Vira Platonova receives The Future of Emerging Europe Award in ‘Female Business Leader of the Year’ category

Published in Culture
Friday, 24 September 2021 16:10

Nominations for the annual The Future of Emerging Europe Awards event acknowledge the best organizations and individuals for their significant contribution to the development of European countries

Georgia, Tbilisi – September 24, 2021 – Vira Platonova, Senior Vice President and Group Country Manager, CISSEE, Visa, has been recognized as the “Female Business Leader of the Year” by the prestigious international The Future of Emerging Europe Awards.

The annual Future of Emerging Europe Summit and Awards event, held in Brussels this year in a hybrid format, initiated a debate addressing the most important topics for a developing Europe. Organizers of the summit also recognized the best governments, organizations, and individuals for making significant contributions to the social, economic and democratic growth of the 23 countries of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe and the Caucasus.

This year, there were 21 nominations in five major categories: People, Planet, Prosperity, Partnership and Peace. Among them also were ‘Young Influencer of the Year’, ‘Female Business Leader of the Year’, as well as ‘Public Figure of the Year’. Kasia Madera, BBC World News journalist and summit co-founder Andrew Wrobel, announced winners on stage at the BluePoint Brussels convention center, near the European district of the Belgian capital.

For the inspiring success of Visa team in CISSEE region, constant support of women entrepreneurs and development of the next generation of leaders, Vira Platonova was recognized as the best in the category ‘Female Business Leader of the Year’. 

“We believe at Visa in gender equality and just access for all and everywhere. Supporting female leadership and equal career development in our organization, also investing into educational programs, and building communities of female entrepreneurs, we aim to support just and prosperous development of economy and society. On behalf of the Visa team, I am very proud to accept this award, that recognizes our efforts and input, and motivates us to do more,” stated Vira Platonova, Senior Vice President and Group Country Manager, CISSEE, Visa.

The voting process included several stages. After a comprehensive selection of applicants for the nomination, and following the open online public vote, the jury committee, as well as the team of The Future of Emerging Europe Awards, reviewed all candidates and made lists of those who best meet the criteria.

“Madeleine Albright once said that there is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women. That’s why women empowering women, especially those who have reached great success in their careers, which is particularly important especially in some of the male-dominated societies across emerging Europe. Women need to see more worthy role models, and such nominations contribute to this,” said Andrew Wrobel, Founding Partner of The Future of Emerging Europe Summit and Awards.

This year among many others nominations, the Professor Günter Verheugen Award, given to eminent individuals from outside emerging Europe who have contributed to the region’s prosperity and peace, has been given to Sir Suma Chakrabarti, former president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (2012-2020). Professor Katalin Karikó (Hungary), whose work formed the basis of the Covid-19 vaccine, was given the Princess Marina Sturdza Award, that recognize distinguished individuals in the region who have contributed to its prosperity, science, culture and peace.

The full list of winners can be found on the website of The Future of Emerging Europe Awards.

Future of Emerging Europe Summit and Awards event is supported by the Emerging Europe Council, an independent advisory body to the board of directors of Emerging Europe, including leading opinion formers, senior business executives, scholars, heads of state and government, former senior representatives of international institutions, civil society and the world of diplomacy and art.


About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere.  As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit,,

About Emerging Europe

Emerging Europe is a London-based intelligence, community, and news platform whose mission is to foster sustainable and innovation-driven social, economic, and democratic development of 23 countries of the region, spanning Central, North-eastern and South-eastern Europe and the South Caucasus.

The Future of Emerging Europe – an online and offline debate shedding light on the challenges that the emerging Europe region is facing and highlighting the best solutions and initiatives helping overcome these challenges in five areas: people, planet, prosperity, partnerships, and peace (Sustainable Development Goals) linked to the Emerging Europe Awards.

Turkmen leader addresses the greetings to the participants of International tourist forum

Published in World
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 17:27

Let me extend my gratitude on the beginning of work of International tourist exhibition and conference “Tourism and Travel” in Avaza National tourist zone. I am confident that the forum would be very important in popularization of tourist potential of the country, - greeting message of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said.

Turkmenistan works on the formation of relevant infrastructure, legal, economic and social bases of tourist activity. Adoption of legal acts on regulation of tourism sphere, construction and opening of fashionable hotel complexes in free economic zone of Avaza, in Ashgabat and velayats, new health improving and entertainment centres cause the growth of potential of the country in the world tourist market.

International rally Amul – Hazar 2018, which was held recently, became not only big important competitions but also excellent event that revealed Turkmen land as attracting direction on the world map for tourists and travellers.

The rally brought together masters and amateurs of this captivating sport from different countries. This project was not only the sport event but also excellent opportunity for popularization of national cultural heritage, historical monuments, variety of bright traditions and rites of our nation in the world, - the message noted.

Formation of modern tourism industry in Turkmenistan as an important factor in development of international cooperation, attraction of innovative technologies to he country and integrated modernization of national economy.

