Georgia Ranks 35th Globally by Government Integrity and Advances within Top 20 of European Nations in 2022Tuesday, 12 July 2022 10:48
Georgia ranks 35th globally and advances within Top 20 of European nations by Government Integrity in 2022. It was announced by Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia at the Executive Government Meeting today.
The Head of Government of Georgia also noted that according to the Index of Public Integrity (IPI) of the European Research Centre for Anti-Corruption and State Building (ERCAS), the country has been positioned second after Estonia in the post-soviet bloc.
"Updated IPI was published some time ago. It is a global overview carried out by a leading research institution and number one think-tank of the world, based in D.C. I refer to the Heritage Foundation and its surveys. Georgia ranks 35th by Government Integrity and has thus advanced within the Top 20 of Europe. Second source of the international rating system is ERCAS and its IPI, positioning Georgia 32nd in the world, second in the post-soviet bloc after Estonia. I wish to tell our fellow citizens - our people - that the performance of our government resulted in these indicators. I also wish to tell you for comparison purposes that in line with the referred indexes, Georgia is ahead of 14 NATO member states and 12 EU member states this year with its government integrity indicator. I can list several countries within this category: Cyprus, Latvia, Poland, Check Republic, Italy, Malta, Slovakia, Greece, Croatia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Romania and others, I will not list them all. For comparison, I wish to also tell you that in 2012, when the previous rule was telling the entire world and our people that we were number one state by reforms, performance resulted in different indicators as Georgia ranked 69th under this very index. No discussion was about the Top 20 back then. This is for comparison and information only, to once again remind our society" added the Prime Minister of Georgia.
According to him, the second important success is the Global Peace Index of 2022, according to which Georgia ranks 2nd globally by the progress achieved in the last decade of peace.
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Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, State Military Scientific Technical Center Delta and Georgian Wind Energy Association signed a Memorandum of Cooperation thus undertaking the obligation to facilitate the introduction of industrial wind power generation in Georgia, which in turn, will lead to creation of new jobs, integration of wind farms into the energy infrastructure, and generation of more electricity in the country.
The Memorandum was signed by Romeo Mikautadze, Deputy Minister, Ioseb Loladze, General Director of State Military Scientific Technical Center Delta, and Mamuka Mikashavidze, President of Georgian Wind Energy Association.
The Memorandum envisages negotiations with the leading companies producing wind power generation equipment, as well as with interested parties interested in purchasing such equipment and its components.
According to the document, the parties will also make efforts to find potential investors interested in financing and developing the production of components of wind power plants on the territory of Georgia and/or their procurement.
New plant, which will manufacture wind generators and their components in full compliance with the modern standards, will be located in the territory owned/used by Delta.
The Memorandum also envisages cooperation with the Government of Georgia, relevant agencies, international donor organizations, financial institutions and interested business circles in order to provide the use of wind energy in Georgia, electricity generation and rapid development of supply to the population.
Irakli Garibashvili: Almost a year ago I voiced an idea about manufacturing firearms in Georgia and today we are officially launching the production of GI-4 and every unit of it will be manufactured in the country
Georgia is launching the production of an automatic rifle of NATO standards GI-4 (5.56) at a Georgian-Israeli enterprise Delta CAA, which was incorporated at the premises of Delta, Manufacturing of the automatic firearms of NATO standards was observed by Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia together with Juansher Burchuladze, Minister of Defense of Georgia and Major Gen. Giorgi Matiashvili, Chief of the Georgian Defense Forces today.
The Head of Government of Georgia underlined the significance of the enterprise, thereby noting that every unit of the rifle, including the plastic details, will be manufactured locally at the enterprise.
"It is yet another completed task. It was our promise, which I voiced almost a year ago. We started an intensive work towards it back then and you now see the outcome - joint venture manufacturing automatic rifles. We imported state-of-the-art machinery and equipment from the USA. It is the most advanced technology and every unit of the firearms is produced here. We have now officially launched the enterprise and will be producing GI-4 similar to M4, which is very important. I congratulate Delta LLC and everyone at the Ministry of Defense of Georgia with this milestone achievement. Apart from this, you may well be aware that every unit of the rifle - including the plastic details - will be produced locally at the enterprise. We trained our staff - people who work here. This is a very important achievement and I congratulate everyone with the commissioning of this utterly vital enterprise" noted the Prime Minister of Georgia.
