Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili meets Oliver Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 16 November 2022 12:17

The dynamic of implementation of the European Union’s recommendations and Georgia’s significant progress toward European integration were the main topics discussed at the meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and Oliver Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement.

At the meeting held as part of Oliver Várhelyi’s visit to Georgia, it was pointed out that the year 2022 has seen an abundance of bilateral visits, which reiterates the high level of political dialogue between the EU and Georgia.
According to Irakli Garibashvili, the authorities are ready to fulfill assumed responsibilities in order to achieve rapid progress on the path to EU membership, and a number of important steps have already been taken in this direction.
As the Head of Government emphasized, it is important that the process of the Associated Trio member countries’ accession to the EU enjoys firm support from EU institutions.
The conversation also touched on the security environment in the region and worldwide. It was noted that Georgia is the EU’s reliable partner and ally in the region.
The key directions on the agenda of Georgia-EU cooperation and reforms implemented under the Association Agreement were discussed at the meeting.
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Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia and Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Inaugurate a New Motorway Bridge on the Debeda River at the Sovereign Border of Georgia and Armenia

Published in Economics
Monday, 22 August 2022 11:19

Friendship between our countries is measured by centuries-long history. Our relations are not only a role model of brotherhood and friendship, but a significant pre-condition of the welfare, stability, safety and development of the entire region.  This jointly-built Friendship Bridge is a symbol of our successful cooperation and friendship. It was announced by Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia when delivering his key-note speech at the inauguration of a new motorway bridge today.

