Georgian Dream names Giorgi Gakharia as candidate for post of Prime Minister

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 03 September 2019 13:29

The ruling Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia Party named Giorgi Gakharia, Minister of Internal Affairs as the candidate for the post of Prime Minister.

Bidzina Ivanishvili, Chairman of Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia Party made the statement after the sitting of the political council and parliamentary majority held at the party’s central office.

Giorgi Gakharia has held the posts of Minister of Internal Affairs and Vice Prime Minister since November 13, 2017. He also serves as Secretary of the National Security Council.

In 2016-2017, Gakharia was the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development. He also held the post of Business Ombudsman in the past.

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze quit the post on September 2. Bakhtadze said that he had completed his mission at this stage.

The renewed cabinet of ministers will require the expression of confidence on part of the Georgian Parliament.

Vakhtang Gomelauri is named as the candidate for post of Minister of Internal Affairs, while Irakli Gharibashvili – as a candidate for post of Defense Minister.

Giorgi Gakharia, the candidate for post of Prime Minister made the statement after the sitting of the political council and parliamentary majority held at Georgian Dream party’s central office.

Levan Izoria, current Defense Minister is presented for post of Secretary of the National Security Council.

Vakhtang Gomelauri currently serves as head of State Security Service. Irakli Gharibashvili is the Political Secretary of Georgian Dream’s Party.

Bidzina Ivanishvili, Chairman of Georgian Dream-Democratic Georgia Party named Giorgi Gakharia, Minister of Internal Affairs as the candidate for post of Prime Minister.

Mamuka Bakhtadze confirms that he resigns as Prime Minister

Published in Politics
Monday, 02 September 2019 14:22

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze resigns.

Mamuka Bakhtadze published a post on his Facebook page: “It was a great honor for me and at the same time a great responsibility to serve as the Prime Minister of Georgia for protecting the interests of our country. I was and will be a member of the Georgian Dream team and the devoted soldier of our country. I would like to thank my predecessors and wish success to the next Prime Minister”.

Under the constitution, the authority of the Prime Minister be terminated as soon as he/she resigns, but the government continues fulfilling its duty until the appointment of a new prime minister.

Mamuka Bakhtadze was approved to the post of Prime Minister by the Parliament of Georgia on June 20, 2018.

From November 13, 2017 till June 20, 2018 Mamuka Bakhtadze served as the Minister of Finance of Georgia. Prior to his appointment as Minister, he held the position of Director-General of the Georgian Railway.

https://1tv.ge/en/news/mamuka-bakhtadze-confirms-that-he-resigns-as-prime-minister/

President of Turkmenistan Holds Meeting with Prime Minister of Republic of Uzbekistan

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 20:30

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has held a meeting with Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov, who arrived in our country to attend the First Caspian Economic Forum in the Avaza National Tourist Zone.

The head of state heartily welcomed the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, thanking him for attending the Caspian Forum. The Turkmen leader emphasized that our country highly treasures the friendly relations with the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The guest passed on warm greetings to the head of Turkmenistan from President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who had expressed confidence that the First Caspian Economic Forum would give powerful impetus to diversified cooperation in the Caspian Sea and the region, and greatly boost investment. As highlighted, Uzbekistan actively supports the large regional and international projects initiated by the Turkmen leader.

Grateful for the kind words, the head of state extended his best wishes to the top leadership and the people of the friendly country. The Turkmen leader pointed out that one of the top priorities of Turkmenistan’s foreign policy is advancing a productive dialogue with its neighboring countries, including Uzbekistan.

Then, the President of Turkmenistan and his guest exchanged their opinions on prospects of the Turkmen-Uzbek cooperation, having said that new possibilities open up today for enhancing the multifaceted dialogue. The parties specifically highlighted that the agreements concluded between President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and President Shavkat Mirziyoyev during the official visit by the head of Uzbekistan to Turkmenistan, are being successfully implemented now.

During the meeting, special emphasis was placed on the importance of the First Caspian Economic Forum. The guest noted that the forum’s outcomes would undoubtedly mark a new stage in terms of strengthening the good-neighborly relations, mutually rewarding and equitable cooperation among the countries in the region.

Having identified the transport sector as a key area of partnership, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan acknowledged the personal contribution of the President of Turkmenistan to developing regional transit-transport infrastructure.

