Today, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia held a meeting with Rovnag Abdullayev, President of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).
SOCAR's investment projects implemented in Georgia were the key topic of the discussion. The meeting was attended by Georgian Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava, General Director of SOCAR Energy Georgia Mahir Mammadov, Head of the SOCAR Investments Department Vagif Aliyev, and Azerbaijan's Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Dursun Hasanov.
August 14 marks a tragic day in the recent history of our country. 25 years ago we failed to avoid fratricidal war. The bloodshed between our Abkhaz brothers and us entailed grave consequences. Today the severity of these results is even more evident to both Georgians and Abkhazians.
The history of our coexistence is exemplary and we have no right to live in such reality. An external force should not stand between us, it is harmful for us - Georgians and Abkhazians, and the future of our children. I have great hope that we will mend this grave mistake and soon, time will come when we will regain the hearts of our Abkhaz brothers and we will continue our coexistence with centuries-old love and mutual respect in a united, strong Georgia.
Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with US Vice President Mike Pence at the White House. The main topic of discussion of the meeting was the Georgia-U.S. strategic partnership. The Georgian delegation received assurances from Vice President Pence on deepening the strategic partnership in all fields, including: defense and security cooperation, trade and economic relations, development of democratic institutions, and cultural relations. Vice President Pence expressed his appreciation for Prime Minister Kvirikashvili's leadership in carrying out ongoing reforms in Georgia. The Vice President also reaffirmed the White House's full support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. The Vice President also stated that the United States will continue supporting Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration.
Prime Minister Kvirikashvili and Vice President Pence also discussed regional challenges and global security issues, agreeing that a secure and stable Georgia is crucial for the whole region. The parties emphasized the importance of deepening trade and economic relations, including the role of U.S. companies involved in Georgia's strategic infrastructure projects. The parties agreed that in the future Georgia and the United States will continue active cooperation in political, economic, cultural, and humanitarian fields.
At today's meeting, the Government will make a decision on opening three new plants in Georgia.
Under the Produce in Georgia program, a building material factory will open in the village of Aghdgomliantkari, Mtskheta Municipality (1,300,000 GEL in investment).
A hazelnut and bay laurel processing plant will be established in Kveda Chkhorotzku, Chkhorotzku Municipality (130,000 GEL in investments).
Under the program for supporting tea production, a tea processing plant will be created in the village of Nagomari, Ozurgeti Municipality, and the implementing company will receive 25 hectares of land to lease.
According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, the creation of each of these plants is of crucial importance, because these projects initiated by the Government enable people to start their own businesses and employ dozens of local residents.
"These are vitally important projects in terms of ensuring local production potential, and the state continues its efforts in this direction. Importantly, we should always remember that this local potential will never work unless we all, Georgia's population, fathom that purchasing local products leads to additional incomes for Georgian households, a hot meal in the family of a local employee, a parent bringing home goods after hours. We should always remember this link when buying local products," Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated.
"It would be nice to establish a Shota Rustaveli Day, which would be celebrated annually as glory to poetry and humanism, as well as yet another opportunity to promote the arts and culture of Georgia" noted H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia at the Executive Government Meeting today.
He requested the Ministers of Culture and Education to work on the initiative, who will be suggesting more details to the society by the next Executive Government Meeting.
According to the Head of the Government, a number of events have been held in commemoration of 850th Anniversary from the birth of Shota Rustaveli, though due to the lengthy pre-election campaign and actual elections, it was impossible to hold the event at the level, which would be adequate to the merits of the most celebrated and glorious arts figure of the nation.
"Establishment of Shota Rustaveli Day would also be very beneficial for the youth, it is needless to say that his phenomenon is immeasurable for Georgia and the entire mankind. I believe that it would be noble to formalize this anniversary" noted the Prime Minister of Georgia.
STATEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER OF GEORGIA: "I wish to respond to the absolutely unsubstantiated and irrational accusations voiced today, claiming that Government of Georgia has no common position on the presented Action Plan.
I wish to once again clarify for general public that Revenue Mobilization Plan of the Government of Georgia, which is reflected in the Draft State Budget of 2017 has been developed by the entire team within the authorities of the country. This is the most important step made towards the implementation of the Four Point Reform Agenda. It is a shared position of the entire team in the Government of Georgia, which is aimed at the rapid overcoming of the current challenges facing the country and designed for future development.
