Prime Ministers of Georgia and Armenia Meeting Face-to-Face

Published in Politics
Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:43

Georgia and Armenia enjoy centuries-old good neighborly and friendly relations, and our relationship in the future should stem from these exceptional traditions, the Prime Minister of Georgia stated during his meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan.
The Prime Minister of Armenia thanked his Georgian counterpart for his invitation and hospitality. "Armenia-Georgia relations are very impressive, but prospects are equally promising. We have brought some ideas, and we will be happy to discuss them with you. I am convinced that our meeting will prove effective and productive. Thank you for hosting our delegation so warmly," addressed Karen Karapetyan Giorgi Kvirikashvili. 
During the face-to-face meeting, the parties discussed the two countries' bilateral cooperation in various fields and expressed commitment to furthering their friendly relations.

Media Advisory & Accreditation NATO Military Committee Visit to Georgia March 2-3, 2017

Published in military
Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:30

On March 2-3, NATO Military Committee (MC) will visit Georgia. Chairman of MC, General Petr Pavel will lead the 28 senior NATO Military Representatives, accompanied by the Montenegrin Military Representative, to Georgia. Chief of General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces, Brigadier General Vladimer Chachibaia will host the high-level military representatives.
The Military Committee is the senior military authority in NATO and the oldest permanent body in NATO after the North Atlantic Council, both having been formed months after the Alliance came into being. It is the primary source of military advice to NATO’s civilian decision-making bodies – the North Atlantic Council and the Nuclear Planning Group.
NATO Military Committee is visiting Georgia for the second time. NATO Military Committee’s visit to Georgia is a strong message from the Alliance who continues to support Georgia’s integration and its efforts towards membership to NATO. It is also another demonstration of NATO-Georgia intensive and successful cooperation. This visit is a unique opportunity to discuss military issues, progress in GAF’s transformation, get first hand impression on the ground and further NATO-Georgia relations at the highest level.
The Military Committee visit follows high level events last year including the North Atlantic Council visit in September and the successful conduct of the second NATO Georgia Exercise in October. The most recent NATO-Georgia Commission was held at the Defence Ministers meeting this February, where Ministers discussed the regional security situation and increased measures in the Black Sea. The NATO Parliamentary Assembly will be held in Georgia in May 2017
Within the framework of the two-day long visit to Georgia, Chairman of NATO Military Committee, General Petr Pavel will hold tete-a-tete meetings with President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, Prime-Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Defense Minister Levan Izoria and Chief of General Staff of the GAF, Brigadier General Vladimer Chachibaia. The Military Committee in Permanent Session meeting with the participation of Georgia will be held in the hotel “Radisson Blu Iveria”. During the visit, NATO Military Representatives will also visit NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC) to attend pre-deployment training of the Georgian military unit to “Resolute Support” mission in Afghanistan. The Chairman accompanied by the Military Committee will also participate in wreath laying ceremonies to pay their respects to those who have paid the ultimate price defending peace and freedom. The NATO Military Representatives will also have the opportunity to visit Davit Agmashenebeli National Defense Academy.
Media representatives interested in covering the events scheduled within the framework of  NATO Military Committee Visit to Georgia can request  accreditation at the Defence Ministry of Georgia from February 23 including February 28 up to 13:00. The accreditation cards will be issued from March 2 until the beginning of the event/visit.

Giorgi Kvirikashvili holds meeting with Karen Karapetyan

Published in Politics
Thursday, 23 February 2017 15:10

The Prime Minister of Georgia holds meeting with his Armenian counterpart. Karen Karapetyan has arrived at Government Administration recently. The official ceremony was attended by the members of Ministers cabinet.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Karen Karapetyan will hold joint press conference for media after the meeting. 

