Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania tomorrow will travel to Azerbaijan. During the visit will be held a trilateral meeting of the defense ministers of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.
According to the statement of Alasaniya, this meeting was preparing for a long time with the initiative of the Georgian side last year. As the head of the Defense Ministry of Georgia noted, it will be the first formal meeting of the three ministers.
According to him, the meeting and the subsequent clearance of the agreement will be focused on the planning of actions by three countries aimed to the protection of the communications infrastructure, in particular, oil and gas pipelines and railways in a critical situation, in case if there is a military escalation. As emphasized Alasaniya, it is not a step against anyone. "On the contrary such agreements provide additional support for regional stability", - concluded Alasania.
Azerbaijan intends to learn the experience of Georgia in the field of agriculture. This was stated by representatives of Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan delegation at a meeting with the head of the Georgian Ministry of Agriculture Otar Daneliya, as it was reported.
The Georgian side briefed the guests on projects that have been implemented in the country in recent years to develop the agricultural sector.
The parties also discussed the projects that are being implemented in Azerbaijan irrigation system, introduction of new technologies, and the purchase of European equipment for the agricultural sector. The Georgian side has taken a special interest in the experience of Azerbaijan in the field of agricultural leasing.
"For us it is very important to listen to our neighbors, who have ten years of experience in the field of agricultural leasing, and their opinion is very interesting for me. I think that we will be able to organize Agroforum with participation of Azerbaijani and Georgian businessmen. Such form of communication will give us the opportunity to learn from each other" - said the Georgian minister.
At the meeting Daneliya spoke about the new challenges that are associated with the signing of Georgia association agreement with the EU. He stressed, that in this regard Georgia introduced new approaches and standards.
At the initiative of the European Economic Senate, in Batumi hotel "Sheraton" was held an international forum "The Congress of the European Economic Senate."
European Economic Senate (EES) is the coordinating center, the organization of European business, whose members include the heads of large companies and the policies of the European Union. The President of the EES is the Vice President of European Parliament Ingo Friedrich.
Congress in Batumi was attended by the Executive Director of the EES, the senators, the chairman of the Union of large taxpayers of Europe, members of the European Parliament and European investors. From the Georgian side the event was attended by businessmen and government officials who addressed the participants of the congress with a speech.
During the event, representatives of the Georgian and European business held bilateral meetings.
At the congress was emphasized the intensification and simplification of the Georgian-European trade relations, attracting European investment to Georgia, the introduction in Georgia European business standards and ways to promote the interests of the Georgian business in Europe. During the event, were presentations of several projects that are of interest of European investors.
Organizer of the congress is "The Business Club of Georgia", which was founded in 2014 and already includes several large business companies. Co-organizers of the event are the Chamber of Commerce of Georgia and the National Investment Agency.
Georgian Airways FlyVista from August, 28 will launch flights on the route Tbilisi - Kiev (airport "Kiev") - Tbilisi. Schedule provides fly from Tbilisi to Kiev at 13:00, from Kiev to Tbilisi at 15:25. Flight time is 1 hour 45 minutes.
According to a press release from the airline, flights will be operated from Tbilisi to Kiev three times a week - on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays – by Aircraft Boeing 737-300 with cabin only economy class, which will be offered food and drinks to be paid on board .
Ticket price in one direction – is up to $ 99, including all airport taxes and fees. Tickets can be purchased at the office of the General Agency Sales FlyVista in Kiev - Ukrainian Handling Company, in accredited travel agencies, as well as on the web page of the company.
Free baggage allowance on the flights - 20 kg and 7 kg hand baggage.
FlyVista is airline operating scheduled passenger flights to neighboring countries in Tbilisi. Currently FlyVista is already flying from Tbilisi to Teheran and plans to open flights to Moscow, Almaty, Prague, Minsk, Istanbul and Baku.
The Georgian government, through the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, invites local and international companies to take part in the competition for expression of interest for the construction of a new multi-function port Anakliya (Western Georgia), was said in the press service of the Georgian prime minister.