Automatic rifles of NATO standards - GI-4 (5.56) will be manufactured at the enterprise for the defense forces of Georgia. It will facilitate the supply of modern firearms to the military divisions of the country. This project was initiated in the country during the time when Irakli Garibashvili served as a Minister of Defense. New Georgian-Israeli enterprise is equipped with state-of-the-art machinery and equipment manufactured in leading countries of the world. Full technological cycle of production will be performed locally to manufacture GI-4 (5.56) in Georgia. Functionalities of the enterprise will further broaden in future to enable for the production of various firearms and accessories. It will also be possible to modernize various weapons at the enterprise. In addition, it is planned to produce output for export markets in future. Company employs outstanding graduates of higher education institutions, who have already been retrained.
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Irakli Garibashvili: World Bank Study of Corruption Control ranks Georgia 45th among 189 countries and captures it at 45th Position in Top 50 of the World and 19th in Top 20 of EuropeTuesday, 28 September 2021 11:45
According to the World Bank study on Corruption Control, Georgia is ranked 45th among 189 countries and is captured at 45th position in Top 50 of the world and 19th in Top 20 of Europe. It was announced by Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia at the press-briefing held at the Government Administration today.
According to the Head of Government of Georgia, it has been the fourth time in a row that Georgia got captured in the Top 20. The Prime Minister also noted that in the assessment of Freedom House, Georgia is ranked 11th among corruption-free countries of the world.
"I wish to start with a just released piece of information. It relates a World Bank study on governance and indicators summarising the analysis performed by dozens of research institutions and international organizations. Thus, I wish to let the public know that Georgia truly has a very significant progress and advancement towards this end. According to this report, Georgia has a leading and exemplary position in Europe and throughout the world by corruption-free and effective governance.
More specifically, let me say that by the effective control of corruption, Georgia is ranked 45th in 189 countries of the world and is captured in the Top 50. In the European context, Georgia is ranked 19th. It is worth noting that it has been the fourth successive position occupied by Georgia in the referred Top 20.
For the purposes of comparison, let me say that Georgia was ranked 62nd in the study published in 2012. Naturally, we were positioned outside the Top 20 of Europe.
By effective control of corruption, our country is ahead of 10 EU member states: Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia, Cyprus, Malta, Croatia, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria. Georgia is preceded by countries of non-continental part of Europe: Ireland, UK, Iceland and some leading states of Europe.
Out of NATO member states, Georgia is ahead of 14 by the effective control of corruption. Our country leads in the region, while it is preceded only by Baltic countries from the post-soviet bloc.
As for the corruption-free index, Georgia is perceived to be at the 11th position in the assessment of Freedom House.
According to the global survey of The Gallup Organization, Georgia has been captured at 14th position in the Top 20 of Europe among 122 economies of the world" stated Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.
The Head of Government of Georgia also noted that by effective governance, Georgia has been ranked 38th in the best 20% of 189 countries, according to the World Bank. Our country has been named at 19th position in the Top 20 of Europe among the continental member countries of the World Bank.
"For comparison, it is worth noting that Georgia was ranked 50th by effective governance in the study published by the World Bank on October 1, 2012. We have had truly great progress towards this end as well. Georgia is ahead of 8 EU member states: Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania. Out of NATO member states, Georgia is ahead of 12 by effective governance and occupies the first place in the Caucasus and Black Sea region.
I wish to note that the Economic Intelligence Unit carried out a study as well and assessed countries with a methodology deploying global governance indicators. Bureaucracy was measured in 180 countries and territorial units of the world in two dimensions: (a) degree of bureaucracy and institutional effectiveness and (b) freedom from excessive bureaucracy.
Georgia received 75 out of 100 percentile assessment for the fourth time in a row this year, thus progressing to 17th position among the member countries of the World Bank and 12th in Europe.
Also, I wish to note that Georgia precedes 1 country of G7, 2 member states of the EU and 5 member states of NATO by the rule of law. It is worth noting that in 2008-2012 Georgia fell outside several dozens of positions in the assessments of bureaucracy and received 62.5% at that time" noted the Prime Minister of Georgia.
As noted by the Head of Government of Georgia, rule of law is at a higher level in Georgia than in Italy, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Montenegro in the international rating. According to him, Georgia ranks fourth in the post soviet block, right after the Baltic countries.
"By the corruption of civil servants and government officials, Georgia has been ranked at 20th position among 180 countries of the world and 12th among European countries.
Georgia has also gone forward to many leading countries of the world. Our assessment is one and a half times higher than 9 European countries: Spain, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Malta, Cyprus as well as South Korea and twice higher than in Bulgaria, Romania and Greece. With these measurement results, Georgia has been equalised with such leading countries of the world as the USA, Japan, France, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Iceland, Slovenia, Croatia and others.
