Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili has tested positive for COVID-19

Published in Health
Tuesday, 06 April 2021 12:19

Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) as a result of regular testing.

According to the Georgian governmental administration, the Prime Minister I. Garibashvili feels well, is in self-isolation and continues to work remotely.

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The country’s Interagency Development and Reform Council established to develop Georgia’s 10-year development plan, in line with Irakli Garibashvili’s initiative

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 06 April 2021 11:40

On the Georgian Government's decision, the country's Interagency Development and Reform Council has been established to develop Georgia's 10-year development plan, in line with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili's initiative.

Designed to ensure effective response to the country's challenges, the Interagency Council will be chaired by the Head of Georgian Government.

The Development and Reform Council will consist of Ministers, MPs, and other officials. The Development and Reform Councilis authorized to create working groups and subgroups, and, if need be, invite representatives of other institutions, specialist and experts from relevant areas, and/or private sector actors.

The Development and Reform Council seeks to submit the country's 10-year development plan to the Government of Georgia no later than May 31, 2021.

The decree on the establishment of the Development and Reform Council has been signed by Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili.

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Angela Merkel Congratulates Irakli Garibashvili on His Appointment as the Prime Minister of Georgia

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 30 March 2021 11:13

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany congratulated Irakli Garibashvili on his appointment as the Prime Minister of Georgia.

According to the congratulatory letter, Germany will further continue to support economic development of Georgia, along with its pro-European reforms and territorial integrity.

"Your Excellency, congratulations on your re-appointment as Prime Minister of Georgia. Very good bilateral relations between our countries create a credible framework for trusting cooperation between our governments.

Germany is following the current political negotiations in your country with keen interest and will continue to support economic development of Georgia, its pro-European reforms and territorial integrity.

I wish you every success in your demanding role at the time full of unusual challenges" reads the letter.

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Irakli Garibashvili: The ultimate wish and task of all of civilized Europe and Michel is for us the authorities to continue working in the Parliament together with the opposition

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 16 March 2021 11:35

The ultimate wish and task of all of civilized Europe and, in this case, of Mr. Michel is for us the authorities to continue working in the Parliament together with the opposition, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili told the press during his visit to Brussels.

A solution must be sought, though it cannot be at the expense of the state's interests, the Head of Government added.

"We had a very productive meeting with President Charles Michel. I would like to thank him once again for his direct mediatory engagement. His envoy is presently in Tbilisi, continuing negotiations with both the opposition and our party. The process continues. Tomorrow, we will have a chance to engage in dialogue. I would like to make one thing clear. We are called to find a solution, but it in nowise can happen at the expense of the state's interests. Of course, we are ready for a fair decision. It must be a compromise more or less acceptable to all. We have openly stated our position. I shared with Mr. Michel the position of our party and the Government, and he listened to our offers attentively. As you know, the opposition, over the past few days, has been especially destructive in its attempts to widen the gap instead of contributing to the process of dialogue. We have seen numerous attempts and provocations over the past few days. I hope that the opposition can continue constructive dialogue. The ultimate wish and task of all of civilized Europe and, in this case, of Mr. Michel is for us the authorities to continue working in the Parliament together with the opposition. And that is our ultimate task as well. Next few days will show how we will fulfil this task. I will abstain from disclosing our concrete positions, because there is no agreement yet and negotiations are still underway," Irakli Garibashvili said.

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Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili to participate in Georgia-EU Association Council’s meeting in Brussels

Published in Politics
Monday, 15 March 2021 14:08

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili will participate in the 6th meeting of the Georgia-EU Association Council, in Brussels. The Government delegation led by the Head of Government departed for Brussels today.

The visit includes high-level meetings in the European Commission, the European Council and the Parliament, and NATO.

Irakli Garibashvili will hold his first meeting today, with President of the European Council Charles Michel.

On March 16, after the Georgia-EU Association Council's meeting, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell, and European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhely will hold a joint press conference.

On March 17, high-level meetings will be held in the European Parliament and NATO. The Head of Georgian Government will be hosted by the Alliance's Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, at NATO headquarters. After the meeting, Irakli Garibashvili and Jens Stoltenberg will hold a joint press conference. The NATO-Georgia Commission is also scheduled to convene.

The Georgian delegation led by Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili consists of Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava, and Justice Minister Gocha Lortkipanidze.

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Georgian Prime Minister meets with CEO of OMV Petrom SA which will explore oil and gas in Georgia

Published in Economics
Thursday, 11 March 2021 13:01

Today, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, together with Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava, held a meeting with the leaders of OMV Petrom SA, a company that will explore oil and gas in Georgia.

The meeting at the Administration of the Government emphasized the importance of this project. The relevant agreement places Georgia among the countries with oil and gas shelf exploration.

