Irakli Garibashvili: We take to heart the tragic events in Kazakhstan; we hope that all steps will be taken as fast as possible to deescalate the situation, ensure safety and stability

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 11 January 2022 12:44

We take to heart the tragic events in Kazakhstan that have claimed dozens of lives, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili stated during today's Cabinet meeting.

The Head of Government also spoke about Georgian citizens in Kazakhstan, with some of them already having returned home, and the embassy maintaining active communication with those remaining on the ground, assisting them as-needed basis; they will return home in next few days.

"Allow me to comment on the situation in Kazakhstan. We are keeping a close eye on the events of the past few days. We take to heart the tragic events in Kazakhstan. We hope that all steps will be taken as fast as possible to deescalate the situation, ensure safety and stability. We want Kazakhstan to leave this crisis behind soon in order to continue its path toward development. As for Georgian citizens in Kazakhstan, the Georgian embassy is maintaining contact with them as much as possible to assist them on the ground. As a result of the Government's active work, some have already returned. The embassy maintains active communication with those remaining on the ground, assisting them as-needed basis; they will return to Georgia in next few days," the Prime Minister said.


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I. Garibashvili: According to preliminary data for 11 months of the year, economic growth has reached 10.7%; We reached a double-digit economic growth in 2021

Published in Economics
Monday, 10 January 2022 17:23

I wish to let our society know how we completed the past budget year and what are the key macroeconomic and fiscal parameters of 2021, irrespective of the challenges borne by the global pandemic that the country faced in 2021. It was stated by Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia at the Executive Government Meeting today.

As the Head of Government of Georgia noted, the State Budget for 2021 was planned at the end of 2020 - in the most difficult circumstances in terms of epidemic and economic conditions. Hence, expectation of the economic recovery in 2021 was rather marginal.

"Economic growth projections reached 4.3% back then. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was projected in the volume of 53.4 BLN GEL. Government Debt was projected above 60 percent of the GDP, while the consolidated budget deficit was forecasted to reach 7.6% of GDP.

2021 started at a quite difficult note: economic shortfall reached 11.5 percent in January. We were actually in the lock-down regime with a very high viral spread and unfortunate losses of human lives.

Nevertheless, the situation changed radically from March-April, when an economic growth indicator first turned positive in March and then reached an unprecedentedly high indicator in April at 44.8%. Foreign trade and other economic indicators started to improve quickly from the same period.

According to the preliminary data for the first 11 months of the year, economic growth reached 10.7% and the overall annual indicator is expected to get to 10.7%, which is 2.5 times higher compared to the original projection.

As a result of the high economic growth, nominal indicators of the GDP have increased considerably and reached 59.6 BLN GEL in updated projections compared to the originally forecasted 53.4 BLN GEL.

According to the overall data for the first 11 months of the year, export has grown by 26.7 percent, including the local export - by 28.7 percent; proceeds from tourism have increased by 112 percent compared to the previous year and exceeded the respective indicator of 2019 by 37 percent. It should be noted that since July, proceeds from tourism exceed 50 percent of the respective month in 2019 (55% in November); Net remittances in the first 11 months of the year increased by 25.4 percent. Current account deficit in the first 3 quarters of the year improved by 2.1 percentage points of GDP, including the improvement by 6.1 percentage points in Q3. We expect the annual current account deficit to be reduced to 10.5 percent in 2021, while returning to 5 percent over a medium-term" stated the Head of Government of Georgia.

As the Prime Minister of Georgia noted, economic recovery has enabled the Government to substantially improve the key fiscal parameters.

"Quick economic recovery has enabled us to substantially improve the key fiscal parameters and namely Government Debt has been reduced to 50% instead of the anticipated 60.1% as a share of GDP, while the consolidated budget deficit was originally planned to reach 7.6% and instead narrowed to 6.1% as a share of GDP. Thus, I once again wish to wrap-up by saying that we reached a double-digit economic growth in 2021" concluded Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.

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Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili attends the presentation of a new reconnaissance vehicle at Delta

Published in military
Tuesday, 14 December 2021 10:07

Georgian Prime Minister, together with Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze, attended today's presentation of a new reconnaissance vehicle manufactured by the state army scientific and technical center Delta.
The Head of Government inspected the new reconnaissance vehicle and was briefed by Delta's constructors about its tactical and technical characteristics.
The new reconnaissance vehicle manufactured by Delta fully meets the Defense Force's requirements and international standards.
This armored 330-horsepower reconnaissance vehicle, accommodating 7 service members, is protected from bullets of different calibers. The vehicle's speed on asphalt is up to 100 kph, also technically being able to cross 60-meter trenches, 40-cm vertical steps and, without preliminary preparation, 80-cm water depths. The new armored vehicle is designed to carry various types of reconnaissance equipment and remote combat modules.
Delta manufactures armored machinery for various purposes and of diverse capabilities. The reconnaissance vehicle model in discussion is the first of its kind to be manufactured by the center. Batch reconnaissance machinery production and export is also planned for the future.
The Prime Minister also inspected Delta-manufactured army uniforms, grenade launchers of various calibers, and off-route anti-tank mines.
Irakli Garibashvili also visited Delta CAA, a joint Georgian-Israeli weapons manufacturer, where he familiarized himself with the process of weapon production utilizing the latest equipment. The Georgian-Israeli weapons manufacturer uses the latest equipment to ensure top-notch galvanization, chroming, and anodizing. The equipment is environmentally safe and meets international standards.
For the presentation of the new reconnaissance vehicle, the Prime Minister was joined by Deputy Chief of the Defense Forces/Brigadier General Joni Tatunashvili, Deputy Defense Minister Zurab Azarashvili, Delta's CEO, and representatives of the Defense Forces.

