Georgia's investment potential, positive economic trends, ongoing and planned reforms, and prospects of deepening the trade and economic relations between the two countries were the key issues discussed during today's meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and the members of the UK Trade Mission's delegation led by the UK Prime Minister's Special Trade Envoy Marc Pritchard.
The Head of Government emphasized the importance of the delegation's visit and introduced UK Special Envoy Marc Pritchard and the Trade Mission to the four-point reform agenda which was subsequently commended by the members of the delegation.
As the British side pointed out, the four-point agenda fits perfectly in the UK's trade and investment plans concerning Georgia.
The business sector members of the UK Trade Delegation expressed interest in the country's investment opportunities. Readiness was also expressed to carry out even closer cooperation between the two countries across a variety of areas, such as education, finance, energy, infrastructural projects, and others.
The meeting at the Administration of the Government was attended by First Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitri Kumsishvili, Finance Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Maya Tskitishvili, the Prime Minister's' Foreign Adviser Tedo Japaridze, and Ambassador of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland to Georgia Justin McKenzie Smith.
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Georgia and Armenia are linked with century-long friendship and neighborly traditions — Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated during a press conference held together with Nikol Pashinyan, Armenian Prime Minister, who arrived in Tbilisi with 2-day official visit.
Kvirikashvili underlined that stability and democratic development of Armenia was important for Georgia and that Georgians were closely observing the latest developments in Yerevan.
PM also reiterated readiness of the Georgian government to have prolific cooperation with Armenia in the future. He said that during the meeting perspectives for enhancement of cooperation in transport, energy, tourism, culture, education and innovations had been considered.
Kvirikashvili said that Armenian PM was planned to hold meetings with ethnic Armenians in South Georgia.
“Armenians are actively involved in country’s building that confirms unity of multinational Georgia. Our population, despite national background, serves one common goal and objective – make Georgia stronger and develop regional and neighborly relations,” Kvirikashvili stated.
Nikol Pashinyan, Armenian Prime Minister, who arrived in Tbilisi with 2-day official visit, was hosted by Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili at Georgian Governmental Administration.
During the face-to-face meeting, the sides discussed issues related to enhancement of cooperation in different spheres. Kvirikashvili underlined that Armenian PM’s visit was symbolic on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of establishment of First Democratic Republics of Georgia and Armenia.
Nikol Pashinyan focused on importance of Armenian-Georgian relations. “Armenian-Georgian relations have historic and human grounds. Our nations are connected with deep roots and these ties are inseparable. . . We want to see Georgia strong and sustainable,” Pashinyan stated.
Prime Minister of Georgia Congratulates Azerbaijanis with 100th Anniversary of First Democratic RepublicWednesday, 30 May 2018 12:25
"It is my honor to cordially congratulate this most important national holiday of the Republic Day personally to you, Ambassador and to the friendly nation of Azerbaijan. This date has a special significance this year. Our countries celebrate a centenary jubilee from the creation of the first democratic republic. It is symbolic that we have gathered today within the historic walls that served as a venue for our nations to choose their path of progress and prosperity a hundred years ago. Exactly one century ago, on May 28th 1918 National Council of Azerbaijan announced the independence of the First Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan right in this building. Two days prior, National Council of GGiorgieorgia unanimously endorsed the Independence Act in the same building" stated Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia in his address to the guests gathered at the 100th Anniversary of the First Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan.
Head of Government noted that it is unfortunate that in the beginning of 20th century independence of Georgia and Azerbaijan turned out to be short-lived, though these spells of liberty left an irremovable trace in the history of statehood of both countries.
"Recently, on 26th May we celebrated the Jubilee of our Republic together with Mr. Ogtay Asadov, Speaker of the Parliament of Azerbaijan. Unfortunately, our independence turned out to be short-lived. Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan existed for only 23 months, while Georgian - almost 3 years, though these spells of liberty left an irremovable trace in the history of our statehood. Within these hundred years, our countries overcame many obstacles and challenges. Friendship of our people and kind neighborhood counts many hundreds of years. Today we are building a better region with shared efforts to create more peace, stability and prosperity for all. Peaceful and stable region is the primary aim of all of us nowadays" noted the Head of Government in his address.
