Ambassador Degnan visits Ministry of Internal Affairs Crime Laboratory

Ambassador Degnan visits Ministry of Internal Affairs Crime Laboratory   Today, Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan congratulates the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MOIA) on achieving internationally recognized accreditation of their Fingerprint, Facial Recognition, and Questioned Documents/Handwriting examination sections during her visit to the MOIA Crime Laboratory. The U.S. Embassy has supported the development of criminal forensics …

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Celebrate Space Exploration Day with a look at the 1st lunar landing [photo gallery] (July 20)

Celebrate Space Exploration Day with a look at the 1st lunar landing [photo gallery] (July 20)   Celebrate Space Exploration Day by looking up at the sky on July 20 and reflecting on human achievements in space and  all that’s to come . On July 20, 1969, U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan attends forum on “Impartial Polling for Developing Citizen-Responsive Democratic Governance in Georgia” (July 17)

Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan attends forum on “Impartial Polling for Developing Citizen-Responsive Democratic Governance in Georgia” (July 17) Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan gave opening remarks at the launch of “Impartial Polling for Developing Citizen-Responsive Democratic Governance in Georgia,” a forum for promoting non-partisan public opinion polling as a key component of Georgia’s democratic development. A …

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NASA engineers develop a ventilator for COVID-19 patients (June 30)

NASA engineers develop a ventilator for COVID-19 patients (June 30)   A meeting over coffee at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has led to a ventilator prototype for COVID-19 patients,  according to NASA . Mechanical systems engineer David Van Buren and JPL chief engineer Rob Manning started discussing the COVID-19 pandemic and how they could help while in …

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U.S. Embassy hands over digital equipment to the Ministry of Health of Georgia (June 22)

U.S. Embassy hands over digital equipment to the Ministry of Health of Georgia (June 22) U.S. Embassy Tbilisi’s Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) handed over 89 computers and printers to the Ministry of IDPs from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health, and Social Affairs of Georgia in support of the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) elimination program, …

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USDA strengthens Georgia’s Food Safety System during COVID-19 pandemic (June 19)

USDA strengthens Georgia’s Food Safety System during COVID-19 pandemic (June 19)   The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Caucasus Agricultural Development Initiative, funded by the U.S Department of State, is assisting Georgia’s efforts to improve its food safety systems using distance coaching modules led by international food safety laboratory specialist Dr. Janie Dubois. Incorporating a risk-based food …

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The United States provides $1 Million in Assistance to Georgia to respond to COVID-19 (June 18)

The United States provides $1 Million in Assistance to Georgia to respond to COVID-19 (June 18)   Tbilisi – The United States Government has committed $1 million in additional funding through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Georgia.  The new assistance, delivered in partnership with …

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U.S. launches space plane on scientific mission (June 9)

U.S. launches space plane on scientific mission (June 9)   The X-37B orbital test vehicle has successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, for its sixth mission in space. Launched May 17, the X-37B is carrying a FalconSat-8 satellite that will conduct experiments while in orbit, including some on the effects of radiation on seeds for …

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U.S. European Command Office of Defense Cooperation donates vehicles to Mtskheta and Dusheti municipalities (June 6)

U.S. European Command Office of Defense Cooperation donates vehicles to Mtskheta and Dusheti municipalities (June 6) The U.S. European Command Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), through the U.S. Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance (HA) Program, donated several heavy duty vehicles to the Mtskheta and Dusheti Municipalities. Four units of heavy and light equipment (road grader, forklift, …

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“We train together – we fight together”. Joint Georgian and U.S. military preparation efforts and training before deploying (June 5)

“We train together – we fight together”. Joint Georgian and U.S. military preparation efforts and training before deploying (June 5) Did you know that before their deployment to Afghanistan, Georgian soldiers train with U.S. Marines for months in Georgia? Today approximately 600 Georgian soldiers and 50 U.S. Marines are beginning their culminating exercise before deployment. …

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Virtual Pacific Islands Dialogue on COVID-19 Assistance (June 4)

Virtual Pacific Islands Dialogue on COVID-19 Assistance (June 4)   The United States and Taiwan are enhancing our important cooperation to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  We want countries around the world to benefit from the generous contributions and impressive expertise that Taiwan—a vibrant democracy and a force for good—brings to the global community, and improve the health and welfare …

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USAID Supporting Georgia to Combat COVID, Build Resilience, and Prepare for Economic Recovery (May 29)