For comparison, it should be noted that the current assessment of Georgia is 3 times higher than the results demonstrated in 2011-2012.
And lastly, by the degree of regulation, the World Bank ranks Georgia 19th among 189 countries of the world and captures it in the Top 20 of Europe. Hence, I wish to once again thank every cabinet member and civil servant for this success" added Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.
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WASHINGTON, August 3, 2021 – The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Georgia of Javelin Missiles and related equipment for an estimated
cost of $30 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
The Government of Georgia has requested to buy eighty-two (82) Javelin FGM-148 Missiles; and forty-six (46) Javelin Command Launch Units (CLU). Also included are Enhanced Producibility Basic Skills Trainers; Missile Simulation Rounds; Security Assistance Management Directorate Technical Assistance; Tactical Aviation and Ground Munitions Project Office Technical Assistance; other associated equipment and services; and other related elements of logistical and program support. The estimated total cost is $30 million.
This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of Georgia which is a strategic partner and a key contributor to security and stability the region. The Javelin system will help Georgia build its long-term defense capacity to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity in order to meet its national defense requirements.
The proposed sale will improve Georgia’s capability to meet current and future threats by increasing its antiarmor capacity. Georgia will have no difficulty absorbing these weapons into its armed forces.
The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The prime contractors will be Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin Joint Venture of Orlando, Florida, and Tucson, Arizona. However, these articles are being provided from U.S. Army stock. There are no known offset agreements proposed in conjunction with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will not require the assignment of any U.S. Government or contractor representatives to Georgia.
There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.
This notice of a potential sale is required by law. The description and dollar value is for the highest estimated quantity and dollar value based on initial requirements. Actual dollar value will be lower depending on final requirements, budget authority, and signed sales agreement(s), if and when concluded.
European Union and WHO support Georgia’s efforts to prepare for the mass COVID-19 vaccination process
72 high quality laptops, 20 tablets, 200 vaccine carriers with 800 icepacks, 300 medical refrigerators with accessories, 300 thermometers, a specialized vaccine-carrier vehicle – this is just short list of the equipment that EU and WHO are donating to the government of Georgia to support the mass COVID-19 vaccination process to be launched in summer.
Today, Mr. Catalin Gherman, Deputy Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to Georgia and Dr. Silviu Domente, WHO Representative and Head of the WHO Country Office in Georgia visited the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health to hand over part of the equipment and discuss further needs in support for a successful vaccination process.
This donation is just part of the assistance provided by EU and WHO to the Government of Georgia. Since the onset of the pandemic, EU and WHO have worked to ensure effective response to the current COVID-19 crisis and strengthen overall preparedness capacities of health sector in Georgia. Now the EU-WHO action to support deployment of COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination in Eastern partnership countries, supports the Government of Georgia with provision of necessary supplies, development of software and mobile applications, training of key personnel involved in vaccinations, monitoring of vaccine efficacy and safety, and development and implementation of a nationwide communication campaign to promote vaccinations and to address vaccines hesitancy.
“Vaccines and their roll-out are crucial to overcome the pandemic. In recent days Georgia has received vaccines from Austria and today the EU is proud to hand over equipment as part of our large scale support to Georgia via WHO to ensure that vaccines are used as effectively as possible for maximum impact. The EU and Team Europe continue to stand by Georgia in the pandemic,” – said Catalin Gherman, Deputy Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation to Georgia.
“We expect a real mass vaccination to be initiated in Georgia in July, and we hope the provided equipment will be very useful for the vaccination teams all over the country, along with other support provided under the current EU-WHO action,” – said Silviu Domente, WHO Representative and Head of Georgia Office.
This assistance is part of a wider support package provided by the EU and Team Europe consisting of GEL 1.5 billion of new and reallocated assistance to help Georgia deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, including support to vulnerable groups and economic recovery. That is one of the highest levels of EU assistance per capita to any country in the world and demonstrates the EU’s strong solidarity with Georgia at this time of unprecedented crisis.
In addition, the EU and Team Europe – including the European Commission, the European Investment Bank and Member States – are some of the strongest supporters of the COVAX, through which Georgia receives part of its vaccines. The EU and Team Europe have so far announced contributions of more than €870 million to the facility.
