Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia Meets H.E. Fatma Ceren Yazgan, Ambassador of Turkey

Published in Politics
Friday, 21 January 2022 15:07

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met H.E. Fatma Ceren Yazgan, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Georgia today.

Discussion was focused on the strategic partnership between the two countries and positive trend of bilateral relations.

One of the topics discussed by the dignitaries was the opening of the Turkish sales market and import of high-quality medication with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) to Georgia, which will significantly and quickly drop prices on the pharmaceutical products in Georgia.

It was highlighted that current regional projects between Georgia and Turkey serve as a vivid example of effective strategic cooperation, solid development and reliable partnership, which thereby leads to greater economic freedom, security and sustainability. Prime Minister of Georgia noted that effective regional cooperation with neighbouring countries is in fact a road leading to security, stability and sustainable development.

Readiness was expressed towards further deepening cooperation, including towards political and economic directions.

Attention at the meeting was paid to the upcoming session of the High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council. Future steps to be made towards concluding a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) by and between Georgia and Republic of Turkey were also discussed at the meeting.

It was noted that joint efforts have acquired tremendous importance in addressing the challenges borne by the pandemic and hopes were expressed that close cooperation between Georgia and Turkey will remain high in the agenda in the fight against the novel coronavirus.

Irakli Garibashvili expressed his gratitude to the Turkish side for the solid support of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia. The Head of Government of Georgia highlighted the significant contribution of the Madam Ambassador in developing the bilateral relations between the two countries.

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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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Zurab Azarashvili appointed Georgia's Health Minister

Published in Health
Monday, 27 December 2021 12:45

Zurab Azarashvili, Deputy Defence Minister, has been appointed Georgia’s Health Minister on Monday, replacing Ekaterine Tikaradze in the post.

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has presented the new Health Minister, stressing his “strong managerial skills.”

Zurab Azarashvili served as Director-General of State Military Scientific-Technical Center Delta and Director-General of Tbilisi Aircraft Manufacturing. He has a Master’s degree in Business Administration.

PM Garibashvili thanked the outgoing Minister for her work and wished her success.

Ekaterine Tikaradze announced her resignation on December 9, 2021.

 

Source: https://1tv.ge/en/news/zurab-azarashvili-appointed-georgian-health-minister/

Prime Minister of Georgia Meets His Armenian Colleague

Published in Politics
Monday, 20 December 2021 17:13

Interaction between our people has a long history, similar to the political and economic relations existing between Georgia and Armenia. It was announced by Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia at a face to face meeting with Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia in Tbilisi today.

The Head of Government of Georgia stressed the significance of the visit paid by his Armenian colleague in relation with the Inter-Governmental Economic Cooperation Commission, thereby noting that this format was resumed after a gap of several years with a personal engagement of Nikol Pashinyan, which again evidences the productive cooperation advanced to the highest - Prime Ministerial - level.

It was also noted at the meeting that the Inter-Governmental Commission facilitates the advancement of economic and political ties between Georgia and Armenia.

Dignitaries focused their discussions on the current situation in the region and significance of joint efforts in addressing the current challenges.

Irakli Garibashvili noted that Peaceful Neighbourhood Initiative voiced at the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) is aimed at the stimulation of peace and stability in the region, as democratic development, strong public institutions, open and transparent governance, economic progress can only be achieved in the conditions of peace and regional stability.

Face to face meeting of the Georgian and Armenian Prime Ministers was held at the Government Administration prior to the meeting of the Inter-Governmental Economic Cooperation Council.

Press Service of the Government Administration

Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili

Published in Society
Monday, 20 December 2021 17:02

Today's Cabinet session, chaired by Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili at the Government Administration, discussed 14 issues on its meeting agenda.
On the Georgian Government's decision, a section of Mtskheta Municipality territory, namely 232635.00 m2 in the village of Tserovani, will enjoy a status of a specially regulated and industrial/economic zone, with a view to fostering the construction of international standard B category logistics park. This project, to be implemented by Tushi Collection LLC, seeks to build a logistics park on 60,000 m2. The project encompasses 6 warehouses and infrastructure for office spaces/hotels and bus stations.
In addition, under the Georgian Tea state program for rehabilitating tea plantations, tea will be grown annually on 2 plots with a combined agricultural area of 108.07 ha in the village of Dedalauri, Khoni Municipality. To that end, on the Government's decision, these parcels will be handed over to the designated tea producing company for 25 years, with the right to lease.


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Prime Minister of Georgia Holds a Festive Reception for the Diplomatic Corps Accredited in Georgia

Published in Politics
Monday, 20 December 2021 12:00

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia held a festive reception for ambassadors and resident representatives of international organisations accredited in Georgia right before the New Year.

The Head of Government of Georgia expressed his gratitude to the diplomatic corps for their friendship with Georgia and Georgian people.

Irakli Garibashvili noted that the Government of Georgia highly appreciates the support demonstrated by them and their respective countries inter alia during the pandemic.

"On behalf of my government and the people of Georgia, let me thank you for everything you have been doing for our country and people" said the Head of Government of Georgia to diplomats.

