"Turkey is the largest trade partner for our country" stated Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia at the Reception marking 95th Anniversary of the Republic Day of Turkey.
Head of Government of Georgia congratulated H.E. Fatma Ceren Yazgan, Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary Ambassador of Turkey to Georgia with the Republic Day and noted that Turkey has overcome a number of challenges throughout these 95 years and transformed into a large economic and political power.
According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, many regional and historic projects have jointly been implemented by Georgia and Turkey, including the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum (BTE), Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC), South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars BTK.
"I am thrilled that I have participated in the BTK myself" noted the Prime Minister of Georgia.
Head of Government of Georgia underlined the consistent support of Turkey since Georgia regained its independence.
"We regard Turkey as our strategic friend. At the same time, it is an idea of our international aspirations as Georgia strives to become a fully-fledged member of NATO and Turkey is a great supporter of ours in this endeavor. Hence, Ladies and Gentlemen, I once again wish to congratulate our Turkish friends with the Republic Day and wish them all the best. Friends, I wish you peace and prosperity" concluded the Prime Minister of Georgia.
Official Reception was attended by diplomatic corps accredited in Georgia, officials of non-government and international organizations, mass media, political parties and religious authorities.
Prime Minister’s Meeting with EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in GeorgiaMonday, 22 October 2018 18:14
Today, Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze held a meeting with EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Crisis in Georgia Toivo Klaar.
The parties discussed the dire human rights, security, and humanitarian situation in Georgia's occupied territories. Toivo Klaar's upcoming visits to the occupied regions were also discussed.
The meeting reiterated Georgia's commitment to peaceful conflict-resolution policy. Special emphasis was placed on the important role the EU plays in peaceful conflict-resolution as the Co-Chair of the Geneva International Discussions, especially in terms of ensuring the implementation of the August 12, 2008 Ceasefire Agreement.
The EU Monitoring Mission's role in peace-building and the importance of international missions' unrestricted access to the occupied territories were also singled out.
The discussion also underlined the importance of the effective use and empowerment of incident prevention and response mechanisms and various meeting and negotiations formats.
The conversation also revolved around the Georgian Government's peace initiative A Step to a Better Future designed to restore trust between the communities divided by the occupation lines and to ensure peaceful conflict-resolution.
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Today, Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze held a meeting with Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Georgia Ji Yanchi.
The discussion during the meeting revolved around the relations between Georgia and China across a variety of areas and the growing economic and trade dynamic. The importance of further developing the trade relations between the two countries was underlined.
According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, China's becoming Georgia's main trade partner is one of the Government's top priorities. The meeting emphasized the necessity of high-level exchange visits between the countries.
Special attention was paid to the significant growth of Chinese investments in Georgia's economy. As the Head of Government pointed out, Chinese companies create additional motivation in terms of attracting foreign investments in Georgia. Emphasis was also placed on China's technological achievements and the importance of sharing technological experience with Georgia. The Prime Minister of Georgia and the Chinese diplomat discussed the Georgian Prime Minister's upcoming visit to China in early November.
Special attention during the meeting was paid to the dire human rights and humanitarian situation in Georgia's occupied regions. The Chinese diplomat reaffirmed firm support of Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The conversation during the meeting also involved people-to-people relations and the further development of the historical and cultural relations between the two nations. The Prime Minister of Georgia offered the Chinese Ambassador to open a Chinese cultural center in Georgia.
“Georgia has tremendous scientific traditions and can genuinely pride itself with famous, world-known scientists” states Prime Minister of GeorgiaTuesday, 02 October 2018 14:48
"Our strategic goal it to make the education and sciences a dominant sector within our economy and reach at least a double-digit indicator" stated Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia at the Launch of 26th International Workshop of COMET Collaboration, which is hosted by Technical University of Georgia.
Prime Minister focused on the huge scientific tradition of Georgia and noted that the country can truly pride itself with famous and world-known scientists.
"It is gratifying that Georgian scientists and engineers are actively engaged in international collaborations, which perform fundamental studies and research, involving modern engineering technologies to find solutions to key challenges in fundamental and applied sciences. Our Government has prioritized the development of sciences and modern engineering technologies. We do our best to create an education system of high level and to ensure the relevant material-technical base for it" added the Prime Minister of Georgia.
Head of the Government of Georgia expressed satisfaction with a wide participation of attendees in the workshop, including delegates from Japan and noted that one of the success formulas of the Japanese economy is the significant investments made in the science sector of the country.
"You may well be aware that 2 years ago Government of Georgia financed a Modern Lab Project of Elementary Particles and Nuclear Physics at the Technical University of Georgia. The referred project turned out to be successful and is now used for the creation of the COMET Experiment System. We take great pride in holding this high level workshop at the Technical University of Georgia in Tbilisi and I wish to assure you that Government of Georgia will always support such important initiatives" concluded the Prime Minister of Georgia.
COMET International Collaboration holds outreach meetings outside Japan once a year. This time, 26th workshop - which is most important in terms of international scientific significance, is hosted by Technical University of Georgia on October 2-5, 2018.
Role of the United Nations (UN) in the peaceful conflict resolution, peace initiative of the Government of Georgia (GOG) and current situation witnessed at the occupied territories of Georgia were discussed by Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia and António Guterres, UN Secretary General today at the UN Headquarters in New York.
Focus was made on the challenging humanitarian condition created at the occupied territories of the country and intensified significance of international peace-keeping mechanisms. Need for an effective use of Geneva International Discussions (GID) has been underlined, along with the incident prevention and response mechanisms. Head of the Government of Georgia expressed his gratitude to the United Nations for active engagement in the UN negotiations.
