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Friday, May 20
President at Cadets’ Military Academy

The Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Georgian Armed Forces visited the Giorgi Kvinitadze Cadets’ Military Academy in Kutaisi. The First Deputy Minister of Defence of Georgia, Davit Ebralidze, hosted President Giorgi Margvelashvili at the military educational institution.

The Head of President’s Administration Giorgi Abashishvili, Governor of the Imereti region Givi Chichinadze, Land Forces West Commander Colonel Shalva Jabakhidze and Commander of Training and Military Education Colonel Malkhaz Makaradze also visited the Academy together with the President of Georgia.

Acting Rector of the military educational institution Colonel Zaza Kakhidze showed the visitors around the infrastructure of the Academy, then briefed the President on the study process of the institution.

Giorgi Margvelashvili also delivered a public lecture to the cadets and answered their questions about the Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Georgia, the Warsaw Summit, the August War, regional security and the situation in the occupied territories of Georgia.

With the assistance of the President’s Reserve Fund, several books will be allocated for the Library of the Academy. Representatives of the military educational institution thanked President Margvelashvili for the support and informed him that female students will be admitted at the Cadets’ Lyceum from September, for the next academic year. (

TripAdvisor promotes Georgia among international travellers

Georgia is trying to attract more tourists by signing a cooperation agreement with the world’s largest travel website.

Georgia’s National Tourism Administration today penned a deal with TripAdvisor, a popular travel internet portal enabling travellers to plan and book their trips.

Within the agreement, will promote Georgia as a tourist destination among its users from 10 countries for the next six months.

These countries will include:
1. Germany
2. Italy
3. Poland
4. Israel
5. Ukraine
6. Turkey
7. Azerbaijan
8. Kazakhstan
9. Armenia
10. Russia

"Within the campaign we will use all sorts of information and present the reasons why to visit this country,” National Tourism Administration Giorgi Chogovadze said.

"Such information will be published on the portal. This will include the events that were planned in the country, such as Check in Georgia, and make foreign tourists interested in Georgia.”

Once the six-month campaign ends, the Georgian side plans to begin another new major project with TripAdvisor.

The budget for the current campaign was about 200,000 GEL.

TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travellers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices.

TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors, and 350 million reviews and opinions covering more than 6.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions.

The sites operate in 48 markets worldwide. (

Locals accuse prosecution of Javakheti region of pressure, blackmail and extortion of property

Forty families have been left without property; the Prosecutor's Office has already begun an intense investigation to study the legality of the registered plots of land of residents of Bakuriani. Several of them were arrested on charges of misappropriation of land.

The locals accuse the prosecution of Javakheti of pressure, blackmail and extortion of property.

The arrests and then release of Bakuriani residents in exchange for property in the tourist part have been confirmed by Irakli Baramidze. The plaintiffs` lawyer said that several people have been kept in detention for the illegal appropriation of land, and those who were released had to give up their property under pressure from the Prosecutor's Office.

The local Prosecutor's Office did not respond to the allegations, which prompted the population of Javakheti to hold a rally. (

Directors from several kindergartens dismissed

Four directors of Tbilisi kindergartens have been dismissed, the former director of #26 kindergarten Elza Udesiani has told IPN.

She said that her dismissal was due to political motives as her brother, Gia Udesiani, is currently a 'political' prisoner.

“Four people were dismissed, including me. They say extra money was spent on the children’s food. We think this is linked with a political decision made by the Georgian Dream political council. Directors are appointed according to political opinions,” she said.

Elza Udesiani plans to appeal her dismissal. (IPN)

Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister met newly-appointed representative of FAO of UN to Georgia

On 18 May 2016, Deputy Foreign Minister David Jalagania met the newly-appointed representative of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to Georgia Raimund Jehle and Assistant Representative Mamuka Meskhi.

Raimund Jehle presented his credentials to David Jalagania. At the meeting, discussions focused on the implementation of the FAO projects in Georgia and on the prospects of further enhancement of co-operation between Georgia and the FAO. The Georgian side spoke about the existing fruitful co-operation between the UN structures, including the FAO and Georgia’s appropriate agencies.

Raimund Jehle underlined that the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations would continue to support the policy and projects of the Georgian Government directed towards the development of agriculture in Georgia. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)