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Wednesday, November 1
Georgia is one of the pioneers of economic reforms - EIB Vice-President

Georgia is an important partner of the European Investment Bank, with which we have the best relationship, - Vice-President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Vazil Hudak told Georgian reporters at the Eastern Partnership Business Forum in Tbilisi.

According to BPN, last year EIB funded and supported projects worth 70 million euros in Georgia.

"Our projects are directed to different sectors of economy, including transport infrastructure, such as North-South and East-West Corridors of Georgia. We also support the ongoing projects in the energy sector and are actively involved in funding projects of small and medium entrepreneurs. In our opinion, it will contribute not only to economic growth and strengthening of middle class, but will also increase innovation in the Georgian economy," said the EIB Vice President.

According to Vazil Hudak, Georgia is one of the pioneers of economic reforms that has created the necessary environment for implementing reforms and combating corruption. (ipn)

Late Georgian painter Simon Dadiani’s works returned to homeland

Tbilisi's Art Palace museum will become the new home for artwork by acclaimed late Georgian emigre artist Simon Dadiani after Georgia received a vast collection of the artist from his France-based heirs.

The news was announced earlier today by Art Palace director Giorgi Kalandia, who told Imedi channel program paintings and sculpture work by Dadiani were handed to his museum based on an agreement signed last month.

Kalandia said the collection under question would have been "desired by any museum in the world", underlining the high regard Dadiani (1916-1974) was held during his residence and work first in France and later in the US.

The collection under the agreement includes 20 abstract and realist paintings as well as two sculptures work, exhibited in past at venues including the Montess Gallery of New York and San Francisco Museum of Art.

The handing over of the work to the Tbilisi museum marks the fulfilment of the wish of the artist to see his legacy returned to Georgia following a restoration of the independence of the country Dadiani hoped for during his emigration.

Organised on initiative by Mia Ghviniashvili, a Georgian-based relative of the artist, the process of handover involved high-profile cultural agencies and diplomatic services from Georgia and France.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and Georgia's Embassy in France collaborated on the project that also involved efforts from Dadiani's French-based heirs.

Born in Georgia, Dadiani emigrated with his family after the country's Soviet takeover in 1921.

The young artist studied and worked first in France and later in the US, where he was sometimes referred to by art professionals as "the Georgian Modigliani" (in reference to the famed Italian Jewish painter Amedeo Modigliani). Dadiani was buried in the US following his death.

The artwork in the collection handed to Art Palace will be displayed in Georgia for the first time, with the museum staff planning their first exhibition on the painter next year.

Some of the artwork, including stage designs Dadiani created for opera productions in San Francisco, will also be exhibited on November 5 at the Javrishvili Art Gallery in Tbilisi.

The works obtained by Art Palace is also the largest art collection received by Georgia for permanent display in the country. (

Turkish Ambassador wearing Georgian Chokha at reception dedicated to 94th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey

Turkish Ambassador Zeki Levent Gumrukcu has hosted an official reception on the 94th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey.

Zeki Levent Gumrukcu stated that in 1923, Ataturk established the modern Turkish Republic on the ruins of the Ottoman Empire, which was a significant event.

"This day is one of the happiest days for the Turkish people. This day is also important for the entire region. Turkey is developing and going forward both economically and politically. It is an island of stability, development and democracy. We are happy to celebrate this happy day with our neighbors and friends, the Georgian people," the Ambassador said.

In addition, since the Ambassador is completing his mission in Georgia, a farewell ceremony was also held today.

“I am very sorry that I am leaving Georgia as I am very fond of this country. I hope we will continue our relationships and our friendship will continue in the future," said the Turkish Ambassador, who was wearing Georgian national dress, the Chokha, at today’s event. (ipn)