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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Two Chess Championships will be held in the Republic of Georgia in May 2011

Republic of Georgia will be hosting two great chess events in May of 2011 -  European Individual Women Chess Championship and European women's individual rapid chess championship

European Individual Women Chess Championship will be played in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi in the period from May 7 to May 18 while the second event - Rapid chess championship begins immediately after in the second-largest city of Kutaisi in Georgia from May 19 to 22. 
According to the Georgian Chess Federation, 133 players from 26 federations across Europe will compete for prestigious titles of European Champions.

Of the top seeded players for championships, 2005 European runner-up from Georgia Nana Dzagnidze leads Russian sisters Nadezhda and Tatiana Kosintseva, followed by Kateryna Lahno of Ukraine, Anna Muzychuk from Slovenia and Viktorija Cmilyte of Lithuania.

To visit official Women Chess Championship in Georgia Tournament website please click here

Schedule of the Women Chess Championship in Tbilisi:

Arrival Day


May 6

Opening Ceremony      


May 6

Technical Meeting


May 6

1st Round      


May 7

2nd Round      


May 8

3rd Round      


May 9

4th Round      


May 10

5th Round      


May 11

6th Round      


May 12

7th Round      


May 13


Free day

May 14

8th Round      


May 15

9th Round      


May 16

10th Round      


May 17



May 18

Closing Ceremony      


May 18

Departure Day


May 19


European Women's Rapid
in Kutaisi

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May 19 - 22

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Armenian business invests in Georgia

TertAm Armenian IT companies are ready to set up their businesses in
Georgia to offer their services on the Georgian market.

A correspondent reported from Tbilisi that an IT conference
organized in the Georgian capital was aimed at figuring out what
services Armenian and Georgian IT companies can offer to each other.

SFL, a company engaged in custom software development, is seeking to
propose proper solutions to Georgian partners.

"We have our problems and our solutions. We want to realize to what
extent those solutions fit their human resources policy. And also, we
have our proposals," the company's director, Arsen Grigoryan, told

Asked whether the company would like to set up its business in Georgia,
he said it depends on the demand: "If there is a demand, we would. If
that gives us advantage as a company and a country, why not do that?"

Armenian Software Company, which deals with banking system automation,
is planning to export not only its products but also technologies to

"As both Armenian and Georgian economies have much in common, and we
were able to build a company that renders services to many Armenian
banks and enterprises, we find our technologies appropriate for building
a Georgian company that will represent similar products on the Georgian
market," the company's representative, Gagik Sargsyan, said.

Armenian IT companies are also interested in exchanging experience with
the Georgian partners. Director of Gyumri's IT Center Amalya Yeghoyan
said her participation in the conference would enable her to compare the
Armenian and Georgian IT markets.

"As I am more or less familiar with Armenia's IT sector, I would like
first of all to make comparisons. Besides, I am interested in projects
that could be completely or partially implemented in Armenia based on
mutually beneficial collaboration. And finally, the opportunities of
exchanging experience are important," she said.

Georgia rediscovers ancient culinary traditions

Picture: Cook Giorgi Barbakadze bakes bread in a traditional Georgian oven at a restaurant in Tbilisi

TBILISI — In the kitchen of one of the most fashionable restaurants in Tbilisi, the chef is cooking up hearty peasant food using recipes long forgotten by most of his countrymen. "Nobody cooks a bird like this these days," said chef Malkhaz Maisashvili, raising his carving knife to sweep slices of chicken into a pot. "I discovered the recipe in a small village." Keen to assert itself as an attractive destination for culinary tourists, ex-Soviet Georgia is rediscovering some of the ancient traditions of its unique cuisine. On a country-wide gastronomic expedition, Maisashvili visited remote regions of Georgia in search of little-known recipes that had only managed to survive in isolated mountain villages.
The chef said that the "banalisation of gastronomy" during the Soviet era and the consequences of globalisation were to blame for the loss of a culinary heritage that he is now trying to revive. "Some traditional agricultural crops were supplanted by more profitable foreign ones. This led to the disappearance of a number of dishes," he said.