The project involves extraction, and collection, acquisition, and processing of geological and geophysical data for oil and gas extraction in the course of 25 years on the Black Sea's continental shelf.
The Prim Minister emphasized that the Georgian Government welcomes cooperation with OMV Petrom-a subsidiary of OMV, which ranks among Europe's top 10 oil companies-and is ready to provide support toward the project's successful implementation.

According to the Head of Government, the entry of such a large company reaffirms that Georgia's business environment, including in the area of oil and gas extraction, is transparent and appealing to world-class oil giants.

During the meeting, OMV Petrom was represented by CEO Christina Verchere, Exploration and Appraisal Director Bernhard Krainer, and Business Development and Commercial Director Jose Rafael Duque-Ramirez.

After the meeting with the Prime Minister, the relevant agreement was signed, at the Government Administration, by Giorgi Tatishvili, Head of the State Agency for Oil and Gas at the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, on one hand, and by Jose Rafael Duque-Ramirez and Bernhard Krainer, on the other, as representatives of OMV Petrom SA.

On June 22, 2020, the State Agency for Oil and Gas LEPL at the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development announced an open international competition for the general oil and gas license encompassing the Black Sea's license blocks 2 and 3. OMV Petrom SA, a member of the large Austrian oil group OMV, won the license to operate in block 2.

The tender's wining company will carry out 2- and 3-dimensional seismic exploration works, and drilling will commence in the last phase of the project. The value of the drilling phase will depend on exploration results.

The value of a similar project involving the exploration of the Domino well by Austrian OMV in Romania's territorial waters is 1.5 billion USD. Exploration work on the Black Sea is underway in Turkey, Russia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine. Exploration work has resulted in the discovery of large hydrocarbon wells in Romania and Ukraine. Bulgaria, where the company also operates, is close to a similar commercial discovery.

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Irakli Garibashvili: Process will soon start for the selection of a new potential investor for the Anaklia Port Project

Published in Economics
Friday, 05 March 2021 12:54

Georgian authorities had always demonstrated unprecedented support towards the Anaklia Port Project. It was stated by Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia at the Executive Government Meeting today.

As noted by the Prime Minister of Georgia, irrespective of deferring deliverables at multiple occasions, investor failed to meet its commitments and therefore the process will soon start for the selection of a new potential investor.

"Authorities of Georgia, including the executive and legislative wings, demonstrated full support to the Anaklia Port Project. I wish to remind the society that Parliament of Georgia in its 9th Convocation indicated the Deep Sea Port of Anaklia as a key priority in the Constitution of Georgia. Principal and miscellaneous obligations of the investor were deferred at multiple occasions. Only the principal ones were deferred three times! Also, the Government acquired land from individual property owners in the total value of 58 million GEL and transferred the chain of custody to the investor. We also assumed the obligation to build a motorway and rail road to access the port. The Road Department of Georgia has blueprints ready for it. Besides, Partnership Fund was prepared to allocate a subordinated loan in the volume of 100 million USD to let the investor meet its obligations. Nevertheless, you may well be aware that the investor failed to meet its obligations and could not raise the required equity or borrowing in the volume of 400 million USD. We will be launching a process to select a new potential investor in the nearest future. Respective agency subordinated to the Ministry of Economy of Georgia will be announcing a tender in line with the procedures promulgated in the law. What is equally important, international consultants will be contracted to guide us in the selection process to identify the successful bidder" stated the Prime Minister of Georgia.

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Parliament of Georgia Expresses Vote of Confidence to New Government Led By Irakli Garibashvili

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 23 February 2021 10:33

The Parliament of Georgia has expressed a vote of confidence to Irakli Garibashvili as Prime Minister of Georgia and the new composition of the Government.

The supreme legislative body of the country has unanimously supported the Government of Georgia led by Irakli Garibashvili and cast 89 votes for the Governmental Program branded as For Building a European State.

Two new portfolio ministers will be joining the new government. Juansher Burchuladze will be the Minister of Defense and Irakli Karseladze will serve as a Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure.

Seven ministers remain unchanged: David Zalkaliani as a Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gocha Lordkipanidze as a Minister of Justice, Vakhtang Gomelauri as a Minister of Internal Affairs, Natia Turnava as a Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Ivane Matchavariani as a Minister of Finance; Mikheil Chkhenkeli as a Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports; Levan Davitashvili as a Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture.

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"Georgian Dream" nominates Irakli Gharibashvili for premiership

Published in Politics
Thursday, 18 February 2021 17:56

The ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party has officially nominated incumbent Defense Minister and previously Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili for the prime ministerial post, GD Chairman Irakli Kobakhidze announced after the meeting of the GD political council on Thursday.

Kobakhidze believes Gharibashvili would successfully lead the Cabinet.

“Irakli Gharibashvili is one of the GD leaders, former Interior Minister, Prime Minister, and current Defence Minister. Paramount reforms were implemented under his management. He is a professional with outstanding experience who can successfully head the government,” Kobakhidze stated.

