L. Davitashvili noted that it is very important, in general, that Congress expresses clear support for the deepening of cooperation with Georgia

Published in Economics
Wednesday, 18 May 2022 15:14

“During the meeting with our fellow congressmen in the US Congress, we received a very clear support for Georgia. We thank the Congressmen for their bipartisan support, which is expressed in the Georgia Support Act. According to the administration of the Ministry of Economics, clear political support is especially important in a difficult situation in the region, where we are talking about the US Congress and Congressmen supporting Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty in all formats,” – Deputy Prime Minister Levan Davitashvili stated after the meeting with Congressmen Darren Soto and Brendan Boyle. The meetings was held within the framework of the Vice Prime Minister’s working visit to the United States. Ambassador of Georgia to the United States, Davit Zalkaliani also participated in the meeting.

The meetings with the congressmen focused on the current events in the Black Sea region, as well as the challenges and ways of their overcoming. It was noted that the United States continues to support Georgia in its EU and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

Georgia is interested in moving its strategic partnership with the United States to a new level, which is one of the main priorities of the country’s foreign policy. In this regard, the importance of deepening economic relations between the two countries as well as developing trade and investment ties, including the possibility of concluding a Free Trade Agreement with the United States, was stressed. It was also noted that the launching of direct flights between Georgia and the United States will help to further deepen bilateral economic relations.

Levan Davitashvili noted that it is very important, in general, that Congress expresses clear support for the deepening of cooperation with Georgia, and this is a very clear message. According to him, there is a desire on the part of the Congressmen to implement more joint projects with Georgia.

Levan Davitashvili at Professional Insurance Day Celebration Event

Published in Economics
Wednesday, 11 May 2022 17:13

Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Levan Davitashvili participated in the event dedicated to the Professional Insurance Day.

According to the administration of the Ministry of Economics, Levan Davitashvili addressed the audience focusing on important issues in the field, prospects of its development and the need for cooperation between the state and the private sectors in this process. The Minister stressed the importance of raising public awareness about the insurance, which will contribute to the development of the insurance culture in the country.

“Development of the insurance sector in Georgia is crucial. We understand that it is impossible to develop many sectors of the economy without proper, quality products and services, which, of course, must develop in the private sector. Achieving the desired pace of development, in turn, largely depends on the relevant economic policy decisions and policy-making as well as the coordination between the parties involved,” – Vice Prime Minister highlighted. 

Insurance Professional Day was initiated by the Insurance Supervision Service of Georgia and has been celebrated for the first time. Representatives of government and private business, specialists operating in various fields attended the event.

Levan Davitashvili Met with Special Representative of Kazakhstan President, Erzhan Kazykhanov

Published in Economics
Tuesday, 03 May 2022 17:06

Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Levan Davitashvili held a meeting with the Special Representative of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan for International Affairs, Erzhan Kazykhanov and his associates.

According to the administration of the Ministry of Economics, deputy Ministers of Economy and Sustainable Development, Guram Guramishvili and Genadi Arveladze as well as General Director of JSC Georgian Railway, Davit Peradze also attended the meeting.

Trade, economic, transport and logistical cooperation between Georgia and Kazakhstan were discussed at the meeting. It was noted that the economic relations between the countries are characterized by growing dynamics, although the potential for expansion of cooperation is much larger.

When discussing transport and logistics links, the parties stressed the need for coordinated work to attract cargo flows through the transport corridor to Kazakhstan and Georgia. It was noted that Georgia’s transport infrastructure is as ready as possible to transport cargo to Kazakhstan and Central Asia, in general.

The Kazakh side expressed interest in increasing the cargo turnover in the corridor to Georgia. It was noted that in 2022 Kazakhstan plans to transport 2-3 million tons of oil through the Georgian corridor, while in the coming years it is planned to further increase this figure.

The parties agreed to make joint efforts to attract and serve the transportation of goods in the transport corridors through Georgia and Kazakhstan in the long run.

Levan Davitashvili Met with Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan

Published in Economics
Tuesday, 12 April 2022 14:17

Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Levan Davitashvili met with Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan, Rashad Nabiyev, being on a working visit to Georgia.

Deputy Ministers Guram Guramishvili and Genadi Arveladze, General Director of JSC Georgian Railway, Davit Peradze and General Director of Marabda - Kartsakhi Railway, Levan Kankava also attended the meeting.

The Ministers discussed the priority areas of bilateral cooperation in the various transport sectors. It was noted that the coordinated cooperation between the countries facilitates the process of attracting cargo in the Europe-Asia transport corridor, which ultimately has a positive effect on the economies of both countries. In particular, there is talk of holding joint presentations on various regional and international platforms, participating in profile exhibitions and carrying out other activities.

Special emphasis was placed on the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, on which Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Kazakhstan signed a protocol, underlining the efforts by each country for the joint development of the transport corridor. It was also noted that the number of containers transported via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway is constantly increasing.