During the expedition, Maisashvili documented some 150 recipes and since March, most of them have been added to the menu at his restaurant, Puris Sakhli in Tbilisi, attracting "hordes" of diners including foreign tourists as well as Georgians. Success was ensured by the use of authentic organic products brought in from the provinces in which the dishes originated, he said.
"Specific climactic conditions, landscape and soil composition, combined with local culinary techniques, determine everything." In the mountain town of Keda which is famous for its fine dairy products, Maya Sirabidze, one of the locals who helped Maisashvili with his investigation, said that he could not have reproduced her grandmother's recipes without authentic ingredients. "It is impossible to make, for example, a proper 'sinori' (baked noodles with cheese and cream sauce) using products from an urban supermarket," she said. As she carried the savoury bowl of noodles to the dining table at her home in rural Keda, Sirabidze said that it would be a tragedy if ancient recipes were forgotten by future generations. "What we know from our grannies and mothers should not be lost. Georgia?s culinary memory must be preserved by professionals," she said.

Georgia was famous among Soviet citizens for its diverse landscape and climate, rich cultural heritage and first-rate cuisine, but for most foreigners during the Communist period, the country was an obscure place somewhere behind the Iron Curtain. Twenty years after the fall of the Soviet Union, Georgia still feels it suffers from a lack of awareness overseas and that it needs to make all-out efforts to gain a niche in the highly competitive global tourism market. In recent years the government has stepped up efforts to promote the tourism industry and initiated large-scale infrastructure projects, including the high-profile reconstruction of Georgian towns like Batumi and Sighnaghi.

Some two million people visited this country of 4.4 million last year, tourism officials said -- a 41 percent year-on-year increase. "We expect these figures to double within the next two years," said National Tourism Agency chief Maya Sidamonidze. "We pin particular hopes on culinary tourism, which has huge potential in Georgia." Cosmopolitan in its essence, the Georgian culinary tradition has been infused with foreign influences over centuries of invasions and occupations by foreign empires, including Romans, Arabs, Persians, Ottoman Turks and Russians. But instead of copying others' traditions, Georgians fused them with indigenous cooking styles. In his kitchen filled with the heady aroma of the ready-to-be-served 'chakhokhbili' -- chicken stewed in tomatoes, fresh herbs and hazelnuts -- Maisashvili said that many foreigners would find "something both native and exotic" in the dish. "It's not just food," he said. "It's a clash of civilizations!"

By Irakli Metreveli (AFP) Copyright © 2011 AFP. All rights reserved

Monday, April 25, 2011

Bypass road in Tbilisi to unclog the streets will be built by a French company in 2011

Georgian Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure started the construction of a bypass road in Tbilisi, which will unclog the streets.

The bypass road will facilitate the movement of transit vehicles from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Central Asia to Georgian port of Poti, Batumi and Europe.

The construction of the new 7-km road will end in late 2011, Novosti-Georgia reports. The development of the area is one of the main parts of the project "Bypass road of Tbilisi."

A French company will develop a general plan on the development of the territory.

Spectacular “Skypool" Olympic-size swimming pool in Batumi, Georgia

OpenAire similar project of Royal Marine Aquapark
 Online PR News – 20-April-2011 –Batumi, GE, April 20, 2011 -- OpenAire’s newest international project will soon open in the Republic of Georgia. OpenAire has designed, manufactured and installed a spectacular retractable roof enclosure to cover an Olympic-size rooftop swimming pool, aptly named “Skypool,” which will be a key part of Batumi Plaza, an ultra-luxurious landmark development opening in the coastal city of Batumi.

Designed by renowned Georgian architect Zakaria Kurdiani, Batumi Plaza is a massive six-storey facility with a high-end shopping mall, a multiplex cinema, restaurants, offices, conference facilities, and a 53-room, 5-star hotel. Topping it all off is Skypool, a showpiece swimming facility with a retractable enclosure that opens up 45%, offering swimmers sunlight, fresh air, and incredible views of the picturesque Black Sea.

The enclosure measures 117’ (34m) x 199’ (60.5m), and is 26’ (8m) tall at its highest point. It features glazed gable ends, one with operable folding doors, and bi-parting roof panels that open in good weather to let in sunshine and fresh air, and close on cold or rainy days to provide natural light in a protected environment.

“Batumi Plaza chose us for our expertise with aquatic applications, and for our extensive international experience with projects across North America, Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East,” says Mark Albertine, President, OpenAire. “We have the expertise to bring any vision to life, no matter what the region. And we’re versatile – we can work in any climate, and to all international building codes. Our team of design experts, engineers and project managers work directly with our client’s team to ensure visions are realized, and quality and satisfaction exceed their expectations.”

The dramatic Skypool enclosure complements the building as a whole, and offers users the best of all worlds; natural light every day, fresh air when it’s warm out, protection from the elements when it’s not – and the ultra-luxurious look and feel that international buyers and developers are increasingly demanding.

