David Zalkaliani has met Ambassador John Herbst, Director of the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 21 March 2017 14:59
Georgian First Deputy Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani met Ambassador John Herbst, Director of the Atlantic Council's Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center. The sides discussed the bilateral strategic relations between Georgia and the U.S. emphasizing that the ongoing co-operation is at its highest level to which attests the busy bilateral agenda and interactions within the framework of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission. David Zalkaliani briefed Ambassador John Herbst on the first contacts Georgia has established with the new U.S. administration. The sides also took note of the Georgian Foreign Minister’s ongoing visit to the U.S. paying special attention to the messages issued by representatives of the new U.S. administration in support for Georgia. The sides also spoke about the security situation in Georgia as well as in the region as a whole. David Zalkaliani provided the guest with detailed information on the security situation in Georgia’s occupied territories. Discussions focused on Georgia’s intense relations with the Atlantic Council as one of the leading research organizations of the U.S. The sides agreed to further continue this successful co-operation.

BP and Georgian National Paralympic Committee extend partnership through to 2020

Published in Sport
Monday, 06 March 2017 10:26
BP in Georgia today announced that it has extended its partnership with the Georgian National Paralympic Committee (GNPC) and the Georgian Paralympic athlete ambassadors through to the end of 2020. The extension of the partnership was made official during the signing ceremony with BP General Manager in Georgia, Mr. Chris Schlueter and President of the Georgian National Paralympic Committee Mr. Shalva Maisuradze at the Parasports Development Center. BP has extended its official partnership with the GNPC beyond the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games until the completion of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Within the renewed partnership agreement BP will continue to support the Georgian National Paralympic committee and BP’s three athlete ambassadors - Zviad Gogochuri, winner of the gold medal in Blind Judo at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games; Nika Tvauri, swimmer and Irma Khetsuriani, wheelchair fencer – to help promote Paralympic movement in Georgia and prepare for the major Paralympic event to be hosted by Tokyo in 2020. Chris Schlueter, General Manager for BP in Georgia said: ‘Great energy and success of our world-class Paralympic athletes is an inspiration for me, my colleagues at BP and Georgian society. BP is privileged to be the first official partner of the GNPC since the 2011. We are happy our partnership has contributed to the development of the Paralympic movement in the country. We continue our partnership with the Georgian National Paralympic Committee and our athlete ambassadors to build on the success Georgia’s Paralympic team achieved on the international arena at the Paralympic games in Rio. ‘ Shalva Maisuradze, President of the GNPC said: ‘For the Georgian Paralympic Committee it is very important to be supported by the strong company like BP in Georgia. BP was the first official partner of GNPC and we are delighted that we continued this partnership until 2020. This will help Paralympic movement develop at a pace in Georgia. BP’s athlete ambassador program is equally important and unprecedented in its right supporting Para athletes. We believe this partnership will serve as a role model and other companies will also express a desire to become a partner of the Georgian Paralympic Committee. To our satisfaction we are already working with the VTB bank in this direction. They were the first to support winter Para sport development in Georgia. Under this sponsorship 2 Para athletes and 2 coaches attended theoretical and practical courses in alpine skiing and cross country skiing at the ski resort in Poland. VTB has already supported purchase of 2 wheelchairs for wheelchair skiing. Notes to editors: BP in Georgia is an official partner of the Paralympic committee and official partner of the Paralympic athletes since 2011. BP in partnership with GNPC has supported Georgian Paralympic team with the development and preparation for the Paralympic games in London and Rio. BP is also an international partner of the International Paralympic Committee, the governing body of the Paralympic movement. BP first came to Georgia in 1996. Together with our business partners, BP has been operating major oil and gas pipelines in Georgia for more than 20 years. BP’s activities in Georgia feature three major energy projects, in which we are the lead investor and operator: The Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline, Western Route Export Pipeline (WREP) and The South Caucasus gas Pipeline (SCP) and ongoing expansion activities. BP invested more than $3 billion into energy business and social projects in Georgia and beyond including the jobs we create and the taxes we pay. Major part of our contribution to Georgia is in providing gas from SCP for domestic use, which provides great value to the country and additional gas volumes when the new SCP Expansion (SCPX) project facilities come on stream. Today more than 3800 Georgian citizens are employed on SCPX project in Georgia. We employee 500 people within our operations in Georgia and generate business for local suppliers and contractors. Over the past years, we have contributed to a wide range of projects in Georgia which have sought to help local communities, promote business development, support education and protect Georgia’s cultural and natural environment.

Georgia: rural development through cooperatives development

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Monday, 07 November 2016 17:32
The EU-funded European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) is to organise an Interagency Conference on 8-9 November in Georgian city Kutaisi to discuss lessons learned, methodologies, key findings and the experience of EU assistance in regional development.
The conference will bring together ENPARD actors in Georgia, as well as representatives of government and non-governmental organisations to discuss the development and progress of the Cooperative Development Component in reducing rural poverty in Georgia through support to rural development and agriculture.
Launched in 2012, the EU-funded ENPARD programme aims to boost the production of food and to reduce rural poverty in Georgia. Besides its grants component, the programme also provides direct budget support to the Georgian government for the implementation of its agriculture sector strategy, and brings expertise and know-how to the authorities. 