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed his gratitude for supporting the initiatives and stated that in the light of the present-day conditions the transport sector is seen as a strategic area of interstate cooperation. A notable example is the opening of a highway bridge and a railway bridge over the Amudarya River between cities of Turkmenabat and Farab. The Turkmen-Uzbek cooperation in transport facilitates the development of Central Asian countries and neighboring regions and is regarded as the crucial factor for the successful economic integration and partnership in the context of the North-South and East-West transport corridors.

We do not mean only overland routes, the head of state continued, stressing that our country offers Uzbekistan to explore the possibilities of using the modern port infrastructure and facilities on the Caspian coast (Turkmen sector) to access to European and Middle Eastern markets, the Black and Mediterranean Seas. At the same time, the sides confirmed their willingness to closely collaborate on the Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-the Caspian Sea-Southern Caucasus Corridor project.

Economic cooperation was also recognized as a priority area of the bilateral relations. Uzbekistan seeks to promote the long-term partnership, the friendly country’s Prime Minister said, speaking of interaction in the manufacturing sectors, and of closer ties between border regions.

During an exchange of views on topical issues on the regional and global agenda, the two countries confirmed their mutual willingness to advance the dialogue within the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Independent States, the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, and other reputable international organizations.

Closer and more active humanitarian cooperation between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan was a specific topic of discussion. Stressing the need to intensify scientific exchanges and contacts to explore the national historical and cultural heritage, the parties evinced common interest in running international conferences on a regular basis with the participation of scientists and specialists from the two countries.

Ending the meeting, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov expressed confidence that the relations between the two countries would continue to develop successfully.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan

President of Turkmenistan receives Prime Minister of Azerbaijan

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 18:07

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan Novruz Ismayil oglu Mammadov, who arrived in our country, heading a representative delegation to participate in the First Caspian Economic Forum in the Avaza National tourism zone.

Cordially greeting the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, the President of Turkmenistan thanked the distinguished guest for the participation in the Forum.

Expressing gratitude for the hospitality, the Prime Minister conveyed the greetings from President Ilham Aliyev to the Turkmen leader.

The guest emphasized that Azerbaijan demonstrated keen interested in strengthening relations with Turkmenistan. In this regard, Novruz Ismayil oglu Mammadov underlined the exceptional importance of the Caspian Economic Forum held in Avaza on the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan expressed confidence that the current Forum would enrich cooperation between the countries of the Caspian region with new ideas.

Thanking for the kind words, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov conveyed his greetings to the President of Azerbaijan, emphasizing that Turkmenistan highly evaluated the good relations with its closest neighbours and would strengthen a fruitful dialogue between the neighbouring states.

The Turkmen leader and the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan underlined the importance to continue the constructive cooperation in the spheres of trade, economy and culture between the countries of the Caspian region.

As noted during the meeting, the relations between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan gain new content.

Discussing the promising areas of the Turkmen-Azerbaijani partnership, the President of Turkmenistan and his guest emphasized the significant potential for enhancing fruitful cooperation in various fields, including energy, transport and logistics.

The importance of joining efforts in the implementation of projects on the creation of transcontinental transit and transport corridors, providing the optimal routes for the transportation of goods and their integration into the international transport infrastructure was noted.

The President of Turkmenistan and Prime Minister of Azerbaijan expressed satisfaction with the common views on the preservation of the ecological well-being of the Caspian Sea, the productivity of meetings and consultations held by the relevant departments of the Caspian littoral countries on the protection and enhancement of the biological diversity of this unique reservoir. It was emphasized that the Caspian Sea had always been and remained a sea of friendship and consent of the fraternal neighboring peoples.

During the meeting, the President of Turkmenistan and his guest exchanged views on a number of issues of the regional and international politics of mutual interest. In this regard, Novruz Ismayil oglu Mammadov emphasized the importance of international initiatives put forward by the Turkmen leader with the aim to create a new global security architecture, transforming the Central Asia and the Caspian region into the zone of peace and stability.

In conclusion of the meeting, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan expressed confidence in the successful development of bilateral relations.