Contact : Mark Albertine, President, 1 800 267 4877,,

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Sunday, April 24, 2011

From Popular Revolutions to Effective Reforms: The Georgian Experience

On March 17, the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings (CUSE) hosted President Mikheil Saakashvili to discuss Georgia’s approach to these challenges. A leader of Georgia’s 2003 Rose Revolution, Saakashvili was elected president of Georgia in January 2004 and reelected for a second term in January 2008.

Vice President Martin Indyk, director of Foreign Policy at Brookings, provided introductory remarks and Senior Fellow and CUSE Director Fiona Hill moderated the discussion. After the program, President Saakashvili took audience questions.

PRESIDENT SAAKASHVILI: To set the backdrop of our discussion, I wanted to share a few thoughts about the extraordinary developments in North Africa and the Middle East in the perspective of our own experience back in Georgia. Ladies and gentlemen, great events in history almost always take players by surprise. They come as a surprise to their hosts, but also a surprise to their protagonists very often. And those who observe these events from afar really understand the scope of what is transpiring. Such eruptions to the world politics require from all of us a capacity of radical astonishment that Aristotle was putting at the beginning of philosophy and an ability to abandon usual schemes. 

Nobody predicted or planned the revolution that swept across Eastern and Central Europe in 1989, or a bit further on the East the kind of revolutions that came a few years, 15 years later. Now again, as the wave of popular up rise has taken hold in the Middle East, politicians, analysts, and editorial writers all have been utterly surprised. The Tunisian and the Egyptian revolutions is part among all of us essential gape and wonder, and we still look at them without a clear understanding of what really happened and now most of all, what will follow. 

Revolutions have this amazing ability not only to transform the countries in which they take place, but also they force us all to rethink and reshape our region of the world. I didn’t come here, of course, with ready answers to the questions raised by these events. I do not have these answers. I don’t think anybody really has them. I came here to explore these questions with you and to share some of the lessons I have learned from Georgia’s own revolution and transformation, and let’s begin the debate. I’m very much braced for a lively, interactive debate.
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

New air traffic control system installed in Black Sea port town of Poti, Georgia

President Saakashvili hailed "very good relations" with France and
thanked that country for providing assistance to Georgia's
"infrastructure modernization".

Saakashvili was speaking on April 22 after visiting an air traffic
control system, installed in Black Sea port town of Poti by the Thales
Group, defence and civil aviation electronics company, part-owned by the
French state.

"I want to emphasize on those very good relations, which we have with
France," Saakashvili said at a ceremony in Poti in presence of French
Secretary of State for Transport Thierry Mariani.

He said that France "in the shortest period of time" replaced radar
systems in Tbilisi, damaged in the August war.

"We have huge plans of cooperation for Georgia's infrastructure
modernization. France has one of the best infrastructures in the world
and one of the best engineering experiences and France is probably the
largest supporter to Georgia's modernization in this regard,"
Saakashvili said.

Thales has become a major provider of air traffic control systems to
Georgia. In December, 2008 Georgian state-owned air navigation service
provider, Sakaeronavigatsia Ltd., and Thales signed a contract for the
replacement of both primary and secondary radars at Tbilisi
international airport. Thales installed new radars in Tbilisi in summer,
2009 and provided RSM 970 radar in Poti.

Saakashvili said that the air traffic control system in Poti would serve
the new airport in the port town, which, he said, would go into
operation from 2012.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

$20 million to be invested in Kutaisi airport in Georgia - boost business and tourism development in the region

Georgia may sell the airport in Kutaisi, the former Soviet republic's second-largest city, for $1 as it tries to attract foreign investment and boost tourism.

"We're in talks on the airport with possible investors from Germany, India and elsewhere," Economy and Sustainable Development Minister Vera Kobalia said by telephone from the capital Tbilisi today. "One dollar is a symbolic price. We expect $20 million to be invested in the facility."

The government is considering all options for Kutaisi airport, including selling or turning it over to an operating company, Ketevan Aleksidze, director of Georgian United Airports, said by telephone. The plan may involve attracting low-cost airlines from Europe to Kutaisi.

Kopitnari Airport, located about 14 kilometers (9 miles) from Kutaisi, currently handles an average of 200 passengers per hour, according to the Economy and Sustainable Development Ministry. It sits on 30.5 hectares of land and has 2,300 square meters of buildings.