Georgia: EU Support to the Georgian Bar Association - updated entrance examination software

Published in World
Friday, 03 June 2016 20:44

An updated version of the professional entrance examination was launched yesterday at the Georgian Bar Association, following support from a joint EU/Council of Europe (CoE) project aimed at assisting the association in assessing and modernising the exams that select lawyers wanting to enter the profession. The examination sessions will be carried out in 3 sessions and will be adjourned on 9 June 2016, the EU/CoE Programmatic Cooperation Framework press release said.

The joint EU/CoE PCF aims to provide extensive and substantial expertise on strengthening the capacity of institutions in the six Eastern Partnership countries to implement domestic reforms and bring them closer to Council of Europe and European Union standards in the fields of human rights, democracy and the rule of law, and improve the lives of citizens. The EU’s contribution to the PCF is EUR 30 million. (EU Neighbourhood Info)

SES Strongly Advocates and Supports Future 5G Deployment in Europe

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016 14:51

SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today during the GSMA Mobile World Congress that it is fully committed to the swift deployment of the 5th generation mobile networks called “5G”. As a founding member of the 5G-PPP (Public Private Partnership), SES actively took part in the 5G PPP whitepaper entitled “5G Empowering Vertical Industries”. The whitepaper presents 5G networks as a key enabler for a broad range of industries, especially the automotive, transportation, healthcare, energy, manufacturing and media and entertainment sectors.
SES actively promotes satellite as an essential building block for a global, profitable and inclusive 5G deployment. In order to cope with the tremendous growth of data demand, including 5G requirements, a combination of terrestrial and satellite wireless technologies is needed. Satellites play a key role in allowing the seamless extension of 5G services, by providing connectivity on the sea, in the air and to remote land areas.
“5G must be a seamless integration of different network technologies,” said Karim Michel Sabbagh, President and CEO of SES. “No single technology will be able to cope with the data challenges that networks are facing. Only a smart combination of infrastructure will be able to meet the constantly growing demand. Satellite plays a significant role in video broadcasting, trunking, backhauling and communications on the move, and also in complementing terrestrial broadband. Thanks to the combination of our GEO satellites and O3b’s MEO satellites, which provides wide coverage and low latency, SES is able to deliver high bandwidth to users. This will be an essential advantage for the 5G networks.”

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Eastern Partnership Parliamentarians to meet in Tbilisi to discuss Human Rights

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 15 September 2015 11:11

On 21-22 September, members of parliaments from five Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries will take part in a seminar to discuss the role of national parliaments in implementing the standards of the European Convention on Human Rights. The seminar is organised as part of the EU-Council of Europe (CoE) cooperation framework for the EaP.

Parliamentarians from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, as well as from other Council of Europe member states will discuss with independent experts and specialists in this field the compatibility of draft laws with the European Convention on Human Rights and the role of parliaments in the effective execution of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.

This first regional seminar will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia and is organised by the CoE's Parliamentary Assembly

Georgian Parliament to host Open Government Partnership’s Legislative Openness Working Group Conference

Published in Politics
Monday, 14 September 2015 14:49

The OGP LOWG is to be held on September 14-15. The two-day forum “Openness Obligation: the Parliamentary Action Plans, Standards and Tools” aims at consideration of the progress by the WG in terms of legislative openness, including development of Open Parliament action plans and Open Parliamentary Data International norms and standards establishment aspects.

The conference will be attended by the legislative and executive representatives of various countries, civil society leaders, including the high rank Parliamentary Delegations from Georgia, Albania, Armenia, Croatia, Brazil, Latvia, Lithuania, Jordan, Malta, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine, and participated by up to 70 foreign delegates from up to 20 countries.

The bilateral meetings of the guest delegations are scheduled within the conference. The conference is co-organized by the LOWG. The two-day working meeting is being held within GLOW and is the conclusive event. It is the one-week call on to the civil society and the Parliaments to facilitate to the legislative openness.

The conference is supported by the USAID, GIZ, KohoVolit, EU, UNDP, TI, IDFI and US Embassy.

EU-funded migration project trains officers from Georgia's Migration Department

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 07:40

Eighteen officers from Georgia's Migration Department have received training in the Netherlands from members of the Dutch Migration Department on the topic of efficient management of migrant accommodation centres. The training was conducted under the EU-funded project on Capacity Building of the State in Border and Migration Management, implemented by the IOM.

During the 5-day training, participants discussed issues connected with the medical service at the migrants' temporary accommodation centre, management in crisis situations, as well as matters such as conflict avoidance and increasing good communication between those working and staying in the centre.

The EU has a strategic partnership with the IOM, based on a shared interest in bringing the benefits of well-managed international migration to migrants and society. It also serves as a basis for exchange, development and structuring of the relationship between the EU and IOM. In the Neighbourhood East, common projects include developing effective readmission mechanisms in the South Caucasus and supporting the Eastern Partnership Panel on Migration and Asylum. 

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