Official reception was also attended by the members of the Government of Georgia.

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Prime Minister I. Garibashvili participates in 6th Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels

Published in Politics
Thursday, 16 December 2021 11:18

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has joined the leaders of EU institutions, member states, and partner countries to participate in the 6th Eastern Partnership Summit in Brussels.
The Head of Government, in his speech at the summit, reaffirmed the steadfastness of Georgia's European aspirations and European choice, also speaking about the Associated Trio and describing this format as a clear demonstration of one of the partnership's key principles of differentiation. The Prime Minister expressed hope that the cooperation between the Trio and the EU will grow even deeper to help fully tap into the opportunities offered under the Association Agreement. Irakli Garibashvili, in his speech at the summit, focused on the region's security challenges and emphasized the need of the EU's enhanced engagement in conflict-resolution, including toward the full implementation of the August 12, 2008 Ceasefire Agreement mediated by the EU.
At the summit, the EU Reiterated the strategic importance of the Eastern Partnership and the European choice and aspirations of the Associated Partners, also pointing out that the sovereign right of partner countries to define the depth of their relations and the quality of cooperation with EU.
The summit welcomed the effort of the so-called Associated Trio (Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine) toward deeper cooperation with the EU, seeking to put in place close coordination with one another in this process, including for the implementation of the Association Agreement and intensification of cooperation under the Eastern Partnership.
The leaders reiterated firm support for partner countries' sovereignty and territorial integrity within their internationally recognized borders. Special attention was paid to the region's security situation, emphasizing that blatant violations of international law undermine peace in Europe. In this context, the need to renew efforts toward regulating regional conflicts was emphasized, something also implying the EU's enhanced engagement.
The summit's participants expressed support for differentiation, one of the Eastern Partnership's key principles that defines granting, on an individual basis, EU integration tools to concrete partner countries. In this context, the Associated Trio's gradual integration into the single EU market is planned.
At the summit, the leaders adopted a political declaration expressing full support for pressing priority issues within the scope of the Eastern Partnership. The new agenda of the Eastern Partnership, as part of the declaration, was developed through Georgia's active involvement together with the EU and other partners. Consequently, an ambitious agenda has been set to promote the empowerment of the partner countries' security, economy, institutions, and environmental and digital transformation mechanisms. The new Eastern Partnership agenda, besides maximally strengthening general resilience tools for the Eastern Partnership member states, also involves reaching important short- and medium-term objectives, to be ensured through the new EU External Investment Plan with a volume of 2.3 billion euro (with the potential to attract 17 billion euro in investments). For Georgia, this means stronger transport, energy, and digital connectivity, including through maximally tapping into the Black Sea's potential. Other important projects will be implemented as well to bring tangible results to citizens, including accession to the single euro payments area, reduced roaming fees between the region's countries and with the EU, support for SMEs, including startups, fostering the mobility of students and the academic community, enhanced access to the European Solidarity Corps, Erasmus +, and Horizon Europe programs, and others.
The Eastern Partnership Summit is the highest-level format for dialogue between the EU and the Eastern Partnership member states. Convened one every two years, it involves discussing crucially important strategic and political issues and agreeing them by the relevant parties.

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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.

Press Service of the Government Administration

Prime Minister’s meeting with Armenian Chief of Police

Published in Justice
Thursday, 09 December 2021 12:59

Today, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with Major General Vahe Ghazaryan, Chief of Police of the Republic of Armenia, as part of the latter's official visit to Georgia.
The meeting focused on the cooperation between the two countries, notably the productive interaction between the law enforcements of Georgia and Armenia, also partnership in the fight against transnational crime and other security-related challenges.
The conversation revolved around the Georgian Prime Minister's successful mediation resulting in the release of 15 Armenian citizens and the handover of important maps of mined territories to the Azerbaijani side. The Head of Government expressed readiness for continuing active cooperation and emphasized Georgia's support for dialogue to fostering long-term peace and stability in the region.
The meetings singled out the long history of friendly and neighborly relations between the two nations and prospects of expanding the partnership even further.
The meeting at the Administration of the Government was attended by Georgia's Interior Minister Vakhtang Gomelauri.

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Executive Chairman of World Economic Forum invites Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili to World Economic Forum in Davos

Published in Economics
Tuesday, 07 December 2021 13:38

Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, has invited Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili to attend the World Economic Forum to be held in Davos, Switzerland on January 17-21, 2022.
Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, in his official invitation sent to the Head of Georgian Government, speaks of the forum's importance and emphasizes the significance of bringing together the world's political, entrepreneurial, and civil society leaders for cementing future cooperation.

"It is my great pleasure to invite you to the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2022, which will take place in Davos-Klosters from 17 to 21 January.
It is essential for the world's foremost political, business and civil society leaders to come together once again in order to restore trust in the ability to shape the future in collaborative ways.
Participants would greatly appreciate hearing about your vision how to ensure a sustainable and equitable economic recovery in Georgia.
The Forum will work closely with your office to ensure that your participation is of the greatest relevance for you and Georgia.
I look forward to welcoming you personally in Davos," reads the official invitation sent to the Prime Minister.

Press Service of the Government Administration  

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