Airports serving Tbilisi and the Black Sea port of Batumi are managed by Turkish operator TAV Havalimanlari Holding AS. (TAVHL)

To contact the reporter on this story: Helena Bedwell in Tbilisi at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Gomez at

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

International Tourism Fair in Tbilisi (Apr 14-16, 2011)

13th International Caucasian Tourism Fair "CTF 2011" was held in Expo
Georgia on April 14-16. The event is organized by National Tourism
Agency and Expo Georgia. The exposition was opened by Minister of
Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Vera Kobalia; she spoke
about the importance of analogous events for the development of tourism.
The Minister also examined special stands and products prepared by the
participants of the events and personally spoke with them.
Representatives of different countries, leading Georgian tour operators,
hotels and other services are participating in CTF 2011. Georgian
regions have also presented their own stands.

International Tourism Fair is one of those places where Georgian
companies can make new contacts and finds new partners, meet potential
customers who are willing to purchase their tourism packages. As for
National Tourism Administrations, such events are a means of effectively
positioning the country's tourism potential.

This year's fair is peculiar for its scale and content; tourism
potential of all regions is well presented at the fair, including: sea
and mountain resorts, national parks, health tourism, cultural and
adventure tourism and etc. The fair is mainly designated for the local
market i/e inner tourism. It is important that the visitors who go the
fair from April 14 to April 16 will have the possibility to plan their
holidays right away. The fair may be understood as a message for
Georgian citizens so that they visit the exposition and plan their
summer vacations to any part of Georgia beforehand.

Stands of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Ukraine, Belarus, Iran and Kazakhstan are
also represented at the fair. It is remarkable that companies with
various profiles are participating in the event. 14 tourism companies,
18 hotels from different parts of Georgia, 3 airlines, souvenir
mafucaturers from all parts of Georgia, and professional tourism schools
– 55 exposition stands and 180 organizations are participating in the
event in overall. Besides various resorts particular trends of tourism
are also represented at the fair such as hunting tourism and extreme
tourism. The fair is designed for all age groups; adventure tourism must
be of particular interest to youngsters.

It is remarkable that the number of participants increased by 50% this
year. "CTF 2011" has a larger scale and represents a wider range of
products this year. Visitors can purchase handmade souvenirs from all
over Georgia at the fair. The aim of the fair is to promote small
businesses and souvenir business. Unlike past fairs, this year's fair
fully represents all Georgian regions and foreign companies got
interested to participate in the fair.

Study sessions and a conference named "Innovative Tourism" will be held
for students during the fair. It is important that thanks to National
Tourism Agency, companies from foreign countries (Azerbaijan, Armenia,
Latvia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Belarus and Poland) also came to participate
in the event. It is a great opportunity for Georgian companies to hold
meetings with their foreign colleagues. It is remarkable that tours to
different Georgian resorts will be raffled during the event. "Rcheuli"
Network will raffle two tickets to any of its hotels in Batumi,
Sighnaghi, Telavi or Kutaisi. M-Group will raffle tickets to Kvareli
Lake and "N-Tour" raffles two Pegasus Airlines tickets and a trip to

Sunday, April 17, 2011

First Images of Porcupine in the Republic of Georgia

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This video serves as the first documentary evidence of porcupine population living in Georgia. The video was taken in Vashlovani National Park by NACRES remote sensing camera.
Until 1990s there was no evidence of the existence of porcupine on the territory of Georgia. In 1999-2000 during the field studies NACRES team found porcupine tracks as well as its spikes and excrements in Iori plateau.
During the recent fieldworks porcupine tracks were found several times in Vashlovani protected area but so far we had never seen the animal itself (porcupine is usually active during the night and mainly chooses remote places for its shelter).
In summer 2008 digital sensing camera was fixed in the Alazani valley by NACRES team. After two months of monitoring, image of an adult porcupine was captured as the first documentary evidence of porcupine population living in Georgia.
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Leopard that for centuries symbolized Georgia could be found again... searching an animal believed to be extinct

Georgia’s Vashlovani National Park, not far from the border with Azerbaijan, is a paradise for wildlife. In recent years, it has sheltered an Asian leopard, an animal believed to be extinct in Georgia since the 1950s.
Scientists registered Vashlovani’s lonely leopard in 2004 and gave him the symbolic name of Noah. For almost five years, remote sensory cameras regularly recorded Noah’s movements in the park’s over-250 square kilometers of arid savanna.
Then, in 2009, he vanished.
The reason for the disappearance – whether old age, disease, or poachers claimed his life, or whether he moved on scavenging for food – remains a mystery, but biologists maintain that Noah’s tenure at the national park raises hopes that environmental conditions still exist to support an animal that for centuries symbolized Georgia itself.