According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, peaceful and stable region is most important for the strategic projects that are jointly implemented by Georgia and Azerbaijan. Prime Minister focused on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway project and Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline (TANAP). According to him, relationship between the two countries is an outstanding example of the kind neighborhood.
"Azerbaijan is one of the largest investors and trade partners of Georgia. This trend is constantly rising. Close economic and cultural links further solidify the foundation of our cooperation. Today our countries are working together on implementing large scale and ambitious transit and energy projects, which will completely change the dynamics in the region and its international significance. We officially launched the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway last August in Baku. Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline (TANAP) will be launched in June this year, which also evidences our regional cooperation this time between Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. Friendship existing between our countries is priceless and we take a special care of it. Azerbaijan was always standing by Georgia, be that during energy challenges over decades, as the Ambassador has mentioned in his address or - massive fire-led natural disaster last year. Georgia will never forget this support. I believe that our links will further strengthen and deepen to serve as a basis of a far wider and successful regional cooperation with the active engagement of other participants and partners" noted the Prime Minister of Georgia.
Head of Government congratulated Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan and his family, as well as the people of Azerbaijan with 95th Jubilee of late Heidar Aliyev. Giorgi Kvirikashvili wished peace, prosperity and success to Azerbaijan.
"I hope that with shared efforts and engagement we will manage to carry out this greatest mission and leave a peaceful, stable and affluent region to future generations. When we talk about building the state of Azerbaijan, we forget the name of Heydar Aliyev, whose contribution in this mission is tremendous. Recently, 95 years were celebrated from his birth on May 10. I wish to use this opportunity and express my slightly belated, but most cordial congratulations to Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, his family and the people of Azerbaijan. I want to wish a much greater success to the President of Azerbaijan in the building of statehood. Once again please accept my congratulations with 100th Anniversary of the First Republic of Azerbaijan and I wish peace, prosperity and success to the people of Azerbaijan" concluded Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
Jubilee reception held at the Youth Palace of Georgia marking the 100th Anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan was attended by the Government Members, representatives of the diplomatic corps and other invitees, who were also addressed by Dursun Hasanov, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Georgia.
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Swiss Stadler Rail AG, a global leader in rolling stock manufacturing, will build a rolling stock manufacturing and repair facility in Tbilisi. Today, Stadler's President Peter Spuhler met with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili to inform him about the company's decision about building a subsidiary, production of rolling stock, and relevant works planned.
The new factory will supply rolling stock to both Georgia's railroad system and Tbilisi's subway. Depending on technical and commercial considerations, the factory may export its products.
The world-renowned Swiss rolling stock manufacturer expressed its readiness to invest in Georgia last June when a memorandum was signed by Stadler and the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.
Three sites in Tbilisi's suburbs are under consideration for the factory.
The meeting at the Administration of the Government was attended by Georgia's Finance Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze.
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will participate in the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Head of Government will visit the Swiss Confederation on January 22-24.
During the World Economic Forum, the Prime Minister of Georgia will deliver a speech at the Strategic Outlook—Eurasia discussion. Giorgi Kvirikashvili is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with political leaders from different countries, European Commission leadership, and founders of large international companies.
The Georgian delegation under the leadership of the Prime Minister includes Vice Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, Finance Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, and Co-Investment Fund CEO Giorgi Bachiashvili.
My fellow compatriots, I wish all of you a Happy New Year! I wish each and every one of you, and your families, happiness and success.
I wish a Happy New Year, and offer my best wishes, to those selflessly serving our country, especially those who are fulfilling their professional duties at this very moment.
It is from the bottom of my heart that I wish a Happy New Year to our soldiers and officers participating in international missions and protecting peace far away from home.
I wish a Happy New Year to our Abkhazian and Ossetian compatriots! I truly believe that we will succeed in restoring trust and building a common future for ourselves and our children.
I wish a Happy New Year to our compatriots living abroad! I wish them peace and success. We must spare no effort to put in place all necessary conditions for those missing their homeland and wishing to return home.
