Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia and Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Inaugurate a New Motorway Bridge on the Debeda River at the Sovereign Border of Georgia and Armenia

Published in Economics
Monday, 22 August 2022 11:19

Friendship between our countries is measured by centuries-long history. Our relations are not only a role model of brotherhood and friendship, but a significant pre-condition of the welfare, stability, safety and development of the entire region.  This jointly-built Friendship Bridge is a symbol of our successful cooperation and friendship. It was announced by Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia when delivering his key-note speech at the inauguration of a new motorway bridge today.

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia inaugurated the new motorway bridge together with Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia.
The Head of Government of Georgia noted that a 160 meter-long bridge with 4 lanes is a unique project for the region.
“Let me greet you all, my dear guests! I greet and welcome my friend and friend of our country – Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia. I am delighted to host him in Georgia. We all know it well that friendship in our countries is measured by centuries-long history. Our relations are not only a role model of brotherhood and friendship, but a significant pre-condition of the welfare, stability, safety and development of the entire region.  This jointly-built Friendship Bridge is a symbol of our successful cooperation and friendship. A 160 meter-long bridge with 4 lanes is a unique project for the region, as it is located on the territory of two nations and was jointly built by us with modern standards and parameters. Upon commissioning, it will double the throughput of vehicles at the border. Quality of road safety will be improved for the citizens and visitors of both countries, as well as for the transit vehicles, resulting in the further increased trade and economic relations” noted the Prime Minister of Georgia.
According to him, the bridge will not only be beneficial for the citizens and visitors of Armenia and Georgia, but acquires strategic importance as a significant part of the international East-West Highway (EWH).
The Head of Government of Georgia expressed his gratitude to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) for allocating over 7 million Euros for the construction of the bridge.
“I wish to note that the bridge will not only benefit the citizens and visitors of Armenia and Georgia, but will also acquire strategic importance as a significant part of the East-West Highway (EWH). Development of the road corridor in our country is progressing at a high speed today. We have already built part of the EWH, while all the other fragments will be completed in mere 2 years. Of course, performance of customs check-points with a bridge of modern standards becomes even more vital within the context of such wide-scale projects. I wish to once again note that support of the EBRD was most vital in the cooperation of two friendly nations. I wish to express my gratitude to the Representative of the Bank. Almost over 7 million Euros were allocated for the implementation of this project. Also, I wish to personally thank the EBRD Management, construction and supervision companies, government agencies and professional teams of both countries, authors of the blueprints, engineers, constructors and everyone engaged in the implementation of this vital project. It may be said, Mr. Prime Minister that we built a new bridge of friendship between our countries and are officially celebrating it today. This bridge empowers us, our country and the entire region. That is why, I once again congratulate and thank you all. I wish peace to our countries, while prosperity and progress to our people. Thank you!” concluded the Prime Minister of Georgia.
Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia also addressed the audience gathered at the inauguration of the new motorway bridge today.
He focused on the positive trend in the trade and economic relations between the two countries, thereby noting that connectivity has a pivotal importance in these relations, as it enables the region to be integrated with the global economy. It also serves as a vital link at national, regional and international levels.
“Dear Mr. Prime Minister Garibashvili, Dear colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am glad to welcome all of you at the event on the occasion of the commissioning of this bridge, which marks the close and diversified Armenian-Georgian cooperation.
Undoubtedly, the centuries-old ties between our two fraternal countries, based on common values and historical heritage, need such an important, relevant and up-to-date infrastructure that creates a solid foundation for our further broad cooperation.