USAID Supporting Georgia to Combat COVID, Build Resilience, and Prepare for Economic Recovery (May 29)   By Peter Wiebler, USAID/Georgia Mission Director Over nearly 30 years, the United States and Georgia have built a partnership based on shared values, common strategic interests, and the mutual benefits of cooperation. The United States Agency for International Development …

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U.S. scientists collaborate in worldwide search for COVID-19 cure (May 18)

U.S. scientists collaborate in worldwide search for COVID-19 cure (May 18)   U.S. researchers are joining forces with scientists around the world to find solutions that will end the COVID-19 pandemic. The collaboration ranges from experiments to adapt a measles vaccine to prevent COVID-19 to efforts to understand how the human immune system’s antibodies attack …

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U.S. Embassy donates Test Kits and Personal Protection Equipment to the Ministry of Health of Georgia (May 15)

U.S. Embassy donates Test Kits and Personal Protection Equipment to the Ministry of Health of Georgia (May 15)   Today Ambassador Degnan joined Minister Tikaradze in welcoming the arrival of high caliber testing equipment and materials to conduct 4,000 gold-standard RT-PCR tests, as well as almost $20,000 in personal protective equipment, donated by the U.S. …

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Message from Ambassador Kelly Degnan – New U.S. Support for Georgia’s Response to COVID-19 (May 8)

Message from Ambassador Kelly Degnan – New U.S. Support for Georgia’s Response to COVID-19 (May 8) Welcome to my home. I’m teleworking today to comply with the guidance from Georgia’s public health experts to maintain social distancing. It is encouraging news that Georgia is gradually able to open some businesses. I know we are all …

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U.S. sends coronavirus aid to Central and South America (May 8)

U.S. sends coronavirus aid to Central and South America (May 8) The U.S. government is providing millions of dollars as well as training and supplies to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to Central and South American countries, with a total of more than $73 million provided to the Western Hemisphere in response to the …

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Brock Bierman discusses much needed COVID-19 response assistance from USAID to Georgia (May 6)

Brock Bierman discusses much needed COVID-19 response assistance from USAID to Georgia (May 6)   USAID Assistant Administrator Brock Bierman spoke to TV Imedi this week about what USAID is doing to help Georgia better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are committed to helping the people of Georgia respond to COVID-19. The United States …

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U.S. helps Pacific island countries fight COVID-19 (May 6)

U.S. helps Pacific island countries fight COVID-19 (May 6)   The United States is  providing nearly $40 million to help Pacific Island nations  prevent and control COVID-19. “I’m especially proud of the  work that we’ve done in the Indo-Pacific region ,” Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said April 29 while discussing the  U.S. COVID-19 global response . In the Pacific islands, the U.S. funding will help pay for improvements in lab preparation, infection control, and …

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How USAID helps mothers around the world (May 6)

How USAID helps mothers around the world (May 6)   For women around the world, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum recovery can be life-threatening. To mitigate these risks to mothers, the U.S. Agency for International Development will increase funding for maternal and child health care in high-risk areas of selected countries through its MOMENTUM initiative. “In the …

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Georgian Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seize 40 Kilograms of Heroin in Batumi (April 26)

Georgian Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) seize 40 Kilograms of Heroin in Batumi (April 26)   On April 26, 2020, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Tbilisi Country Office counterparts at the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs Central Criminal Police Department (CCPD) conducted a search and arrest warrant at a residence in …

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USAID Statement on Development Agreement Amendments (April 24)

USAID Statement on Development Agreement Amendments (April 24) During these difficult times, we reaffirm our support for the Georgian people. This week, Georgia’s Parliament ratified amendments to our Development Assistance Agreements with the Government of Georgia. This allows USAID/Georgia to move forward with more than $64 million in funding to strengthen Georgia’s self-reliance and Euro-Atlantic …

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Ambassador Degnan speaks about U.S. Aid for Georgia’s COVID-19 response (April 13)

Ambassador Degnan speaks about U.S. Aid for Georgia’s COVID-19 response (April 13) Gamarjoba – For nearly 30 years, the United States and Georgia have built a partnership based on shared values, common strategic interests, and the mutual benefits of cooperation. As you know, U.S. Government assistance has helped Georgia to strengthen its defense and security, …

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USAID Partnering with Enterprise Georgia to Combat COVID-19 (April 9)

