The Delegation of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia pays al visit to Switzerland

Published in Economics
Monday, 29 August 2022 13:57

Under the support of the Swiss Development Agency, the Delegation of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia paid a visit to Switzerland. During the visit, the Swiss side shared its experience regarding the effective functioning of the agricultural extension system in the country.

According to the administration of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, the meetings were held at the Bern University of Applied Sciences, the Department of Agriculture, the School of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Sciences (HAFL) and the relevant services of the local cantons.

The visit was organized by the United Nations Development Programme "Modernization of the Vocational Education and Training and Extension Systems related to Agriculture in Georgia" project.

"The experience of the Swiss side was very interesting for us. we got information about agricultural knowledge and innovation systems and professional and graduate programs in the respective area at the Bern University of Applied Sciences. As we are all aware, the education system in Switzerland is at an exceptionally high level, namely, Swiss Smart Farming has both professional and undergraduate programs. In addition, there are studies, the results of which are actively implemented through the extension service.
The agricultural extension service is also gradually developing in our country; meanwhile, it is important to strengthen vocational education. The sharing experience of the Swiss side assured us once again that we are going in the right way and we should continue this process", said the Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, Mr. Solomon Pavliashvili.

During the visit, the members of the delegation got acquainted with the rural development strategies that contribute to the improvement of farmers' skills and knowledge; also they got information about the rural development programs implemented by the state to provide financial support for farmers; the sides shared experience on the training and retraining programs for extension specialists, existing mechanisms for spreading knowledge among farmers and the Swiss model of Public Private Partnership (PPP), climate-smart agriculture approaches etc.

Switzerland launches Cooperation Programme for the South Caucasus 2022-2025

Published in Economics
Friday, 20 May 2022 14:58

On 19 May 2022, H.E. Heidi Grau, Ambassador of Switzerland to Georgia, and Danielle Meuwly, Regional Director of Cooperation, presented a new Swiss Cooperation Programme for the South Caucasus 2022-2025. The Programme is a flagship document which defines the key priority areas of Swiss engagement for the period of 2022-2025. The event brought together the representatives of the Government, international and national partners and implementing agencies.

Switzerland, through its Cooperation Office in the South Caucasus with the regional office in Tbilisi, will implement the regional Cooperation Programme in the course of four years, 2022-2025. The focus of the Swiss engagement will be on four key areas: 1) promoting civic engagement and cooperation in the region, 2) strengthening democracy and public institutions, 3) improving economic development and creation of decent jobs, and 4) strengthening climate resilience and sustainable resource management. Gender equality and good governance will be considered in all relevant projects.

Switzerland is currently supporting more than 20 projects most of which kicked off within the framework of the previous Swiss Cooperation Strategy 2017-2021. At the end of 2021, as a result of Swiss-funded projects, more than 150’000 beneficiaries received additional incomes from agriculture, which amounted to about USD 34 million. Digital infrastructure was created in 63 municipalities, making digital public services available for about 1.5 million residents. Important analytical work on gender impact assessments and gender pay gap was undertaken to promote gender equality, for example.

The new Cooperation Programme 2022-2025 will build on past achievements and continue to make an effective contribution to the country's development pathways by initiating new projects in priority areas. In Georgia, Switzerland will continue strengthening the country’s economy by providing support to the agriculture sector, focusing on rural SMEs, women’s economic development in rural areas and vocational education and training related to agriculture. Governance, including migration, and local economic development will remain key areas of Swiss intervention. The Programme will also continue to pursue better climate adaptation and natural resource management focusing on forestry. Apart from these thematic focuses, Switzerland will further engage in conflict prevention, peace promotion, and strengthen human rights. It will also finance small initiatives by local NGOs on topics such as gender equality, environment and climate change, inclusiveness and digitalization. Moreover, Switzerland will support the local Georgian art scene by financing cultural projects, as part of a regional art and culture program. The overall budget for Georgia amounts to CHF 34 million.

Swiss engagement in the South Caucasus dates back to 1988 and has expanded ever since through strong bilateral interventions in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. The regional Cooperation Office  in Tbilisi was opened in 1996. The overall Swiss investment in development cooperation in the region has so far amounted to CHF 200 million.

Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia

 

GLOBALink | Chinese pianist Lang Lang gives solo performance in Switzerland's Jungfrau

Published in CHINA
Friday, 15 April 2022 15:22

GENEVA, April 15 (Xinhua) --Chinese pianist Lang Lang gave a solo piano performance in Switzerland's Jungfrau on Thursday, hoping to promote cultural exchanges between China and Europe through classical music.

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Free trade agreement with the EFTA opens up new opportunities of co-operation in trade and economy between Georgia and Switzerland

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 15:38
Within the framework of his visit to Geneva, Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met the Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Didier Burkhalter. The Ministers spoke about the successful co-operation in the bilateral format, as well as within the international organizations. The Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs congratulated his Georgian counterpart on the EU Council’s decision of 17 February 2017 to grant Georgia visa-free travel with Europe. For his part, Mikheil Janelidze reaffirmed Georgia’s European aspirations and the Government’s intention to get closer to the EU in terms of institutional development and standards. While on the theme of bilateral relations, the Ministers noted with satisfaction the remarkable bilateral relations between Georgia and Switzerland providing the solid groundwork for developing co-operation in various areas. Special note was taken of importance of concluding the Agreement between Georgia and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). Discussions also focused on the possibility of the Swiss President’s visit to Georgia in 2017. The sides discussed the security environment in the region. Mikheil Janelidze thanked the Swiss side for Switzerland’s mediation efforts in Georgia’s relations with Russia. The Ministers spoke about the security, humanitarian and human rights situation in Georgia’s occupied territories. The Georgian Foreign Minister paid special attention to the Georgian government’s peace policy and to the necessity of peacefully resolving the conflict, through the active support of the international community.

Georgian Prime Minister to Visit Spain and Switzerland

Published in Politics
Tuesday, 17 January 2017 10:16

On January 17-21, the Prime Minister of Georgia will participate in the International Tourism Fair and the World Economic Forum.
A meeting with Taleb Rifai (Secretary-General of the United Nations' World Tourism Organization) will mark the beginning of Giorgi Kvirikashvili's working visit to the Kingdom of Spain. Meetings are also planned with King Felipe VI of Spain and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Spain Mariano Rajoy. As part of his working visit to Madrid, the Prime Minister of Georgia, together with his delegation, will participate in the International Tourism Fair and visit the Georgian Pavilion. 
In addition, Giorgi Kvirikashvili has been invited to attend a reception held on behalf of the King of Spain and the World Tourism Organization to honor the participants of the International Tourism Fair. 
From Madrid, Giorgi Kvirikashvili will travel to the Swiss Confederation to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos. The slogan of this year's forum is Responsible Leadership, with the Fourth Industrial Revolution as its main topic. During the forum, the Prime Minister of Georgia will hold meetings with representatives of the global economic community. Under the working visit, high-level bilateral political meetings are also planned.

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