Successful performance of the Georgian Government is the most effective way to counter Russian propaganda – David ZalkalianiMonday, 10 September 2018 13:47
According to Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani, Russian propaganda is the challenge facing not only Georgia but also western states and the most effective way to counteract it is by means of concrete actions and to tangible results.
“We are faced with hybrid threats everywhere. It is a serious challenge not only for Georgia but also for Europe and other countries. However, counterpropaganda should not be a way to contradict propaganda because we believe that one of the most effective ways to fight against propaganda is by achieving concrete results on the European and Euro-Atlantic path. And indeed, Georgia has achieved tangible results in this regard” – David Zalkaliani told journalists following the government session.
According to David Zalkaliani, the Government of Georgia will closely co-operate with European and American partners in order to benefit from their experience and best practices.
Prime Minister of Georgia Mamuka Bakhtadze is holding a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the administration of the Government of Georgia. The meeting is being held in face to face format and will continue in the extended format.
German Chancellor’s plane has already landed at Tbilisi International Airport, where she was greeted by Minister of Foreign Affairs Davit Zalkaliani and Ambassador of Georgia to Germany Elguja Khokrishvili.
On August 24, German Chancellor will meet with representatives of Georgian oppositional parties and German soldiers who participated in 2018 Noble Partner military training.
The German delegation includes State Secretary Steffen Seibert, also the government spokesperson as well as head of the Press and Information Office, H.E. Heike Peitsch, Ambassador of Germany to Georgia, Jan Hecker, foreign policy adviser to German Chancellor, Matthias Lüttenberg, Head of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe as well as Central Asia and Southern Caucasus of the German Federal Chancellery and other officials.
Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Genadi Arveladze held a meeting with the government delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which was headed by the Deputy Minister of Cooperatives, Labour, and Social Welfare, Seid Hamid Kalantari.
Significant increase in trade and tourism between the two countries were specially highlighted at the meeting.
The sides discussed the implementation process of the final session of the Bilateral Economic Commission in all directions.
Ekaterine Mikabadze: Decrease of unemployment highlights the rightfulness of the Georgian Government’s policyWednesday, 22 August 2018 16:41
“It is very important that in the second quarter of 2018 number of economically active population as well as the number of employees has been increased. At the same time, it is also very important that the increase in the number of employees, which is 45.7 thousand, is caused by the growth of the number of the contract employees where we have about 7% growth, which means another 55.7 thousand newly employed people in our economy,” – the Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Ekaterine Mikabadze stated while commenting over the data published by the National Statistics Office of Georgia. The data confirms that the rate of unemployment was decreased by 1.9% in the second quarter of 2018.
Ekaterine Mikabadze also stressed on the decreasing of the number of self-employed people. According to Mikabadze, this has already become a trend. “The decrease in the number of self-employed people has already become a trend – this number has decreased compared to the previous year as well as the previous quarter. In particular, in the second quarter of 2018, the number of self-employed people, is decreased to 48% in the overall employment rate,” – the Deputy Minister stated.
According to Ekaterine Mikabadze, unemployment and employment statistics clearly indicate the correct economic policy of the Government of Georgia aimed at stimulating the small and medium businesses and creating of new jobs.
SES GS will represent the satellite communications industry on the Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC) to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
Reston, VA, 18 July 2018 – The U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has appointed SES Government Solutions’ Senior Director of Business Development Paul E. Damphousse to the Federal Aviation Administration’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee (COMSTAC), SES announced today. The COMSTAC provides executive-level observations, findings and recommendations to the FAA Administrator regarding critical issues within the commercial space industry. Damphousse will serve as a senior industry representative and member of COMSTAC on behalf of SES GS, wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, and will advise the government during bi-annual COMSTAC meetings and through participation on the COMSTAC working groups.
SES GS’ current role in the satellite communications market is to provide satellite end-to-end services to U.S. Government customers. Should the U.S. Government pursue more non-traditional commercial space capabilities in lieu of government purpose-built satellites, COMSTAC can rely on SES GS to provide recommendations for new and innovative techniques that increase speed and affordability for government end-users.
“Seismic shifts are occurring within the commercial space sector, including changes in how non-traditional space activities are regulated. Spacecraft servicing, space traffic management, and hosted payloads are a few of these activities and are of great interest to SES GS,” said Damphousse. “My goal is to ensure that the U.S. Government is fully informed from a commercial space perspective regarding new consensus standards and regulatory decisions.”
Damphousse was chosen based on his long-standing relationship with the U.S. Department of Transportation, industry experience and leadership through high-level executive engagement. Prior to joining SES, Damphousse was CEO and Founder of General Astronautics, LLC. Damphousse retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in December 2011 after 22 years of service as a combat pilot and space operations officer. He will join eight newly appointed members, as well as 17 re-appointed members, as part of COMSTAC.