I am more than convinced that today there are all the necessary prerequisites for the development and deepening of relations with fraternal Georgia in accordance with the priorities of the foreign policy of the Republic of Armenia.
Dear attendees, considerable growth has been recorded in the Armenian-Georgian trade and economic relations under the conditions of the current most difficult challenges. Today I was pleasantly surprised to see that the trade turnover increased by 97% compared to the same period last year.
Of course, in previous years, in the post-COVID year, the base was not that big, but in any case, this is a very impressive figure, which, I think, is the result of the implementation of joint and consistent work. Against the backdrop of our intense relationship, when we look back and see the numbers to witness such positive trends, it certainly motivates us to try and make our intense relationship even more extensive.
The Armenian-Georgian trade and economic relations have even greater potential and this is what I mean: we must be able to use this potential through our work. There are serious opportunities for deepening cooperation in industry, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, ICT, transport, energy, tourism and other areas. Obviously, communication channels are of key importance for the development of trade and economic relations, which make it possible to integrate into the world economy, establish and maintain vital ties at the national, regional and international levels.
The priority of the transport sector in the framework of our bilateral cooperation and interaction within a number of international transport structures allow us to take real steps not only along the Persian Gulf-Black Sea international transport corridor, but also on other initiatives that provide a key link in the transport sector. I hope that the involvement of those who have already shown interest and other interested parties will contribute to regional long-term cooperation through more active work, coordination and implementation of the agreements reached.
I must note with satisfaction that regular passenger transportation between Armenia and Georgia is carried out both by land and by air. With regard to cargo transportation, additional efforts and continuous joint work are needed to ensure their easier movement. In this context, I also want to emphasize the importance of railway transport cooperation and the expansion of multimodal, in particular, ferry transportation” noted Nikol Pashinyan.
According to him, Georgia as a transit country has a vital importance for the reliable and safe supply of energy resources, communication and ICT to Armenia.
“Georgia, as a transit country for Armenia, is of great importance in terms of reliable and secure supply in terms of energy resources, communications and telecommunications. We have extensive experience in effective cooperation in the energy sector. Relevant departments and structures should carry out daily and consistent work in the direction of both the noted areas and in terms of ensuring cybersecurity.
I should note that it is necessary to develop cross-border cooperation between the two countries, which has brought tangible benefits in terms of the implementation of preventive measures, especially during the pandemic.
It is important for our two countries to expand cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian spheres. We must continue to make efforts in the field of tourism by offering joint travel packages for visitors to Armenia and Georgia.
As for interregional and decentralized cooperation between Armenia and Georgia, I should note that it has quite a lot of opportunities for development. It is necessary to consider the possibility of involving international structures in various cross-border cooperation programs.
No less important is the development of further cooperation in the areas of environmental protection, labor and employment, education and science, sports and youth. It is necessary to intensify the organization of joint events, to exchange experience.
Dear Mr Prime Minister, dear colleagues, of course, the implementation of all the above projects requires interdepartmental meetings, active mutual visits and close interpersonal contacts. And from the point of view of ensuring these conditions, it is important to carry out contacts freely and in a simplified manner, which from now on will be facilitated by this structure, this bridge.
In conclusion, I would like to thank all the parties involved, financial, design and construction organizations for the implementation of this infrastructure project, which symbolizes the friendship between the two countries, and for effective work. I am confident that these efforts will give an appropriate positive charge to mutually beneficial cooperation in all possible areas and to our bilateral fraternal ties.
I wish all of us further success and new achievements for the benefit of the progress of our nations and the well-being of our people. Thank you and congratulations” concluded the Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia.

