Angela Merkel's visit to Georgia points to how high Georgia is on the German political agenda – David ZalkalianiThursday, 23 August 2018 14:00
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Zalkaliani, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's second visit to Georgia in 10 years points to how high Georgia is on the German political agenda.
“It is important that Georgia hosts a visit from such an important EU Member State, against the background of the challenges facing our country today. This visit is yet another proof of support for the Georgian government’s reforms, foreign policy course, European ad Euro-Atlantic integration and peace policy” - the Minister said.
According to David Zalkaliani, during the meetings with Angela Merkel, discussions will focus on bilateral relations, as well as co-operation in multilateral formats.
“It is necessary to ensure that the level of Georgia’s economic co-operation with Germany is in line with cooperative processes in defence and foreign dimensions. The fact that the visit is regional and Georgia is involved in a number of important infrastructural projects currently ongoing in the region once again indicates that Georgia is high on the German political agenda.
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.
The Prime Minister’s visit to the EU is yet another proof of the irreversibility of Georgia’s EU integration pathMonday, 30 July 2018 14:22
“The Prime Minister’s visit to the European Union is yet another proof that Georgia is irreversibly on the path of EU integration that is confirmed by the Prime Minister’s new programme” – Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani said when commenting on the Prime Minister’s visit to Brussels and high-level meetings.
According to David Zalkaliani, during the meetings held at the European Commission, Council of Europe and NATO Headquarters, the European Partners recognized Georgia’s ambitious plans for EU integration and the reforms implemented in the country in this regard.
According to the Minister, discussions during the high-level meetings focused on the road map envisaging greater sectoral integration with the EU and more active involvement in the EU agencies and programmes.
“Chinese government will help the Georgian side to hold various events on the territory of China targeted at promotion of the Georgian products,” – the First Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitry Kumsishvili stated following the meeting with Zhong Shan, the Minister of Commerce and Industry of the People’s Republic of China.
According to the First Vice Prime Minister, the proposal of the Minister of Commerce of the People's Republic of China is unprecedented and it will contribute to the export growth of Georgian products in China.
“Today we have been offered another unprecedented assistance by the Minister of Commerce of China. In order to sell more Georgian products in China and thus increase the export rate from Georgia, the Minister has offered us to conduct a number of events in the territory of China,” – Dimitry Kumsishvili declared.
According to the First Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, special joint groups, which will further promote the Georgian products in China, will enable more Chinese companies to get acquainted with Georgia's opportunities and make necessary investments for our country.
Shanghai Expo was one of the prevailing issues for discussion at this meeting.
Dimitry Kumsishvili expressed his gratitude towards the Minister of Commerce of China for the official invitation of the Government of Georgia to the Shanghai International Exhibition, which will be held in November 2018.
"Within the Shanghai Export International Exhibition, Georgian companies will be able to communicate directly with 150 000 buyers, which will be supported by the Ministry of Commerce of China. This will be an exhibition that our country needs to utilize with full potential. This exhibition allows Georgian companies to export their products to the Chinese market and significantly increase their sales," - Dimitry Kumsishvili noted after the meeting.
In addition, Dimitry Kumsishvili invited the Chinese Minister of Commerce, Zhong Shan to Georgia and offered to hold a business forum in Tbilisi within the framework of Intergovernmental Commission meeting between the two countries this summer.
According to the First Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on Trade-Economic Cooperation between Georgia and China represents an effective leverage for further development of bilateral cooperation.
Dimitry Kumsishvili and Zhong Shan agreed to take effective steps to the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between Georgia and China. As it was noted, both Georgian and Chinese companies should fully benefit from the free trade agreement, for which both sides shall come up with important decisions.
The agreement on which the negotiations have been completed in a short period of seven months has been in force since 2018. It was also noted at the meeting that following the signing and enactment of the Agreement, there is a tendency for the growth of trade turnover between the two countries, however the potential is still huge and it needs to be supported with the favorable directions for both sides, for which the Chinese side will provide assistance to the Georgian producers.
