Prime Minister’s Upcoming Visit to Estonia

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 11:45

The Prime Minister of Georgia will pay a state visit to Estonia in the nearest future. The details of the upcoming visit were discussed during today's meeting between Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Estonia's Foreign Minister Sven Mikser. The parties discussed Georgia's European and Euro-European integration and Estonia's strong support in this process. According to Sven Mikser, Estonia will continue supporting Georgia's European integration during its presidency of the Council of the European Union, with strengthening cooperation between the EU and its partners in Eastern Europe as one of its key priorities. The parties also spoke of the upcoming Eastern Partnership Summit this year.
The discussion also involved the situation in Georgia's occupied territories and villages along the occupation lines, with the Estonian Foreign Minister personally visiting the village of Khurvaleti earlier today. Sven Mikser reaffirmed Estonia's unwavering support for Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty.
Special emphasis during the meeting was placed on the successfully developing Georgia-Estonia bilateral cooperation in a variety of fields. The Prime Minister introduced the Georgian Government's four-point reform agenda. Giorgi Kvirikashvili welcomes sharing Estonia's experience in a number of directions, including e-governance and tax administration reform.
The parties commended the growing trade dynamics and emphasized the need to further enhance the economic ties between the two countries.

Georgia-Greece relations due to gain a fresh impetus

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 11:55

At a meeting held in Athens the Georgian and Greek Prime Ministers spoke about the historically deep and friendly relations between Georgia and the Hellenic Republic.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras congratulated Georgia on the launch of visa-free travel with the EU reaffirming Greece’s firm support for Georgia’s European integration.  
The sides spoke about the issues relating to bilateral co-operation providing the solid basis for the further development of relations in various areas.
Special attention was paid to the high potential of economic co-operation between the two countries. The sides welcomed the conduction of the first meeting of the Georgia-Greece Intergovernmental Economic Commission, which, according to the Prime Ministers, will give a fresh impetus to co-operation between the two countries.
The Prime Ministers also spoke about the successful co-operation in the areas of culture and education. The Greek side openly expressed its interest in the Black Sea region. The sides agreed to give a fresh impetus to Greece-Georgia relations.

Meeting with Hungarian Foreign Minister

Published in Politics
Friday, 17 March 2017 17:37
Today Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili held a meeting with Hungary's Foreign and Trade Minister Péter Szijjártó as part of his official visit to Georgia. The parties discussed the key issues of the two countries' bilateral relations and prospects of deeper cooperation, also emphasizing the importance of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Georgia and Hungary. The upcoming Georgian visit of Hungary's Prime Minister Victor Orban was also discussed, during which a joint business forum will be held to bring together Georgian businesspersons and representatives of 50 large Hungarian companies. Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Péter Szijjártó stressed the need to strengthen trade and economic ties and pointed out the vast investment potential, also commending the positive tourism dynamics, which enable Hungarian Wizz Air to carry out low-cost flights from the Kutaisi Airport. The parties also discussed Georgia's European and Euro-Atlantic integration. The Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs congratulated Giorgi Kvirikashvili on the successful finalization of visa liberalization. According to him, Georgia is convincingly and consistently advancing on its path to European integration and NATO. The Prime Minister of Georgia and Hungary's Foreign Minister also discussed regional challenges and the situation in Georgia's occupied territories. According to the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary offers its unconditional support to Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Prime Minister’s Upcoming State Visit to Romania

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Friday, 17 March 2017 17:36
The Georgian Prime Minister's state visit to Romania is planned for April-the details of the visit, along with core issues of bilateral Georgia-Romania relations, were the main topics discussed at today's meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Romanian Ambassador Liviu Horumba. During the discussion, the active multidirectional cooperation and political ties between the two countries were emphasized. Special attention was paid to the need of enhancing economic cooperation. According to the Prime Minister, the Georgian Government welcomes new Romanian investors in Georgia and appreciates the deepening trade and economic relations between the two countries. The parties also spoke of Georgia's progress toward European and Euro-Atlantic integration. During the meeting, the Romanian Ambassador reaffirmed support for Georgia's territorial integrity and sovereignty and the country's European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

Prime Minister’s Initiative to Build Convention Center with 360° View at Gudauri Height

Published in Economics
Wednesday, 15 March 2017 10:18
A convention center with a 360° view will be built at one of the highest points of the Gudauri cableway, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili announced his initiative at today's Government meeting. According to the Prime Minister's initiative, the convention center will be built at one of the highest points the cableway can reach. The Prime Minister delegated the identification of a suitable area to the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development and the Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure. The convention center project will be based on European examples successfully operating all year round. According to the Prime Minister, this facility will boost the development of tourism in Gudauri. Should private companies take interest in the project, investment partnership offers will be considered.

