Defence Minister of Georgia hosted foreign advisors and experts together with his deputies. The representatives from the relevant units of the MoD, National Security Council and State Security and Crises Management Council attended the meeting as well. The working meeting aimed to discuss elaboration of four-year strategy for the MoD improvement. Levan Izoria introduced the foreign guests the basic strategic directions which will be depicted in the conceptual document.
First Deputy Defence Minister Lela Chikovani will lead the working team. The above mentioned document will become the main action document for future improvement of the MoD and Armed Forces.The strategy will completely include cooperation directions with strategic organizations and international partners.
Director of the Crisis Management and Planning Directorate (CMPD) Gabor Iklody visited Ministry of Defence. Deputy Minster Anna Dolidze hosted the visitor. First Deputy Minister of Defence COL Omar Begoidze attended the meeting. Georgia`s engagement in the joint defence and security system of the EU was the key topic of discussions. Gabor Iklody thanked the Georgian side for participation in the EU missions, underlined Georgian Armed Forces` contribution and evaluated Georgia as the important and valuable partner of the EU. Deputy Minster stressed significance of sharing experience from the members of the delegation.
“Georgia wants to be maximally engaged in the activities planned within EU`s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). As you know, Georgia aspires to be an active member of the world security architecture- CSDP is just the important part of it. In this format Georgia is involved in a lot of missions and wants to use all the mechanisms offered by CSDP to reach its ultimate goal and to achieve the EU membership”, said Anna Dolidze.
The delegation members also expressed interest in the departure of the investigation team to the Central African Republic and in the ongoing enquiry. As they underlined, in the given situation the Georgian side behaved appropriately.
Regional security environment, the possible impact of Syrian developments on Georgia and existing challenges were also highlighted during the meeting.
Today, with co-participation of the MoD, CSDP Orientation Course was inaugurated where the public figures from different European countries are taking part.
Three day workshop-Command and Military Education is ongoing under the leadership of German experts. Head of the Human Resources Department and Professional Development Nino Bakradze opened the seminar. The annual workshop is being conducted in the framework of cooperation between ministries of defence of Georgia and Germany.
As part of the seminar, German experts are sharing their own country`s experience with the military and civil representatives of the MoD in the following areas: the rights and obligations of military, military law and discipline, integration of military into the society, the role of the Military Ombudsman in German Bundestag and Military Chaplain institute. The issues of gender equality and human resources management are also discussed.
The workshop opened on February 16 and will finish on February 18. 35 representatives of the MoD are attending the course.
After finishing the course, the workshop participants will receive certificates from the German experts.
At the briefing held at the MOD of Armenia the local media representatives asked the Defence Minister of Georgia the questions about the cooperation with Azerbaijan and Turkey.
“As for Azerbaijan and Turkey, these countries are our strategic partners. Turkey is our NATO neighbor country and obviously, it makes our cooperation even deeper and stronger than any other country in the neighborhood. Georgia is extremely grateful to all the support that we are enjoying from Turkey every time regarding some political level, ministerial or summit. Georgia needs this help and support. Last year when we had the horrible flood in June in Tbilisi, our neighbors were the first countries which came and Turkey was one of them. We are extremely grateful for that” – stated Minister Tinatin Khidasheli at the briefing.
The personnel of Ministry of Defence of Georgia finished the English Language Course. The military and civil personnel of the MoD underwent the course in different levels in 2014-2015.
Deputy Minister of Defence Ana Dolidze and Defence Attaché of the United Kingdom to Georgia LTC Nick Wilkes awarded certificates to the 30 course graduates, congratulated them on finishing the course and wished them success. Director of the British Council to Georgia Zaza Furtseladze attended the event.
Deputy Minister thanked the UK Embassy to Georgia and the British Council for their support and underlined significance of teaching the English language to the military servicemen.
The English language course was organized by the UK Embassy, financed by the UK Ministry of Defence and implemented by the British Council. The similar courses are conducted for the MoD representatives on a regular basis and will continue in future as well.
Minister’s Christmas Tree celebration for the children of Georgian MoD employees was held at Defence Ministry on behalf of Minister Tinatin Khidasheli. Defence Minister, Chief of General Staff and their deputies attended the celebration with their children.
Actors of entertainment center “Happy Lounge”, as well as clowns, acrobats and magicians tried to create New Year spirit for children. Nodar Dumbadze Youth Theatre performed "Little Red Riding Hood".
Following the performance, Defence Minister Tinatin Khidasheli and Chief of General Staff, Major General Vakhtang Kapanadze wished them a Marry Christmas and a Happy New Year and handed them over the presents.
“We have decided to hold an event for the children of our civilian and military employees. We wanted to decorate Christmas Tree together with children and then attend a performance. As it got dark we lit up the Christmas Tree. It is too little we are able to do for those people who serve Georgia for 24 hours. We tried to present a pleasant day one another”, outlined Tinatin Khidasheli at the end of the celebration.
