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Georgia establishes ties with Uzbekistan

The Georgian Minister of Economic Development Zurab Popolikashvilivisited Uzbekistan to meet with management at the Asian Bank ofDevelopment, Georgia Times reports.Popolikashvili met the first deputy head of Uzbekistan's government,Minister of Finance Rustam Azimov and Minister of Foreign EconomicTies Eler Ganiyev.This is the first top-level visit to Tashkent by a highly-placedGeorgian official in recent years.

Georgian export rate increases by 54%

In the first quarter of 2010 export from Georgia  increased by 54% in comparison with the first quarter of 2009 and by 3% in comparison with 2008, reports Business Georgia with reference to  information spread by Georgian authorities. As of import rate, in the first quarter of 2010 it has increased be 6% in comparison with 2009 and decreased by 27 %, compared with 2008. In the first quarter of 2010, the trade deficit, compared with 2009 decreased by 8.7%, and compared with 2008 by 37%.

New Lithuanian ambassador arrives in Tbilisi

The new Lithuanian ambassador to Georgia, Jonas Paslauskas, has arrived in Tbilisi, Rosbalt said.The former ambassador was withdrawn because of his political statements concerning the internal policies of Lithuania.

South Ossetia to release three Georgian citizens

South Ossetia has accepted a request by the delegation of the EuropeanCouncil to release three Georgian citizens. "During my visit I managed to receive a positive reaction to my requests from both sides, so I understood that I have an opportunity to return here", Interfax quotes Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg.He pointed out that the three Georgian citizens, detained for illegal logging in the Leningorsk district of South Ossetia in 2009, would be handed over to the Georgian side.

Kutaisi celebrates anniversary

Georgian Prime Minister Nika Gilauri is visiting Kutaisi today to mark the city's anniversary, Georgia today reports.He is due to open several new sites, including the renovated railwaystation building and a new sports center. Over three thousand guests, including members of foreign delegations, have been invited to the celebration. A grand concert given by Nino Katamadze will close the day. A free industrial zone is to be created in Kutaisi. An agreement on this has been signed with the Egyptian company "Fresh Electric".

CE commissioner to find out about the fate of the missing Ossetian

The Council of the European  commissioner on Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg will pay a working visit to South Ossetia."During the visit, CE Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg intends to obtain information concerning the circumstances of the capture of  the seven missing South Ossetia’s citizens, as well as about their fate after the capture, obtained by the South Ossetian side,"  reports Interfax citing the South Ossetian President’s ombudsman David Sanakoyev.

Georgian Interior Ministry to be equipped by the USA

US embassy officials will hand over equipment to the Georgian InteriorMinistry at an official ceremony in Tbilisi today, Georgia Timesreports.The equipment is intended for the ministry's centres forcounter-terrorism, special operations, and border control, as well asfor it academy.

USA changes procedure for issuing visas to Georgians

The US consulate simplified the visa issuing procedure for Georgia today. The US embassy reports that 3 forms will be replaced with a D-160 form. Registration of Georgians wishing to visit the USA will only be carried out online, Georgia Online reports.

Georgian foreign minister to visit Syria and Kazakhstan

Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze will visit Syria on May 1-2.Vashadze will meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Foreign MinisterValid al-Mualim and other officials, Trend reports.They will sign cooperation protocols. Vashadze will sign a cooperationagreement in the sphere of tourism with Syrian Minister of TourismSaadalakh aga al-Kal. He also plans to visit Kazakhstan on May 6.

Armenian gas supplies through Georgian territory to be restored in 2-3 days

Armenian gas transits through Georgian territory will be restored in2-3 days. The gas supply was halted due to a landslide in theKobi-Gudauri section, Georgia Online reports.However, Georgia will not suffer a lack of supplies as it receives gasfrom Azerbaijan. Armenia has enough gas stored for 10 days.

Georgia, Azerbaijan sign agreement on WTO negotiations

The Georgian and Azerbaijani ministers of economic development havesigned a protocol concluding bilateral negotiations on joining theWTO, which gives access for goods and services of the two countries tothe market. The document was signed after a meeting of GeorgianPremier Nicoloz Gilauri with Azerbaijani Minister of EconomicDevelopment Shakhim Mustafayev.

CE human rights commissioner Thomas Hammarberg arrives in Tbilisi

Council of Europe human rights commissioner Thomas Hammarberg arrivesin Tbilisi today. According to Trend the program of the visit has not beenrevealed yet.Preliminary information says that Hammarberg will meet the localauthorities in Tskhinvali. His main objective is the release of peopledetained by Georgia and Ossetia since the Russian-Georgian war inAugust 2008.

Seasons of Armenian culture program in Tbilisi

Georgia will hold a seasons of Armenian culture program on May 3-5within the Armenian-Georgian cooperation program, News Armeniareports, citing the press-service of Armenia's Ministry of Culture.

Diplomatic relations with Russia can be restored – Irakli Alasania

Restoring diplomatic relations with Russia is possible, the leader ofAlliance in the name of Georgia Irakli Alasania said at a meeting withteaching staff of the Diplomatic Academy, Trend reports.He believes that the main problem for national interests in the regionis Russia. But improving relations will complicate westernintegration, Europe and the USA point out.

SOCAR to invest $50mln in Georgia this year

The National Azerbaijani Oil Company (SOCAR) will invest about $50mln in Georgia this year, reports Trend, citing the head of the company Mahir Mamedov, reports Trend. The development of Georgian-Azerbaijani business cooperation was discussed at a business forum hosted by Georgia. Mamedov participated in the forum as a chairman of the Azerbaijani Entrepreneurs Association in Georgia.

Tbilisi welcomes EU decision on easing visa regime

he Georgian Foreign Ministry welcomes the decision signed by the European Commission on April 27th to ease visa restrictions with the country. The European Commission has also called on the European Parliament and European Council to pass all the procedures to put the decision into legal force as soon as possible, reports Rosbalt.

Bagapsh: Abkhazia won’t let international observers in

Abkhazia's authorities will not let any international observers into the territory of the republic, because Abkhazia sees no need to do this, reports RIA Novosti citing Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh.

Georgian-Azerbaijani business forum to open in Tbilisi

A governmental delegation and a group of businessmen from Azerbaijan have arrived in Tbilisi today. The Georgian-Azerbaijanian business forum is to open today in Tbilisi. According to Rosbalt, the Azerbaijani delegation is headed by Azerbaijani Minister for theEconomy, Shahin Mustafayev. He will open the forum together with Georgian Minister for Economic Development Zurab Pololikashvili.The Azerbaijani delegation will be welcomed by Georgian Prime Minister Nikoloz Gilauri.

Landslide disrupts Russian gas supply to Armenia

A mountain landslide has damaged the North-South gas pipeline, Trend reports, citing head of Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation Zurab Janjgava.Repair works will take 2-3 days. Gas supply to Georgia has not been effected, by using an Azerbaijani pipeline, Janjgava said.Three working teams are currently repairing the pipeline. Armenia still has enough gas stored to supply the country for 10 days.

Cargo turnover in Georgia increased by a third

Cargo turnover in Georgian ports in the first quarter of 2010increased by 36.9% compared with the same period of 2009, BusinessGeorgia reports. The figures were reported at a press-conference todayby the head of Unitary Transport Administration, Levan ChiChinadze.This concerns the ports of Batumi, Poti and Kulevi. Statistics show atotal of 4,306,583 tons of cargo turnover in the first quarter of2009, which this year amounts to 5,898 619, which is 1,592,036 tons(36.9%) more.