According to information, by the order of the Georgian government was set up a commission for reviewing the applications for participation in the competition for the expression of interest, which is headed by the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili.
This decision was preceded a research made by partner funds of Georgia in order to choose the best location for the port. As a result of the 10 locations, located on the Black Sea coast between Inguri and Chorokhi, priority was given to Anaklia, as compared to alternative locations; dock has the prospect of expansion and development, as well as good access to the deep sea canyon.
Georgian Prime Minister said that the location of Anakliya differs with competitive advantages and called the construction of infrastructure project on this scale the most important for the country. According to him, the port Anakliya will raise the transit potential of the country to a new level.
We recall that the issue of Anakliya port development and tight-fitting area was discussed in February 2014 at a meeting of the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Giorgi Kvirikashvili with the president of the American investment holding "Conti Group" Kurt Conti, during which "Conti Group" presented a three-phase project of port building, with the throughput capacity of 100 million tons.
"According to preliminary calculations, besides a port in Anaklia is expected to develop a logistics and industrial zone, construction of an international airport and a liquefied natural gas terminal", - according to the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, noting that "Conti Group" has 100 years of experience in the management of similar projects .
Unique archaeological finds were discovered on Pikris Gora (mountain) in the town of Mtskheta (the ancient capital of Georgia, located near Tbilisi) during construction works on private site in the territory of old graves, according to the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia.
By law, the construction works has been suspended and for the archaeologists began investigations who work on the Pikris Gora (mountain) since the end of July - when finds were discovered. In the study area they have discovered and studied early medieval burial, among them - five kinds of burials.
"In places of burials were found gold rings, hooks for clothes and a gold coin of the Byzantine Emperor Constantine VIII (1025-1028), that confirms that the citizens of Mtskheta were buried in the burial ground of Pikris Gora (mountain) not only in the IV-VI centuries, but also in the Middle Ages "- is said on the official website of the department.
In addition to coins and gold ornaments were also found other items - fasteners, brooches, storage vessels and incense made from different materials rings and beads.
"On Pikris Gora (mountain) in Mtskheta were found family and individual graves, and the majority of the dead were buried according to Christian rules", - is said in the announcement. At the same time it is indicated that founded items during archaeological excavations are similar to those that have been found previously at different times in the examinations of other ancient burial places in Mtskheta.
The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, together with the National Agency for Protection of Cultural Heritage of Georgia will consider that findings were given the status of "moving monuments".
"The public will see the new finds in Tbilisi in autumn of this year. Till the end of August it will be decided which of the museums will be present new materials. Then unique found items will be stored in the new Museum of Mtskheta", - said the ministry.
In the Constitution of Georgia will be brought in amendments in order to correct errors said the Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, speaking at the annual meeting of the heads of diplomatic missions of the country abroad in Tbilisi recently.
Today in New York for the UN General Assembly was sent a delegation of the Academy of Diplomacy and politics of Georgia.
UN Assembly is the biggest event of the year, which is held in the general headquarters and is presented delegations from all member countries of the UN.
In the General Assembly by a special invitation are attended by representatives of international organizations, politicians and academics who develop resolutions and major policies in various fields. The Georgian side the delegation includes officials from the public sector and representatives of the diplomatic corps.
In Georgia, the delegation consists of the Academy of Diplomacy and the policy of Georgia on the basis of the official exclusive rights of the United Nations.
By the statement of the founder of the Academy, Teona Lavrelashvili: "It is encouraging that the UN delegation will be attended by Georgia in a big staff that actively will participate in all sessions and meetings. We intend to emphasize the issue of Georgia's territorial integrity and to demonstrate once again the international partners that the integrity of Georgia is going vital for our generation".
Diplomatic mission in the United States will continue for 10 days, and delegation will be received in Washington, the White House and the State Department, where will be scheduled plans for future cooperation.
The Georgian government will promote the growth of confidence to the national currency and will ensure reduction of dollarization. This is stated in the governmental program "For a strong, democratic and united Georgia", which the Parliament of Georgia, together with a renewed staff of the government expressed a vote of confidence.
