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Georgia, Ukraine to Allow Travel by ID Cards

Citizens of Ukraine and Georgia will be able to cross the border with only their personal ID cards. The respective agreement was signed by Georgian and Ukrainian Prime Ministers, Mamuka Bakhtadze and Volodymyr Groysman, on October 5, on the sidelines of the GUAM summit. According to Georgian PM’s press office, …

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GUAM Leaders Meet in Moldova, Reaffirm Cooperation

Heads of the governments of the GUAM member states – Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova – met in Chisinau on October 5, discussing ways to enhance the cooperation format. As part of the summit, Georgian PM Mamuka Bakhtadze, Moldovan PM Pavel Filip, Ukrainian PM Volodymyr Groysman, and Deputy Azerbaijani PM Ali Akhmedov, signed a joint …

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Georgian, Russian Diplomats Meet, Discuss Cooperation

Georgian Prime Minister’s special representative for Russia Zurab Abashidze and Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin met in Prague on October 1, as part of the informal direct bilateral dialogue launched between the two countries in late 2012. Both sides reported after the meeting that the diplomats spoke on the increasing …

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France Helps Georgia Improve Air Surveillance Capabilities

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze said on October 1 that the country’s airspace would now be “more protected and effectively controlled”. He presented the arrival of the French-made ground-based surveillance radars and short range anti-aircraft missile systems to Georgia. PM Bakhtadze said the air forces are among the main elements of …

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Georgia in the UNGA General Debate

Presidents of Estonia, Slovakia and Ukraine referred to Georgia in their statements at the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly on September 26. Below are the excerpts from their statements.

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Fraser Institute Rates Georgia Among Top Ten Freest Economies

Georgia ranks seventh among the world’s 162 countries and territories in the annual Economic Freedom of the World report, released on September 25 by the Fraser Institute, a public policy think tank based in Vancouver, Canada. The report measures the degree of economic freedom of nations for 2016 – the latest year …

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Georgian PM Meets World Leaders in New York

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze held several high level meetings in New York on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly, which gathered hundreds of state leaders, officials and civil society representatives on September 18-27. At the meeting with UN Secretary General António Guterres on September 24, …

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PM Bakhtadze Presents Education Reform Plan

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze has unveiled a five-year plan for education reform, which aims at improving the quality of education at all levels, including through modernizing the education system and retraining teachers. The reform plan was introduced to government officials, lawmakers, experts, and representatives of local and international organizations at an …

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Government Proposes to End Life-Time Protection to Top Officials

The Government initiated amendments to the law on August 27, which would end the life-time security protection to Georgia’s top officials. The bill prepared by the Special State Protection Service abolishes the life-time security protection to former Heads of State, reducing it to one year following the officials’ exit from …

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Georgian, Azerbaijani Leaders Discuss Bilateral, Regional Cooperation

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, who is on a one-day official visit to Baku on August 30, met Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, and discussed bilateral and regional cooperation. PM Bakhtadze reiterated that the two countries are linked by strategic partnership. “The regional projects that we have implemented together have a really …

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PM Bakhtadze Appoints Deputies, Advisors

Minister of Interior Affairs Giorgi Gakharia and Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Maia Tskhitishvili were appointed as Vice Prime Ministers in Mamuka Bakhtadze’s new cabinet, the Georgian Government’s press office reported on July 17. Two officials from Giorgi Kvirikashvili’s cabinet – the Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the …

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Parliament Confirms Bakhtadze’s New Cabinet

The Parliament of Georgia confirmed on July 14 Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze’s new cabinet composition with 101 votes in favor to 12 against. The new government had to face the parliamentary confidence vote following the recent structural changes in the cabinet, which reduced the number of ministries from fourteen to eleven. The following …

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PM Bakhtadze Nominates Three New Ministers

Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze presented his new cabinet composition on July 12, including three new ministerial candidates. Bakhtadze’s eleven-member cabinet will face the parliamentary vote of confidence on July 14, following the ministers’ meetings with parliamentary committees and political groups. The cabinet newcomers are: Minister of Education, Science, Culture and …

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PM Bakhtadze to Visit Brussels on his First Foreign Trip

Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze will travel to Brussels later this month in his first foreign visit after assuming power. According to PM’s press office, Bakhtadze will visit Belgium on July 18-20 and hold talks with officials from the European Commission, the European Council and NATO. Mamuka Bakhtadze was tapped to be the …

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PM Bakhtadze Positive on Country’s Economic Growth

Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze said at a news briefing on June 29 that the current estimations of Georgia’s economic growth based on the state statistics office, Geostat, prove that “the government carries out correct economic policy.” According to Geostat, Georgia’s real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew 7.5% year-on-year in May 2018; …

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PM Bakhtadze Names Ministries to be Merged, Abolished

The number of ministries in the Government of Georgia will be reduced from fourteen to eleven, Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze announced at a news briefing on June 26, following his three-day-long consultations with ruling party leadership. As part of the proposed structural changes, the Ministry of Culture and Sport will be merged with …

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Bakhtadze’s Cabinet Wins Confidence

The Parliament of Georgia confirmed on June 20 Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze’s new government with 99 votes in favor to 6 against. The following ministers will be in Bakhtadze’s cabinet: Minister of Corrections – Kakha Kakhishvili; Minister of Culture and Monument Protection – Mikheil Giorgadze Minister of Defense – Levan Izoria; Minister …

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PM-Designate Announces Structural, Staff Changes in Cabinet

The number of ministries in the Government of Georgia will be reduced from fourteen to eleven, Prime Minister-designate Mamuka Bakhtadze said at a news briefing on June 18, following his consultations with ruling party leadership earlier today. Bakhtadze, who was tapped to be the country’s new head of government after …

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