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The Georgian market has received German and Hungarian wheat, Business Georgia reports.The founder of Agrikom, Koka Osipov, said that up to 10 Georgian companies have imported 15,000 tons of German and Hungarian wheat for the first time. The price per ton was $335-$440. Georgian companies are planning to import wheat from the USA as well.

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According to the Georgian government, the Ministry of Economy received more requests for the free tourist zone Kobuleti than they expected, Business Georgia reports.The Parliament Secretary Giya Khuroshvili stated this fact at the finance-budget committee of the Georgian parliament, where the deputies approved the bill in the first hearing.

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Zurab Nogaideli, Georgian ex-Premier, leader of ‘For Just Georgia’ party, visited Moscow on Sunday. He planned to renew talks with United Russia party, RIA Novosti reports, citing the press-service of Nogaideli’s party. In early July, Nogaideli said that they halted talks with United Russia on specific issues and gave way to Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili to improve relations with Moscow. The decisions was due to Saakashvili’s declaration to hold full-fledged talks on normalizing relations.

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A Kazakh delegation has participated in the autumn session of OSCE PA in Palermo, where they discussed inter-parliamentary cooperation with the Chairman of the Parliament Assembly Petros Efthymiou, Kazinform reports. One of the main topics were transnational organized crime and corruption. Sultanov informed Efthimiou about preparations for a session of the OSCE PA bureau, organized within the framework of the summit of the organization in Astana on November 30, 2011.

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Georgia is halting the transit of Russian gas to Armenia due to maintenance work on the ‘North-South’ pipeline in the Mtskhet region from October 11 to 14, news.am reports. The Armenian and Russian sides have been informed.

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Further market reforms are going to be carried out in Georgia. The Georgian government is preparing to close down state-owned enterprises, parliamentary secretary of the Georgian government Giya Khuroshvili announced, Business Gruzia reports.The main purpose of the new liberal reform is to make the Georgian economy more free from government control.

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Abkhazia will renew its active participation in Geneva discussions forsecurity and stability in the South Caucasus, RIA Novosti reports,citing the Abkhaz representative at the discussions, VyacheslavChirikba.At the previous talks in Geneva in July, Abkhazia reduced its presenceat the discussions. On October 14, a new round of talks will start.The discussions were organized by the EU, the UN and the OSCE. Theyactivated their efforts to come to a compromise document, Chirikbabelieves.

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Vestnik Kavkaza reported earlier on Friday that Georgia will notprevent Russia joining the World Trade Organization. According tomedia reports, Georgia will continue striving for the withdrawal ofRussian forces from Abkhazia and South Ossetia without linking this toRussia's bid to join the WTO. This declaration by the Georgian premierled to conclusions that Georgia would not create obstacles for Russiato join the WTO, Georgia Online reports.

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Georgian Premier Nika Gilauri has made a speech at the AtlanticCouncil in the USA and talked about economic reforms in the country.He pointed out success in fighting corruption.The premier said that all economic reforms in Georgia were aimed athelping business. 21 types of taxes were reduced to 6, the number oflicenses was reduced to 85, reducing bureaucracy, Gilauri said.

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Georgian police have prevented a terrorist attack on the Chaladidisection of the Poti-Senaki railway, in the Samegrelo region, GeorgiaOnline reports.The local citizens called engineers after finding an explosive deviceplanted on a bridge. The device consisted of 1.5 kg of TNT.There have been 3 terrorist attacks on Samegrelo railway. Theterrorists were mainly trying to damage the rails.

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Georgia will not hinder Russia's bid to join the WTO, Georgian PremierNika Gilauri said in the USA, Interfax reports.Georgia will continue striving for the "de-occupation" of itsterritory, supported by the USA, but it will not tie Russia's joiningthe WTO with the withdrawal of its forces from Abkhazia and SouthOssetia, he said.

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The European Union will apportion 17 million euros for regional development and infrastructure improvement in Georgia, NewsGeorgia reports, citing the regional development ministry.The decision of apportioning was made during the visit of a Georgian delegation to Brussels as part of the Week of European Regions and Cities.

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