USAID Partnering with Enterprise Georgia to Combat COVID-19 (April 9)   The U.S. Government, through USAID, announced that its Economic Security Program is supporting the production of packaging for nearly one million domestically manufactured medical masks to be distributed throughout Georgia.  A partnership between USAID, Enterprise Georgia, and private sector manufacturers, this activity is helping …

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Georgian Professionals successfully using the training and equipment provided by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) (March 31)

Georgian Professionals successfully using the training and equipment provided by the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) (March 31) Along with highly skilled medical professionals, Georgia also has chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) defense teams that have been trained and fully equipped through the U.S.  Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) assistance programs. These same teams are currently using that …

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USAID Support for Central Election Commission under Elections and Political Processes Program (March 31)

USAID Support for Central Election Commission under Elections and Political Processes Program (March 31)   Cybersecurity is crucial to protecting democracy. Today, Georgia’s Central Election Commission (CEC) signed an agreement with UGT, a private-sector IT company, to provide critical software and hardware to protect the country’s democratic elections from external malign influence. Electoral cybersecurity is …

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The U.S. Role in International Organizations’ Response to COVID-19 (March 31)

The U.S. Role in International Organizations’ Response to COVID-19 (March 31)   “Whenever you see high quality, effective COVID-19 aid being delivered around the world by UN humanitarian and relief agencies, what you are seeing is the generosity of the American people and those who share our humanitarian values.  We are by far the largest …

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CDC trains public health and clinical staff as part of the COVID-19 response (March 27)

CDC trains public health and clinical staff as part of the COVID-19 response (March 27)   The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has successfully engaged with its Georgian counterparts for years. We are proud to support the Georgian National Center for Disease Control and the Ministry of Health, and the latest training …

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Open communication key during public health crises (March 26)

Open communication key during public health crises (March 26) Within weeks of learning about the deadly coronavirus outbreak that originated in China, officials in South Korea stood up laboratories to support  testing of 20,000 citizens  per day. In Taiwan, authorities began  daily press conferences  to inform the public and dispel rumors. And in the United States, the National Institutes of Health quickly …

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The U.S. Embassy’s Donates Personal Care Bags to the Domestic Violence Intake Center (March 4)

The U.S. Embassy’s Donates Personal Care Bags to the Domestic Violence Intake Center (March 4)   Employees of the U.S. Embassy donated 19 “Personal Care” bags to the Tbilisi Domestic Violence Intake Center as care packages for women seeking safety and a new beginning after experiencing domestic violence.  The bags contained personal care items necessary …

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USAID launches new grants program to support Georgian agriculture (February 26)

USAID launches new grants program to support Georgian agriculture (February 26)   The United States continues to support Georgia in developing its agricultural sector. Today, USAID announced the Agriculture Program Innovation Grant in partnership with the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture and Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency. These grants will help innovative food producers increase the quality of …

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U.S. Government helps to increase capacity at Kutaisi International Airport (February 26)

U.S. Government helps to increase capacity at Kutaisi International Airport (February 26) Today the USAID Economic Security Program signed a memorandum of understanding with United Airports of Georgia to support the expansion of Kutaisi International Airport. With workforce training and marketing support, the United States will help the airport drive economic growth in Imereti and across Georgia. …

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USAID/Georgia Mission Director Wiebler speaks at Parliamentary Legal Issues Committee (February 14)

USAID/Georgia Mission Director Wiebler speaks at Parliamentary Legal Issues Committee (February 14)   Today USAID/Georgia Mission Director Peter Wiebler spoke at the Parliamentary Legal Issues Committee’s presentation of its 2019 annual report and underlined the U.S. Government’s support for the implementation of important reforms strengthening the rule of law in Georgia.  The event highlighted several areas where the …

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The U.S. Government-funded Livelihood Development Center supports IDPs in Zugdidi (February 10)

The U.S. Government-funded Livelihood Development Center supports IDPs in Zugdidi (February 10)   The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) funded the creation of the Livelihood Development Center (LDC) in Zugdidi. The goal of this center is to actively support internally displaced persons and local community members with a collection …

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U.S. Ceramics Artist delivers Workshop in Gori (February 8)

U.S. Ceramics Artist delivers Workshop in Gori (February 8)   On February 8, 2020, the Gori Municipality Administration hosted Andrea Dee Harris, a 2019-2020 Fulbright Scholar and ceramic artist. She gave a public presentation entitled “Selling the Handmade: An Artisan’s Journey.” The presentation was focused on the principles of successful product design, concepts from the …