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia inaugurated the new motorway bridge together with Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia.
The Head of Government of Georgia noted that a 160 meter-long bridge with 4 lanes is a unique project for the region.
“Let me greet you all, my dear guests! I greet and welcome my friend and friend of our country – Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia. I am delighted to host him in Georgia. We all know it well that friendship in our countries is measured by centuries-long history. Our relations are not only a role model of brotherhood and friendship, but a significant pre-condition of the welfare, stability, safety and development of the entire region.  This jointly-built Friendship Bridge is a symbol of our successful cooperation and friendship. A 160 meter-long bridge with 4 lanes is a unique project for the region, as it is located on the territory of two nations and was jointly built by us with modern standards and parameters. Upon commissioning, it will double the throughput of vehicles at the border. Quality of road safety will be improved for the citizens and visitors of both countries, as well as for the transit vehicles, resulting in the further increased trade and economic relations” noted the Prime Minister of Georgia.
According to him, the bridge will not only be beneficial for the citizens and visitors of Armenia and Georgia, but acquires strategic importance as a significant part of the international East-West Highway (EWH).
The Head of Government of Georgia expressed his gratitude to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for allocating over 7 million Euros for the construction of the bridge.
“I wish to note that the bridge will not only benefit the citizens and visitors of Armenia and Georgia, but will also acquire strategic importance as a significant part of the East-West Highway (EWH). Development of the road corridor in our country is progressing at a high speed today. We have already built part of the EWH, while all the other fragments will be completed in mere 2 years. Of course, performance of customs check-points with a bridge of modern standards becomes even more vital within the context of such wide-scale projects. I wish to once again note that support of the EBRD was most vital in the cooperation of two friendly nations. I wish to express my gratitude to the Representative of the Bank. Almost over 7 million Euros were allocated for the implementation of this project. Also, I wish to personally thank the EBRD Management, construction and supervision companies, government agencies and professional teams of both countries, authors of the blueprints, engineers, constructors and everyone engaged in the implementation of this vital project. It may be said, Mr. Prime Minister that we built a new bridge of friendship between our countries and are officially celebrating it today. This bridge empowers us, our country and the entire region. That is why, I once again congratulate and thank you all. I wish peace to our countries, while prosperity and progress to our people. Thank you!” concluded the Prime Minister of Georgia.
Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia also addressed the audience gathered at the inauguration of the new motorway bridge today.
He focused on the positive trend in the trade and economic relations between the two countries, thereby noting that connectivity has a pivotal importance in these relations, as it enables the region to be integrated with the global economy. It also serves as a vital link at national, regional and international levels.
“Dear Mr. Prime Minister Garibashvili, Dear colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am glad to welcome all of you at the event on the occasion of the commissioning of this bridge, which marks the close and diversified Armenian-Georgian cooperation.
Undoubtedly, the centuries-old ties between our two fraternal countries, based on common values and historical heritage, need such an important, relevant and up-to-date infrastructure that creates a solid foundation for our further broad cooperation.
I am more than convinced that today there are all the necessary prerequisites for the development and deepening of relations with fraternal Georgia in accordance with the priorities of the foreign policy of the Republic of Armenia.
Dear attendees, considerable growth has been recorded in the Armenian-Georgian trade and economic relations under the conditions of the current most difficult challenges. Today I was pleasantly surprised to see that the trade turnover increased by 97% compared to the same period last year.
Of course, in previous years, in the post-COVID year, the base was not that big, but in any case, this is a very impressive figure, which, I think, is the result of the implementation of joint and consistent work. Against the backdrop of our intense relationship, when we look back and see the numbers to witness such positive trends, it certainly motivates us to try and make our intense relationship even more extensive.
The Armenian-Georgian trade and economic relations have even greater potential and this is what I mean: we must be able to use this potential through our work. There are serious opportunities for deepening cooperation in industry, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, ICT, transport, energy, tourism and other areas. Obviously, communication channels are of key importance for the development of trade and economic relations, which make it possible to integrate into the world economy, establish and maintain vital ties at the national, regional and international levels.
The priority of the transport sector in the framework of our bilateral cooperation and interaction within a number of international transport structures allow us to take real steps not only along the Persian Gulf-Black Sea international transport corridor, but also on other initiatives that provide a key link in the transport sector. I hope that the involvement of those who have already shown interest and other interested parties will contribute to regional long-term cooperation through more active work, coordination and implementation of the agreements reached.
I must note with satisfaction that regular passenger transportation between Armenia and Georgia is carried out both by land and by air. With regard to cargo transportation, additional efforts and continuous joint work are needed to ensure their easier movement. In this context, I also want to emphasize the importance of railway transport cooperation and the expansion of multimodal, in particular, ferry transportation” noted Nikol Pashinyan.
According to him, Georgia as a transit country has a vital importance for the reliable and safe supply of energy resources, communication and ICT to Armenia.
“Georgia, as a transit country for Armenia, is of great importance in terms of reliable and secure supply in terms of energy resources, communications and telecommunications. We have extensive experience in effective cooperation in the energy sector. Relevant departments and structures should carry out daily and consistent work in the direction of both the noted areas and in terms of ensuring cybersecurity.
I should note that it is necessary to develop cross-border cooperation between the two countries, which has brought tangible benefits in terms of the implementation of preventive measures, especially during the pandemic.
It is important for our two countries to expand cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian spheres. We must continue to make efforts in the field of tourism by offering joint travel packages for visitors to Armenia and Georgia.
As for interregional and decentralized cooperation between Armenia and Georgia, I should note that it has quite a lot of opportunities for development. It is necessary to consider the possibility of involving international structures in various cross-border cooperation programs.
No less important is the development of further cooperation in the areas of environmental protection, labor and employment, education and science, sports and youth. It is necessary to intensify the organization of joint events, to exchange experience.
Dear Mr Prime Minister, dear colleagues, of course, the implementation of all the above projects requires interdepartmental meetings, active mutual visits and close interpersonal contacts. And from the point of view of ensuring these conditions, it is important to carry out contacts freely and in a simplified manner, which from now on will be facilitated by this structure, this bridge.
In conclusion, I would like to thank all the parties involved, financial, design and construction organizations for the implementation of this infrastructure project, which symbolizes the friendship between the two countries, and for effective work. I am confident that these efforts will give an appropriate positive charge to mutually beneficial cooperation in all possible areas and to our bilateral fraternal ties.
I wish all of us further success and new achievements for the benefit of the progress of our nations and the well-being of our people. Thank you and congratulations” concluded the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia.

A new bridge, which is already branded as a Friendship Bridge, was built on the Debeda river by the Sadakhlo-Bagratashen Customs Check-Point at the sovereign border of Georgia and Armenia. It was financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with 7.4 million Euros in total and jointly built by the two countries. It is a unique cross-border project for the region, as one part of it is located on the territory of Georgia, while the other part – on the territory of the Republic of Armenia.

