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H.E. Lasha Khutsishvili, Minister of Finance of Georgia met Subir Lall, Deputy Director of Middle East and Central Asia Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and James John, IMF Mission Chief today, along with other mission members.
Discussion was focused on the cooperation of Georgia and IMF, as well as the implementation of reforms envisaged in the 3-year program supported by the IMF.
Dignitaries reviewed the current economic stance of the country, once again highlighting that irrespective of the current challenges, Georgia achieved progress in terms of economic growth and improved fiscal parameters in the past two years. At the same time, significance of continued macroeconomic policies has been stressed.
Meeting was attended by Giorgi Kakauridze and Ekaterine Guntsadze, Deputy Ministers of Finance; Selim Cakir, Resident Representative of the IMF in Georgia; Vakhtang Chalapeikrishvili, Department Head of Macroeconomic Analysis and Fiscal Policy Planning at the MOF and Shota Gunia, Department Head of Fiscal Risk Management at the MOF.
On 14 February 2023, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lasha Darsalia, held a meeting with the members of the Council of Europe delegation, who arrived in Georgia to prepare the 27th consolidated report of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe - "Conflict in Georgia".
The Georgian side provided the CoE delegation with information about the serious security, humanitarian and human rights situation in the Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions occupied by Russia.
Discussions focused on Russia’s provocative and illegal actions in the occupied regions and across the occupation line, which further aggravate the situation on the ground.
The Georgian side drew special attention to the recent facts of human rights violations. While on the subject of the Geneva International Discussions, the sides noted the importance of this format in terms of achieving progress on the main issues of the agenda, such as the fulfillment of international obligations assumed by Russia under the Ceasefire Agreement of 12 August 2008, as well as the safe and dignified return of internally displaced persons and refugees.
The sides also emphasized the importance of resuming Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) meetings in Gali without any preconditions and the importance of smooth and regular functioning of Ergneti IPRM.
Lasha Darsalia highlighted the importance of maintaining the issues related to the occupied regions high on the international agenda, and emphasized in this context the significance of the consolidated reports of the Secretary General.
Within the framework of the visit, the Council of Europe delegation will hold meetings with the Minister of State for Reconciliation and Civil Equality; First Deputy Minister of IDPs from Occupied Territories, Labour, Health and Social Protection; with the State Security Service and the Office of the Public Defender of Georgia. The Council of Europe delegation will also visit the occupation line.
MFA of Georgia
The Ministry of Internal Affairs stopped the investigation into the criminal case against the artist Sandro Sulaberidze. According to the statement issued by the ministry, on February 4, 2023, the Ministry of Internal Affairs received a report on theft of a piece of modern art from the exhibition space of the National Gallery of Georgia. The relevant services launched an investigation under Article 177, Part II of the Criminal Code of Georgia.