Our goal and ambition is to create a unified national process and to develop a strategic vision on de-occupation and peaceful conflict resolutionMonday, 21 June 2021 17:57
In the words of Zalkaliani, this will be a highly responsible and inclusive process, which will involve all segments of society, including state agencies and institutions, as well as civil society – research centres, non-governmental organizations, experts, conflict-affected community and the wider community.
“Our goal and ambition is to create a unified national process and, rather than division and break-up, to develop a common state approach to and a strategic vision on the de-occupation and peaceful conflict resolution. By the end of the year, an increasing number of meetings, dialogues, discussions and consultations will be held at the interagency level, as well as with the involvement of civil society, in order to jointly develop a state vision on a peaceful and unified Georgia” – Zalkaliani said.
According to the Vice Prime Minister, amid the escalating security environment in our region and the newly emerged geopolitical challenges facing the country, as well as against the background of Russia’s constant provocations and steps towards de-facto annexation of Georgian territories leading to the gradually deteriorating situation in Georgia’s Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions, Georgia’s policy in the face of new challenges needs to be more effective. In order to duly respond to new challenges in the region, it is critically important to create a revised, comprehensive and inclusive peace policy, involving the wider community – the policy which will provide for result-oriented activities in all strategic areas: withdrawal of the Russian troops from the Georgian territory, conflict resolution, establishment of peace and security, return of IDPs, offering a dignified future and best development prospects to the conflict-affected communities in Sokhumi and Tskhinvali, as well as Shamgona and Khurvaleti.
“We should do our utmost to be able to live in a Georgia where there will be no occupation forces and dividing lines. We heavily rely on our strategic partners in achieving the foregoing. Our unity and inclusive peace process is critically important to get started the process of de-occupation and unification, through the proactive involvement of the international community” – the Foreign Minister is quoted as saying.
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland in Tbilisi today.
Meeting held at the Government Administration focused on the major directions of cooperation between the two countries. Solid support of Poland and its significance towards sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia, along with an encouragement on the way of European and Euro-Atlantic integration was highlighted during the meeting.
Outstanding contribution of Poland towards the development of Georgia and successful implementation of reforms through programs carried out under the umbrella of Polish Aid was noted at the meeting.
Economic cooperation between the two countries was reviewed. Need to deploy the existing economic and trade potential was highlighted, thereby noting that Poland is a significant market for Georgia and that Georgian products are highly popular among Polish consumers. Thus, agreement was reached on organizing business forums and deepening business contacts. It was also noted that the upcoming meeting of the Intergovernmental Economic Commission is scheduled for September of the current year. It will also facilitate the intensified relations between the countries. Focus was made on the sector of tourism towards this end, thereby noting that Georgia has always been a popular travel destination and attraction for Polish visitors. Dignitaries agreed during the meeting to have every condition created in Georgia for the safe travel of foreign visitors and Polish tourists.
Successful cooperation between the two countries in the area of defense was underlined at the meeting. Engagement in joint military exercise and trainings was referred to as a significant milestone.
Current situation in the occupied territories of Georgia was also discussed at the meeting. It was noted that the Government of Georgia is loyal to the policy of peaceful resolution of the conflict, which is in essence aimed at Russia's de-occupation of Georgian territories, reconciliation and restoration of trust among the communities divided by the occupation line.
Meeting was attended by Malgorzata Gosievska, Deputy Marshal of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland; Piotr Gliński, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland; H.E. Mariusz Maskiewicz, Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary of the Republic of Poland to Georgia from the visiting delegation. David Zalkaliani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia; Thea Tsulukiani, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth of Georgia and Ilia Darchiashvili, Head of Government Administration attended the meeting from the Georgian side.
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Micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in Georgia impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are to benefit from EUR 85 million in financing support, approved today by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors. The new Relief and Recovery for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) project aims to help businesses and create jobs by expanding and strengthening programs that support MSMEs and by promoting the digitalization of Georgia’s economy.
“Through this latest support package, the World Bank will boost job creation and support firms that are the backbone of Georgia’s economy and key to a resilient recovery,” said Sebastian Molineus, World Bank Regional Director for the South Caucasus. “This includes helping firms gain easier access to finance and funding investments in financial infrastructure that will promote technology adoption and the use of digital financial services.”
The project will support at least 6,000 MSMEs across the country, increasing businesses’ chances of survival, preserving productive assets, and helping firms adjust to the new economic and public health challenges.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), on the other hand, will be eligible for support through co-financing of interest payments under EG’s Produce in Georgia program, which will reduce their borrowing costs and address immediate liquidity constraints. SMEs will also benefit from access to partial credit guarantees through financial institutions, which are designed to address high collateral requirements and heightened risk aversion of financial institutions.