A new bridge, which is already branded as a Friendship Bridge, was built on the Debeda river by the Sadakhlo-Bagratashen Customs Check-Point at the sovereign border of Georgia and Armenia. It was financed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) with 7.4 million Euros in total and jointly built by the two countries. It is a unique cross-border project for the region, as one part of it is located on the territory of Georgia, while the other part – on the territory of the Republic of Armenia.

New bridge of modern standards and parameters will improve the quality of road safety upon its commissioning and will benefit citizens and visitors of both countries, as well as the transit transportation of cargo. In contrast with the old one, the new bridge will double the throughput, resulting in the significant increase of cargo and travelers between and through the two neighbouring nations. It will also facilitate a further advancement of trade and economic relations.
Event was attended by representatives of the executive authorities from Georgia and the Republic of Armenia, along with the diplomatic corps accredited in the country.
 
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Under the initiative of Prime Minister of Georgia, a large-scale project will be launched to construct

Published in Economics
Wednesday, 17 August 2022 10:32

Under the initiative of Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, a large-scale project will be launched to construct and rehabilitate 800 school buildings. Its first phase will be launched in September-October and tenders will be announced for the construction of 80 new school buildings and rehabilitation of 320 existing ones.

A work group meeting was held and led by the Prime Minister of Georgia at the Government Administration in relation to the referred initiative. Details of the project were discussed by Mikheil Chkhenkeli, Minister of Education and Science of Georgia and Levan Sukhitashvili, Director of the Agency for Educational and Scientific Infrastructure Development with the Head of Government of Georgia.
According to the project, rehabilitation of 400 school buildings will be tendered out in 2023-2024, while the construction and rehabilitation of 800 school buildings in total will be carried out by the end of 2026.
Project ensures equal access to education resources and their advancement. Over 230 000 students will benefit as a result. Thus, all public education institutions will have state-of-the-art infrastructure by the end of 2026.
It is worth noting that refurbishment to modern standards is envisaged during the rehabilitation of existing school buildings and construction of new ones. Namely, modern lab facilities will be created, sports infrastructure will be upgraded and – what is most important – a healthy lifestyle will be introduced. Every school building will be adapted to the special needs of persons with disabilities.
As noted by the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia at the end of the meeting, focus on education is a strategic priority of the Government of Georgia.
Cost of the project amounts to 1 BLN GEL.
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Irakli Garibashvili: Export in July reaches a record-high indicator at 540 MLN USD

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 16 August 2022 11:26

Export in July reached a record-high indicator at 540 MLN USD. It was announced by Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia at the Executive Government Meeting today.

As the Prime Minister noted, the country has increased its exports by almost 40%.
“Export in July reached a record-high indicator at 540 MLN USD. If we compare this indicator with the previous year, we realize that it has increased by 40%. I also wish to say that it is a record-high indicator compared to July of the previous year, as well as all other months. In total, exports in January-July increased by almost 37% and amounted to over 3 BLN USD. We have a rise in imports as well and the total turnover in trade reaching almost 10.2 BLN USD, which exceeds the indicator of previous years by about 35%” noted the Prime Minister of Georgia.
According to Irakli Garibashvili, proceeds from tourism in July exceeded the results of 2019 by reaching 476 MLN USD, which is a record-high indicator.
The Prime Minister of Georgia noted that total revenues generated from travelers in January-July amounted to 1.618 BLN USD.
According to the Head of Government of Georgia, such trends in exports and tourism give us grounds to claim that high growth rate of economic performance will be maintained in actual data of July as well.
“You see that a great number of tourists are in the country and I wish to tell you that revenues generated from travelers, i.e. tourism in July actually exceeded the data of 2019 for the first time after the COVID pandemic. That indicates that the sector has recovered and not only equalized, but exceeded the data of 2019. We thus have a record-high indicator of revenues. Namely, proceeds from tourism amounted to 476 MLN USD, which is by 20% higher compared to the respective period of 2019, while exceeding 130% of 2021 data. Overall, revenues generated from travelers in January-July reached 1.618 BLN USD. That is, such trends in exports and tourism gives us grounds to claim that a high growth rate of economic performance will be maintained in actual data of July as well, which is very promising for us. Of course, it means more jobs and more income for our fellow citizens, with a reduction of poverty in the country” concluded Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.
 
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Irakli Garibashvili: We are celebrating the most significant day of our great history and marvelous past today

Published in Politics
Friday, 12 August 2022 16:03

Initially, I wish to congratulate you all with the Day of Didgori. We are celebrating the most significant day of our great history and marvelous past today. Victory in the Didgori battle is an example of unfading strength and perseverance, military glory, heroism and daring of Georgian people that defined the following development of our country in many ways. It was announced by Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia when delivering a speech at the celebration of Didgori Day.