Prime Minister Hosts European Chess Champions Davit Tatvidze and Kesaria Mgeladze

Published in Sport
Friday, 26 July 2019 11:32

Today, Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze hosted chess champions: 6 year-old Davit Tatvidze and 9 year-old Kesaria Mgeladze, winners of the European Youth Chess Championship in Mamaia, Romania.

Mamuka Bakhtadze congratulated the young chess players and emphasized that all of Georgia is proud of their success.

"Georgia is a homeland of champions and most talented people, as evidenced by the achievements of Kesaria and Dato. Under the educational reforms, we must revive the school tradition of actively engaging children in chess. In a society where chess is popular, human capital and talent are best developed," the Prime Minister said.

The Head of Government singled out the great chess traditions of Kutaisi and Batumi, and thanked the parents and coaches of Kutaisi's own Davit Tatvidze and Batumi-native Kesaria Mgeladze.

The Prime Minister wished the little champions success at the upcoming European Individual Chess Championship to be held in August in Bratislava.


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On Prime Minister’s Instructions, Government to Co-Finance Bank Loan Interest for Existing Small Hotels, and the State to Serve as Guarantor for the Construction of New Ones

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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 12:04

The Government will ensure co-financing on bank loan interests for existing small hotels, and the state will serve as the guarantor for the construction of new ones, Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze told representatives of the Business Association at today's meeting.

According to the Head of Government, tourism is one of the fastest growing sectors in Georgia employing many citizens, and it is the Government's task to protect the economic interests of its citizens. 
To that end, on the Prime Minister's instructions, loan interests will be co-financed for small hotels, and the tourism industry and hospitality will be given priority under the credit guarantee mechanism, to ensure against interruptions in development and new projects for enhancement.

The meeting with the business community also discussed other concrete steps planned by the Government to minimize possible losses for tourism business, including an aggressive marketing campaign seeking to cement the country's image as a safe destination, and further to enhance the competitiveness of Georgia's economy. At the same time, everything will be done to keep traditional markets.

The Prime Minister and the Business Association delegates also discussed other issues equally interesting for business. The participants of the Q/A-format meeting included Georgia's Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava, Finance Minister Ivane Machavariani, the Prime Minister's Advisor for Regional Development Sozar Subari, and Head of the Tourism Administration Mariam Kvrivishvili.

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Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze's Statement

Published in Politics
Monday, 08 July 2019 11:22

What the Georgian society has witnessed today on Rustavi 2 is categorically unacceptable! I profoundly categorize this television message as a provocation and as that of containing the greatest threat against peace and security of Georgia.

I am confident that every citizen and friend of Georgia will isolate themselves from such an adventure. Every sensible person will view this fact as a manifestation of a politically utterly dangerous provocation.

It is a war of provocateurs against their homrland, a dirty and outrageous game putting security of the state and citizens at stake.

PRIME MINISTER OF GEORGIA DISCUSSES PROSPECTS OF INCREASED EXPORT VOLUMES WITH PREMIER OF STATE COUNCIL OF PRC

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Wednesday, 03 July 2019 18:20

Increased export of Georgian output to the People's Republic of China (PRC) and transformation of Georgia into a regional hub has been discussed by Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia and Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the PRC held at a State Residence in Dalian today.

Head of Government of Georgia congratulated his distinguished host with 70th Anniversary since founding of the People's Republic of China and expressed his gratitude for the support demonstrated towards Georgia.

Discussions were focused on the need of full and comprehensive use of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and significance of more investments in Georgia, especially in areas that have a greater export potential.

Within the context of Georgia's transformation into a regional hub, interest of large companies was noted as essential in making investments and opening regional offices in Georgia.

Role of people-to-people relations has been noted as important for further intensifying the bilateral trade and economic links.

Premier of the State Council of PRC confirmed solid support towards the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia, along with the loyalty towards non-recognition policy.

Meeting between the Prime Minister of Georgia and Premier of the State Council of PRC was attended by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Commerce, Science and Technologies of Georgia, Chairman of the State Reforms and Development Commission of China who are directly accountable towards the Premier of the State Council. High-level meeting of this format was first of its kind and in the opinion of the participants manifests the qualitatively advanced level of bilateral relations.

Head of Government of Georgia expressed profound gratitude to the Premier of the State Council of PRC for the invitation to visit Dalian for the World Economic Forum (WEF), which engages only a few country leaders.