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Prime Minister’s meeting with UNDP Resident Representative

Published in Economics
Friday, 10 December 2021 17:29

Today, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with Nick Beresford, UNDP Resident Representative in Georgia.
The meeting at the Government Administration focused on further strengthening and deepening the productive cooperation between Georgia and the UNDP, underlining the important contribution of the UNDP to strengthening Georgia's democratic processes, economic development, support for environmental protection, and crisis prevention, as well as the importance of UNDP assistance in the fight against COVID-19.
The meeting paid special attention to cooperation with UNDP toward reaching the SDGs, with emphasis on Georgia's efforts toward the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the significance of the new country program document.
The conversation also touched on the UNDP's considerable contribution to the empowerment of Georgia's mechanism for protecting human rights. According to Irakli Garibashvili, the Government is working on the 2nd National Strategy for Protecting Human Rights encompassing a wide array of rights and echoing the progress achieved globally. Nick Beresford pointed out that Georgia's positive steps toward protecting human rights.
The conversation also dealt with the situation in Georgia's occupied territories and the Georgian Government's peaceful conflict-resolution policy. The parties also underscored UNDP humanitarian projects implemented in Georgia's occupied territories, for which the Prime Minister thanked the UNDP Resident Representative.

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Prime Minister’s meeting with Secretary General of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 08 December 2021 16:51

Today, Georgian Prime Minister met with Jagan Chapagain, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The meeting at the Government Administration focused on the effective cooperation between the Georgian Government and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.
The Prime Minister emphasized that the Government welcomes the decision of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement to build a logistics hub of regional importance in Georgia, namely in Rustavi, to incorporate both a warehouse system and a training center.
The Head of Government thanked the Secretary General for the organization's support in dealing with the impact of COCID-19. The parties expressed commitment to bolstering their cooperation even further.
The meeting also discussed the situation and security/humanitarian difficulties in Georgia's occupied territories, with emphasis on the need to protect human rights on the ground. The Government of Georgia is steadfast in implementing the policy of peaceful conflict-resolution, the meeting pointed out. In this context, attention was paid to the State Strategy for De-Occupation and Peaceful Conflict Resolution, alongside A Step to a Better Future, a peace initiative seeking to better the social and economic conditions of the populations in the occupied territories and to foster confidence-building between war-torn communities.
The meeting was attended by Natia Loladze, President of the Georgia Red Cross Society.

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Prime Minister introduces French investors to Georgia’s investment opportunities and favorable business environment

Published in Economics
Thursday, 18 November 2021 14:22

Today, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili hosted members of the Movement of the Enterprises of France at the Government Administration, and introduced them to Georgia's investment opportunities and favorable business environment.

The Head of Government emphasized Georgia's unique location, strategic relations, and FTAs with the EU, the CIS, Turkey, and China, an opportunity for foreign investors to reach multimillion markets freely.

Irakli Garibashvili thanked the French entrepreneurs for visiting Georgia and taking an interest in the country's investment opportunities, also promising investors maximal support from the Government of Georgia.

According to the Prime Minister, the visit by a large delegation of French businesspersons bears witness to France's immense interest in Georgia's market, a fact that must be both commended and cherished.

The delegation of the Movement of the Enterprises of France consists of entrepreneurs involved in infrastructure, construction, engineering, agriculture, energy, and other industries. They are studying prospective investment projects in Georgia. As part of their visit, they are scheduled to meet with various institutions.

The meeting at the Government Administration was attended by France's Ambassador to Georgia Diego Colas, Georgian Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture Levan Davitashvili, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava, and Head of the Government Administration Ilia Darchiashvili.