Prime Minister’s Meeting with President of International Ski Federation

Published in Politics
Monday, 20 February 2017 13:59

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met today with President of International Ski Federation (FIS) Gian-Franco Kasper in St. Moritz. The Georgian Government's steps toward developing Georgia's mountain resorts and promoting winter sports were the main topics of the meeting. Giorgi Kvirikashvili informed the FIS President that 150 m euro's worth of investments were made in the recent period to develop Georgia's mountain resorts, with the goal of turning Georgia into an important regional mountain resorts and winter sports destination.
The Prime Minister also spoke of the Georgian Government's plan on the development of mountain resorts, which, among others, involves increased access to winter activities for children, also pointing out the planned restoration of winter breaks in schools to this end.
According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Georgia aspires to host FSI championships in the nearest future. The Prime Minister invited the FSI President to attend the Euro-Asian Mountain Resorts Conference in April.
The meeting was also attended by Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Ketevan Bochorishvili and the heads of the Mountain Resorts Development Company and the Georgian Ski Federation.
Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili also had a meeting with President Thomas Bach of the International Olympic Committee. At the meeting, the Prime Minister described Georgia's fast-growing mountain resorts.
The Head of Georgian Government also attended the finals of the Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz, and spoke with the five Georgian participants of the tournament to discuss with them the development of Georgia's mountain resorts.

Georgian Prime Minister Meets with Federica Mogherini

Published in Politics
Monday, 20 February 2017 13:40

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission commends Georgia's exceptional progress on its path toward the European Union, Federica Mogherini stated at today's meeting with Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
The Prime Minister thanked the EU High Representative for her personal contribution to the successful finalization of the visa liberalization dialogue. Federica Mogherini emphasized that the European Union will complete the remaining procedures relation to visa waiver for Georgia in the nearest future.
Different issues under the Association Agreement were also discussed. The Prime Minister stressed the Georgian Government's commitment to the effective implementation of the 2017-2020 Association Agreement Agenda. The parties also touched on the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit planned for late 2017.

Meeting with the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 14:18

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili held a farewell meeting with Abbas Talebifar, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Georgia.
The parties discussed the relations between Georgia and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Special attention was paid to the remarkable growth of cooperation in such directions as economy, trade, agriculture, culture, and education. Georgia's tourism potential was emphasized, and the growing number of Iranian visitors to Georgia was commended.
Ongoing regional processes were also discussed during the meeting. The Iranian Ambassador once again reiterated support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The Prime Minister of Georgia thanked Abbas Talebifar for his contribution to the development of the relations between the two countries and wished him success in his future endeavors.

EU-Georgia Awareness Campaign Launches

Published in Politics
Thursday, 26 January 2017 11:24

Today, more than ever, Georgia is close to Europe, EU Ambassador to Georgia Janos Herman stated at the opening of the EU-Georgia Awareness Campaign attended by the Prime Minister of Georgia.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili addressed the event’s participants and emphasized the beginning of a very important campaign seeking to draw Georgia and the Georgians closer to Europe.
“Today our country, with its ancient history, culture, and rich traditions, has an opportunity to draw closer to the democratic European family, to make its contribution to diverse and rich European culture and to the honorable cause of ensuring peace and security.  Very soon, we are expecting an official approval for visa-free travel, yet another tangible result of our European integration,” the Prime Minister stated.
According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the implementation of the Association Agreement Action Plan is well underway, and every reform carried out by the Government of Georgia in the process of the country’s European integration, first of all, aims to benefit Georgia’s citizens.
The Prime Minister emphasized the significant support from the EU, both expert and financial assistance, in the fulfilment of Georgia’s obligations under the Association Agreement.  The Prime Minister singled out the project “Supporting the Implementation of the Association Agreement” as its clear example, and thanked EU member states on behalf of the Government and Georgian people.
“As anti-Western propaganda keeps growing, our citizens should receive as much information as possible on the measures taken toward European integration.  This is why the engagement of the Office of the State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration and the Information Center on NATO and the EU in the awareness campaign is so vital.  Our citizens must be maximally informed on the political and economic relations between the EU and Georgia.  Our citizens should be aware of the concrete benefits the Association Agreement, the DCFTA component, and ultimate visa-liberalization with the EU, offers each of us.  Our history is a history of aspiring for freedom.  Now we are approaching the goal set by our ancestors centuries ago, the goal pursued by our generation.  Life in the large European family will offer the best opportunities to ensure our country’s progress and development,” the Prime Minister stated and once again thanked the European friends for their support and solidarity.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili stressed that European and Euro-Atlantic integration is much more than the country’s foreign policy trajectory.
“This trajectory defines our domestic reforms agenda, its structure and directions.  This strategy serve the purpose of bettering the living conditions of our citizens and the introduction in our everyday lives of the values that have historically distinguished our nation,” the Prime Minister said.
The event’s participants were also addressed by Georgia’s State Minister on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Victor Dolidze, EU Ambassador to Georgia Janos Herman, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, Justice Minister Thea Tzulukiani, and Director of the Information Center on NATO and the EU Ketevan Chachava.
The event was attended by representatives of state institutions, the Georgian Orthodox Christian Church, NGOs, and the diplomatic corps.
The EU-Georgia Awareness Campaign is implemented under the project “Supporting the Implementation of the Association Agreement”.