Prime Minister of Georgia is scheduled to deliver a speech at the panel discussion of the WEF on Talent-Transforming Technology. Working Visit of the Head of Government of Georgia in Dalian is scheduled to be completed on July 2, 2019.

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Prime Minister’s Meetings with President of the International Economic Forum of the Americas

Published in Economics
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 10:28

Today, the Prime Minister of Georgia met with the President of the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA). 

Nicholas Rémillard thanked Mamuka Bakhtadze for participating in the forum and emphasized that the Prime Minister's speech will be an important message to businesspersons interested in investing in Georgia. 

During the meting, the Head of Government described Georgia's investment environment, the country's leading positions in reputable international rankings, and steps to be taken toward an ecosystem for technology and innovation.

The Prime Minister of Georgia is taking part in the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal, Canada. Mamuka Bakhtadze will address the opening session and participate in discussions dedicated to Global Economy in Transition.

The Montreal Conference, held annually since 195, brings together political leaders, and representatives of public and private sectors, international organizations, and civil society, to discuss key issues of economic globalization. The forum also promotes direct ties between senior officials and leadership of large corporations.
The Montreal Conference will open on June 10 and conclude on June 13.

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The Head of Turkmenistan received the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan

Published in World
Friday, 31 May 2019 19:27

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov received First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan Davlatali Said who arrived in Turkmen capital for participation in the session of the Council of the Heads of the Governments of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Having expressed the gratitude for personal meetings and warm welcome, the guest conveyed the greetings on behalf of President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon to the Head of Turkmenistan, having noted that he is glad to come to Ashgabat, the capital of neighbouring state, with which his country is related by strong historical and spiritual connections.

In this regard, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan noted the importance of representative forum held in Turkmenistan, which chairs the Commonwealth of Independent States, and expressed the confidence that current meeting would bring positive results and new ideas for expansion f constructive cooperation.

Having returned best wishes to the Government officials and people of friendly country, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted the commitment of Turkmenistan to development of the partnership with Tajikistan on equal and beneficial basis.

The President of Turkmenistan expressed the gratitude to the President of Tajikistan for the participation in the Summit of the countries founders of International Fund for Saving of Aral Sea held in Avaza National tourist zone last year, for comprehensive support of the initiatives of Turkmenistan as well as for sending of special delegation to Turkmenistan for the participation in the session of the heads of the Governments of the CIS and addressed wishes of success in work.

Expansion of cooperation in bilateral and multilateral formats including cooperation under the CIS has been discussed during the meeting. It was mentioned that expansion of trade and economic relations, beneficial partnership in energy and transport as well as in humanitarian sphere where friendly states have gained rich and positive experience are in the sphere of these interests.

Having noted similarity of the positions in strategic subjects of global agenda, the Head of Turkmenistan and his guest stated the importance of consolidation of efforts in solution of current ecological problems. It was highlighted that international initiatives proposed by Turkmenistan at the sessions of the UN General Assembly and other big forums are aimed at the activation of regional and international cooperation in all range of water issues.

In particular, this is related to the development of acceptable mechanism of integrated and balanced use of transboundary water resources, which have to be solved exclusively on the base of universal standards and principles of international law taking into account the interests of all countries of the region.

Speaking of the development of bilateral relation, the interest in intensification of the contacts in transport sphere, to which strong impulse was given by successful realization of the project of construction of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Tajikistan railway, which is to serve not only to the interests of two friendly states and nations but also to the region in general, has been mentioned.

Efficiency of activation of cooperation in power energy, trade, oil and gas industry and agriculture and in this regard, the activity of joint Intergovernmental Turkmen – Tajik Commission for trade and economic, scientific and technical cooperation has been highlighted.

Cooperation in humanitarian sphere was the subject of separate discussion. Having highlighted the priorities in cultural sphere, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and his guest haves spoken for the strengthening of the contacts in this sphere, having continued the practice of cultural exchanges between Turkmen and Tajik cultural and art personnel.

In the end of the meeting, having confirmed the commitment of two countries to traditional relations of friendship and goodwill, the President of Turkmenistan and the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan have spoken for further expansion of beneficial partnership.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Tajikisan to Turkmenistan Farruh Homiddin Sahrifzoda has also taken part in the meeting.

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