Prospect of cooperation in the fields of communication, information technologies and other important sectors were also discussed at the meeting.

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Levan Davitashvili: We have very large tasks, plans and commitments towards our population – we have to provide rapid economic development and create maximum employment opportunities"

Published in Economics
Thursday, 17 February 2022 17:04

Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development has a new head - Levan Davitashvili, who has been appointed as Minister. The Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili at a briefing held at the Government Administration presented the new Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development to the public. As the Prime Minister noted, Levan Davitashvili will also retain the position of the Vice Prime Minister.

“I would like to thank the Prime Minister, Mr. Irakli Gharibashvili, for the confidence he has shown and to each member of the team for the cooperation and support I have had over the years, which was a necessary condition for us to carry out agricultural or environmental reforms and make the Ministry a success. I would also like to thank each and every employee, whose great efforts and involvement allowed us to achieve what we have achieved in terms of environmental protection or agricultural reform,” – Levan Davitashvili stated.

Davitashvili also thanked the former head of the Ministry, Natia Turnava, for her successful work at the position of Minister of Economy. As Levan Davitashvili noted, Natia Turnava's activity coincided with a very difficult time when the pandemic changed the economic situation of the whole world and created special challenges in terms of economic development.

Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Levan Davitashvili named the rapid economic development and the increase of employment as his main tasks at this post.

“Under the leadership of the Prime Minister, with the great efforts of the Ministry of Economy, we have been able to restore the economy on the one hand - we have really returned to the pre-pandemic rate. However, we have very large tasks, plans and commitments towards our population - to provide rapid economic development and create maximum employment opportunities, which is directly related to increasing the income of the population and improving the welfare,” – Levan Davitashvili noted.

Natia Turnava and Levan Davitashvili Signed Strategy on Ecotourism

Published in Economics
Wednesday, 27 October 2021 13:40

The Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Natia Turnava and the Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Levan Davitashvili signed the Ecotourism Development Strategy. This is reported by the administration of the Ministry of Economy of Georgia.

The goal of the ecotourism strategy is to create, diversify, improve and develop quality ecotourism services and products across the country.

Natia Turnava noted that according to the strategy, by 2030 Georgia will be a leading ecotourism country in the Caucasus region with ecotourism offers for all four seasons, taking into account the country’s rich culture and nature, as well as high quality services.
With the involvement of our Ministry, the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture, as well as the German government and the German Society for International Cooperation, we have developed a 10-year strategy for the development of ecotourism in Georgia. In general, it is important to keep the development of the ecotourism in harmony with nature and cultural heritage. I would also like to mention that we have recently approved a separate component promoting ecotourism within the framework of the Enterprise Georgia Agency, which includes not only subsidising of loan interest and co-guarantees, but also the allocation of grants, and this will be one of the most required under the post-covid conditions,” – Natia Turnava stated.

The Ecotourism Strategy 2020-2030 was prepared by the National Tourism Administration with the support of the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), the Agency for Protected Areas of the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture (APA) and the National Forestry Agency (NFA), as well as the Georgian Ecotourism Association. The document defined the importance of the ecotourism, the development of the green economy, as well as outlined the goals and actions for 2021-2023, which will be implemented by the National Tourism Administration together with other agencies. For example, preparation of ecotourism development plans (rental facilities) in forest areas, arrangement of paths, regulation of border permits for visitors to national parks in certain protected areas, creation of niche products, development of local traditional production, educational activities, etc.

Ecotourism in Georgia provides authentic experience for tourists, brings benefits to local communities and significantly contributes to the country’s economic welfare. At the same time, it ensures the preservation of natural and cultural heritage and the raising of environmental awareness among tourists and locals.

A signing ceremony between the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia and the Ministry of Agriculture on the implementation of the Agrodiesel project to support local farmers for 2021

Published in Economics
Friday, 29 January 2021 13:49
There was a signing ceremony between the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia and the Ministry of Agriculture on the implementation of the Agrodiesel project to support local farmers for 2021 The word document was signed by Georgia, Minister of Environment and Agriculture Levan Davitashvili, Director of SOCAR Petroleum Georgia. Faik Guliyev, General Director of SOCAR Energy Georgia and other officials from the Ministry named after the ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Georgia attended the signing ceremony.
During the meeting held before the signing ceremony, Minister Levan Davitashvili welcomed guests and expressed satisfaction with the current cooperation level between the Ministry and SOCAR, which was shown in the implementation of the ′′ Agrodiesel ′′ project, which was headed during the pandemic. He emphasized that the so-called program was successfully implemented in 2020 and that it is a delightful situation to continue this cooperation in 2021 Last year, the minister said that within this program, the provision of Georgian agrarian sector with Azerbaijani-origin diesel fuel continued and more than 125 farmers benefited from it. As a result of the sale of diesel fuel at preferential prices, local farmers saved more than 7.0 million lari.
Ambassador Faiq Guliyev thanked the opposite side for the invitation to participate in the signing ceremony and noted that as in all spheres of the two countries, there are also strong cooperation relations in the agricultural sector. It is stated that our countries have always been there for each other and supported each other during difficult times. A few years ago, there was a lack of equipment and a great demand in the agricultural sector in Georgia, in order to pay this need, the Azerbaijani side sent its equipment to Georgia. Today, solidarity and cooperation between our countries continues in the conditions of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has encountered the world. In this particular, the ′′ Agrodiesel ′′ project was launched last year to support local farmers and the SOCAR signed a contract between Georgia's Environment Protection and Ministry of Agriculture. The ambassador emphasized that this project is a clear example of friendship and brotherhood relations between the two countries.
CEO of SOCAR Energy Georgia, Mahir Mammadov, noted that this program was implemented to solve the challenges faced by local farmers during the pandemic and said the project's results for 2020 were positive. He thanked the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture of Georgia for cooperation in this field and expressed hope that the project will contribute to the development of agricultural sector in Georgia.

