The Speaker, Irakli Kobakhidze held the farewell meeting with the Chinese Ambassador, H.E. Ji Yanchi.
The parties discussed bilateral relations and development of cooperation. As noted, economic and people-to-people bonds have been significantly enhanced recently between Georgia and China.
The Speaker thanked the Ambassador for contributing in enhancement of bilateral relations.
The Chinese language will be to be introduced as an elective subject in Georgian schools from 2019-2020.
Georgia’s Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport says the Chinese language will be the second foreign language in schools that are interested.
The ministry added that the Chinese language will be taught as a second foreign language from the 5th grade.
"The Chinese language program has already been developed. As you know, the English language is the first foreign language in our schools, while the Chinese language can be chosen by schools as the second foreign language together with other European languages ," the Ministry reports.
Several days ago Mikheil Batiashvili, Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia and Ambassador of the People's Republic of China Ji Yanchi signed a Memorandum of Understanding aiming at promoting the Chinese language in Georgia.
The memorandum is based on an agreement signed between Georgia and China in the field of education, which envisages boosting relationship and cooperation between the two countries in all directions of education. It also envisages the development of relations between the educational institutions, exchange of academic staff and creating student exchange programs.
According to Batiashvili, China is one of the main partner and friend countries of Georgia and cooperation in education and science fields is crucial.
The minister noted that learning the Chinese language will give the youth new opportunities to implement business projects with Chinese partners.
Today, Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze held a meeting with Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Georgia Ji Yanchi.
The discussion during the meeting revolved around the relations between Georgia and China across a variety of areas and the growing economic and trade dynamic. The importance of further developing the trade relations between the two countries was underlined.
According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, China's becoming Georgia's main trade partner is one of the Government's top priorities. The meeting emphasized the necessity of high-level exchange visits between the countries.
Special attention was paid to the significant growth of Chinese investments in Georgia's economy. As the Head of Government pointed out, Chinese companies create additional motivation in terms of attracting foreign investments in Georgia. Emphasis was also placed on China's technological achievements and the importance of sharing technological experience with Georgia. The Prime Minister of Georgia and the Chinese diplomat discussed the Georgian Prime Minister's upcoming visit to China in early November.
Special attention during the meeting was paid to the dire human rights and humanitarian situation in Georgia's occupied regions. The Chinese diplomat reaffirmed firm support of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The conversation during the meeting also involved people-to-people relations and the further development of the historical and cultural relations between the two nations. The Prime Minister of Georgia offered the Chinese Ambassador to open a Chinese cultural center in Georgia.
Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani held a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to Georgia Ji Yanchi.
The sides discussed important issues on the agenda of bilateral relations, as well as possibilities to deepen political, economic and humanitarian co-operation.
Discussions also focused on the issues relating to co-operation in multilateral formats, including within the UN.
The sides discussed the importance of exchanging high-level visits. Special attention was paid to Georgia’s participation in the China-Eurasia exhibition due to take place in Ürümqi on 30-31 August, and the international import exhibition scheduled in Shanghai, on 5-10 November.
The Foreign Minister expressed his gratitude for China’s firm position regarding Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and reaffirmed, for his part, Georgia’s support for the One China Policy.
Ji Yanchi congratulated David Zalkaliani on his appointment as Foreign Minister and expressed the hope for the further development of China-Georgia relations.
Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Giorgi Gakharia and Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Georgia, Ji Yanchi, at the meeting held at the Ministry, discussed the details of the Silk Road Forum to be hold in Tbilisi, on 28-29 November.
Preparation works and other organizational issued regarding the scheduled Tbilisi Silk Road Forum were the main topics of the conversation.
At the same time, Giorgi Gakharia summarized his visit to the People’s Republic of China, whose main purpose was the participation in the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. During the visit to Beijing, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia signed the Free Trade Agreement between Georgia and the People’s Republic of China. At the meeting with the Ambassador, it was once again noted that the Agreement will put the economic relations of the two countries on a new level and facilitate the deepening of the trade and economic relations between them.
Giorgi Gakharia, during the visit, had several significant meetings including the meeting with the Minister of Commerce of China, who confirmed the readiness of the Chinese side to support the Tbilisi Silk Road Forum.
Tbilisi Silk Road Forum will be held for the second time this year and it will be the logical prolongation continuation of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in China.
First Tbilisi Silk Road Forum was held in 2015 where more than thousand participants represented over 30 countries. Chinese delegation was composed of high-rank government officials and up to 300 representatives of large Chinese companies.
The Interior Minister Giorgi Mgebrishvili met with Chinese Ambassador to Georgia Ji Yanchi. According to the Ministry, Giorgi Mgebrishvili presented implemented and planned reforms. He highlighted some main issues including police work, civic oriented police and border issues.
The Interior Minister said to the China’s Ambassador that one of the priorities is fight against crime and the use of modern technologies.
The sides also discussed the issue of deepening cooperation.
Today, Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) of Georgia and Giorgi Javakhishvili, the Secretary of the CEC met H.E Ji Yanchi, the Ambassador of People’s Republic of China to Georgia.
Preparatory processes for the Parliamentary Elections of October 8 and existing pre-election environment in the country were the topics of discussion during the introductory meeting.
According to the statement of H.R Ji Yanchi, the conduct of parliamentary elections in democratic and peaceful environment is of high importance for the country’s further development.
The CEC Chairperson, during the meeting, placed emphasis on the activities implemented by the Election Administration for ensuring professionally organized transparent elections.