As the Head of Government of Georgia noted, the brilliant victory attained 9 centuries ago was a “marvelous triumph” belonging to a number of greatest achievements of military strategy in world history, turning into a solid foundation of unification, solidification and statehood of our nation.
“Victory in the Didgori battle made the liberation of our country possible and gave rise to the Golden Age in the history of Georgia – political, economic, cultural, religious and educational renaissance. With this victory, Georgia eventually got established as the strongest state in the region.
At the same time, I wish to once again remind our future generation – especially our children and youth – that it was the day of national victory with Christian values, which serves as a basis of our culture, history and traditions of our country. These very values support us to this day. It is the only solid basis” noted the Prime Minister of Georgia.
According to the Head of Government of Georgia, the Didgori battle and victory guides every single citizen of the country.
“We know it well that unequal powers stood opposite each other in Didgori Valley, however unbending spirit, Georgian firmness, daring and courage were on our side – of course – with the wisdom and bravery of our grand ruler, Saint King David the Builder.
I wish to once again recall the words of our prudent Patriarch, which – may be said – best express the significance of this day – a true public feast: Didgori battle is yet to be won! Didgori is the fight and victory that guides each citizen of the country. We should remember that future generations need to know that with the unity of our country and people, with a daily work for and to our homeland, we can succeed in any challenge – great or small – be that unification of our nation and gaining our territorial integrity. Once again, let me congratulate you all on this day and wish unification, solidification and integrity to our homeland. God be our protector!” stated Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia.
Various cultural events were held to celebrate Didgori Day. Three military officers were awarded with a Didgori Cross. Event was attended by Juansher Burchuladze, Minister of Defense of Georgia; Irakli Karseladze, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia; Lasha Khutsishvili, Minister of Finance of Georgia; Larry Barnabishvili, Department Head for Regional Coverage at the Government Administration;  Giorgi Dokhturishvili, Governor of Kvemo Kartli; Revaz Javelidze, Head of Government Administration and officials of the local authorities.

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Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia Meets Yıldırım Demirören, Chairman of Demirören Holding

Published in Economics
Friday, 12 August 2022 13:33

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met Yıldırım Demirören, Chairman of Demirören Holding today.

Parties discussed the prospects of future cooperation. Focus was made on the investment opportunities in various directions, including the hospitality industry, real estate sector, energy and information technologies. It was noted that a large investment will be injected by the company for the construction of a new, 5-star hotel branded as Old Iveria in Tskaltubo.
Potential of the country was highlighted at the meeting.
According to the Prime Minister of Georgia, a stable and favourable business environment exists in the country for investors, with low rates and small number of taxes and unique location of the country, making Georgia particularly attractive for foreign investors.
Meeting held at the Government Administration was attended by Ziya Alemdar, Vice-President of Demirören Holding and Supervisory Council Members – Sinan Oktay and Alaattin Aykaç; Kıvanç Oktay, Chairman of Lidya Yapi A.S. and Ivane Nakaidze, Founding Partner and CEO of Petrocas Energy Group.
 

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Prime Minister of Georgia Completes Official Visit to the Republic of Kazakhstan

Published in Politics
Thursday, 28 July 2022 10:31

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgie completed his Official Visit to the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The Head of Government of Georgia was escorted to the Nursultan Nazarbayev International Airport in the capital city of Nur-Sultan by Yermukhambet Konuspayev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Within the scope of the visit, the Head of Government of Georgia met with Alikhan Smailov, Prime Minister and Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia visited the Republic of Kazakhstan together with his delegation.
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Prime Minister of Georgia Meets UNGA76 President

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 26 July 2022 13:18

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia met Abdulla Shahid, President of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 76) today.

Dignitaries discussed the active topics of cooperation between Georgia and the United Nations within the scope of the UN General Assembly.
Focus was made on the current situation witnessed in the occupied regions of Georgia and the significant role of the UN in the peaceful resolution of the conflict. The Prime Minister of Georgia expressed his gratitude to the President of UNGA76 for the solid support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.
Focus was made on peace and security, human rights, sustainable development and gender equality.
Meeting held at the Government Administration was attended by Kemlin Furley, Acting UN Resident Coordinator and Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Georgia; Fernando Anders Marani, Deputy Chef de Cabinet for the President of UNGA76; Inga Kanchaveli, Deputy Team Leader on Reforms, Legal and Fiscal Matters; attendees from the Georgian side included Ilia Darchiashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and Revaz Javelidze, Head of Government Administration.
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Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili’s meeting with China’s new Ambassador to Georgia, Zhou Qian

Published in Politics
Monday, 25 July 2022 11:53

Today, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with China’s new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Georgia, Zhou Qian.