The event came to an end with lighting up Christmas Tree in the MoD yard accompanied by Christmas songs performed by military orchestra. Santa Claus and fairy tales characters created New Year spirit for children around the Christmas Tree.
Defence Minister of Georgia Tinatin Khidasheli met with the parliamentary delegation of Ukraine. Chairman of Foreign Relations Committee of the Georgia Parliament, Tedo Japaridze attended the meeting as well.
Sharing experience of the reforms carried out in the Georgian defence sphere was one of the main issues at the meeting with the head of the delegation - Chairman of Euro Integration Committee of the Ukrainian Parliament, Ivana Klimpush-Tsintsadze. As she stated, the Defence Ministry of Ukraine plans to carry out reforms and sharing experience from the Georgian side is very useful for Ukraine.
Defence Minister Tinatin Khidasheli offered the Ukrainian side the cooperation in JTEC. Rehabilitation of the Ukrainian military at Tserovani Rehabilitation Center was also discussed at the meeting. The Ukrainian guests thanked Georgia for this opportunity. As Defence Minister outlined, Georgia will offer the Ukraine the rehabilitation course for their military in the future as well.
The Parliamentary Delegation of Ukraine represents Georgia’s friendly group in the Ukrainian Rada.
Military personnel who had returned from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan went through a psychological examination. Psychological monitoring is carried out by the Department of Psychological Selection and Monitoring under the project – Shoulder to Shoulder.
Psychological monitoring of the Combined Company of the 31st Battalion of the III Infantry Brigade who performed the RS mission in Afghanistan took place on Adlia military base located in Batumi. Screening was implemented by the approved protocol in the United States of America. The aim of the process is to reveal the post-trauma stress and assist military personnel in solving the problems.
One of the directions of Substantial NATO-Georgia Package is to establish Defence Institution Building School (DIB School). The first meeting in round table format was held at General Staff to discuss the issue of establishing DIP School under SNGP. Deputy Defence Minister Ana Dolidze, Advisor to Defence Minister Shota Gvineria, First Deputy Chief of General Staff, Colonel Omar Begoidze, NATO Core Team and DIB School project managers familiarized the representatives from security sector with the implementation process of the project.
Ana Dolidze spoke about the project and emphasized the importance of DIB School for partner countries: “DIB School is a part of SNGP Georgia gained at NATO Summit in Wales. Implementation of the project will promote Georgia to become one of the leader countries to export the reforms made in defence and security sphere. We have quite a large experience in how to improve policy and service in defence and security fields. DIP School will serve to develop knowledge and share it to our partner countries in the region. This institution will be a link for relation to NATO in Georgia and exporter of this relation to partner countries to which the Alliance doesn’t have as close relation as with Georgia.”
At the meeting Advisor to Minister Shota Gvineria highlighted the SNGP implementation process. Project managers of DIB School from Georgia and NATO sides – Tea Nikolashvili and Andreas Glodde informed the invited guests the tasks, missions, priorities and concept of the project. The representatives from security sector will propose the project DIB School managers their visions and recommendations in the nearest future which will be implied in the establishing process of the school.
Deputy Leader of NATO Core Team Yash Holbrook evaluated the first discussion on DIB School positively. “Today’s meeting was a very good first step, I think, in bringing together many security agencies to discuss very important aspects of Defence Institution Building School under the Substantial NATO-Georgia Substantial Package. As a first step it was instructively because it held first time where the security agencies heard about the concept that was being developed within SNGP. We were very eager to hear the feedback. I think it is a very good start. So first start means there will be more meetings even more productive because there is obviously a lot of interest among the interagency security players. So I am looking forward to seeing how it goes. Great start!,” stated Yash Holbrook at the end of the meeting.
Officer of General Staff of the Georgian Armed Forces, Colonel Nikoloz Janjgava delivered a public lecture on “New Challenges of International Security – From Caliphate to Islamic State” to the juveniles gathered at National Library of Georgian Parliament.
Colonel Nikoloz Janjgava talked about the “Islamic State” and its interests. The lecture was followed by an interesting discussion. The juveniles were interested in possibilities how to prevent terrorism threats and how terrorist organizations manage to gain weapons of mass destruction. The question on terrorism asked by a school boy was paid great attention. Colonel Nikoloz Janjgava outlined that delivering public lectures is a good chance to find out such juveniles. “At today’s lecture we spoke about the threats from the Islamic world, the type of fight in the Middle East, Georgia’s role in this fight and the problems the Islamic State will face in the nearest future”, stated Colonel Janjgava.
At the end of the lecture Deputy Defence Minister Ana Dolidze addressed the audience and emphasized the MoD policy relating to public lectures.
“We not only contribute the knowledge but create it as well. We have real potential at the Ministry to create knowledge and improve standards of education. We have to equate Europe and NATO member countries in the level of education. Colonel Janjgava’s lecture was held within this new vision following by an interesting discussion how Georgia’s future will be in new geopolitical space”, outlined Ana Dolidze.