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November 14, 2014

Along with USAID/Caucasus Mission Director, Stephen Haykin, on October 29th, 2014, I visited several sites of the New Economic Opportunities (NEO) project in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region. Our visit to the region highlighted the strong U.S. economic support for Georgia and the importance of the agriculture sector to Georgia’s future. During my visit, I met local farmers at a rehabilitated agrarian market in the village of Tsitelsopeli, on the northern “military” highway. Thanks to USAID’s assistance, almost 70 residents of adjacent villages sell their farm products.

Students attend one of the 38 eco-camps supported by USAID
August 2, 2013

On Friday, August 2, 2013 U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin, along with Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Protection Khatuna Gogaladze and local officials, opened an eco-camp for students from nine eco-clubs from the Alazani watershed to raise awareness in environmental protection and conservation in Tusheti.  During the visit, Mr.

Artifacts uncovered by road rehabilitation project
July 2, 2013

On July 2nd, USAID opened two newly rehabilitated roads in Shida Kartli that are expected to benefit more than 15,000 residents.

The Gori Jvari Road will provide access to the Gori Jvari Monastery, one of the most important cultural sites in the country. Every year, thousands of Georgians visit the site to celebrate feasts of St. George.

Mission Director Stephen M. Haykin signs MOU.
June 20, 2013


On June 19, 2013, USAID Mission Director, Stephen M. Haykin signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) USAID and IFES’ six new partner universities in Georgia. The MOU will set the framework for the introduction of the IFES-developed civic education course, “Democracy and Citizenship,” that will be offered at these universities from 2013 onward. This innovative course was first unveiled in 2011; by fall 2013, the course will be offered at 20 universities throughout Georgia.

Ambassador Richard Norland with Minister of Environment Khatuna Gogaladze
June 3, 2013

U.S. Ambassador Richard Norland joined Minister of Environmental Protection Khatuna Gogaladze and representatives from environmental ministries in Armenia and Azerbaijan at the South Caucasus Conference on Sustainability and Watershed Management on June 3rd at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Tbilisi. The conference brought together a broad spectrum of stakeholders from three South Caucasus countries to discuss the sustainability of integrated watershed management approaches, including best practices, limitations and challenges, and lessons learned from experiences in the field. 

May 25, 2013


On Saturday, May 25 USAID’s New Economic Opportunities (NEO) Initiative and the Berry and Fruit Cultures Development Association hosted the Samegrelo Strawberry Festival in Zugdidi, Georgia.  This First Annual Strawberry Festival displayed strawberries harvested in Samegrelo and served as a meeting point for strawberry buyers and sellers all over Georgia.


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