“Development of small and medium enterprises is a priority for the Government of Georgia, as it is a precondition for private sector growth, the creation of new jobs and the strengthening of the entrepreneurial culture in the country,” said Natia Turnava, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. “In this regard, the support of the World Bank and the allocation of EUR 85 million to help Georgia’s small and medium-sized enterprises in the post-pandemic period is invaluable.”
The project will also help strengthen the country’s financial infrastructure and increase the use of digital financial services. This includes support for upgrading the payment systems infrastructure by introducing a new instant payment system (IPS), the rollout of a digital know-your-customer (KYC) registry, and strengthening the secured transactions framework, aimed at broadening access to finance through increasing the use of movable collateral, such as vehicles, equipment, and intellectual property.
As a special consideration for the effects of the pandemic on firms, the project will also support the design and provision of technical assistance to firms to adjust to the new normal, via the adoption of relevant managerial, digital, and other COVID-proofing practices. The focus will be directed at the identification of key skills needed to facilitate digitalization and COVID-proofing in key economic sectors, with particular focus on the needs of female entrepreneurs, climate change, and the green economy.
This project is part of the World Bank’s broader support for the people of Georgia and is the third lending operation to the country directed at mitigating the social and economic impacts of the pandemic.
EU launches nine new projects with EUR 7 million budget to support vocational education and labour market development in GeorgiaTuesday, 15 December 2020 12:51
Projects funded under the EU’s ongoing Skills4Jobs programme will assist thousands of Georgians in finding jobs by enhancing high quality vocational education, improving lifelong learning opportunities and supporting entrepreneurship.
At a special event held online under the auspices of Skills Week Georgia, the nine grant projects, funded by the EU’s second phase of the Skills4Jobs programme in Georgia, were introduced. These grants have been allocated to private and public sector and civil society organisations to further enhance employment opportunities, particularly in the regions.
The nine projects, with a total EU contribution of EUR 7 million (approx. GEL 27 million), will focus on ensuring that relevant skills matching services and education opportunities in vocational education, training and entrepreneurship are available throughout Georgia, particularly for youth, women and vulnerable populations. The Skills4Jobs overall programme has three main targets:
- Relevant skills-matching services are accessible in selected regions of Georgia;
- Relevant lifelong learning skills provision are accessible in selected regions with a focus on youth;
- Entrepreneurial learning and training opportunities are accessible in selected regions.
“We are happy to launch the new grant projects as part of the second phase of the EU’s Skills4Jobs 5-year programme in Georgia. In the context of COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to support Georgia in its efforts to improve professional skills, enhance entrepreneurship and adapt the labour and employment strategies to the current needs. With the start of these new projects we contribute directly to the improvement of employability of women, men, youth and vulnerable people in Tbilisi and regions of Georgia.”, stated Catalin Gherman, Deputy Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union to Georgia.
“At this time when coronavirus is testing Georgia’s VET system to its limits, and while we are striving to introduce new and innovative approaches in VET governance and practices and increase the attractiveness of vocational education and qualifications, we are being strongly supported as always by the EU, our longest-standing partner in VET. Europe is a source of inspiration and best practice examples in VET, and the EU’s financial and technical support has been invaluable in helping us to modernize our system in line with international standards”, stated Tamar Kitiashvili, Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia.
The Skills Week Georgia, an online four-day conference, organized by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia with the support of the EU’s Skills4Jobs Technical Assistance Project, offers a platform to discuss new challenges and solutions for vocational education in the current reality. The conference was opened by Mikheil Chkhenkeli – Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport, Sigrid Brettel – Head of Cooperation of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, His Excellency Hubert Knirsch – Ambassador of Germany and Ekaterine Mikabadze – Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development.
Phase 2 of the EU’s Skills4Jobsprogramme was launched in 2018 to improve the employability of women, men, young people and vulnerable people in Tbilisi and regions of Georgia. The programme is implemented through a range of different measures. The total budget of the programme is EUR 48,85 million (approx. GEL 190 million) and includes:
- a EUR 30 million budget support to the Government of Georgia for implementing sector reform,
- two Twinning projects which bring the EU Member States’ civil servants to Georgia to help introduce reforms,
- grant scheme component for EUR 7 million, and
- technical assistance to support the relevant ministries. This component is assisting the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Affairs, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, the Youth Agency and other public agencies in updating and improving their sector reform policies.