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Friday, October 30
Crisis Management Center to start functioning in Georgia

A Crisis Management Center will start functioning in Georgia within two months. As the governmental administration has informed InterPressNews, British General Sir Garry Johnson has been actively engaged in the establishment and development processes of this centre.

A meeting between Irakli Gharibashvili and General Johnson, a British advisor in external security and crisis management, was held at Georgia’s governmental administration yesterday.

They discussed the issues of deepening cooperation as well as regional security. Georgia’s progress achieved in terms of the Euro-integration process has been emphasized, as well as Georgia’s contributions to international security. (

Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Police Academies of Georgia and Belarus

The Rector of the MIA academy of Georgia, Nukri Gelashvili, and Rector of the Police Academy of Belarus Vladimer Balicha, have signed a memorandum of understanding. The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Shalva Khutsishvili and his Belarusian colleague Aleksandre Kubrusev.

The memorandum is aimed at personnel training and enhancing the relationship between the two countries. The memorandum also envisages for comprehensive training and participation in seminars for MIA units. Within the frames of the memorandum, both sides will conduct joint research on existing challenges common to both Georgia and Belarus. The parties will also exchange educational and methodological materials and publications.

The Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Belarus has handed over a medal to the Rector of MIA Academy Nukri Gelashvili on behalf of the Minister of Internal Affairs of Belarus. (

Rosselkhoznadzor bans imports of animal products from Georgia

Rosselkhoznadzor (Russia’s food safety watchdog) has prohibited the import of animal products from Georgia as well as production monitored by the veterinary service of the country.

“The Federal Service of Veterinary and Photosanitary Surveillance in the Ryazan and Tambov regions has stated that because of the unstable situation in Georgia concerning the African swine plague, the import of animal products from Georgia to Russia is prohibited,” the report states.

According to Russia’s Foods Safety Service the restriction does not apply to fish, sea products and fish flour. (

International conference underway in Tbilisi

The Prime Minister opened an international conference in Tbilisi. The issues of employment, social equity and sustainable development will be discussed at the conference. The conference will focus on the situations in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia and Armenia.

The Prime Minister named the employment of citizens and realization of the positional as the main priorities.

Representatives of the UN and the World Bank also attended the meeting.

"We have created a comfortable environment for business in three years of government. I would like to underline that business today is absolutely free and untouched. We have strengthened the Business Ombudsman’s office, which is directly subordinate to the Prime Minister. All disputes are resolved in an absolutely fair environment,” said the Prime Minister. (

Georgian movie selected among the best 4 feature film projects at international festival in Germany

A Georgian feature film project, “The Empty House” has been selected among the best 4 feature film projects at MMP 2015 in Germany. The Mannheim Meeting Place 2015 festival is being attended by a Georgian producer and film director, Rati Tsiteladze.

“I want to express my deepest gratitude to all those who stand by me and help me. I would not be able to do it alone. Special thanks to Levan Bakhia and Sarke Studio for their support,” Rati Tsiteladze wrote on his Facebook page. (Georgian

Ministry of Economics makes additional explanation on the assessment methodology of "Doing Business"

According to Georgia’s Economy Ministry, 6 significant changes were made to the assessment methodology of "Doing Business".

"Three new indicators were added to the ratings, while three were changed. According to the new methodology, these changes resulted in re-calculating the 2015 positions of all countries, including Georgia, and the country was ranked 24th instead of 15th. More specifically, if the new qualitative indicators had been assessed in the previous years, Georgia's positions would have been different and our rank would have been higher,” the Ministry of Economics said. (