Prime Minister of Georgia held a meeting with the Minister of Defence of the French Republic Jean-Yves Le Drian.
The meeting commenced with recalling the tragic events of September 11. The parties discussed importance of combating terrorism, international security issues as well as international security issues and the contribution of Georgian military contingent in the European Union peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic.
The parties of the meeting discussed main aspects of bilateral partnership. The conversation touched upon the cooperation perspectives in the defence area and the importance of the exchange programs in the area of military education.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili thanked Minister of Defence of France for his visit to Georgia and expressed hope that he will support further development of the bilateral relations etween the countries.
"I am glad that your first visit to Georgia has taken place during the celebration of the 10-year anniversary of establishing the Mountain Training School of Sachkhere. French side has greatly contributed to setting up of this institution. We consider your visit as a clear indication of the solid support of France to Georgia as well as the message of the existing partnership between the countries," - Giorgi Kvirikashvili noted at the meeting.
Minister of Defence of Georgia Levan Izoria and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikheil Janelidze attended the meeting held at the Administration of the Government of Georgia.
As a part of his official visit to Armenia, Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili conducted a meeting with the President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan. In the beginning of the conversation the President of Armenia emphasized the importance of the visit of the Prime Minister. Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Serzh Sargsyan discussed the multi-centurial ties between Armenia and Georgia and expressed readiness to foster deepening cooperation in various fields.
During the face-to-face meeting the Prime Minister of Georgia and the President of Armenia discussed partnership of trade and economic, transportation and humanitarian and cultural fields. It was hoped that economic and trade potential will be fully utilized. Particular attention was paid to the cooperation in the areas, including communication, tourism and agriculture.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Serzh Sargsyan discussed security issues and declared that for the purpose of rapid and uninterrupted implementation of the economic projects, regional security has great significance.
After the face-to-face meeting President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan hosted Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili at the official dinner.
I would like to listen to you and hear recommendations from persons with relevant experience and see what shall be done to alleviate activities of SMEs, - Prime Minister addressed Georgian businessmen.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili conducted a meeting with the representatives of SMEs. In the beginning of the meeting he presented the Government's 4-point reform plan and noted that the Government has a specific plan of rapid development of the country that may lead to a major breakthrough in the economy of Georgia.
"We believe that 4-point reform plan of the Government may bring qualitative changes in the development of the country. Focusing on selected directions will enable us to introduce some serious qualitative changes in development of the country. This includes program of accelerating economic growth. Parliament has already approved the package of amendments that envisage abolition of corporate income tax in the country. Only distributed income will be taxable. The package also provides for abolition of seizing of bank accounts without relevant court orders and even this will be possible only in cases of urgent need. We are working on additional amendments, including on regulation of the term of inspection of the companies and usage of pretrial detention for economic crimes only extraordinary situations," - Giorgi Kvirikashvili noted.
According to him, element of funding of startups is a component of economic growth direction that will continue not only in the area of innovations, but in the area of startups as well. According to the Prime Minister, the Government is also working on the pension reform.
"Next year we will be ready to launch cumulative pension schemes. Unfortunately, we have lost quite some time after regaining of independence. During the last two years we have put some great efforts to develop model with reference to the world standards and now we are working on legislative amendments necessary to implement pension system," - Prime Minister noted.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili elaborated on fundamental reform of the education system. According to him, implementation of German dual system has already started in the field of professional education, which implies retraining of students and middle-aged persons with the participation of the private area. This will have a direct impact on the level of unemployment. Head of the Government also touched upon the governance reform that provides for creation of unified state service system.
"This system will be based on the principle of one-stop-shop. In a few days we will have the presentation of the plan of "Business House", which will unite services provided by various ministries. We have also set up an Investment Council and it will be a welcoming fact if at least one representative of small business is engaged in the work of the said council to avoid negative surprises," - Prime Minister indicated.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili put an emphasis on spatial development of the country and elaborated on infrastructural programs the Government plans to implement within the next 4 years.
"Within the timeframe of the next 4 years we plan to finalize construction of the East-West highway from Sarpi to the Red Bridge (Tsiteli Khidi) and Sadakhlo. We will also construct highway from Tbilisi to Lagodekhi that will connect us with Azerbaijan," - Giorgi Kvirikashvili explained.
Prime Minister put an emphasis on construction of Mtskheta-Larsi road and noted that partnership will be essential to ensure that the highway leads to Vladikavkaz. According to him, construction of the road from Kutaisi to Svaneti through Tsageri and Lentekhi, and with assistance of tunnels is planned.
"Construction of the bypass road from Lentekhi to Mestia through Ushguli will be launched in the near future, however, this road will be not enough for the development of Tetnuldi resort. Hence, it is essential to build tunnels. We also consider building of the road from Kutaisi to the South Georgia in 4 years. Drafting of project has already been launched. It will be essential to make Kutaisi a national hub," - head of the Government noted.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili outlined importance of the involvement of the private sector in the process of implementation of the plan of the country's rapid development. Head of the Government responded to the questions of the representatives of SMEs and listened specific ideas about ways of amelioration of the business environment and production processes.
Meeting with the Prime Minister held at the Austrian warehouse Gebruder Weiss was attended by around 100 representatives of SMEs.