Editor's Note: 
 Photos of leopard, boar, rabbit and bear were taken by remote sensor cameras and provided by NACRES. All other photos by Temo Bardzimashvili, who is a freelance photojournalist based in Tbilisi.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Overview of Museums in the Republic of Georgia - All Museums in Tbilisi and across Georgia

Museum of Archeology

The museum was established in 1988 by the well-known Georgian archaeologist, head of the Tbilisi archaeological expedition, Rostom Abramishvili (1924-1996). The museum houses monuments, discovered by the archaeological excavations in Tbilisi. The chronological frames of the collections are from the V c. B.C. up to the feudal times. In the museum is kept the earliest in the world samples of tinned bronze objects from the Delisi (Tbilisi district) dwelling, dated as 4.000 years old; bronze buckle inlayed with silver decorated with horse rider image; inventory of the Treli royal burials (XII-VIII-VII c.c. B.C.).

Museum of Fine Arts

S. Amiranashvili Museum of Fine Arts was established in Tbilisi in 1920 as the National Arts Gallery of Georgia. The Museum houses the best-known samples of Georgian artwork. Different collections of the Museum preserve approximately sixty thousand objects. The Museum is distinguished for its Georgian goldsmith pieces dated back to the VIII-XIX Centuries. The most significant exhibits are the icon of Zarzma Monastery, the Chalice of Bedia, Anchistkhati and Khakhuli Triptychs, Processional Liturgical Crosses etc. Also unique are the exhibits of cut-enamel, jewelry and art textiles from VIII-XV cc. The Museum stores the works of famous Georgian painters Niko Pirosmanishvili, Lado Gudiashvili, Elene Akvlediani, David Kakabadze and others. The Museum also hosts collections of Russian, Western Europe and Oriental (mainly Persian) artworks.

Open Air Museum of Ethnography

The Open Air Museum was founded in 1966 by George Chitaia, a famous Georgian ethnographer and academician, whose name it now bears. The museum is one of the most unique museums in Georgia: you can physically "visit" almost all the regions of Georgia in several hours and learn about the architecture and traditions of different regions. The Open Air Museum is located in Tbilisi, Vake district, to the west of "Turtle Lake". It occupies 65 hectares of land. The Museum features objects of traditional art and architecture from different parts of Georgia. 

Janashia State Museum

Museum operates as a scientific-educational institution that preserves and exhibits a unique collection of natural and human history.The collections of the S. Janashia Museum cover the history of the country, starting from animal remains dated back to 40 million years. One of the most amazing spicemen at the museum is the prehistoric human remains found in Dmanisi. These remains date back to 1.8 million years and are the oldest sign of human existence outside of Africa. This discovery has changed the whole theory of human evolution. One of the most important collections of the Georgian National Museum is the Collection of Treasures that contains a big number of unique objects from different historical periods (from the second half of the III millenium BC through XIX century AD). The collection features gold and silver artifacts and jewelry from the pre-Christian period from Kakheti (East Georgia), Vani (West Georgia), Mtskheta, Trialeti Kurgans, Zhinvali, Akhalgori, Martkopi, etc. These objects were discovered during archeological excavations from the beginning of the 20th century to the summer of 2004 and/or collected by historians

Tbilisi Museum of History

I. Grishahvili Museum of Tbilisi History was founded in 1910 as a City Museum. In 1943 it was renamed to the Tbilisi State Historic-Ethnographical Museum. Currently the museum is named after Georgian poet Ioseb Grishashvili. The Museum collection contains unique objects weapons and household accessories starting from the Bronze Age. The Museum has the collection of Lado Gugudiashvili, Mose Toidze, Elene Akhvlediani paintings as well as masterpieces of other renowned Georgian Painters. The Museum carries out scientific research into the old history of Tbilisi, and organizes expeditions in vicinities of the capital city.

Mirza Phatali Akhundov Museum of Georgian-Azerbaijan Culture

The museum houses memorial belongings of several public figures of Azerbaijani origin: Mirza Phatali Akhundov (public person, writer and playwright), Nariman Narimanov (public person, physician), Mamed Kuli Zade (public person, writer, editor of the newspaper "Molla Nasreddin" in 20-ies of XX c.); also there are stored plays by Mirza Phatali Akhundov, sketches for the newspaper by Mamed Kuli Zade, works of Nariman Narimanov, as well as photo documents reflected cultural relationship of Georgia and Azerbaijan, books, documents, editions of scientific works and belles-lettres in Azerbaijani language, etc. The museum stores 1.000 items.