Last week, representatives of the Georgian government and Kazbegi Local Action Group (LAG) gathered in the town of Stepantsminda to discuss rural development priorities for the region and the way forward.
The main topics of the meeting referred to the state programmes and initiatives designed to promote rural development through the diversification of local economies, improvement of social and public services, increasing of employment and sustainable use of natural resources.
The event in Stepantsminda was the second in a series of public discussions in the regions. Organised by the country’s Environment Protection and Agriculture Ministry, the event was supported by the EU in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and People in Need (PiN) mission in Georgia.
Kazbegi LAG was established with the support of the EU in the framework of the rural development project implemented by PiN Georgia within the second phase of the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD). It is one of eight LAGs created with EU support in several municipalities in Georgia.
Today representatives of the EU, FAO and Georgian Government marked the end of a 2 year project which assisted over 800 of the most vulnerable IDP families in Georgia.
The two year Equal Access of IDPs to Economic Opportunities project was funded by the EU and implemented by FAO in cooperation with UN Women, and focused on developing livelihoods of the most vulnerable groups of IDPs, namely single parents with minors, households with members with disabilities, and households led by youths and the elderly. The project provided training and over GEL 4 million to help these families undertake investments in mechanization, orchards, vineyards, honey and dairy productions. In total, 830 IDP households across Georgia benefitted from the project.
The programme also funded 48 kindergartens across the country, giving up to 10,000 GEL to each institution to create playgrounds, buy bedroom furniture for babies, equip kitchens and heat the buildings. More than 2,700 children benefited.
The event was attended by Sozar Subari, the Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia, and Janos Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia.
Mr Herman noted that: "The EU has been supporting IDPs in Georgia for many years now. We are proud of the most recent project, which has provided funding and training to over 800 of the most vulnerable IDP families in Georgia to develop better livelihoods. This is a true expression of the EU's commitment to help improve the lives of all Georgians, especially those most in need."
The project was the third phase of an EU/FAO initiative that started in 2009. The first two phases focused on food security and providing investment opportunities to IDPs. Each phases supported over 2000 IDP households in Georgia with a total budget of over GEL 16 million (EUR 5.4 million).
IDP beneficiaries of the project from the various regions of Georgia also attend the event, bringing their agricultural products for the exhibition which was organized as the side activity of the event. Koba Ugrekhelidze, IDP with disability from Khoni, Imereti was one of the participants. He was supported with co-investment of 2 450 GEL for enlargement of his apiary. With the obtained grant he procured additional 30 bee families, 150 frames, 150 honeycombs and beekeeping equipment.
"In August 2017, I harvested and sold 200kg of honey, improving my annual income by 30%. I plan to reinvest the profits and increase the number of beehives even more. I’m grateful for the great opportunity to expand my business", Mr Ugrekhelidze said.
The guests also enjoyed a photo exhibition of the portraits of the IDP beneficiaries.
The Government of Georgia strongly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Spain within its internationally recognized borders, and considers Catalonia an integral part of Spain. The Government of Georgia condemns the unilateral declaration of independence by Catalonia and supports the measures of the Government of Spain to restore law and order, to regulate the situation, and to uphold in this process the Constitution of Spain, the rule of law, and the rights of every citizen of Spain.
The Government of Georgia deeply appreciates cooperation with the Kingdom of Spain as a valuable partner of our country, with our strong partnership stemming from shared values and traditional friendly ties.
Over the past few days, business and banking sector representatives and citizens alike have expressed their readiness to engage in the program for restoring the forest burned following the recent devastating wildfire in the Borjomi Gorge, with several social campaigns already in full swing.
To sustain this commendable spirit among our citizens, and to consolidate and coordinate resources, the Administration of the Government will facilitate a unified e-platform to reflect all activities and initiatives under the program for the Borjomi forest restoration.
In addition, the Finance Ministry's Treasury Service has opened special bank accounts in both national and foreign currencies in order to finance firefighting operations and to restore the forest in the Borjomi Gorge.
Said e-portal will enable us to ensure the openness and transparency of deposit and expenditure operations, so that every citizen may trace the spending of each tetri donated by them for the restoration of the forest in the Borjomi Gorge.
Individuals, private sector and business representatives, and our compatriots abroad alike can donate money and deposit sums into the accounts listed below.
Georgia-Australia cooperation and future perspectives in the human rights area were discussed at the working meeting between the human rights secretariat of the Administration of the Government of Georgia and representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Australia held today at the Administration of the Government.
Head of the Human Rights Secretariat of the Administration of the Administration of the Government Natalia Jaliashvili informed the Australian delegation on the progress achieved by Georgia in the area of human rights protection and discussed relevant action plans and scheduled events.
Particular attention was paid to the deplorable human rights conditions on the occupied territories of Georgia. Members of the delegation of Australia reasserted their firm support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia.
Within the frames of the visit, the representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Australia held meetings with various state agencies. Visit of the delegation is over.