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U.S. Government to Provide Flood Recovery Assistance to Georgia

U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland meets with conference participants
March 6, 2013

Georgians with disabilities face significant societal, physical, and legislative barriers to equal participation in their country’s electoral and political processes. A significant inhibiting factor for Georgia’s disability community is a lack of awareness, shortcomings in the electoral framework inadequacies of electoral procedures and full and equal access at polling stations.

February 27, 2013

On February 27, U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland addressed legislative, societal and physical barriers that prevent the disability community in Georgia from achieving full political and electoral enfranchisement spoke at a conference in Tbilisi.

Media students ready to graduate
February 21, 2013

 

On February 21, U.S. Ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland hosted a graduation ceremony for the first class of the Multimedia Reporting Program, a two-semester certificate program by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) designed to improve the quality of journalism education.

Radio Tavisupleba (Radio Liberty) Journalism School is an independent media strengthening program launched with the assistance of USAID through G-MEDIA, which is a four-year, $12.9 million project implemented by IREX. 

January 24, 2013

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Georgia (MENR) will sign a Program Implementation Letter declaring their support for the implementation of the Georgian Electricity Market Model 2015 (GEMM 2015), at the Tbilisi Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, at 3:00 pm on January 24, 2013. 

United States (U.S.) policy in Georgia exemplifies how our approach to former communist states
can succeed. Thanks in large part to U.S. political support and assistance, a country close to
being a failed state eight years ago now is a strong partner in combating terrorism and nuclear
proliferation, contributes substantially to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) missions,
has constructive relations with most of its neighbors, and is one of the most democratic countries
in the former Soviet Union. At the same time, Georgia presents challenges to which the U.S. is
committed to respond. Georgia requires further democratic development, reforms in other areas
need to be sustained, and the Russian occupation of the separatist regions of both Abkhazia and
South Ossetia undermines their reintegration into Georgia and puts a brake on the overall reform
process, a U.S. priority.

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Tbilisi, Georgia – In response to the June 13-14 flooding that devastated Tbilisi, caused tragic loss of life  and destroyed its zoo, the U.S. government—through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)—is set to provide various forms of flood recovery assistance requested by the government of Georgia.

After close coordination with the Ministry of Finance and Tbilisi Mayor’s office, USAID will send two U.S. Forest Service natural resource teams to Georgia in the next several weeks.  The first team, which arrives next week and includes a geotechnical engineer, watershed specialist, and hydrologist, will conduct an assessment of the flood disaster zone and recommend short-term mitigation steps the government of Georgia can take to minimize future risks.  The second team, which will arrive in two to three weeks and includes zoo specialists, will develop recommendations for safely relocating and modernizing Tbilisi's zoo.

The US government will continue to coordinate with the government of Georgia to identify specific needs related to flood recovery. 

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