National Centre of Manuscripts

The Institute was established on the basis of the State Museum of Georgia. In the funds of the Institute are stored more than 170.000 items in Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, Sirian, Ethiopian, Armenian, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Slavic languages (dated from I c. up to XX c.). One of the most important aims of the Institute of Manuscripts is organization of the on contemporary level and assistance to international collaboration in the field. The _parent directions of the scientific research and international relations are: description, systematization, studying and publishing of manuscripts, historical documents and personal archives of local and foreign (mostly Aphon, Sinai Mountain and Jerusalem) origin; organization of manuscripts care, diagnostics and conservation-restoration according the international standards.


Mose Toidze State Museum

The museum was established in 1968 in the home-studio of well-known Georgian painter, Mose Toidze (1871-1953). The museum houses paintings and graphics of the artist, photo and documentary materials (more than 2.000 items), as well as works of his son – painter Irakli Toidze. The museum has the Cultural-Educational Psycho-Rehabilitation Training Centre, are held charitable projects

Georgian Museum of Literature

The museum houses unique samples of old and contemporay Georgian literature, as well as items representing cultural heritage of foreign countries: manuscripts (XII c. Four Gospels, XVII-XIX c.c. philosophical-religious works); archives, manuscripts and memorial belongings (furniture, family relics, clothes) of well-known Georgian and foreign writers Nikoloz Baratashvili, Vazha-Pshavela, Ilia Chavchavadze, Akaki Tsereteli, Galaktion Tabidze, Arthur Laist, Marjorie Wodrope, Konstantin Balmont, Boris Pasternak, etc.; paintings and graphics of Georgian and foreign artists (G.Gabashvili, E.Akhvlediani, L.Gudiashvili, Al.Molinari, K.Magalashvii, M.Toidze, D.Kakabadze, T.Burov, Gr.Koradin, etc.); photographs and documents, bibliographical rarities, rare audio-video records. The museum fund: 140 000 items. Branches: Titsian Tabidze House Museum, Nodar Dumbadze House Museum.


State Museum of National Instruments

The museum houses collections of Georgian and South Caucasian people authentic musical instruments, as well as European mechanical and classical musical instruments, collection of arghans (among them items, made by well-known Czech craftsman Nechada). In the museum are kept manuscript notes of Georgian folk music, audio-video records, phono-photo materials. There are also replica of a XV-XIV c.c. B.C. swan bone flute, samples of fine and applied art, gramophone records (beginning of the XX c.) of Georgian folk songs and so called Oriental songs. The museum stores paintings of L.Gudiashvili, I.Sharlemann, J.Khutsishvili, and collection of XVIII-XIX c.c. Oriental carpets and Georgian rugs. At the moment, in the have started process of reorganization, which will end in spring, 2007.

Silk Museum

The museum was established in 1887 by Nikolai Shavrov, great enthusiast and silk spesialist, and the building for it was built in 1892. Along with the museum collections, was established a library (the oldest book is published in 1601). The museum houses all kinds of collections of specimens connected with the silk production: collection of mulberry and its products; collections of silkworms, butterflies, cocoons (5.000 breeds and variations); collection of natural and synthetic dyes with samples; collections of models for domestic and industrial silk production; collections of silk products – threads, fabrics, laces, etc.; photo archive; especially interesting is that the museum collections represent all countries with traditions of silk production. Most of the collections of the museum are were collected by N.Shavrov and donated by European, Russian and Caucasian colleagues. The museum and its library furniture themselves are good sample of 19th c. museum of natural history.

Museum of Sport

The museum was established in 1965, it houses collections of medals, cups, prizes, photographs of Georgian Olympic, World and Europe champions. Also, there are numerous and various collections: audio-video records of sportsmen voices, photo negatives, films about sport and sportsmen, personal archives of well-known sportsmen, etc.

Cinema History Museum

The museum houses mostly materials, connected with the history of cinema: photo archives, cinematographic equipment, books, brochures, periodicals, posters, puppets, archives of well-known cinematographers, as well as video collections of Georgian films, and Charlie Chaplin an Woult Disney films, collection of animated films' stamps (of Georgian as well as Disney films).


Money Museum

The museum is situated in the Georgian National Bank building. The museum houses materials describing the history of money from VI c. up to XX c.: Colchian tetri, Alexander the Great stater, antique coins, Sasanian drahmas, Arab dirhems, coins of Georgian kings and Queens Demetre I, Giorgi III, Tamar, Lasha-Giorgi, Rusudan, as well as Venetian ducat, Turkish altun, Iranian abazi, Austrian and Polish tallers, contemporary money of various countries; also there are special literature and multimedia publication of money (on CD). 