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What is the CDC’s role during the coronavirus crisis? (February 7)

What is the CDC’s role during the coronavirus crisis? (February 7) By Lenore T. Adkins The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, works to keep Americans and people everywhere healthy. With the public health emergency posed by the coronavirus dominating the news, it’s a good time to learn about the CDC. Question: What …

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Thematic Inquiry Working Group Report on Disinformation and Propaganda (February 3)

Thematic Inquiry Working Group Report on Disinformation and Propaganda (February 3) Anyone can be a target of disinformation, so all of us must build our media literacy and critical thinking skills. USAID is partnering with the government, civil society, and media to build Georgia’s resilience against disinformation. Accurate information is necessary for democracy to function. …

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U.S. and Israel agree to deepen cooperation in support of Georgia’s development (January 31)

U.S. and Israel agree to deepen cooperation in support of Georgia’s development (January 31)   Today, USAID/Georgia signed an important agreement with the Israeli Agency for International Development and Cooperation. Under this agreement, both the United States and Israel agreed to deepen cooperation in support of Georgia’s development. Specifically, both countries will cooperate to better …

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International Customs Day Ceremony (January 24)

International Customs Day Ceremony (January 24) EXBS receives high recognition at the International Customs Day Ceremony organized by the Georgian Ministry of Finance at the Poti Customs Clearance Zone. The EXBS Advisor accepted a Certificate of Appreciation signed by the Minister of Finance for “invaluable, sustainable support and outstanding cooperation in enhancing capacities of Georgian …

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Launch of Developing Regional Information and Voter Empowerment for Democracy (DRIVE) Activity (December 12)

Launch of Developing Regional Information and Voter Empowerment for Democracy (DRIVE) Activity (December 12) Today, on December 12th, USAID, along with the Eastern European Centre for Multiparty Democracy (EECMD) and the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC) launched the DRIVE Democracy Activity, a three year one million dollar project designed to help empower Georgian Citizens to …

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First Shipment of US Wheat Arrives in Georgia (December 6)

First Shipment of US Wheat Arrives in Georgia (December 6) This week the first shipment of high-quality U.S. wheat arrived in Poti under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Progress program. Georgian companies can now buy U.S. Hard Red Winter Wheat in Georgia and explore new ingredient options for high-quality bread and pastries. The …

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The U.S. Embassy joins “16 Days of Activism” campaign to end gender-based violence (December 5)

The U.S. Embassy joins “16 Days of Activism” campaign to end gender-based violence (December 5) The U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) joined the 16-day campaign against gender-based violence by providing a weeklong training to the Georgian police titled “Domestic Violence Practical Intervention.” The classes were taught by U.S. police …

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Supporting Georgian National Parks Preservation and Economic Sustainability (October 17)

Supporting Georgian National Parks Preservation and Economic Sustainability (October 17)   On October 17, the United States government, through USAID/Georgia, invested $1,600,000 in a five-year program to preserve and protect Georgia’s national parks while generating economic opportunities. The USAID National Parks and Ecotourism Program (NPE) will support Georgia’s Journey to Self-Reliance by transitioning the operation …

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The U.S. Government through USAID supports Georgia in Improving the Quality of Governance (October 2)

The U.S. Government through USAID supports Georgia in Improving the Quality of Governance (October 2) The U.S. Government, in partnership with the Government of Georgia, is working to improve the quality of governance in the country. Democracy flourishes when government agencies are transparent, accountable, and effective. The government of the United States, through USAID’s Good Governance Initiative, supports …

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The U.S. Government Supports Georgian Hazelnut Producers via USAID (September 24)

The U.S. Government Supports Georgian Hazelnut Producers via USAID (September 24) In western Georgia, the hazelnut sector is represented by small farmers who face barriers to producing consistently high-quality crops, mostly due to a lack of handling services after the harvest. Unfortunately, the industry’s current drying capacity is less than ten percent of the annual …

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2019 International Women in Policing Conference (April 15 – 18)

2019 International Women in Policing Conference (April 15 – 18)   Last week (April 15-18, 2019) the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs section of U.S. Embassy Tbilisi, in cooperation with the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) Budapest hosted the 8th Annual International Women in Policing workshop (WIP) in Budapest, Hungary. INL began hosting the …

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Infectious Enthusiasm: Cdc Hospital Training Sparks Lifesaving Change In Georgia (March 18-19)

