Secretary General of The Council of Europe Meets With Georgian PM

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 20 April 2016 20:24

Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland will visit Georgia in May, - within the frames of the visit, the CoE-Georgia Action Plan for 2016-2019 will be signed.
The Action Plan and cooperation issues were discussed during the meeting of Prime Minister of Georgia and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.
Pursuant to the Secretary General, Georgia is a remarkable country in a view that the ambitious three-year Action Plan has been drafted upon the latter's initiative. Respective document will serve as a blueprint of strengthening democracy, human rights and rule of law.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili expressed his gratitude to Thorbjorn Jagland for his personal contribution in deepening CoE-Georgia relationships.
Prime Minister also presented the economic development agenda to the Secretary General of the CoE. The sides discussed the importance of conducting upcoming Parliamentary elections of 2016 in accordance with the highest international standards.
Prime Minister updated the Secretary General about the condition of the protection of human rights in the occupied regions. Thorbjorn Jagland declared that occupied territories of Georgia will remain on the agenda of the CoE.

Construction of multifunctional hotel

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 15:21

Construction of multifunctional residential complex and hotel (Porta Batumi Tower) was constructed in Batumi. The construction process was visited by Prime Minister today.
This is one of the most avant-garde project and the highest residential complex and hotel in Georgia. For the purpose of its implementation 70 million dollars have been invested. The design of "Porta Tower" is in line with the world-class standards and it was constructed in compliance with the highest criteria.
Construction of multifunctional residential complex and hotel in Batumi was initiated in June 2013 and will be completed by summer 2016.
"Porta Tower" is equipped with various sized studio type and two-three bedroom apartments as well as 12 penthouses with the view of the sea and mountains.
Alongside with residential spaces, "Porta Tower" is comprised of several building. Two-storey underground car park is available to the residents. 12 selling spaces are located on the ground floor. 100-suite-hotel with terrace restaurant and fitness spa center will be accommodated in the complex. Setting up of café and office spaces is also envisaged by the project.

Condolences of Prime Minister of Georgia to Turkish nation

Published in Politics
Monday, 14 March 2016 13:25

"We extend our deepest condolences over the explosion in Ankara this evening. The attack has killed and injured many. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to the families of those killed and Turkish people. At this difficult moment, I would like to assure you of the solidarity of the Georgian nation,"-said Giorgi Kvirikashvili after Ankara attack.

Meeting with the Director of Asian Development Bank’s Resident Mission

Published in Economics
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 16:22

Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Director of the ADB Resident Mission Yesim Elhan-Kayalar discussed growth of the scale of the infrastructure projects as well as acceleration of their implementation during their meeting today.
Conversation also touched upon the prospects of real market development and implementation of the new pension system. Pursuant to Yesim Elhan-Kayalar, the ADB will enhance its assistance to Georgia through supporting economic development and empowering regional networks.
The meeting held at the Administration of Government of Georgia was also attended by the Secretary of the Economic Council, business ombudsman Giorgi Gakharia.

Government of Georgia and UN Sign New Strategic Framework

Published in Politics
Thursday, 19 November 2015 23:45

Prime Minister of Georgia, Mr. Irakli Garibashvili and UN Resident Coordinator in Georgia, Mr. Niels Scott will sign on Friday the United Nations Partnership for Sustainable Development (UNPSD), which outlines the strategic directions of the UN activities in the country over a five-year period (2016-2020).

The framework aims at delivering key results in the areas of democratic governance; jobs, livelihood and social protection; education; health, and human security and community resilience.