Grishashvili Museum of Tbilisi History was founded in 1910 as a City Museum. In 1943 it was renamed to the Tbilisi State Historic-Ethnographical Museum. Currently the museum is named after Georgian poet Ioseb Grishashvili. The museum houses collections that represent Tbilisi history, everyday life and culture (50.000 items). There are collections of archaeology, ethnography, documents, folk and applied art. The museum collection contains unique objects, weapons, various kind of ceramic, china, musical instruments, numismatics, textiles and household accessories starting from the Bronze Age. The museum has the collection of Lado Gudiashvili, Mose Toidze, Elene Akhvlediani paintings as well as masterpieces of other renowned Georgian artists.


Ivane Javakhishvili Samtskhe-Javakheti History Museum

Ivane Javakhishvili Samtskhe-Javakheti History Museum was established in 1923 as an archive-museum. In 1937, it was transformed into a Local Museum, combining its archive collection with a wider range of collections representing the history and culture of the region. In 1972 Museum moved to two buildings at the Rabati territory in Akhaltsikhe and it was named after Ivane Javakhishvili. Today, the Museum houses the significant part of the region's cultural heritage. Totally it preserves over 25,000 objects. They include manuscripts and old printed books (parchments dating to the XI, XII, XV, and XVII cc.), photos, archaeological, numismatic, and ethnographic collections, etc. The Museum's textile collection (rugs and carpets of the verge of XIX-XX cc.) as well as collection of ancient inscriptions cut on stone are of high importance. Since December 2004 Ivane Javakhishvili Samtskhe-Javakheti History Museum is a part of the Georgian National Museum. Apart from two main buildings that display permanent exhibitions - the Castle that surrounds it, Administrative building, Mosque built in 1752, Ruins of a medresa (Islamic school) - belong to the Museum. Total size of the Museums open air territory is 27.500 square meter. From this territory 3.978 square meters is occupied by buildings, 23.522 square meters is a yard inside the citadel 

Otar Lordkipanidze Archeology Museum-Reserve

Vani archeological Museum was founded in 1985 by Academician Otar Lordkipanidze during the international symposium. The Museum is situated close to the archeological site Vani that is famous for its marvelous discoveries of VII-IV Centuries BC. The Gold Fund was opened at the Museum in 1987, after the discovery of the rich burial. One of most successful discoveries took place in 2003 –2004, when over 1000 golden objects were unearthed. Some of these objects formed a new exhibition at the S. Janashia Museum of Georgia, named "Colchis, Land of Golden Fleece".

Dmanisi History & Architecture Museum-Reserve 

Village Patara Dmanisi, situates 85 km far from Tbilisi, in South-East Georgia. Surrounding of the village is the Site Dmanisi. Medieval City and church is the interest of archeological team excavating medieval layers at the site. Besides, the Medieval Part, Dmanisi is an important Pale ontological Site. International team consisting with members from over ten countries is researching here every year. The Museum-Reserve was established in 1989 with the aim of preservation of historical-architectural monuments situated in Dmanisi region. One of the most important monuments of the reserve is remains of a medieval town near village Patara Dmanisi.Collections of Dmanisi Museum-Reserve are objects discovered during excavations of the medieval town: ceramics, glasswork, metalwork, coins. There are also details of Christian architecture. Discoveries of prehistoric animals and hominids are kept at the S. Janashia Museum of Georgia.

Svaneti History-Ethnography Museum

Svaneti is one of the attractive regions of the Georgia. It locates in the North-West of the country. The Museum situates in the regional center of Svaneti Mestia.The Museum was established in 1936 as a Local Museum. In 1973 in Svaneti was created the zonal system of the Monument Protection and the Museum became the headquarters of this system. In the Museum are kept very important and valuable archaeological and ethnographical materials, rich collection of the Georgian manuscripts, icons, etc. There are high level items in the collections donated to Svaneti churches by Georgian kings. There are some items of foreign origin, like: Syrian, Sasanian Persia, from Byzantine Empire, and Venice.In 2003 the museum moved to the new building. Permanent exhibitions are presented the three halls. Collections of the Svaneti Museum are: archaeological collections – 2187 items, engraved and painted icons – 242 items, manuscripts – 68 items, armor – 192 items, metalwork – 292 items, wooden ethnographical objects – 650 items, jewelry and silverware – 421 items, textiles – 37 items. Museum already had done exhibitions of contemporary local painters' works. There is started work on preparing of the educational programs.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Job vacancy in the World Bank Office in Tbilisi, Georgia: Procurement Specialist

The World Bank Procurement Unit (ECSO2) of the Europe and Central Asia now invites applications for Procurement Specialist to be located in the World Bank Office in Tbilisi, Georgia for providing efficient handling of procurement work.