The EU commits a further €55 million for the development of agriculture and rural areas in Georgia

Published in Economics
Thursday, 17 December 2020 12:34

The fourth phase of the EU’s ENPARD programme will provide extended assistance in the food safety and SPS sector to enhance consumer protection and promote EU exports of Georgian products. The programme will also continue to support rural development to further improve living conditions for a larger proportion of the rural population in Georgia.
 
TBILISI. December 17, 2020 – The EU Ambassador to Georgia H.E. Carl Hartzell and the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. David Zalkaliani today signed an agreement to kick off the fourth phase of the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD IV) worth €55 million (approximately GEL 215 million). The Acting Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia Mr. Levan Davitashvili also attended the signature event. The programme aims to enhance consumer protection, promote EU exports and improve livelihoods of rural population in Georgia. It is part of the wider assistance package mobilized by the EU and Team Europe to support Georgia’s COVID-19 recovery.  
 
“We are happy to announce today our continued cooperation with the government of Georgia under the fourth phase of the ENPARD programme. Since 2013, with over GEL 500 million budget, the EU’s ENPARD programme has been providing extensive support to make Georgia’s agriculture more competitive and to improve living standards in rural areas. Looking forward, we would like to see more Georgian farmers, cooperatives and small and medium size enterprises better equipped to produce high quality products and export to the EU. We also support better infrastructure and services, growth of tourism, more effective local public-private partnerships and entrepreneurship in rural areas. This will help create new employment opportunities and will maximize the country’s economic growth,” stated Carl Hartzell, EU Ambassador to Georgia.
 
“ENPARD programme brings concrete results for our country and particularly for our rural population. As a result of this program, the quality of products, the employment opportunities for our citizens and the EU exports are significantly improving. Even more important is the implementation of this programme at in the pandemic context. The financial support provided to Georgia under the fourth phase of ENPARD is part of the wider EU assistance supporting Georgia’s COVID-19 recovery,” stated David Zalkaliani, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.
 
“Georgia is one of the outstanding countries of the Eastern Partnership that has successfully carried out all three phases of ENPARD programme. We believe that the fourth phase will be implemented successfully as well. This is a remarkable volume of assistance, € 55 million, of which € 31 million is going to be the direct budget support. However, a very important and efficient part of the assistance is a € 24 million technical and grant component, which is going to have a complementary effect on the implementation of our policy also developed in close partnership with the EU,” stated Levan Davitashvili, Acting Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia.
 
ENPARD IV will provide extended assistance in the food safety and sanitary and phyto-sanitary (SPS) sector to enhance consumer protection for citizens of Georgia and to promote exports of Georgian products to EU Member States. ENPARD IV will build on the achievements of the Comprehensive Institution Building (CIB) programme and of previous ENPARD phases. It will provide further support to the National Food Agency (NFA) for improved inspection and control systems and for continuation of the legal approximation process including enforcement of newly adopted regulations. It will also support food business operators in their efforts to adapt to the sectoral reforms.
 
In addition, ENPARD IV will further support rural development and will improve living conditions for a larger proportion of the rural population in Georgia, rendering the rural development sector more dynamic and effectively contributing to Georgia’s economic and social development. The fourth phase of ENPARD will improve the economic and social integration of vulnerable households in disadvantaged rural regions of Georgia, including eco-migrants, conflict affected people, ethnic minorities, Georgian returnees and migrants. The action will continue to enhance civic participation in the regions of Georgia through increased civil society involvement in local decision-making processes and will continue to actively promote and encourage participation of youth and women, noting the specific needs and constraints of these groups.

Press Release of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia

Forming government is the prerogative of the Prime Minister-Levan Davitashvili

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:45

Forming government is the prerogative of the Prime Minister – this statement was made by the Agriculture Minister Levan Davitashvili on the future changes in the government. He said that the Prime Minister will decide if he stays in new cabinet of ministers.
“Forming government is the prerogative of the Prime Minister. The society will receive the information on it. I can say anything now,”- he said. 

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