Ambassador Ian Kelly participated in the kickoff of Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 14)

Ambassador Kelly during his Remarks. Photo: State Dept
Ambassador Kelly during his Remarks at Global Entrepreneurship Week. Photo: State Dept
Ambassador Kelly during his Remarks at Global Entrepreneurship Week. Photo: State Dept

Ambassador Ian Kelly participated in the kickoff of Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 14)

On November 14, Ambassador Ian Kelly and Prime Minister Kvirikashvili participated in the kickoff of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).  GEW is a week long celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare.  The U.S. Embassy is pleased to partner with the Georgian government, private sector, and educational institutions this week to celebrate, highlight, and promote entrepreneurship as an important economic tool, developing economic opportunity and creating jobs in emerging markets.

Ambassador Kelly’s media engagement on the sidelines of the Global Entrepreneurship Week Kick-Off 

Q-n about the importance of Global Entrepreneurship Week

We were very pleased to co-sponsor the events of this week, Global Entrepreneurship Week.  And we think it’s a very important part of helping Georgia grow its economy, create jobs, and inculcate a spirit of entrepreneurship, especially for the younger generation.

Q-n about results of the U.S. elections and the impact on immigration

Clearly, I’m very focused on supporting Georgia and I think what I’m encouraged by is the bipartisan support, especially in the U.S. Congress for Georgia’s territorial integrity and for supporting its sovereign decisions.  And, I look forward to working with the transition.  I think the transition will be up and running this week, particularly I’m looking forward to working with the transition teams in the Department of State and Department of Defense, as we look at our programs of cooperation.  So I’m keeping an open mind, and I feel very confident that the U.S. support for Georgia will continue.

Q-n about media freedom

The U.S. policy towards media freedom hasn’t changed for over 240 years and it’s not going to change with any new President.  This is the very heart and soul of our Constitution, the right of freedom of speech and prohibiting Congress from passing any law that would limit that kind of freedom.  And our foreign policy will continue to stand up for those principles that are, as I said, at the very core of our own principles.

Q-n about the return of Iberia broadcasting company

Absolutely!  I’m very glad to hear that you’re back on the air.  I look forward to talking to you and answering your questions, so congratulations.  Thank you!