When: Friday, 20 November 2015, at 7:00 p.m.,

Where: Tbilisi National Youth Palace (main entrance), Rustaveli ave.6, Tbilisi

UNDP Stands with the People of Georgia

Published in Economics
Thursday, 12 November 2015 15:18

Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), summarised her three-day visit to Georgia on November 11, 2015.
“My visit comes at an important time as we prepare to launch the Sustainable Development Goals, a new global agenda for change from January 2016 through 2030. In Georgia, we have a unique opportunity to align the SDGs and national strategies to accelerate progress towards a prosperous and inclusive society better able to withstand challenges. We at UNDP remain committed to  work together with the people and Government of Georgia to push forward along the path of reform and achieve the country’s development goals”, Cihan Sultanoglu said.
As part of her visit to Georgia on November 9-11, 2015, the UNDP official met with several ministers and top Georgian officials, including the Parliament Chairperson, Mr. David Usupashvili, as well as UNDP’s development cooperation partners in Georgia, leading international organizations and the United Nations Country Team.
In discussions with the country leaders and development partners, Ms. Sultanoglu recommitted UNDP’s support to the democratic and sustainable development of Georgia in line with the country’s new partnership agreement with the United Nations and UNDP’s Country Programme in Georgia for 2016-2020.
She noted the country’s achievements in consolidating its democratic transition, such as the greater government openness and increased public participation in decision-making, and stressed that UNDP remains Georgia’s trusted partner across a range of key development areas – from promoting productive employment, sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship, to strengthening democratic institutions and the protection of human rights, among others.       
On November 10, Ms. Sultanoglu, together with the Prime Minister of Georgia – Mr. Irakli Garibashvili, and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy – Ms. Federica Mogherini, addressed an international conference “Achieving Gender Equality – Challenges and Opportunities in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) Region” organised by the Government of Georgia in cooperation with the United Nations, with support from the Government of Sweden, and European Union.
“Gender equality is a pillar of human rights, but it is also a necessary requirement to deliver on the development aspirations that Georgians have voiced so clearly. If all members of society are equally empowered to participate and contribute to decision making and the economy, the sum of our efforts will have a profound impact on the wellbeing of households and communities everywhere. Georgia is now considering gender quotas for the next parliamentary and local elections. UNDP fully supports and is actively engaged in this process of finding effective ways to address the current imbalance,” she said.
On 11 November, Ms. Sultanoglu, accompanied by Niels Scott, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Georgia, and UNDP senior officials, visited Dusheti municipality to observe the results of the UNDP’s joint initiative with the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, Swiss Cooperation Office in the South Caucasus and Austrian Development Cooperation, aiming to strengthen regional development and local governance. Ms. Sultanoglu met with representatives of local authorities, internally displaced people and local residents.
The UNDP Assistant Administrator completed her official visit to Georgia on November 11, 2015. She has visited the country multiple times since 2001.

lia Chavchavadze – 178 - The Jubilee Event in Saguramo

Published in Culture
Monday, 09 November 2015 15:03

The Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili, the Minister of Culture and Monument Protection, Mikheil Giorgadze, the Government members and the former Prime Minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili along with the invited guests, attended the jubilee event dedicated to the 178 anniversary of Ilia Chavchavadze, held in Saguramo.

Ilia Chavchavadze museum hosted the awarding ceremony of the winners of the Literary Prize “Saguramo”. The special prize – medal of Ilia Chavchavadze “Always and Everywhere, I am with you, Georgia” was as well issued for particular merit to Georgian culture and spirituality. 

The Company “Kakhetian Traditional Winery” held the official opening of the wine-cellar of Guramishvili family, recently restored and laid the wreath on Ilia Chavchavadze monument and obelisk.

Georgian Government's Statement on Rustavi2 Case

Published in Politics
Monday, 26 October 2015 11:33

"On 4 August 2015, Kibar Khalvashi, a former co-owner of Georgia's Rustavi 2 television station between 2004-2006, filed a lawsuit against the current owners of the company alleging that he was unlawfully deprived of his ownership in the company. 1 As an interim measure pending the verdict, Tbilisi City Court judge Tamaz Urtmelidze ordered on 7 August that Rustavi 2 assets be frozen.

The decision of the court to freeze the assets of Rustavi 2 has caused concern for the viability of the company, although Rustavi 2 has continued broadcasting.

