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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia: Violence Against Women - the Shame of the Modern World

“Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Maia Panjikidze with the First Lady of Georgia Maka Chichua will take part in a theatre performance “Women wounded to death” which will be held at Marjanishvili Theatre on Tuesday October 28th.

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Georgia: One Step Closer to Visa Free Travel to EU

“Georgian citizens are one step closer to travelling visa free to European Union (EU) states as the country has successfully completed the first phase of the visa liberalisation process and moved onto the next step. The document concluded that Georgia had met the phase one requirements and the second phase.

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National Security Council of Georgia Called by President Giorgi Margvelashvili

A session of the National Security Council (NSC) of Georgia was called by President Giorgi Margvelashvili on October 28 at the presidential residence where a discussion took place on the situation in Abkhazia in connection with its imminent agreement with Russia (Treaty of Alliance and integration).

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Georgia Ranks Highest in Region for Ease of Doing Business

A new World Bank Group report has given Georgia the highest ranking in the region for ease of doing business. According to the report, which was released on October 29th, 85 percent of economies in Europe and Central Asia implemented at least one regulatory reform aimed at making it easier for local entrepreneurs to do business in 2013/14, a larger percentage than in any other region.

Since 2005, Georgia implemented the largest number of reforms in the region, with 36 (second only to Rwanda worldwide), followed by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia with 34.

Doing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency shows that in the past year, economies in Europe and Central Asia further improved the regulatory environment for local entrepreneurs, adding to the gains recorded in the past decade. For example, 10 years ago, starting a new business took a Macedonian entrepreneur 48 days. Today, the process can be completed in 2 days.

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Pressure Mounts on Defense Minister Alasania

Author: By Zaza Jgharkava

Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania has emerged as a new lead character in the increasingly soap opera-esque world of the country’s politics amid continuing confusion about the balance of power between the President and Prime Minister. Giorgi Margvelashvili, the Georgian President, has had his position seemingly undermined of late, with a planned visit to Brussels cancelled due to scheduled trip of former President Mikheil Saakashvili to the Belgian capital at the same time. However, it is the Defense Ministry that now bears the brunt of embarrassment.

The Prosecutor’s Office detained five high-ranking officials of the Defense Ministry at their workplaces when Minister Alasania was in Germany for a visit. The Prosecutor’s Office issued charges of embezzling over 4 million Lari from the State Budget to the detained officials. However, the arrest of the Defense Ministry officials was perceived to have deeper foundations, viewed as an attack on the Defense Minister himself. Alasania is fast becoming the best known face of Georgian Dream, with the exception of Bidzina Ivanishvili, and not for the right reasons.. The former political partner of the Defense Minister from the political movement New Rights, Pikria Chikhradze says that Alasania would have to give up his position if the charges were proven against his closest colleagues in the Ministry. “It is very strange that during the recent period it was often written in news sources that certain processes were prepared against Irakli Alasania. There were direct talks that several officials would be arrested and then it would be the start of revenge against Alasania. There are serious doubts and the government will have to refute those doubts,” Chikhradze told Radio 1.

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Politics

 Pro-European Parties Combine in Ukraine after Elections

Social/Society

 Late Love Warms Hearts of Georgian Audience

 The Professor Visits: Etseri, Svaneti

Culture

 Theatre Troupe ET CETERA Gains International Recognition in Malta

 Poti Lighthouse - a History of Navigation and… Football

Economy

 Levan Berdzenishvili’s Lecture “Literature and Youth”

 ADB Presents Georgia as Regional Hub and Gateway to Europe

Business

 Building Powerful Brands - USAID Seminar Helps Georgian Agri-Business

 New “Friendship Boulevard” District in Eastern Tbilisi

Sports

 Bringing Rugby to the Masses, and the Beach

 
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