Earlier today, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia announced his resignation following the court ruling to arrest the Head of the United National Movement opposition party Nika Melia. Gakharia said he failed to reach an agreement with GD over Nika Melia’s case.

Source: https://1tv.ge/en/news/gd-nominates-irakli-gharibashvili-for-premiership/

Statements Made Today by Prime Minister of Georgia at the Executive Government Meeting

Published in Health
Friday, 15 January 2021 14:24

Irrespective of the fact that we all understand the prudence of measures taken so far, we need to make this decision and retain them till February 1. It was stated by Giorgi Gakharia, Prime Minister of Georgia at the Executive Government Meeting today.

As also noted by him, targeted restrictions resulted in a positively declining trend, though 1500 cases a day is still a high indicator for a country like Georgia.

"Almost a year has passed since we all together started a fight against the pandemic and this process continues both domestically and globally. As of today, we have 1177 cases resulting from the targeted restrictions that were imposed to lead to such a positively declining trend over 2 recent months. Nevertheless, we should all understand that in absolute numbers about 1500 COVID-19 cases a day is still a high number for Georgia. Irrespective of the fact that we all understand the prudence of measures taken so far, we need to make this decision and retain them till February 1. We all see what is happening in Europe. Situation is worsening everywhere. Restrictions are getting tighter elsewhere, though we will extend the current restrictions in the country till February 1 in this case" noted Giorgi Gakharia.

According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, relevant agencies subordinated to the Ministry of Health are actively working with representatives of the real economy and businesses to come up with specific measures and to create a possibility for reopening the economy as early and effectively as possible.

"These are test schemes, matters relating to vaccination and others. The Ministry of Health will be submitting a plan that we worked on together with representatives of real economy and businesses. We will have to slightly adjust our scheme of work for the upcoming phase to make sure that our fight with the epidemic gets successful, enabling us to effectively reopen the economy. We see 3 new priorities in the fight with the pandemic. First one is to adjust the scheme of testing. You may well be aware that the volume of testing has been increased in the country and we should continue doing so. Second and equally important is to maintain targeted restrictions wherever needed, which have served to be effective. Vaccination is of course among our priorities" noted the Prime Minister of Georgia.

According to the Head of Government of Georgia, citizens will have all the quality vaccines that get authorization by the applicable international organizations.

"A lot of nonsense has been rumoured in relation to vaccination and we cannot even guess where these ideas or information come from. Designated Commission is established on matters related to vaccination, which is led by the Ministry of Health. The Commission has several aims and goals to achieve. First one is to address all the issues related to logistics. You may well be aware that different vaccines have different logistic regimes. Also, everything should be prepared for the readiness of the country to launch the actual vaccination. Second one is to define those target groups that will be vaccinated as a priority in the first instance. Third one is to ensure the supply of quality vaccines of international authorisation as early as possible not only through COVAX platform, but through other means as well. First two goals have already been dealt with by the Ministry of Health and a plan exists. They will be submitting it to the Council on Monday and will be endorsed at the upcoming Executive Government Meeting. Thus, no basis exists for any question marks. I once again stress that citizens of Georgia are to receive all those quality vaccines that will be authorised by applicable international organizations" stated Giorgi Gakharia.

In addition, targeted social assistance of citizens continues and applications are being lodged from individuals, who lost jobs in the second wave of the pandemic.

The Prime Minister of Georgia also explained that social allowances will be paid from January 28, 2021.

"It is 1200 GEL for 6 months. I wish to urge every citizen of the country to lodge their applications as soon as possible. As of today, 45 000 such applications have been uploaded to our portal" noted Giorgi Gakharia.

The Cabinet of Ministers of Georgia has ruled to continue helicopter flights to Tusheti. Applicable permission was issued today by the Government to the Ministry of Internal Affairs at the Executive Government Meeting.

"Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia should be given permission to continue helicopter flights to Tusheti. You may well be aware that it has a very important social significance for our citizens living in high terrain regions of the country, especially in winter and especially in Tusheti. Relevant means of mobility should be provided. It has been ensured for years by the Ministry of Internal Affairs with support of the Government and this program continues" noted the Prime Minister of Georgia.

The Head of Government of Georgia also commented on the recent incidents occurring in Buknari village. In the opinion of Giorgi Gakharia, religious diversity is a wealth of the country and authorities are prepared to act in the most decisive manner every time an attempt occurs causing friction between the citizens of Georgia on religious grounds.

"Religious diversity is a historic reality and it is our wealth. We have been building our statehood over centuries. The Government of Georgia has always been and will remain to be a guarantor for each citizen to exercise their human freedoms and rights as promulgated in the Constitution of Georgia. We will never let anyone to limit human freedoms and rights in any form, though will neither allow anyone to provoke a friction between community members on religious grounds with any unlawful action. The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has already been instructed on this matter. The State and Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia will act in the most decisive manner wherever a slight, plain attempt occurs leading to or provoking a friction between community members on religious grounds" concluded the Prime Minister of Georgia.


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