Prime Minister of Georgia shared information on a peace initiative with UN Secretary General, by elaborating on A Step Towards Better Future, which aims to restore trust between the conflict-torn societies.
Head of the Government of Georgia stressed that GOG remains committed to the peaceful resolution of the conflict and assigns great importance to the solid support of its international partners in this process.
Prime Minister of Georgia invited UN Secretary General to Georgia. The host dignitary noted that Georgia is a friend of UN and expressed readiness to visit Tbilisi at his earliest convenience.
Views on the reform of the educational system, the necessity of youth engagement in the country’s ongoing processes, and the importance of human capital development were discussed by Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze during today’s meeting with Georgian students studying in New York.
The students familiarized themselves with the views of the Head of Government on the changes planned at every stage of the system of education, involving the introduction of innovative approaches.
The Prime Minister underlined the importance of the maximal engagement of youth, emphasizing that he welcomes their every idea and active participation in every process related to the reform’s successful implementation and the country’s development.
According to Mamuka Bakhtadze, the Government’s goal is to create in the country an environment enabling youth to make full use of their potential and abilities. The meeting with the Prime Minister was attended by 17 bachelor’s and master’s degree program students, including through financing from the International Education Center of Georgia.
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As Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze emphasized at the Tbilisi International Conference organized by the McCain Institute and the Economic Policy Research Center, democracy is, above all else, about engagement, the engagement of the government, civil society, and media. Everyone has a role in supporting our young democracy.
Chief Columnist for Financial Time Edward Luce inquired whether the ongoing processes in Europe affect Georgia's choice because European democracy, according to him, is not the same as it used to be. In this context, the panel discussion's moderator cited the events in Poland and Slovakia, and named Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the US president's policy.
According to Mamuka Bakhtadze, political processes do change, but values remain the same.
"Yes. It is a political process and there are some changes but values are still on the table, and these are the values that created this civilization. We are absolutely committed and optimistic about a very bright future of the European family," the Prime Minister underlined.
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Today, Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze held a meeting with Commissioner Johannes Hahn for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, who is visiting Tbilisi to attend the opening of the European School for the Eastern Partnership.
The meeting emphasized the importance of opening the European school in Georgia, the first of its kind in the Eastern Neighborhood. The school will enable students from six countries to receive high-level undergraduate education and to obtain international bachelor's degree diplomas in European studies. According to the Prime Minister, education is one of the top priorities of the Georgian Government. Bakhtadze thanked the EU for the implementation of said project.
The parties underlined the new, top-level format of dialogue with the EU, with its first meeting to be held in November under the chairmanship of the President of the European Commission and the Prime Minister of Georgia in Brussels.
The conversation paid special attention to Georgia's progress in democratic development and European integration. The Prime Minister spoke about the Government's initiative to develop a roadmap designed to ensure greater alignment with the EU using all available mechanisms of cooperation.
The parties commended the steps taken and planned by the Georgian Government toward economic development. As it was emphasized, the Georgian Government attaches great importance to the allocation of 45 million euro by the EU seeking to foster the implementation of economic reforms.
The parties also discussed the complex agenda of Georgia-EU Association, the successful implementation of the Association Agreement and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement, also the further intensification of cooperation in bilateral, regional, and multilateral formats.
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The first Eastern Partnership European School opened today in Tbilisi, Georgia. One of the Eastern Partnership's 20 deliverables for 2020, it will provide students from the EU’s six Eastern partner countries with an innovative academic programme while fostering multicultural exchanges and cooperation.
Today, the first Eastern Partnership European School opened its doors to 30 students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The start of the academic year was marked with a special event in the presence of EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn and Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia.
Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said: “I’m very proud to be in Tbilisi today to open the first Eastern Partnership European School. It is a project close to my heart and marks a new milestone in the EU’s cooperation with its Eastern partners. Offering high quality education to youth is an investment in the future of the students, of their countries, and of our strong and enduring partnership. The school's opening is also proof of our determination to implement the 20 deliverables for 2020, which are at the heart of the Eastern Partnership and bringing tangible benefits to citizens."
At the Eastern Partnership Summit in November 2017, all EU Member States and the six Eastern partner countries endorsed the Eastern Partnership European School as a top priority and as part of the commitment to strengthen support to youth and education in the region. The school is one of the 20 deliverables for 2020, endorsed by leaders at the last Summit, and also constitutes part of the wider €340 million support package for youth.
The unique diploma programme offered at the Eastern Partnership European School combines academic excellence with specialised teaching inspired by the European school system. Students aged 16 and 17 will attend classes in a multilingual and multicultural environment to extend and deepen their knowledge about Europe and the European Union. Furthermore, they will have access to a rich extra-curricular programme and have the chance to participate in high-level conferences on EU subjects. The students will graduate with an International Baccalaureate Diploma on European Studies.
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint policy initiative that aims to deepen and strengthen relations between the European Union (EU), its Member States and its six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. It is a specific dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy. The Eastern Partnership aims at building a common area of shared democracy, prosperity, stability and increased cooperation.
Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia met Novruz Mammadov, Prime Minister of Azerbaijan in Baku today. Parties discussed the high level political relations and various aspects of strategic partnership, need to further deepen the trade and economic links between the two countries. Significance of joint efforts was noted for a greater utilization of full potential towards this end.
Face to face meeting was followed with negotiations at the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan in an extended format, which involved the government members of both countries.
Discussions were related to projects of regional significance, which are implemented jointly by Georgia and Azerbaijan. Also, fruitful cooperation was noted in various sectors. Large transport and energy projects were underlined, which will significantly contribute to the energy security of Europe upon their implementation. They will thereby bring additional economic benefit to the countries of the region.
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