Mamuka Bakhtadze: Democracy is about engagement and it is based on values

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 16:53

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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Prime Minister’s Meeting with European Commissioner Johannes Hahn

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 15:08

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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First Eastern Partnership European School opens its doors in Tbilisi

Published in Education
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 14:56

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.

Background
 

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.

PRIME MINISTERS OF GEORGIA AND AZERBAIJAN MEET IN BAKU TODAY

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Friday, 31 August 2018 11:31

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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Prime Minister of Georgia is holding a meeting with Angela Merkel

Published in Politics
Thursday, 23 August 2018 17:28

Prime Minister of Georgia Mamuka Bakhtadze is holding a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the administration of the Government of Georgia. The meeting is being held in face to face format and will continue in the extended format.

German Chancellor’s plane has already landed at Tbilisi International Airport, where she was greeted by Minister of Foreign Affairs Davit Zalkaliani and Ambassador of Georgia to Germany Elguja Khokrishvili.

On August 24, German Chancellor will meet with representatives of Georgian oppositional parties and German soldiers who participated in 2018 Noble Partner military training.

The German delegation includes State Secretary Steffen Seibert, also the government spokesperson as well as head of the Press and Information Office, H.E. Heike Peitsch, Ambassador of Germany to Georgia, Jan Hecker, foreign policy adviser to German Chancellor, Matthias Lüttenberg, Head of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe as well as Central Asia and Southern Caucasus of the German Federal Chancellery and other officials.

 

German Chancellor starts official visit to Georgia

Published in Politics
Thursday, 23 August 2018 17:23

German Chancellor’s Angela Merkel plane has already landed at Tbilisi International Airport, where she will be greeted by Minister of Foreign Affairs Davit Zalkaliani and Ambassador of Georgia to Germany Elguja Khokrishvili.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, President Giorgi Margvelashvili and oppositional representatives within the framework of her official visit to Georgia on August 23-24.

On August 24, German Chancellor will meet with representatives of Georgian oppositional parties and German soldiers who participated in 2018 Noble Partner military training.

The German delegation includes State Secretary Steffen Seibert, also the government spokesperson as well as head of the Press and Information Office, H.E. Heike Peitsch, Ambassador of Germany to Georgia, Jan Hecker, foreign policy adviser to German Chancellor, Matthias Lüttenberg, Head of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe as well as Central Asia and Southern Caucasus of the German Federal Chancellery and other officials.

 

OPIC PRAISES CURRENT REFORMS AND INVESTMENT CLIMATE IN GEORGIA

Published in Politics
Thursday, 16 August 2018 10:50

"Overseas Private Investment Corporation intends to extend its investments in Georgia" noted visiting delegation members at the meeting with Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia today.

Delegation, consisting of the Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), praised the current reforms implemented in Georgia and noted that favorable investment climate is created in the country.

OPIC officials also expressed their desire to further extend investments in Georgia. It is intended to make investments in the education, infrastructure and logistics sectors.

It was noted at the meeting that volume of OPIC investments in Georgia is much higher than in other countries.

Meeting between the Prime Minister of Georgia and Executive Vice President of OPIC was attended by Maya Tskitishvili, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia; Giorgi Kobulia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia; Ivane Matchavariani, Minister of Finance of Georgia and Giorgi Cherkezishvili, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development.

Prime Minister of Georgia meets US Congressmen

Published in Politics
Monday, 13 August 2018 11:17

Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia met a delegation from US Congress today, led by Devin Nunes, Chaiman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence at the House of Representatives.

Head of the Government of Georgia stressed the strategic partnership of the two countries and expressed his gratitude to the congressmen for supporting the initiatives related to Georgia at the US Congress.

Parties discussed the current situation and reviewed 10 years since the Russian-Georgian war and Ceasefire Agreement, along with the situation within the occupied territories of Georgia.

Focus was made on the cooperation in defense and security. US Congressmen reiterated the most considerable contribution of Georgian soldiers in the international peacekeeping missions and thanked the hosts for this endeavor.

Meeting was also related to the deepening of US-Georgian cooperation in the sector of economy, including the prospects of concluding a Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Discussion was inter alia focused on the current situation in the region.

Meeting was attended by Rick Crowford, US Congressman; ELizabeth Rood, US Charge d'affaires at the Embassy to Georgia; Deputy Prime Ministers of Georgia - Giorgi Gakharia and Maya Tskitishvili, along with Levan Davitashvili, Minister of Agriculture of Georgia.

PRIME MINISTER AND AMBASSADOR OF GERMANY SPEAK ABOUT HOSTING THE CHANCELLOR IN GEORGIA

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 01 August 2018 12:06

Upcoming visit of the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany to Georgia, bilateral relations and key aspects of European and Euro-Atlantic integration agenda of Georgia were predominantly discussed by Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia and H.E. Dr. Heike Renate Peitsch, Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary Ambassador of Germany to Georgia at the Government Administration today.

Prime Minister noted that Government deems the upcoming official visit of H.E. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany as the most important event in developing the bilateral relations.

Head of the Government of Georgia stressed the most significant role of Germany in the institutional building of the country.

Focus was made on the trade and economic links, increasing investments from Germany to Georgia and significance of education in ensuring the sustainable economic growth and development.

Discussions were also related to the measures intended by the Government of Georgia for the facilitation of small and medium enterprises (SME), aimed at the job creation and poverty eradication. German diplomat praised the Environmental Vision of the Prime Minister of Georgia on Green Economy.

Head of the Government of Georgia and Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany spoke about the upcoming presidential elections. Prime Minister noted that Government pledges to ensure the free, fair and transparent environment this time again in line with the high standards of democracy.

Prime Minister’s Meeting with UK Trade Mission

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Wednesday, 06 June 2018 15:12

Georgia's investment potential, positive economic trends, ongoing and planned reforms, and prospects of deepening the trade and economic relations between the two countries were the key issues discussed during today's meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and the members of the UK Trade Mission's delegation led by the UK Prime Minister's Special Trade Envoy Marc Pritchard.

The Head of Government emphasized the importance of the delegation's visit and introduced UK Special Envoy Marc Pritchard and the Trade Mission to the four-point reform agenda which was subsequently commended by the members of the delegation.

As the British side pointed out, the four-point agenda fits perfectly in the UK's trade and investment plans concerning Georgia.

The business sector members of the UK Trade Delegation expressed interest in the country's investment opportunities. Readiness was also expressed to carry out even closer cooperation between the two countries across a variety of areas, such as education, finance, energy, infrastructural projects, and others.

The meeting at the Administration of the Government was attended by First Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitri Kumsishvili, Finance Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Maya Tskitishvili, the Prime Minister's' Foreign Adviser Tedo Japaridze, and Ambassador of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland to Georgia Justin McKenzie Smith.

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