Infectious Enthusiasm: CDC Hospital Training Sparks Lifesaving Change In Georgia (March 18-19)   At a busy hospital in Kutaisi, a simple but lifesaving idea is spreading. At the epicenter are a diverse and lively team of women – nurses, physicians, epidemiologists, and leaders – who have embraced the concept of infection prevention and control (IPC) …

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A Successful Anti-human Trafficking Operation in Marneuli (February 8)

A Successful Anti-human Trafficking Operation in Marneuli (February 8) By Mark Trainer A human trafficking operation in Marneuli might have gone undetected if police from this small city in the southern portion of the nation of Georgia hadn’t known what to look for and how to ferret out this  pervasive and inhuman crime . Only a month earlier, at …

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U.S. EUCOM road grader donation to Dmanisi municipality (December 19)

U.S. EUCOM road grader donation to Dmanisi municipality (December 19)   Today, the US European Command Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) has donated a road grader to Dmanisi municipality. The donation ceremony took place in Dmanisi where the Bilateral Affairs Officer Major Quintin T. Doll, Mayor of Dmanisi municipality Mr. Giorgi Tatuashvili, and Representative from …

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U.S. Embassy and Department of Justice support Georgia’s Annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (December 10 – 17)

U.S. Embassy and Department of Justice support Georgia’s Annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (December 10 – 17) The U.S. Embassy and Department of Justice continue to partner and provide assistance to the Prosecution Service of Georgia in organizing and conducting Georgia’s Annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week which was first launched in November 2017. This year Crime Victim Rights …

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INL of the United States Embassy in Tbilisi continues assisting the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia Patrol Police Department (December 10 -14)

The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section (INL) of the United States Embassy in Tbilisi continues assisting the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia Patrol Police Department (December 10 -14) The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section (INL) of the United States Embassy in Tbilisi continues assisting the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia Patrol Police …

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US European Command’s Overseas Humanitarian Disaster Assistance and Civic Aid Project Development Workshop (December 3-7)

US European Command’s (USEUCOM) Overseas Humanitarian Disaster Assistance and Civic Aid (OHDACA) Project Development Workshop Conducted in Batumi, Adjara Autonomous Republic (December 3-7)   The Tbilisi Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) hosted US European Command’s (USEUCOM) Overseas Humanitarian Disaster Assistance and Civic Aid (OHDACA) Project Development Workshop in Batumi, Adjara Autonomous Republic December 3-7, 2018.  …

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Ambassador Ross Wilson’s comments to media in Kutaisi after the Launch of the USAID Agriculture Program (November 19)

Ambassador Ross Wilson’s comments to media in Kutaisi after the Launch of the USAID Agriculture Program (November 19)   Q-n about the new USAID Agriculture Program U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Ambassador Wilson:  Let me say first how delighted I am to be here in Kutaisi.  I had the opportunity to come here several years ago and it is terrific that …

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Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) speed unit measurement devices donation to the Georgian Police (November 15)

Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) speed unit measurement devices donation to the Georgian Police (November 15)   The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Section (INL) of the United States Embassy in Tbilisi purchased nine (9) units of speed measurement device – Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) for the Patrol Police Department of the Ministry of …

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DTRA visited N4 Border Sector “Keda” of the MIA Border Police N1 Office Batumi (February 13)

DTRA visited N4 Border Sector “Keda” of the MIA Border Police N1 Office Batumi (February 13) During their trip to Georgia, the delegation from the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) visited N4 Border Sector “Keda” of the MIA Border Police N1 Office Batumi. Deputy Director Rear Admiral Scott B. Jerabek was hosted by the …

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Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia Giorgi Mgebrishvili held meeting with Rear Admiral Scott Jerabek (February 9)

Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia Giorgi Mgebrishvili held meeting with Rear Admiral Scott Jerabek (February 9) Deputy Head of the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), Rear Admiral Scott Jerabek along with the delegation paid a visit to the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The guests were hosted by the Minister of Internal Affairs Giorgi …

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Admiral Scott Jerabek together with other DTRA representatives visited the R. Lugar Center for Public Health Research (February 8)

Admiral Scott Jerabek together with other DTRA representatives visited the R. Lugar Center for Public Health Research (February 8) Dr. Amiran Gamkrelidze – NCDC / Director General presented the main functions and responsibilities, exclusive capacity and vision of further development of the Lugar Center. Admiral S. Jerabek noted the successful collaboration and outcomes between NCDC …

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