13-19 February, 2017
ISSUE № 16 • Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili participated in Munich Security Conference • Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze paid official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan • Georgian Defence Minister Levan Izoria participated in NATO-Georgia Commission in Brussels • Meetings with Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani • Georgia’s position improved in Economic Freedom Index 2017 • WizzAir to Perform Direct Flights from Kutaisi to Great Britain • Presentation on Georgia’s business and investment environment held in Dublin
POLITICS Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili participated in Munich Security Conference 17-19.02.2017; Munich - Giorgi Kvirikashvili attended the Transatlantic Relegations and the International Order session, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US Vice President Mike Pence as main speakers. “Georgia is a country striving to be a member of the European family and the Euro-Atlantic community. A country building a stable future despite all challenges”, - stated the Prime Minister during a panel discussion "The Fault Lines of Eurasia". Within the frames of the Munich Security Conference, Kvirikashvili met with US Vice President Mike Pence. The US Vice President emphasized the readiness of the new US Administration to further its strategic partnership with Georgia and expressed his hope to host the Georgian Prime Minister in Washington, DC. Mike Pence stressed Georgia's special contribution to global security and thanked Georgia's Prime Minister for it. EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini stated at meeting with Georgia's Prime Minister reiterated Georgia's exceptional progress on its path toward the European Union.
Within the frames of the visit, Prime Minister held meetings with President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Secretary General of the League of Arab States Ahmed Aboul-Gheit, Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Energy Maroš Šefčovič, Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda for the International Criminal Court and Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey Binali Yıldırım.
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Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze paid official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan 13.02.2017; Baku - Mikheil Janelidze met with President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. The sides spoke about the good-neighborly and strategic relations between Georgia and Azerbaijan. Discussions focused on important issues relating to bilateral relations and regional co-operation. The sides highlighted the country’s great potential for the development of political as well as trade-economic relations. Special note was taken of the importance of transport and energy projects between Georgia and Azerbaijan. As part of his official visit to Baku, Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze met his Azerbaijani counterpart, foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov. The sides discussed important issues of co-operation reaffirming their readiness to fully use trade-economic potential between the two countries. More: http://e.gov.ge/Fuaye http://e.gov.ge/XOqMS
Georgian Defence Minister Levan Izoria participated in NATO-Georgia Commission in Brussels 15-16.02.2017; Brussels – In a ministerial meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission, Ministers praised Georgia’s defence reforms. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stressed that Georgia is making good progress, and Allies will continue to help Georgia advance on its path towards NATO membership. Ministers also discussed the security situation in Georgia and NATO’s strengthened presence in the Black Sea region. U.S Secretary of Defence made a supporting statement towards Georgia after the NATO-Georgia Commission Session. James Mattis declared that the United States is grateful to Georgia for its contribution to the NATO missions: “We have also met with one of NATO’s closest partners - Georgia and I expressed appreciation and respect for Georgia’s contributions and sacrifices on NATO’s battlefield in Afghanistan.” . Within the framework of NATO Defence Ministerial, Minister of Defence of Georgia Levan Izoria held bilateral meetings with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, and with his Turkish, British, Latvian, Lithuanian and Romanian counterparts. More: https://goo.gl/fHncWA http://e.gov.ge/FnDjv http://e.gov.ge/yhEav
Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Abdul Latif Bin Rashid Al Zayani visited Georgia 14.02.2017; Tbilisi – Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili held a meeting with Secretary General of GCC Abdul latif bin Rashid Al Zayani. The parties discussed partnership between Georgia and GCC member states and prospects of cooperation in the future. During the meeting between the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia Irakli Kobakhidze and Dr. Abdul Latif Bin Rashid AL-ZAYANI, Mr. Kobakhidze noted that Georgia sets enhancement of relations with the Middle East partners. The Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze also received the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council. The sides spoke about Georgia’s successful co-operation with the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf. According to the Georgian Foreign Minister, Georgia takes a close interest in developing its ties with the Arab countries, and the increasing number of Georgian embassies to the GCC region is a clear proof of this interest. Minister and the Secretary General signed Memorandum of Understanding on the Mechanism of Consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf. More:http://e.gov.ge/ZtNSH http://e.gov.ge/HSheV http://e.gov.ge/flgTT
ECONOMY Georgia’s position improved in Economic Freedom Index 2017 16.02.2017 - Georgia’s position in the Economic Freedom Index 2017 have improved. It has been ranked 13th among 180 countries in 2017, while it held 23rd place in 2016. According to the report, Georgia’s government has maintained strong momentum in liberalizing economic activity while taking steps to restore fiscal discipline. Large-scale privatization has advanced, and anticorruption efforts have yielded some notable results. With monetary stability and the overall soundness of fiscal health relatively well maintained, Georgia has enjoyed macroeconomic resilience. More: http://e.gov.ge/wupAn
WizzAir to Perform Direct Flights from Kutaisi to Great Britain 16.02.2017 - Flights will be performed starting from June 18, 2017. Passengers are able to buy air tickets on the airline website – www.wizzair.com. Prices start from 105.99 GEL/£34.99. The low-cost flights will foster enhancement of tourism, commerce and business relations between Georgia and Great Britain. WizzAir permanently enlarges network of flights and offers 12 low-cost destinations in 9 countries to Georgian customers. More: http://e.gov.ge/zGakC
EVENTS Presentation on Georgia’s business and investment environment held in Dublin 16.02.2017; Dublin - Embassy of Georgia in Ireland hosted a presentation on Georgia’s business and investment environment that was organized in partnership with the Irish Chamber of Commerce in Central and Eastern Europe (i-Cham). Chargé d'Affaires of Georgia in Ireland George Zurabashvili addressed the audience with the presentation “Investment Climate and Opportunities in Georgia”. In his presentation Chargé d'Affaires gave a comprehensive overview on Georgia’s hub economy, country’s regional and transit role from where operations can be carried out in broader region and Georgia’s successful economic and business reforms. More: http://e.gov.ge/mzpzs