The new year 2018 is truly special for Georgia as it marks the 100th anniversary of the declaration of our country's independence. I congratulate all of you on this most important date in our nation's history, and wish all of us yet another year of opportunities. My wish for you is to live in a country where all your ideas can be put into action, where we cherish our today and shape our tomorrow on our own, where we pursue our favorite vocations, being able to put to use our knowledge and experience to serve our beloved country, our homeland. And this very Georgia we are building today.
I am sending my New Year wishes from Bakuriani, a place associated with snow, New Year's Eve, and the most memorable days from our childhood and now from the early years of our own children. It is also part of our future, our development. I am convinced that this place, similar to every beautiful location in our gorgeous homeland, will be further imbued with growing positive emotions and hope.
Once again, Happy New Year! I wish happiness and joy to your families, peace, goodness, and new achievements to all of you!
Happy New Year!
Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili held a face-to-face meeting with President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, who is on an official visit to Georgia.
The head of the Government thanked the President of Armenia for his visit and emphasized positive dynamics of the good-neighborly relations between the countries throughout many years.
"Dear President, I would like to welcome you. We are glad that you decided to visit Georgia. First of all, I would like to congratulate you with the upcoming New Year and wish you peace and stable development for your country. I am glad that your visit finalizes the year when we celebrated 25th anniversary of our diplomatic relations. However, our relations count centuries and they have always been as warm and good-neighbourly as they are today. We welcome the growing dynamics of our bilateral relations. Welcome!" - Giorgi Kvirikashvili addressed Serzh Sargsyan.
The President of Armenia thanked the Prime Minister of Georgia for the warm welcome and expressed his hopes for deepening the relations between the countries.
"Mr. Prime Minister, thank you very much for this warm welcome. I am sure that high-level meeting will have solely positive effect on the ever-growing relations between our countries. The path undertaken in last millennium bounds and obliges us to serve our nations throughout the period entrusted to us in a decent manner. I would like to wish Georgian people a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and wish them patience, optimism, since we have no other choice, we have to develop even further," - the President of Armenia noted.
The parties discussed bilateral relations across various fields as well as an official visit of Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili to Armenia, which is scheduled in the near future.
We are the only country in the region with simultaneous free trade with Europe and China – Georgian PMTuesday, 28 November 2017 13:50
We are the only country in the region having simultaneous free trade with Europe as well as China, - Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has declared at the Tbilisi Silk Road Forum, in response to one of the speakers Anil Gupta’s question.
Gupta showed interest how the Silk Road initiative will help the country in trade when trade deficits are observed.
According to the PM Georgia follows the openness principle in this respect.
‘We do our best to have open trade networks and agreements on free trade. Of course, we refer to no protectionism to create some barriers for importers. We protect their interests… Georgia has free trade with the EU on the basis of the DCFTA Agreement. We also enjoy free trade with CIS, Turkey. Recently we have signed an agreement with China. So, we are the only country in the region having simultaneous free trade with Europe and China. We have also launched negotiations over free trade with India and if we follow and execute all the agreements, Georgia will become a very good place for logistics, transit and trade,’ Kvirikashvili has said.
The Georgian PM has also focused on importance of using the Silk Road initiative at the maximum level.
Digging of the longest, nearly 8,5 km tunnel has been completed in Georgia. Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili attended the presentation of the construction of the Kvishkheti-Zvare tunnel, which is part of the Tbilisi-Makhinjauri main railway modernization project.
According to the head of government, implementation of the project will play an important role in the development of the country's infrastructure.
"Implementation of this large-scale project will increase the efficiency of the railway, decrease the travel time and the Tbilisi-Batumi train will cover the distance in a shorter period of time. Georgian Railway is taking all efforts to timely implement the project. By 2020 we will have modernized railway infrastructure in compliance with modern standards," the Prime Minister said.
According to Kvirikshvili, the railway modernization project is part of the government's 4-point reform plan.
The event was attended by the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China, the Minister of Finance, government members and other invited guests.