The Chair of the EU Integration Committee echoing the initiative of the Prime Minister to set up the Media-Ombudsman Office

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 10:30
“I hail the initiative of the Prime Minister. It will be the step made to end speculations as it envisages set up of the objective source to monitor media and provide the society with the information about the current state in this regards”, - Ms. Tamar Khulordava stated. According to her, media today is open and free.“It is important that none of the TV Companies, including the most critical ones, shall have any impediments in broadcasting. I hope that it will be ensured in the future as well. This initiative the Prime Minister raised will facilitate to prevention of problems in reality and prevention of formation of doubts in the society”.

Prime Ministers of Georgia and Armenia Meeting Face-to-Face

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 17:43

Georgia and Armenia enjoy centuries-old good neighborly and friendly relations, and our relationship in the future should stem from these exceptional traditions, the Prime Minister of Georgia stated during his meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan.
The Prime Minister of Armenia thanked his Georgian counterpart for his invitation and hospitality. "Armenia-Georgia relations are very impressive, but prospects are equally promising. We have brought some ideas, and we will be happy to discuss them with you. I am convinced that our meeting will prove effective and productive. Thank you for hosting our delegation so warmly," addressed Karen Karapetyan Giorgi Kvirikashvili. 
During the face-to-face meeting, the parties discussed the two countries' bilateral cooperation in various fields and expressed commitment to furthering their friendly relations.

The PM talked about State Constitutional Commission

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 15:45

Based on the country's needs and actual state of affairs, we must adopt a constitution fully in line with international standards, Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili commented on the establishment of the State Constitutional Commission during the Government meeting session, also pointing out that the wider public is actively involved in the drafting of amendments to the country's supreme legislation.
"Such broad participation in the work of the Constitutional Commission is unprecedented in Georgia, including constitutionalists, experts from the NGO sector, and international organizations. As you know, the Venice Commission confirmed the need to adopt amendments and commended the process itself. Unlike in the past, when the media were usually the source of information about constitutional amendments, and the whole process was purely political in nature, now, once and for all, we are about to have in Georgia a constitution drafted with broad participation and based on pressing needs and challenges," the Prime Minister stated.

Prime Minister’s Letter of Condolences over Tehran incident

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Friday, 20 January 2017 13:00

"It is with great sadness that I learned the news of the tragedy striking a mall in Tehran, claiming the lives of tens of firefighters and injuring dozens, including those suffering from heavy injuries.
I extend my sincere sympathies to the families of the victims, the Iranian people, and the Government of Iran, and I wish the injured speedy recovery."
Giorgi Kvirikashvili
Prime Minister of Georgia

Prime Minister’s Speech at the Silk Road Effect Session

Published in Politics
Friday, 20 January 2017 09:54

The impact of political and infrastructural investments under the New Silk Road on economic growth and harmonization between Europe and Asia was the issue discussed today at the Silk Road Effect Session of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The Prime Minister of Georgia addressed the participants of the session.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili emphasized the importance of Georgia's engagement in the One Belt-One Road project initiative by the President of China. The project, according to the Prime Minister, is a great opportunity for ensuring development in its participant states.
"It is a network of different alternatives, and each of them is important to growth healthy and have healthy economy in Eurasia. This is about competition and cooperation at the same time. It is more about cooperation, however. As mentioned by President Aliyev, the Silk Road brings enormous opportunities, but there are certain prerequisites in order to get the most of it in order to leverage on the existing potential. First of all, it is, of course, infrastructure. Second is stability across countries. This is about cooperation, cross-border procedures, and unification of tariff systems. Of course, this is about political cooperation and has multifold dimensions," the Prime Minister stated.
According to the Prime Minister, Georgia has already signed cooperation agreements with its partner states. The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad project is nearing completion, being an important part of the Silk Road going through Georgia to Azerbaijan and Turkey.
In his speech, Giorgi Kvirikashvili emphasized the importance of the Anaklia Deep Sea Port project.
"We are launching the construction of one of the largest ports on the Black Sea, which is the Anaklia Seaport. We already have a winning consortium, a Georgian-American consortium, and they are looking for port operators in the region. We are modernizing our railway, increasing the speed of our railway. We are investing a lot in the road infrastructure. Of course, we are cooperating with other countries across the Silk Road. We already signed a cooperation agreement with China. We have completed free trade negotiations with China, and we will sign the free trade agreement in the nearest future. In a nutshell, the Silk Road is about borderless cooperation. It is very important to mention that this economy is not only about transportation. This is about manufacturing cooperation and logistics," the Prime Minister said.
The session, which was dedicated to the opportunities offered by the New Silk Road, was attended by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj.As usual, the Davos Forum hosts heads of states and governments, global business leaders, scientists, economists, and political scientists. The slogan of this year's forum is Responsible Leadership. Global political leaders and almost 1,000 large companies and organizations are participating in the forum. The Georgian delegation led by Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili consists of Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Gakharia, Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze, and Head of Georgia's Co-Investment Fund Giorgi Bachiashvili.

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