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Irakli Garibashvili: Strong strategic partnership between Georgia and the US is key to regional and Euro-Atlantic security

Published in Politics
Friday, 05 November 2021 10:18

In today's geopolitical environment, the strong strategic partnership between Georgia and the US is key to the two countries' shared interests and regional and Euro-Atlantic security, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili stated during today's meeting with US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Erika Olson. The Head of Government emphasized the unwavering bipartisan US support for Georgia enabling the country to achieve considerable progress across a variety of directions and to press on the right track toward European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

The meeting focused on the security environment and challenges in the Black and South Caucasus regions.
The Prime Minister singled out the importance of political stability in Georgia, also underlining that, now that the recent elections are over, it is crucial to concentrate on the agenda of the country's development.
Irakli Garibashvili also pointed out that Georgia remains a loyal and reliable ally of the United States in the region. The parties discussed the situation in Georgia's occupied territories and the threats posed by occupation, also the daily humanitarian problems encountered by the citizens on either side of the occupation line. Special attention was paid to the importance of ensuring peace and stability in the region. In this context, the meeting highlighted the Peaceful Neighborhood Initiative-a new peace format proposed by the Prime Minister of Georgia in the UN-and the importance of the engagement of American and European partners in this process. The American side also underscored Georgia's tremendous contribution to the recent evacuation effort from Afghanistan. The conversation also revolved around Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration and the reforms implemented to that end. The Head of Government expressed hope that concrete steps will be taken in the nearest future to start the implementation of the decision of the NATO Summit in Bucharest.

The meeting at the Administration of the Government was attended by US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan and Georgian Vice Prime Minister/Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani.

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Prime Minister of Georgia addresses the World Leaders Summit, United Nations Climate Change Conference

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 02 November 2021 14:22

The Caucasus, a beautiful land of mountains, glaciers, and rivers, has already lost 40% of its glaciers. During the last two decades alone, the speed of glacier loss in the eastern Georgia has exceeded projections from the end of the 20th century. We fully share the alarm presented by the UN Secretary-General's latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that declared a ‘code red for humanity,'" Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili stated in his speech at the World Leaders Summit, within the scope of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference.
According to the Head of Government, greater ambition and effort is needed if we are to meet the long-term temperature goals of the Paris Agreement and avert a global disaster.
The Prime Minister thanked the United Kingdom for its dedication to making the COP26 a reality in light of the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, also pointing out the importance of joint efforts necessary to deal with the challenges triggered by climate change.
According to Irakli Garibashvili, the Government of Georgia has a development plan with a clear vision for 2030 that aligns perfectly with the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The investments in clean energy, climate-smart agriculture, and enhanced adaptive capacity represent concrete steps for reducing emissions and preparing our societies for the unavoidable impacts of climate change, the Head of Government added.
"The next generation are counting on us to deliver on our promise," the Prime Minister stated.

Keynote Speech Delivered by Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia at COP26

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Prime Minister of Georgia Participates in COP26 Along with 120 World Leaders

Published in Politics
Monday, 01 November 2021 16:21

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia is participating in the 26TH United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) to be held on November 1-2, 2021 in Glasgow along with other world leaders. The Head of Government of Georgia has left for the UK with a delegation comprising David Zalkaliani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia; Ilia Darchiashvili, Head of Government Administration of Georgia. The Prime Minister will address fellow world leaders participating in the Summit on November 1, 2021 and focus on the significance of joint efforts to be deployed for coping with threats stemming from climate change. Within the scope of the COP26, the Prime Minister of Georgia will hold bilateral meetings as well.

26TH United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) will take place in Glasgow from October 31 through November 12, 2021. Within the scope of the world leader summit, heads of states and governments, as well as experts and subject-matter professionals will discuss ways of intensifying and coordinating actions to achieve goals of the Paris Treaty and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Summit engages almost 120 world leaders this year.

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Prime Minister’s meeting with NATO Secretary General’s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia

Published in Politics
Thursday, 21 October 2021 15:37

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili held a meeting with Javier Colomina, the NATO Secretary General's newly appointed Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister congratulated Colomina on his appointment and expressed confidence that his tenure will mark NATO-Georgia relations deepening even further and concrete steps toward Georgia's Euro-Atlantic integration.
The conversation focused on NATO's open-door policy and Georgia's integration into the North Atlantic Alliance, pointing out the country's formidable progress toward European and Euro-Atlantic integration, strengthening democratic institutions, and implementing defense reforms.
The meeting paid special attention to the upcoming 2022 NATO Summit, underlining it as an excellent opportunity for duly assessing Georgia's progress, further to encourage the country's advancement on the path toward Euro-Atlantic integration.
The meeting discussed cooperation on Black Sea security, with emphasis on Georgia's considerable contribution to ensuring Euro-Atlantic peace and security. The parties underscored Georgia's role in in international peace missions, namely the ISAF operations in Afghanistan and the process of evacuation from Afghanistan after the completion of the Resolute Support Mission. Georgia remains committed to the common principles and values of security, ready to continue participating in the Allies' efforts to secure global peace and security.
The parties singled out the implementation of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package, the key mechanism of NATO's practical support for Georgia, as the Georgian Government's top priority.
The meeting also touched on the importance of joint NATO-Georgia exercises, underlining that joint efforts have resulted in modernizing and developing relevant training infrastructure meeting NATO standards. Consequently, Georgia is ready to offer the Allies a high-standard setting for large-scale drills.
The meeting was attended by Head NATO International Office's Political Affairs and Security Division Steffen Elgersma, Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia Rosaria Puglisi, Deputy Head of the NATO Liaison Office in Georgia Pirit Pikker, and Vice Prime Minister/Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani representing the Georgian side.

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