Prime Minister’s congratulation to Donald Trump

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 17:19

The Prime Minister of Georgia once again congratulated Donald Trump on his election as 45th US President and wished him success. According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Georgia has been, and will always remain, the main ally of the United States of America in the region. He also expressed hope for even greater strategic cooperation between the two countries.
"I congratulate Mr. Trump on his election as 45th US President. I wish him success in overcoming challenges, both domestic and global. A strong America is vital for ensuring global peace and stability. Georgia is, and will always be, America's reliable and staunch partner in the region. Our institutional strategic format of relations includes numerous directions, such as defense and security, economy, trade and energy, democratic development, and people-to-people contacts. Under our charter, Georgia will continue its close cooperation with the United States of America to achieve mutually beneficial results. I certainly hope for positive results of our cooperation. Since regaining Georgia's independence, the US has been a steadfast supporter of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity and our major partner," Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated at today's Government meeting.


Georgia’s Prime Minister on Visits to Spain and Davos

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:00

At today's Government meeting, the Prime Minister assessed his working visits to Spain and Davos.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili commended the unveiling of a commemorative plate honoring Georgia at the World Tourism Organization Headquarters in Madrid.
According to the Prime Minister, it is a great honor and recognition of the country's significant achievements and the Government's efforts in this direction.
"Quite interesting were our meetings with Spain's Prime Minister and Monarch, the sovereign head of state. We discussed numerous exciting directions in the relations between the two countries. We have nominated to the Office WTO Secretary General Zurab Pololikashvili, our Ambassador to Spain and Representative at the World Tourism Organization, who needs support, so we held a number of meetings to this end," Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated.
The visit to Davos was assessed by the Prime Minister as very interesting. According to him, Georgia is keeping its finger on the pulse of global events, maintaining contact with its friends and partners.
"We held several meetings with heads of states, including an interesting discussion with EBRD President Suma Chakrabarti. Importantly, 2016 was a record-breaking years in terms of EBRD investments in Georgia-the largest amount of investments was made in Georgia, and plans for 2017 are even greater, heralding yet another record-breaking year. Their expectations are very positive," the Prime Minister said.
According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, very positive expectations were expressed by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde in relation to global economic growth.
"We had very important meetings with representatives of the public sector and investors. Georgia is in the spotlight, being as one of the Eastern European countries considered by companies planning to expand in Europe, and we had a number of meetings in this direction as well. In this regard, especially important are Japanese companies taking interest in Georgia, which is commendable," the Prime Minister stated.
According to Giorgi Kvirikashvili, meetings were also held with companies specializing in tourism, hospitality, and aviation and interested in the Georgian market.
"It has been a very important visit, and I am believe its multidimensional results will become tangible soon," the Prime Minister said.

The PM talked about State Constitutional Commission

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:45

Based on the country's needs and actual state of affairs, we must adopt a constitution fully in line with international standards, Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili commented on the establishment of the State Constitutional Commission during the Government meeting session, also pointing out that the wider public is actively involved in the drafting of amendments to the country's supreme legislation.
"Such broad participation in the work of the Constitutional Commission is unprecedented in Georgia, including constitutionalists, experts from the NGO sector, and international organizations. As you know, the Venice Commission confirmed the need to adopt amendments and commended the process itself. Unlike in the past, when the media were usually the source of information about constitutional amendments, and the whole process was purely political in nature, now, once and for all, we are about to have in Georgia a constitution drafted with broad participation and based on pressing needs and challenges," the Prime Minister stated.

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