I am confident that international forum on the coast of Caspian Sea would support the establishment and improvement of new partnership relations, successful implementation of innovative approaches to the practice of our country, improvement of Turkmenistan authority as perspective centre of international tourism industry, - the message of the President highlighted.

The state news agency of Turkmenistan 

Turkmen Leader Speaks with Jean-Louis Schlesser

Published in World
Thursday, 13 September 2018 10:03

Following the race, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov spoke with the director general of the Africa Eco Race who was involved in implementing the Amul – Hazar 2018 project, Jean-Louis Schlesser, who asked the head of state to share his impressions of the prologue.

In response, the Turkmen leader expressed to the renowned driver his congratulations on the sports festival that kicked off on the banks of the Amudarya. “Speaking of the track, as every athlete, I was certainly focused”, said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Following the precepts of our ancestors to begin a great cause with good wishes, I would like to express to all crews my heartiest wishes for a good journey and, of course, victory.

Jean-Louis Schlesser asked for the head of state’s opinion on holding this grandiose event – the Amul – Hazar 2018 international rally raid – with participation of numerous guests, and on the general idea of this competition.

– Sport is always good as it unites peoples and countries; it implies stability and global peace. Therefore I believe that today’s competition, for which many athletes arrived from different countries, is a great festival. Amul – Hazar 2018 eco-rally raid is of great significance. The name itself suggests that Turkmenistan has always been the heart of the Great Silk Road that is being revived in a new format today. The participants will see with their own eyes this historical route from Amul to Hazar and will enjoy the beautiful nature and the landscape of the Turkmen land. The main course crosses the Karakum Desert, and I believe that its exoticism will inspire our guests, replied the head of state.

During the conversation, the sides specifically focused on the environmental status of the rally. As this type of competition is linked to emission of harmful exhaust gases and СО2, in organizing the rally, we considered environmental and nature-protection issues as overriding matters. Turkmenistan always places a special emphasis on these problems in its policy-making, stressed the President and highlighted that the participants of the Amul – Hazar 2018 rally raid were provided with environmentally friendly fuel.

We intend to work on the production of ecological synthetic fuel from natural gas, which will give us an opportunity to see the future of this type of sport. The current processes on our planet – the global warming, natural disasters – take forward the issues concerning the environment and nature protection. In this context, the Turkmen leader stressed that the United Nations General Assembly had adopted relevant resolutions initiated by Turkmenistan.

Jean-Louis Schesser assured the head of state of the Africa Eco Race’s readiness to cooperate with Turkmenistan and of its interest in such partnership, and also of the willingness to raise global awareness on our country’s efforts towards addressing environmental and nature-protection issues.

We prepared the eco-rally raid together, and this is linked to the issues of ecology and environment that are highly relevant in the whole world today, said President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Another important aspect is the course of the Amul – Hazar 2018 rally that runs along the Great Silk Road. We are reviving this new Silk Road that, at the modern stage, will play an important role in the fields of transport and transit corridors; in shaping the multimodal system and creating the Modal highway, and this is what matters, stressed the Turkmen leader. This is geo-economics and geopolitics, and our initiatives in the fields of transport and transit corridors were supported by the relevant resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly, said the head of state.

The Turkmen leader thanked Jean-Louis Schlesser for his important work and noted the high professionalism of the organizing team of the current international competition. He expressed his gratitude for their activity and wishes for luck, good journey and new achievements to all athletes.

The head of state and Jean-Louis Schlesser exchanged opinions on the specifics of the track of the Amul – Hazar 2018 rally raid. The French professional stated the high organizational level of the competition and reiterated to the Turkmen leader his gratitude for support and personal contribution, and for taking the time for the discussion.

Georgia: rural development achievements in media focus

Published in Economics
Thursday, 06 October 2016 10:20
The European Neighborhood Program for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) has showcased the achievements of local EU-funded projects during a media tour in the Georgian city of Borjomi on 1-2 October. Journalists learned details of local development strategies, priority areas in municipal development, and rural development grant programს supported by the European Union.
Media were informed about the EU’s LEADER’ model and its role in the rural development of Georgia. According to the model, rural development decisions are made on local level with the engagement of the local population in order to identify, study and find ways towards solutions to local problems in a more appropriate manner.
Journalists also met beneficiaries of EU projects, such as the agricultural cooperative  which grows bio products with the use of modern technologies, and will expand their business with the help of EU funds, enabling them to purchase new equipment and  improve their greenhouse production.
Another agricultural cooperative aims at developing its beekeeping enterprise and enlarging its production in the field. With the support of the EU grant, the cooperative plans to purchase 150 additional beehives. As a result, new products will be produced and sold on the market at an affordable price.
Another company offering services in the field of extreme and adventure tourism will renew its equipment with grant support from the EU, which will help to attract more tourists to the region.
The ENPARD programme has been supporting Georgia’s agriculture and rural development since 2013, and is composed of a variety of aid modalities, from direct budget support to the Government, through technical assistance and small grants to NGOs. The total budget for ENPARD in Georgia, covering the period of 2013-2019, is €102 million. 

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