US and Japanese Governments Give New Funding to Clear Unexploded Ordnance and Make Land Safe for Farming in Georgia’s Imereti Region (March 10)

On MarchIMG_2077 10, Chargé d’Affaires Nicholas Berliner spoke at a signing ceremony awarding The HALO Trust with nearly $900,000 from the United States and Japanese governments for mine clearance and unexploded ordnance disposal at a former military base near Chognari, Imereti.  As part of this commitment, the United States — in partnership with the Japanese government — has provided over $20 million to the HALO Trust in Georgia since 2008.   Once cleared, the residents in Chognari will be able to graze their livestock without the threat of death or injury from mines or unexploded ordnance.  The Georgian government also plans to repurpose the site to build a waste processing facility that is expected to employ over 130 people.