Biden is committed to NASA’s Artemis program for the moon and beyond

President Biden is committed to NASA’s multilateral mission to return to the moon and send astronauts to Mars. “Through the Artemis program, the United States government will work with industry and international partners to send astronauts to the surface of the moon,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said February 4, announcing the Biden administration’s …

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International partners empower NASA’s mission on Mars

By Leigh Hartman When NASA’s Perseverance rover searches Mars for signs of ancient life it uses technology from partner nations across Europe. The 2,260-pound (1,025-kilogram) rover is armed with imaging and sensor equipment from France, Italy, Spain and Norway. “It’s on a mission of exploration, with elements contributed by our European partners to seek evidence …

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U.S. Embassy donates supplies to State Laboratory of Agriculture

Over the past year, the United States has provided more than $7 million in assistance to help Georgia fight the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure the government continues delivering essential services to the people of Georgia. Yesterday, our new Deputy Chief of Mission, Rian Harris, helped the U.S. Embassy’s Defense Threat Reduction Office deliver personal protective …

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How NASA fights climate change from space

By Leigh Hartman The U.S. agency that explores outer space is aiding the global fight against climate change. With more than two dozen satellites and other measuring tools, NASA collects massive amounts of environmental data on everything from air pollution to global temperatures. Scientists use that information to better understand climate change and how to slow it. …

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Georgian and U.S. soldiers participated in a live fire exercise

On 11 February 2021 at Vaziani training area, Georgian and U.S. soldiers participated in a live-fire exercise, using recently delivered 100 MK19 grenade launchers and 200 M2 machine guns. These NATO-interoperable weapons, fielded in units from the platoon to battalion level, are part of a larger, $18M effort to outfit the Georgian Defense Forces with …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Maro Makashvili Wounded Warrior Rehabilitation Center

The Maro Makashvili Wounded Warrior Rehabilitation Center in Tserovani highlights more than just the bilateral relationship between the United States and Georgia. It exemplifies the commitment, courage, and vigilance of partners who train, fight, and serve together. Saluting our partner soldiers and especially their wounded warriors.

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DTRA donates vehicles to Georgian Border Police

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Proliferation Prevention Program delivered six troop carriers, two 6000 liter fuel trucks, and seven Suzuki off-road vehicles to the Georgia Border Police to increase mobility to the remote border sectors. The equipment will enhance personnel access and enable fuel re-supply to remote border sectors in all weather conditions throughout the …

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United States Export Control and Border Security Program Recognizes Georgian Partners on International Customs Day

“Recovery, Renewal and Resilience for a sustainable supply chain,” reads the slogan of this year’s International Customs Day.  In that spirit, the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Export Control and Border Security celebrates its Georgian partners and the U.S.—Georgian strategic partnership. This year’s International Customs Day is dedicated to the united efforts of Customs to emerge …

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Meet the next astronauts to land on the moon

By  Noelani Kirschner The newly announced members of the Artemis Team — the next astronaut missions to the moon — reflect the diversity of and range of opportunity in the United States. Of the nearly 20 astronauts announced, half are women and people of color. NASA announced its latest selection of 18 elite astronauts — all of …

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Food for Progress Highlights U.S. – Georgian Agri-Business Cooperation

On Saturday, 19 December, the ship Ocean Grand delivered 14,000 metric tons of high-quality U.S. wheat to the Port of Poti as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food for Progress program.  This shipment, the first of three in the coming month, will be ​available for private sector usage via commercial sales on the Georgian …

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INL Office Sponsors Three-day “Public Corruption and Law Enforcement Techniques” Course

To mark International Anti-corruption Day, the Bureau of International Law Enforcement and Narcotics (INL) continued its efforts to strengthen the capacity and independence of Georgia`s criminal justice system and improve its ability to fight organized crime and corruption by partnering with the International Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) to host a three-day virtual “Public Corruption and Law …

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NASA launches U.S.-European satellite mission to monitor global sea levels

A joint U.S.-European satellite mission will collect valuable information about rising sea levels. The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite — named for the former director of NASA’s Earth Science Division — launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on November 21. “The Earth is changing, and this satellite will help deepen our understanding of how,”  said Karen St. Germain

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26,000 USAID-funded PCR testing kits delivery to National Center for Disease Control and Public Health

USAID continues to support Georgia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, providing crucial assistance to help the healthcare system prevent further spread of the virus. Recently, 26,000 USAID-funded PCR testing kits were delivered to the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health. These testing kits will be distributed to hospitals, clinics, and laboratories across the …

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INL-Tbilisi delivered donated clothes, food, and toiletries to the Tbilisi domestic violence intake center

On December 2, as part of The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (reftel 20 STATE 113288), INL-Tbilisi delivered donated clothes, food, and toiletries to the Tbilisi domestic violence intake center. This center is the first point of entry for victims of domestic …

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The United States is funding the equipping of the Georgian Defense Forces with 600 M249 Squad Automatic Weapons (SAW)