Deputy Ministers of Economy and Sustainable Development, Genadi Arveladze and Giorgi Cherkezishvili, as well as the CEO of the LEPL Georgian Railway, David Peradze and the the Georgia’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Davit Aptsiauri also attended the meeting.
Within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, China will assist Georgia in the development of the so called Middle Corridor or the Transcaucasian International Transport Corridor - it was announced at the meeting of the of the Minister of Transport of the People’s Republic of China, Li Xiaopeng and the First Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitry Kumsishvili.
As it was noted at the meeting, Georgia is actively cooperating with partner countries on the development of the Transcaucasian International Transport Corridor or the so-called Middle Corridor, This is the international route, which provides delivery of the freight from China via land transport since 2015. The through tariff across the route is established as well.
“We asked the central as well as local Government of China to facilitate in promotion of the Transcaucasian International Transport Corridor or the so-called Middle Corridor, which means that we will be able to popularize our capabilities in certain provinces of China,” – Dimitry Kumsishvili stated.
Georgian side confirmed at the meeting the great importance it pays to the political support of the China in terms of the Middle Corridor development in order to make its role and importance within the BRI. Chinese Transport Minister confirmed the readiness to support Georgia in this regard.
“Besides, China will consider financial assistance to Georgia to attract rail containers,” – Chinese Transport Minister, Li Xiaopeng noted at the meeting. Li Xiaopeng confirmed that China is ready to contribute to the so-called Middle Corridor within the frames of the Road and Belt Initiative in order to make it even more occupied.
The statement followed Georgia’s initiative to organize show rooms in order to promote the Middle Corridor. In this regard, it is important to have the financial and organizational support from the local government of the Chinese provinces.
It was confirmed at the meeting that China will provide support for transportation and logistical infrastructure development in Georgia as well as the increase of the freight turnover. The sides discussed bilateral and regional relations and focused on the cooperation within the BRI implementation framework.
Negotiations on the development of the cooperation in the field of motor transport being held between the countries was also covered during the conversation. According to the Chinese Minister, the Chinese delegation will hold meetings in Georgia with the representatives of the Georgian side in June and prepare the proposals for the agreement.
First Vice Prime Minister of Georgia Dimitry Kumsishvili expressed gratefulness to the Chinese Transport Minister for his warm hosting and mutually beneficial decisions. Kumsishvili invited his Chinese counterpart to the International Maritime Forum to be held in Batumi, in September, 2018.
Discussions focused on main aspects of Georgia-EU relations and plans for co-operation in the future. The sides positively appraised the progress Georgia has made in the process of European integration and the reforms implemented in the country. Vakhtang Makharoblishvili thanked Tomáš Pernický for the Czech government’s firm support for Georgia.
The Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister brought to the attention of the Czech Ambassador plans for the elaboration of a road map for European integration reaffirming the Georgian Government’s firm will to use all mechanisms of co-operation with the Government of Georgia, including the Association Agreement and "20 deliverables for 2020".
Highligting the importance of the fifth Eastern Partnership summit held in Brussels, on 24 November and the declaration adopted there, the sides emphasized that 2018 will be an eventful year in terms of Georgia-EU and Georgia-NATO relations.
On closing, Vakhtang Makharoblishvili underlined the excellent relations between Georgia and the Czech Republic adding that 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Georgia and the Czech Republic.
The most unpopular minister is Nodar Khaduri but there are a lot of successful ministers in the power – this statement was made by the Former Prime Minister of Georgia Bidzina Ivanishvili. According to him, this team proved its honesty. The team, as Ivanishvili said, has an experience and works for people. As former Prime Minister stated, the most unpopular minister is Khaduri but he is good Finance Minister.
“The people counted everything he ate but there is no corruption in the ministry. Khaduri should be financed but he has no rates today,”-Bidzina Ivanishvili said.