republic of Azerbaijan, Artur Rasizade. Giorgi Gakharia and Artur Resizade discussed the important issued related to the further strengthening of the mutual relations and strategic partnership between Georgia and Azerbaijan.
In conversation with the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, the Georgian side emphasized the tendency of significant increase of the trade turnover between the two countries and the great economic potential that Georgia and Azerbaijan have in the field of export, import, tourism, energy, production, transportation, logistics and transportation. During the meeting, both sides confirmed that they find the effective and competitive development of the transport corridors as well as the projects implemented for this purpose of outmost importance. Giorgi Gakharia summarized a two-day visit of the Georgian delegation to Azerbaijan and expressed gratefulness to the members of the Azerbaijan Government for their warm hospitality. Georgian Minister noted that such friendly meetings of the high-rank officials of the both countries have additional positive impact on the further development of the relations in the field of economic and trade as well as politics and culture.
Giorgi Gakharia accomplished his official visit to Azerbaijan on 14 June. Within the visit, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia held meetings with the President of Azerbaijan, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Economy, the Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies and the Minister of Culture and Tourism.
On June 13, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, within the framework of the official visit to Azerbaijan, held the first meeting with the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Ilham Aliyev and Giorgi Gakharia talked about the current trade-economic relations between the two countries and the prospects of the development of the transit capabilities. It was noted at the meeting that the trade turnover between Georgia and Azerbaijan is increased during the last four months and this trend should be continued in the future.
“Energy carriers and transportation are the largest components in our trading balance. However, we should encourage cooperation in other directions as well as facilitate the bilateral trade. During the past four months our trade turnover has increased and we have to do everything to keep this trend in progress. We also talked about cooperation in the tourism sector with the President of Azerbaijan. We believe that it is important to use the potential of the two countries in order to increase the number of tourists and to attract them easily” – Giorgi Gakharia stated after the completion of the meeting.
Minister confirmed that the Silk Road Forum and the transit corridors, which are of outmost importance for the both countries, also were the topical issues during the conversation with Ilham Aliyev. According to Giorgi Gakharia, development of the East-West corridor was discussed alongside the development of the South-North transportation corridor.
Giorgi Gakharia, within the framework of the v two-day visit, will hold the meeting with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan as well as with the Minister of Economy and the Minister of Transport.