As part of our commitment to Georgia’s defense and territorial integrity through U.S. security assistance, the United States is equipping the Georgian Defense Forces’ (GDF) with 600 M249 portable, gas operated, light machine guns, or Squad Automatic Weapons (SAW). As part of the fielding plan, U.S. advisors will conduct a two-week, “train-the-trainer” course for a …

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USAID plans for global recovery from COVID-19

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is preparing to help international partners overcome economic and humanitarian hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. USAID Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa on October 28 announced the agency’s  Over the Horizon Strategic Review , a new initiative to plan for a world altered by COVID-19 by helping partner nations on their path to …

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Database offers transparency on U.S. foreign aid

After a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, the U.S. government gave the country $1 billion in aid, with the U.S. Department of Defense sending the most money, according to the  Foreign Aid Explorer  database. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s database can tell you which U.S. government agency spent the most on foreign aid in a given …

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In historic contact, NASA spacecraft touches asteroid

A NASA spacecraft touched an asteroid with a robotic arm, a first-ever achievement for the agency that may offer a glimpse into the early solar system. NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft  extended its robotic arm and touched Bennu  on October 20, taking samples from the ancient asteroid currently located 321 million kilometers from Earth. NASA says …

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U.S. global vaccine distribution saves lives

The United States’ support for the worldwide distribution of vaccines has saved countless lives and laid the groundwork for distributing a future COVID-19 vaccine. Through international partnerships like the vaccine alliance Gavi and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. …

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USAID supports the right of all people to participate in democratic elections and political processes

USAID supports the right of all people to participate in democratic elections and political processes. Along with our partners at the International Republican Institute, we encourage everyone to get out and vote on October 31!

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U.S. Embassy donates walking aids for disabled people in Mtskheta-Mtianeti

As the United States marks Disability Awareness Month, the U.S. government remains committed to the social inclusion of people with disabilities at home and abroad. To contribute to social inclusion in Georgia, today, the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC), through its Humanitarian Assistance Program, handed over walking aids for use by disabled people …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan helped open the twelfth Georgian border sector station funded by the U.S. government through DTRA

Today at Juta, Ambassador Kelly Degnan helped open the twelfth Georgian border sector station funded by the U.S. government through the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA). On land and sea, the Georgian Border Police provide the Georgian people safety and security. When our partners are safer, so are the American people. This border station …

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Ambassador Degnan visits Kakheti

Ambassador Degnan returned to Kakheti last week, visiting Akhmeta, Telavi, Kvareli, and Lagodekhi to see U.S. government investments that are helping farmers and small businesses expand their operations, create more jobs in their communities, and ensure Georgia’s economic prosperity and Western integration benefits all regions. In Akhmeta, dairy farmer Rati Rostomashvili gave the Ambassador a …

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U.S. Embassy ODC Hands Over Personal Protection Equipment to the Georgian Central Election Commission (CEC)

The United States is proud to continue to work with our Georgian partners to protect the health and safety of the people of Georgia. Today, the U.S. Embassy delivered the final batch of its PPE assistance to the Central Election Commission. This donation of over $73,000 worth of latex gloves, face shield masks, and disinfectants …

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DTRA supports NCDC and Lugar Center with virus neutralization test kit

U.S. Embassy Tbilisi’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is supporting Georgian national research studies at the National Center for Disease Control/Lugar Center on SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.  DTRA donated three surrogate virus neutralization test kits, manufactured in New Jersey, which offer a novel technology for determining neutralization antibody levels to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This offers key …

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U.S. Government donates specially equipped vehicles to Georgian Border Police

Today, A/DCM Catherine Schweitzer, Defense Attaché COL Stephanie Bagley, and Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Ioseb Chelidze witnessed the Georgian Emergency Management Services receive their primary transportation and delivery systems from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. In addition to the ceremony for the official transfer, A/DCM Schweitzer also saw firsthand the use of the equipment …

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Database offers transparency on U.S. foreign aid

After a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, the U.S. government gave the country $1 billion in aid, with the U.S. Department of Defense sending the most money, according to the  Foreign Aid Explorer  database. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s database can tell you which U.S. government agency spent the most on foreign aid in a given …

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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting the Auditor General

Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This was a very informative and interesting meeting with the Auditor General, looking into the importance of accountability and transparency in the government institutions. USAID and the United States have been working with the State Auditor’s Office since 2011 on building this capacity, and it is truly inspiring …

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USDA Helps Build National Plant Health Policy in Georgia

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), continues to support Georgia to strengthen its agricultural systems under the project “Enhancing Implementation and Efficiency of National Sanitary and Phytosanitary Capacity for Georgia through Training and Education”. A vital component of USDA’s efforts to enhance Georgia’s ability to participate in international markets includes the design and implementation of …

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Ambassador Kelly C. Degnan participates in opening of Central Election Commission’s (CEC) Cybersecurity Server Center

  U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Kelly C. Degnan joined CEC Chairperson Tamar Zhvania in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open a new USAID-supported cybersecurity server center. Georgia’s continued democratic development depends on greater resilience to malign influence, including cyberattacks. Ambassador Degnan highlighted the U.S. Government’s strong partnership with Georgia to protect the upcoming Parliamentary elections from …

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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)

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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)

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

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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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