The parent unit for this position is the Operational Services and Quality Department (ECSOQ) of the Europe and Central Asia Region, which is charged with providing support to the Region’s borrowers and internal clients in the areas of procurement, financial management, and quality/portfolio management. The Procurement Specialist will be a member of the ECSO2 procurement team managed by the Regional Procurement Manager who currently heads a staff of 32, consisting of 14 procurement staff based in headquarters, and a further 18 procurement staff located in 15 country offices. The incumbent Procurement Specialist will report to the Regional Procurement Manager (RPM) and carry out the full range of procurement fiduciary, service and knowledge functions as further described below. Carrying out the responsibilities of the Procurement Specialist will involve a frequent interaction with TTLs, and Manager in the country office, and with government officials.

Closing Date: Thursday, 28 April 2011

Job #
Job Title
Procurement Specialist
Job Family
Tbilisi, Georgia
Local Hire
Job Posted
Closing Date
Language Requirements
English [Essential]; Georgian [Essential]

Duties and Accountabilities
•Works independently on procurement matters in specific sectors in the performance of the Bank's fiduciary and service functions, seeking guidance on complex projects/issues from senior procurement staff.
•Employs appropriate methodologies for handling simple and complex procurement tasks and/or issues.
•Works across countries/sectors, and be responsible for reviewing and handling the technical, commercial and legal aspects of procurement (in consultation with Legal and Policy departments as necessary) at all stages of the project cycle, including analysis of systemic and other procurement issues, procurement planning, design, implementation and management, and training.
•Provides operational advice to clients and Bank staff on concepts, policies and procedures for international and local procurement.
•Participates in missions as sole procurement expert on large projects; assesses procurement implications of project design, evaluates institutional capacity of borrowers and develops suitable action plans and procurement plans.
•Participates in country procurement assessments, prepares background analysis, collaborates on developing appropriate public procurement legislation and practices and tailors instruments to meet specific client needs.
•Negotiates and resolves difficult procurement issues with Borrower agencies and handles questions/complaints from government officials and bidders on bidding and contract award issues.
•Designs and conducts workshops of procurement training for the Bank staff and borrower agencies on the Bank's philosophy and approach to procurement, the rationale of its policy framework, relevant procedures and processes, as well as on specialized procurement topics. •Prepares a range of procurement-related documents and reports.
•Handles appropriate interaction with country counterparts on sector, organizational, human resources management, financial, economic and regulatory practices.
•Provides guidance and training to junior level procurement staff.
•Work implies frequent interaction with the Managers and Technical Specialists in the work unit and staff from other agencies, donors, consultants and borrowers.
•Provides support to Country Unit on procurement related subjects.

Selection Criteria. Technical:
•Good knowledge of all concepts and principles of and approaches to international procurement, and of public procurement systems.
•Knowledge of procurement systems, practices and agencies in Georgia.
•Specialized knowledge of and significant experience in 2-3 substantive areas/aspects of procurement (e.g. commodities; finished goods; machinery and industrial plants; various forms of construction contracts; selection/contracting of consultant services; preparation of bidding/contract documents for the international procurement of goods, works, services; technical specs in design and construction of facilities; public procurement policies, practices, institutions in developed and/or developing countries).
•Proven analytical and evaluative skills, including the ability to independently provide well researched analyses of key procurement issues and problems.
•Knowledge and understanding of technical, commercial and legal aspects of procurement at all phases of Bank lending operations.
•Understanding of Bank business objectives, policies and practices related to project/sector and critical links to procurement.
•Ability to identify complex issues and to respond and handle accordingly; does not add unnecessary complexity to tasks or projects. General Competencies:
•Masters degree (or equivalent) with a major in a relevant discipline (e.g. Engineering, Law, Procurement, Finance, Business or Commerce)
•Minimum Years of Relevant Experience: 5
•High level of integrity and a sense of personal responsibility for achieving a high level of quality and timeliness in delivering the work.
•Strong communication skills and persuasiveness in presenting, discussing and resolving difficult issues, both orally and in writing.
•Excellent English and Georgian language skills required.
•Demonstrated ability to effectively mentor/guide junior level procurement staff and design training/skills enhancement initiatives to ensure effective transfer of knowledge/skills.
•Ability to function effectively and deal sensitively in multi-cultural environments and build effective business relationships with clients and colleagues.
•Ability to function effectively in multi-disciplinary teams within a matrix management environment.
•Excellent computer skills.
•Tolerance for peak workloads and tight deadlines and readiness to travel frequently when required. The World Bank Group is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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