Between 2004 and November 2012, the ownership of Rustavi 2 changed hands multiple times, leading to multiple competing ongoing claims on the broadcaster. Two independent reports from Transparency International (TI) Georgia provide additional background on the very complicated history of Rustavi 2's ownership, which the court is examining:

1) In 2013, TI Georgia published "The TV Station of Victorious People: The Story of Rustavi 2". TI Georgia created a report on the Rustavi 2's ownership history, which found that "Between 2004 and 2012, Rustavi 2 changed owners approximately 20 times, often in controversial deals that had a political flavor, involving people with close links to [then] president Mikheil Saakashvili and to officials of the United National Movement-led government."2

2) Also in 2013, TI Georgia, in cooperation with journalist Paul Rimple, published a report entitled "Who Owned Georgia" focusing on a complicated advertising market schemes by which government control was exercised over the media from 2003-2012.3

To break this trend of the Georgian Government playing a role in the ownership of Rustavi 2, the Government continues to stress that it is for the courts to decide who is the proper owner of Rustavi 2 under the law and reaffirms that the Government will play no role in determining ownership. 
The Government has also repeatedly warned against a politicization of the judicial process, in response to defence and opposition party claims of lack of impartiality of the judge and pressure on the defendants (the Georgian Chief Prosecutor on 21 October opened an investigation into allegations of blackmail made by the Head of Rustavi 2).

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has called on all Georgian and international public and political figures to refrain from making any public statements or taking any actions that could be interpreted as putting pressure on the judiciary. On 7 August he stated "As Prime Minister and as a citizen, I fully support any kind restoration of justice but in my opinion this is a controversy of two subjects which should go before judges at the court."

On 22 October, the PM issued the following statement:

"I am saddened to witness the recent attempts to politicize the legal dispute between two private parties regarding the ownership of Rustavi 2 TV.

We are happy to see the channel continue broadcasting during these proceedings. The outcome of the case is however in the hands of the independent court, and should not be a matter of comment for party-political gain.

I call on the court to ensure full transparency of the judicial process and hope to see the case completed in a timely manner and a return to "business as usual" for this important media provider," - is said in the statement.

The Prime Minister’s Letter of Sympathy to the Turkish People

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 17:49

On behalf of the Georgian Government and people, the Prime Minister extended condolences to the Turkish Government and people and to the families of the victims of the recent terrorist attack.

„We condemn this heinous act in the strongest terms as there can be no justification for terrorism.
We share your grief over this tragedy. Please accept once again my deepest condolences and solidarity," is written in the letter of sympathy.

Prime Minister at Interactive Dialogue 4 Protecting our Planet and Combatting Climate Change

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 17:56

It is my honor and great pleasure to have this opportunity to be engaged in an interactive dialogue on Protecting Our Planet and Combating Climate Change, one of the key challenges for the 21st century. 

Today, the world is facing environmental challenges threatening the quality of our drinking water, eroding our natural resources, and creating massive amounts of property damage for individuals and industries alike. 
Georgia's commitment to Green Growth is steadfast.
Because of our unique geographical location and varied climate, Georgia is extremely vulnerable to climate change. This summer, Tbilisi, our capital city, suffered severe flooding which had a drastic impact on human lives and infrastructure. The tragedy has become an additional driver for us to tackle climate change with redoubled vigour. 
Georgia Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili made a speech on UN Summit:

"We do so by boosting investments in low carbon technologies throughout Georgia, which will reduce the vulnerability of highly exposed communities. Georgia is therefore taking steps to integrate climate risk and resilience into core development planning and implementation. 

As a Party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since 1994, Georgia is fully committed to the objectives of the Convention and UNFCCC negotiation process. 
Georgia launched in 2013 the elaboration of the Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS) with support of the US government. Based on the results achieved, we have prepared our INDC to submit to the UNFCCC Secretariat, which outlines post-2020 climate change mitigation actions intended to be taken under a new 2015 Agreement. The sustainable development goals and national circumstances have been taken into account during the preparation of Georgia's INDC.

Furthermore, Georgia is committed to develop and adopt the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA) and Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). Georgia supports green economic development by promoting modern environmental technologies, developing clean transport services and ensuring the transfer to Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP).

Georgia plans to unconditionally reduce its GHG emissions by 15% below the Business As Usual scenario (BAU) for the year 2030. But we need international support. Access to finance that allows Georgia to invest in new technologies to substantially limit GHG emissions is crucial for us. 

To conclude, I would like to reaffirm Georgia's readiness to make its own contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals at national, regional and global level. In order to create a sustainable future and safeguard the planet for future generations, the necessary steps must be taken today," - Irakli Garibashvili said.

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