New bridge of modern standards and parameters will improve the quality of road safety upon its commissioning and will benefit citizens and visitors of both countries, as well as the transit transportation of cargo. In contrast with the old one, the new bridge will double the throughput, resulting in the significant increase of cargo and travelers between and through the two neighbouring nations. It will also facilitate a further advancement of trade and economic relations.
Event was attended by representatives of the executive authorities from Georgia and the Republic of Armenia, along with the diplomatic corps accredited in the country.
 
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Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia Pays Tribute to the Helicopter Accident Victim Pilots, Emergency Rescue Squad and Medical Doctors at a Public Funeral Ceremony

Published in Society
Wednesday, 03 August 2022 17:43

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia accompanied by his graceful spouse – Nunuka Tamazashvili – paid tribute to victims of a helicopter accident at a Public Funeral Ceremony today, as pilots of MIA Border Protection Police, emergency rescue squad and medical doctors were killed in a devastating crash occurring in a high terrain region of the country.

The Head of Government of Georgia paid homage to the memory of victims and expressed his condolences to their mourning families at the Trinity Cathedral.
A memorial service for the souls of the fallen was performed by the Patriarchal Locum Tenens Metropolitan Shio Mujiri of Senaki and Chkhorotsku along with the cathedral priests.
Prime Minister of Georgia was accompanied to the Trinity Cathedral by Mme Salome Zourabichvili, President of Georgia; MP Shalva Papuashvili, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia; Kakha Kaladze, Mayor of Tbilisi and officials from the executive, legislative and local authorities of the country.
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Prime Minister of Georgia Meets Karen Donfried, Assistant US Secretary of State for European and Eurasian AffairsPrint Version

Published in Politics
Monday, 20 June 2022 12:35

Solid support of the USA towards Georgia, strategic partnership between the two nations and integration into the European and Euro-Atlantic structures were among the key topics of discussion by and between Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia and Karen Donfried, Assistant US Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs today.

The Head of Government of Georgia noted that the visit of the senior US official is yet another clear message about the unwavering support of the USA towards Georgia, which is profoundly appreciated. According to him, Georgia remains to be the most reliable and loyal ally of the USA both in the region and beyond.

Focus was made at the meeting on the significance of greater intensity of US-Georgia strategic partnership, inter alia including the further activation of a high-level political dialogue between the two countries, as well as in defense and security, trade, commerce and investments.

Steadfast and firm support of the USA towards the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia was reiterated at the meeting with the Prime Minister of Georgia, along with the encouraged European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

According to the Head of Government of Georgia, the craving of the government and people of Georgia is unwavering towards integration with European and Euro-Atlantic structures.

At the same time, dignitaries discussed the military activities currently witnessed in Ukraine.

Discussions were related to the situation existing in the region and the significant role played by Georgia in ensuring peace and stability in the region.

Meeting held at the Government Administration was attended by H.E. Kelly C. Degnan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the USA to Georgia; Ilia Darchiashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia; Revaz Javelidze, Head of Government Administration.

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Prime Minister Accompanied by Delegation of Georgia Pays Tribute to the Memory of Holocaust Victims during His Visit to Israel

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 31 May 2022 10:33

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia paid tribute to the memory of Holocaust victims today.

The Head of Government of Georgia visited Yad Vashem together with delegation members during his visit to the State of Israel today.

Irakli Garibashvili had a tour around the museum, laid wreath of garland at the memorial of the victims of Holocaust and made an entry to the Memorial Book.

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​The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia is participating in the Ministerial Meeting of the Council of Europe

Published in Politics
Friday, 20 May 2022 11:59

On 19 and 20 May, the Minister of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili will participate in the 132nd Ministerial Meeting of the Council of Europe. According to the administration of the MFA of Georgia
The Georgian Foreign Minister will address the participants of the session within the framework of the Ministerial. Ilia Darchiashvili will hold meetings with the foreign ministers of the member states of the organization, as well as with the high-ranking officials of the Council of Europe.
The 132nd Ministerial Meeting of the Council of Europe, chaired by the Italian Republic, is hosted by Turin.

Prime Minister of Georgia Meets Derek H. Chollet, Foreign Policy Adviser to the United States Secretary of State

Published in Politics
Thursday, 19 May 2022 16:40

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met Derek H. Chollet, Foreign Policy Adviser to the United States Secretary of State today.

