Sanctions on Russian Entity and a Vessel Engaging in the Construction of Nord Stream 2

Today, the United States is imposing sanctions on the Russia-based entity KVT-RUS and identifying the vessel FORTUNA as blocked property.  KVT-RUS is being sanctioned pursuant to Section 232 of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) for knowingly selling, leasing, or providing to the Russian Federation goods, services, technology, information, or support for the construction of Russian …

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United States – Georgia Memorandum of Understanding on 5G Security

The following memorandum of understanding was adopted by the Governments of the United States of America and Georgia on January 14, 2021.   Begin Text:   Taking into account that secure fifth generation wireless communications networks (5G) will be vital to both future prosperity and national security, the United States and Georgia declare their desire to strengthen cooperation on 5G. 5G will enable a …

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Academy for Women Entrepreneurs Virtual Event: The Importance of Investing in Women’s Economic Empowerment

On January 13, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. ET, Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University (ASU) and the U.S. Department of State will host a virtual panel discussion on the importance of investing in women’s economic empowerment. Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs Marie Royce and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Kelley …

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U.S. guarantees Europe’s energy security [video]

The United States continues to protect Europe’s access to energy sources, as it has since World War II. Europe needs access to diversified, open energy markets for economic growth. Natural gas imports , civil nuclear infrastructure and renewable energy sources developed through sound strategies are among the most trusted sources. Europe is entering a new era of energy …

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Protecting U.S. Investors from Financing Communist Chinese Military Companies

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE President Trump took decisive action last month to protect American investors and pension holders from funding Communist Chinese military companies (CCMCs) through Executive Order (13959) Addressing the Threat from Securities Investments that Finance Communist Chinese Military Companies.  The Trump Administration is coordinating closely to counter the threat these companies present …

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Sanctioning Supporters of Iran’s Petroleum and Petrochemical Sectors

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Petroleum and petrochemicals are major sources of revenue for the Iranian regime, revenue it employs to oppress the Iranian people and to advance its malign foreign agenda. Today, the Department of State is imposing sanctions on Vietnam Gas and Chemicals Transportation Corporation, a vessel manager, pursuant to Executive Order …

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U.S. leads in fight against transnational corruption

An international anti-corruption group is praising the United States as a world leader in the fight against bribery and corruption. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Working Group on Bribery in a November 17 report commended the United States for bolstering its already strong enforcement of anti-corruption laws and encouraging others to follow the …

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America launches strategy to reignite global economy

The United States has launched a strategy to mobilize its vast resources to support global economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of State’s  Global Economic Activity and Recovery (GEAR) strategy  will support this broader effort by enabling food trade and security, deploying financial tools for economic recovery, supporting U.S. exporters and investors abroad, and helping restore international transportation and …

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The United States Further Restricts Huawei Access to U.S. Technology

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The Trump Administration sees Huawei for what it is – an arm of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) surveillance state – and we have taken action accordingly. Today, our government enacted several measures to protect U.S. national security, our citizens’ privacy, and the integrity of our 5G infrastructure from Beijing’s malign influence. The Department of …

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China’s economic blitzkrieg (July 20)

China’s economic blitzkrieg (July 20)   The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) exploited global business norms to drive its economic rise. Now the CCP is using its economic power to gain leverage over nations and businesses and limit freedoms around the world. In July 16 remarks  in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S. Attorney General William Barr detailed how the CCP is …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s first visit to Adjara Region (July 16)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s first visit to Adjara Region (July 16)   On her first visit to the city of Batumi, Ambassador Degnan met with educators, youth, journalists, civil society leaders, and elected officials. Her visit demonstrated the breadth and depth of the strong bond between the United States and Adjara, with ties in education, tourism, …

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How to Develop Business Resiliency During the COVID-19 Pandemic (July 10)

How to Develop Business Resiliency During the COVID-19 Pandemic (July 10)   In a June virtual conference on “ Resiliency of Business Owners, ” panelists from both the United States and Africa discussed the importance of business resiliency, particularly amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and answered questions from viewers, many of whom are small-business entrepreneurs. William Warshauer, president and chief …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Economy Minister Natia Turnava (June 22)

Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting with Economy Minister Natia Turnava (June 22)   Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I had a very substantive meeting with the Minister. We have so many areas of cooperation that we are already working on to contribute to Georgia’s economic development. Our goal is to …

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Sanctions on Entities Trading in or Transporting Iranian Petrochemicals (March 18)

Sanctions on Entities Trading in or Transporting Iranian Petrochemicals (March 18)   On March 18, the U.S. Department of State imposed sanctions, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13846, on the following seven entities for knowingly engaging in a significant transaction for the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of petrochemical products from Iran. South African …

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Annual Partnership Development Forum (January 29)

Annual Partnership Development Forum (January 29) The Development Partner Coordination Group is a formally recognized body comprised of all major bilateral and multilateral development partners operating in Georgia, including International Financial Institutions. The Development Partner Coordination Group views the Forum as a useful platform to jointly reflect on progress seen in areas fostered by external …

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U.S. infrastructure company “Acrow Bridge” ready to do business in Georgia (November 19)

U.S. infrastructure company “Acrow Bridge” ready to do business in Georgia (November 19)   On November 19, 2019, Chargé d’Affaires Elizabeth Rood hosted a reception to present U.S. infrastructure company Acrow Bridge to representatives of the Georgian government, international organizations, and the business community.  In her welcome remarks, CDA Rood and Deputy Minister of Infrastructure Irakli Karseladze highlighted the desire for more …

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DCM Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Fifth Annual Women’s Conference (March 27)

DCM Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at the Fifth Annual Women’s Conference (March 27) Q-n about the event Deputy Chief of Mission, Elizabeth Rood:  The United States is very happy to attend and support the Fifth Annual Awards for Women who are making extraordinary achievements in leadership, in government, entrepreneurship, business, and the economy.  It is very important that the …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the EPAG Job Fair (November 18)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at the EPAG Job Fair (November 18) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  First of all, I want to thank David and the Alumni Association for inviting me here. It is a real pleasure for me to be here. This is really all about connecting Georgia’s best and brightest, Georgia’s …

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DCM Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Betsy Fore’s Public Lecture (November 13)

DCM Elizabeth Rood’s Remarks to Media at Betsy Fore’s Public Lecture (November 13) Q-n about the event DCM Elizabeth Rood:  We are organizing events throughout the country to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week.  We support innovation and entrepreneurship.  The U.S. Embassy has gathered young entrepreneurs and experienced business leaders to participate in a mentorship program.  Also, we invited young expert Betsy Fore …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Global Entrepreneurship Week Opening Reception (November 12)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at Global Entrepreneurship Week Opening Reception (November 12) Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  We’re very pleased to sponsor this Global Entrepreneurship Week.  As the name suggests, this is a celebration of entrepreneurship really around the world and the U.S. Embassy is supporting Global Entrepreneurship Week here in Georgia.  This is all about trying to encourage young people to take …

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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017 promotes Job Creation throughout Georgia (November 9)

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017 promotes Job Creation throughout Georgia (November 9) The U.S. Embassy and partner organizations will promote innovation and entrepreneurship November 12-18 within the framework of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017.  This year’s theme, Women First, Prosperity for All, highlights the importance of women-led businesses and female-friendly working environments.  The U.S. Embassy will launch …

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Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at U.S. Trade Mission Opening (October 19)

Ambassador Kelly’s Remarks to Media at U.S. Trade Mission Opening (October 19)   Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly:  This is a part of our overall program of support for the government’s plan to increase trade investment, and of course, it is a part of our overall plan to support the Georgian government’s stated aspirations to integrate with the Western community.  This …

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Ambassador Kelly attended the Annual Conference of the Economic Policy Advocacy Coalition (September 16)

Ambassador Kelly attended the Annual Conference of the Economic Policy Advocacy Coalition (September 16) On September 16, Ambassador Kelly attended the Annual Conference of the Economic Policy Advocacy Coalition (EPAC) held at the Mtskheta offices of the Intellectual Property Center “Sakpatenti.”  The event acknowledged the efforts and success of EPAC’s first year of policy advocacy …

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