In the General Prosecutor’s office was held a meeting between the General Prosecutor Irakli Shotadze and chairman of the constitutional court Giorgi Papuashvili. Giorgi Papuashvili presented the General Prosecutor with information regarding the latter’s public announcements, in his turn Irakli Shotadze spoke with the chairman regarding the ongoing investigation and pointed out that all necessary actions and measures will be utilized in the criminal case so that objective justice may be achieved and the two with the above mentioned aim agreed on coordinated cooperation.
We would like to remind our society that in the investigative part of our General Prosecutor’s office an investigation is ongoing regaring the execution of of case revision in the constitutional court in relation to facts of illegal intervention into court business also regarding facts of illegal obtainment and possible utilization of private life secrets in accordance with article 364 part II and article 1571 part I.
The Speaker, Mr. David Usupashvili held the meeting with the EU Ambassador to Georgia, Mr. Janos Herman to discuss visa liberalization, pre-electoral environ, regional security and EU ongoing events.
Speaking about visa liberalization, Mr. Herman gave the positive estimation to Georgia in implementation of assumed obligations and noted that the process will soon come to the logical end. The parties discussed pre-electoral environ and the Parliamentary Elections in October.
As Mr. Herman stated, it is important to hold pre-election processes in democratic manner to ensure peaceful electoral environ. The parties also touched upon Georgia-EU relations and future cooperation.
The Speaker hoped that the political parties in the new Parliament will actively continue cooperation on EU integration with European structures.
Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili conducted a meeting with the President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The meeting took place within the frames of the Prime Minister's visit to Turkey at the Presidential Palace.
The parties discussed main aspects of the economic relations between Georgia and Turkey. The conversation also touched upon the importance of the high-level Strategic Cooperation Council and the need for timely implementation of the agreements concluded within the frames of visit.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan thanked Prime Minister of Georgia for the solid support demonstrated to Turkey and commended fruitful termination of the visit.
Head of the Government of Georgia reasserted his strong support to the people of Turkey and expressed his belief that stable and democratic Turkey is an important guarantee of regional safety.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili thanked President of Turkey for supporting Georgia at the Warsaw Summit.
It was noted that today's visit of the Prime Minister of Georgia will reinforce cooperative relations between the countries.
The Speaker, Mr. David Usupashvili, within the Conference “Georgia’s European Way” being held in Batumi, held the meeting with the second President of the National Council of Austria, Mr. Karlheinz Kopf.
The parties discussed bilateral relations and noted that the Austrian Embassy will open in Georgia in the nearest future facilitating to enhancement of friendly relations.
Mr. Kopf asked about EUAA implementation, upcoming Parliamentary elections and current political situation in the country, as well as NATO integration of Georgia, threats in the region and economic challenges, as well as relations with Russia and actions by Russia. Mr. Kopf introduced the Ambassador of Austria to Georgia to be appointed in Austrian Embassy in Georgia.
Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili conducted a meeting with the former European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, member of European Commission Günter Verheugen. Main discussion topics were economic development perspectives and developments in the occupied territories of Georgia.
Prime Minister introduced ongoing and planned economic reform agenda to Günter Verheugen and discussed the 4-point reform plan of the Government.
The conversation touched upon Georgia's European integration and progress attained in the process of visa liberalization. According to Günter Verheugen, Georgia has implemented crucial reforms in this area and relevant conditions for the EU to take the final step have been creating. He also hoped that in the near future citizens of Georgia will be able to travel to the EU without having to obtain visa.
Parties also discussed the global challenges as well as conditions in the occupied territories of Georgia. Giorgi Kvirikashvili thanked Günter Verheugen for supporting territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia and his personal contribution in the process of Georgia's European integration.
On the level of NATO-Georgia Commission the meeting of foreign ministers will be held in Warsaw – this statement was made by the Foreign Minister of Georgia Mikheil Janelidze said in Warsaw today.
“This is the first time of the meeting of foreign ministers on the level of NATO-Georgia Commission. We expect to discuss all the important issues of NATO-Georgia relations and Euro-Atlantic Integration process. We will discuss the progress we made,’- Mikheil Janelidze said.
"I am glad to be visiting Georgia prior to the NATO Warsaw Summit, since I am well aware that joining the Alliance is one of your top priorities. We recognize the importance of the reforms that you have embraced," - with these words the US Department of State John Kerry started the meeting with Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.
Pursuant to John Kerry, the US Government prides itself on its contribution to the development of Georgia and recognizes challenges faced by the country.
"We are proud to be contributing to the process of defining the future of your country. Currently the US contribution is 4.5 billion USD. Our tireless work in the security area that represents one of the important components of strategic partnership," - US Secretary of State indicated.
Main aspects of US-Georgia strategic partnership were discussed during the meeting. The outcomes of 25 years of bilateral partnership as well as perspectives of deepening partnership were highlighted. It was hoped that the agenda of US-Georgia Strategic Partnership Charter would further reinforce development of relations.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili and John Kerry discussed Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration processes and indicated progress achieved in this regard. According to the Prime Minister, during the Warsaw NATO Summit, Georgia expects recognition of progress attained in view of its North Atlantic integration.
Reforms embraced in view of strengthening of democratic values and promoting economic development in Georgia were discussed. Importance of the US involvement in the reform process was highlighted.
The conversation also touched upon the Parliamentary elections scheduled in October 2016 as well as need of ensuring free, transparent and peaceful environment.
Prime Minister thanked John Kerry once again for his visit to Georgia and assessed this trip as a gesture of unwavering support of the US to Georgia and partnership between the countries.