The Head of Government of Georgia thanked the US official for his visit to Georgia, thereby noting that it is yet another clear manifestation of US support to the country.

Dignitaries discussed the strategic partnership and prospects of future cooperation between the two nations. It was noted that within the partnership spanning for 30 years already, Georgia is a good example of a country empowered with unwavering support of the USA and assistance rendered to the democratic institutions of the country, capacity building in the defense and economic development.

Dignitaries reviewed the grave situation witnessed in the occupied territories of Georgia. US official clearly reiterated the unwavering support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.

Also, discussion was related to the issues of regional security. Attention was paid at the meeting to the military activities currently witnessed in Ukraine. It was noted that Georgia continues to support Ukraine both at the political level - inter alia within the international formats, as well as humanitarian aid. So far over 500 tons of humanitarian cargo has been sent to Ukraine and support towards the war-affected people currently living in Georgia continues to this day.

Significance and strengthening of democratic institutions on the path of European and Euro-Atlantic integration was highlighted at the meeting. It was noted that authorities of the country assign special importance to US cooperation within this process.

Meeting held at the Government Administration was attended by H.E. Kelly C. Degnan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America (USA) to Georgia; Mark Simakovsky, Deputy Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Jason Ham, US Department of Defense Official (Balkans, Caucasus and Black Sea Region) and Florence Akinyemi, Special Adviser to Derek H. Chollet, while the Georgian side included Revaz Javelidze, Head of Government Administration.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili will pay a working visit to Brussels from 16 to 18 May

Published in Politics
Monday, 16 May 2022 10:45

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili will pay a working visit to Brussels from 16 to 18 May. 

According to the administration of the MFA of Georgia, the Georgian Foreign Minister, Ilia Darchiashvili will meet his counterparts from the European Union within the EU Foreign Relations Council sitting.

Discussions will focus on the EU integration agenda, the EU self-assessment questionnaire handed in by the Georgian Government and the security situation in the region.

Prime Minister visits Army City construction site on Mount Makhata, with most of construction work completed

Published in military
Friday, 13 May 2022 16:43

Today, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, accompanied by Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze, visited the Army City construction site on Mount Makhata.
The Head of Government familiarized himself with the details of this project for Georgian service members. The Georgian Government's policy intends all the best for the army, and care for our service members will continue, the Prime Minister emphasized.
The construction of Army City will be finalized in late 2022. The project involves seven 39-story buildings with 1,092 apartments to be constructed on Mount Makhata. Service members will be able to purchase residences on concessional terms with maximally affordable financial obligations. In particular, 50% co-financing will be employed. Instead of a private company, the Defense Ministry's construction film will be engaged, thereby reducing the capital cost significantly. Service members will enjoy 0% in-house financing instead of a bank loan. The estimated cost of residential spaces will be about 200 USD per m2, with service members paying only 100 USD per m2. This unprecedented offer will apply to service members based on preset criteria.
This project will continue, to which end amendments will be made to the Defense Code to allow officers ranked major and above, with master sergeants and sergeants ranked higher, to receive apartments, an unprecedented decision toward recognizing and appreciating the contributions of service members, and a move toward improving their living conditions drastically.

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Prime Minister of Georgia Congratulates Media Outlets and Journalists on the World Press Freedom Day

Published in Society
Tuesday, 03 May 2022 10:18

I wholeheartedly congratulate every media outlet and journalists on the World Press Freedom Day.

Free and independent press based on true values and professionalism is one of the key features defining democracy of any country. Georgian media has gone a long way since regaining independence and endured many challenges, intimidation and pressure.

Provision of an enabling environment for the independent press has been among our prime goals from day one, when our political team came to power. It has been the aim of numerous reforms that we carried out. The Georgian media landscape is nowadays pluralistic and free. Every condition is created for boosting journalism and its further development. Georgia is an undoubted leader of the region by the World Press Freedom Index and it is ahead of a number of EU member states. It is a great merit of the authorities and society, manifesting in a huge gain for the entire country. Our authorities aspire to facilitate a further development of press freedom in the country.

Over and above, I pledge support and wish you every success in your future professional endeavors.

Irakli Garibashvili

Prime Minister of Georgia

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