In the capacity of the Prime Minister of Georgia, I assume full responsibility for the implementation of the referred plan. Irrespective of any attempts, nothing and nobody can ever prevent us from the implementation of the vital reforms in the country, which are and will remain to be solely aimed at the welfare of our people and rapid development of our country. What is most important, society and citizens understand that some steps may not be easy today, but are bound to be followed by rapid economic growth and better future."
H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia will visit the Kingdom of Belgium from November 30, 2016. Head of the Government of Georgia will participate in the 3rd Session of the Association Council of EU-Georgia, which is scheduled to take place on December 2, 2016.
A three-day visit will involve meetings with H.E. Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament, H.E. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council and Vice Presidents of the European Parliament Messrs. Manfred Weber and Gianni Pittella.
Prime Minister of Georgia will meet H.E. Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO). Parties will make joint statements for press after the meeting.
Head of the Government of Georgia will also hold bilateral meetings with officials of the European Commission and Parliament: Ms. Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy; Mr. Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy; Mr. Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship; Mr. Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy; Ms. Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Trade and Mr. Elmar Brok, Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Georgian delegation will include the following officials: H.E. Mikheil Janelidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia; H.E. Giorgi Gakharia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development; H.E. Victor Dolidze, State Minister of Georgia for EU and Euro-Atlantic Integration; H.E. Levan Izoria, Minister of Defense of Georgia; H.E. Alexander Jejelava, Minister of Education and Science of Georgia.
H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia thanked H.E. Gela Dumbadze, State Minister for Diasporas for his distinguished performance and spoke about the anticipated structural adjustments prior to the Executive Government Meeting today.
"Gela Dumbadze has implemented significant initiatives while serving his tenure as a Minister. They included the burials of our expatriates in our country for gratis, which was a great relief for representatives of our diaspora. Together with the Minister of Justice, he made a great contribution in the transfer of assets kept in Leuville by our diasporta to Georgia. It was indeed a milestone achievement in the recent history of our country. It also needs to be acknowledged that he held series of meetings with representatives of our diasporas in foreign countries. I was personally blessed to exchange emotions with representatives of our country living away. I need to say that Gela's role in this area has been immense" noted the Prime Minister of Georgia.
As mentioned by the Head of the Government, structural adjustments will be made, resulting the incorporation of the diaspora affairs within the Foreign Ministry of Georgia, while Gela Dumbadze will pursue his career in the diplomatic corps of the country. Prime Minister of Georgia believes that Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia is the prime response to the real needs of the diasporas. He also explained that Government approach should become even more wide-scale within this scope, thus conditioning the anticipated structural adjustment.
"Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia genuinely has the relevant resources to be exploited for diasporas. We will extend operation towards this end, so that every expatriate becomes an integral part of our country. I wish Gela Dumbadze a great success. I am confident that he will be one of the most distinguished representatives of our diplomatic corps" added the Prime Minister of Georgia.
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili congratulated Donald Trump on his victory in the US presidential elections. The Prime Minister pointed out that the Government of Georgia is committed to continuing cooperation with the US under the new Administration.
"I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to Donald J. Trump on his victory in the presidential elections. American people voted for change, oriented on making US even stronger.
Our relations have been built for the interest of both nations, since Georgia regained its independence. Based on the history on mutual trust and confidence, we have developed strong, comprehensive and deep strategic partnership between our two nations.
We are committed to continue working with the US under the new leadership and administration for ensuring peace, security, development and freedom in our countries, region and beyond," reads the Prime Minister's congratulations letter.
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met with Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan. The face-to-face meeting was held as part of the opening ceremony of the new Bagratasheni border checkpoint, which was attended by the Prime Minister of Georgia and the President of Armenia.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili congratulated Serzh Sargsyan on the opening of the Bagratasheni border checkpoint and emphasized the importance of this newly built infrastructure. The parties discussed prospects of further developing the good neighborly relations and bilateral cooperation in different fields.
The discussion also covered the issue of further deepening the transport and energy cooperation between the two countries.
Serzh Sargsyan congratulated Giorgi Kvirikashvili on the ruling team's victory in the parliamentary elections. After the face-to-face meeting, the President of Armenia hosted a working dinner attended by the Prime Minister of Georgia and a Georgian government delegation.