According to the program, the government will promote the existence of healthy competition among commercial banks; will be introduced deposit insurance system, which will be a reliable stimulation mechanism for the growth of deposits and savings.
In general, the monetary policy of the country will focus on the introduction of long-term targets: will be determined the main priorities of monetary and exchange rate policy, where the currency emission will correspond to the economic growth of the country.
With respect to the fiscal policy of the government document says that the state will ensure improvement of public finance management, the budget, on the one hand carry out priority areas for growth and social spending, and on the other hand help to stimulate the economy and at the same time to maintain fiscal stability of the country.
"Parallel with the increase of the expenditure part of the budget, in order to stimulate the economy may increase the fiscal deficit; although in the medium term will be saved its lowest index. In the medium and long term state will ensure the preservation of the basic macroeconomic and fiscal indicators in the indicators that will be possible to improve the assessment of rating agencies and the country will be attractive in terms of investment climate. It will be a guarantee of a stable development of the economy in the long term"- is said in a government program.
Also was promised to develop effective mechanisms for establishing budget priorities that will focus on the identification of the problems of society.
"Will be perfected composition methodology of the program budget, audit mechanisms in the management of public finances. In order to improve the budget process will be provided with effective mechanisms for the use of the findings and recommendations developed by the Service State Audit "- the document says.
Deputies of the Parliament of Georgia from autumn will work simultaneously in Tbilisi and Kutaisi, said a member of the parliamentary majority Manana Kobakhidze.
According to Kobakhidze parliamentary sessions will be held in the new building in Kutaisi, and offices and committee hearings - in old building in Tbilisi.
"The parliamentary session will be held in Kutaisi on Wednesday and Friday. As for the meetings of the bureau, committee hearings, and varieties of activities, including meetings with citizens - will be held in Tbilisi. Overall, the work and the life of the parliament will be in Tbilisi" - said Kobahidze.
Representatives of the parliamentary minority of "United National Movement", which, as in the past, that was ruling party achieved to move the parliament to Kutaisi, they believe that the separation of the two cities will lead to additional costs.
"The parliamentary majority has done everything possible that Kutaisi did not obtain of being parliamentary city. Up today, you can congratulate the members of the parliamentary majority - they will have two working cabinets, in western Georgia - Kutaisi, and in eastern Georgia – Tbilisi, said the representative of the United National Movement.
Georgia was affected by technical failures in its handling of American passports and visas, and therefore the process of issuing of these documents may be delayed indefinitely, as it was noted at the American Embassy in Georgia on Thursday, July 31st.
Bureau of Consular Affairs of the State Department earlier reported of a technical failure in the processing of passports and visas. And it was emphasized that this problem affects systems for processing documents in the world, and does not apply to any specific type of citizenship papers or certain types of visas.
Georgian citizens who have planned special trip to the United States also need to contact a customer service representative. In this case, in addition of providing personal data, it is necessary to describe the reasons for urgent request for a visa to USA.
"We draw your attention to the fact that only urgent humanitarian cases, which will be supported by relevant documents, will be considered" - say the embassy.
The American side apologizes for the inconvenience and delays in obtaining passports with visas of the United States and hopes that it will be able to solve this problem soon.
"Thank you for your patience and understanding of the situation ... We do our best to solve the problem and return your passport with the visa of the United States, as soon as we can complete the processing of passports", - noted in the embassy.
The Georgian government will improve the transport system, will bring transport infrastructure in accordance with international standards by promoting the development of logistics centers and multimodal and intermodal transport.
According to the program, in the field of civil aviation, the Georgian government will promote the policy of "open sky", and at the same time, will provide implementation agreement "On common airspace between Georgia and Euro integration, States and its members".
"This will provide in the field of civil aviation development at the European level of flight safety, aviation security, environmental protection, consumers' protection and other areas, as well as the integration of Georgian airspace in the unified European air space" –is said in the document.
The Georgian government will develop a small aircraft and transport infrastructure in mountainous regions, which will contribute to the economic development of these regions.