The Head of Government wished the newly appointed Ambassador success and expressed hope in continuous productive cooperation between Georgia and China.
The meeting pointed out that China is among Georgia’s top five trade partners, with this year’s January-June trade turnover between the countries reaching 922 million USD. The conversation also revolved around Chinese investments, namely highlighting that Chinese FDAs exceed 695 million USD, a fact welcomed by Georgia.
The meeting also focused on tourism, singling out direct flights between Georgia and China as a contributing factor behind a dynamic growth in tourist flows.
The parties also expressed hope that the next annual meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation of Georgia and the People’s Republic of China will be held soon. The meeting also underscored the importance of maintaining the positive dynamic of high-level visits.
The meeting also underlined that Georgia appreciates the support of the People’s Republic of China for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The parties also focused on bolstering bilateral educational and scientific ties, with emphasis on the fact that this year marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Georgia and China.
 
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Head of Government meets with European Parliament’s delegation

Published in Politics
Friday, 22 July 2022 12:36

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with a delegation of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET). At first, the Head of Government held a face-to-face meeting with MEP David McAllister, followed by enhanced-format negotiations.
The Prime Minister welcomed the European parliamentarians’ visit to Georgia and emphasized its importance for the process of Georgia’s accession to the EU, also in light of the regional situation.
The conversation focused on prospects of enhanced cooperation in the future. Attention was paid to the European Council’s historic decision from June 23, on granting the European perspective to Georgia, as a recognition of Georgia’s progress under a transitional democracy in the three decades since regaining independence.
The Prime Minister pointed out as unfortunate the differentiated approach applied to Georgia, when the country was not granted a candidate status alongside Moldova and Ukraine. Nonetheless, the Georgian Government has actually started implementing the twelve priorities defined in the European Council’s June 23 decision. An inclusive process and engagement from every relevant stakeholder is key to the implementation of the priorities set by the European Commission, the Head of Government said, adding that this is a joint responsibility that everyone in the country must take into account.
The meeting underlined that Georgia continues implementing the Association Agreement (AA) and the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) with the EU, as well as the obligations stipulated under the updated Association Agenda 2021-2027.
Attention was paid to the dire humanitarian and human rights situation in Georgia’s occupied regions. The meeting highlighted the European Parliament’s support of the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders, also expressing hope that the EU will raise this issue in every relevant format. In addition, the Prime Minister underlined the importance of using the Geneva International Discussions effectively. The Head of Government reaffirmed the commitment of Georgia’s authorities to peaceful conflict-resolution.
As it was emphasized during the meeting, Georgia remains the EU’s reliable partner and loyal contributor to its ongoing operations.
The conversation also revolved around the military action in Ukraine and the regional state of affairs in general as factors impacting Georgia. Attention was also paid to issues pertaining to Black Sea Security.
The meeting at the Government Administration was attended by the European Parliament’s representatives: The Chair of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, David McAllister, and Committee Members Željana Zovko, Sven Mikser, Viola von Cramon-Taubadel, Thierry Mariani, and Assita Kanko, while the Georgian side was represented by Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili and the Head of the Government Administration, Revaz Javelidze.

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Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia Completes Visit to Turkmenistan (Video)

Published in Politics
Thursday, 21 July 2022 10:39

Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia completed his visit to Turkmenistan.

The Head of Government of Georgia was escorted to Ashgabat International Airport by Muhammetgeldi Serdarov, Minister of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan.

Within the scope of his visit, the Prime Minister of Georgia held a high-level bilateral meeting with Serdar Berdimuhamedow, President of Turkmenistan.

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