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Official Opening of the Marketing Office in Tbilisi


First ENERGY GLOBE Award for a Georgian NGO

On Wednesday, May 22 the official opening of the Marketing Office of Advantage Austria took place in Hotel Sheraton Metechi Palace in Tbilisi. The ceremony was attended by the Austrian Vice-Minister from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth, Mrs. Bernadette M. Gierlinger, the Austrian Ambassador in Georgia and Armenia, Mrs. Sylvia Meier-Kajbic, the Vice-President of the Austrian Economic Chambers, Mr. Richard Schenz, the Commercial Counsellor of the Austrian Embassy in Georgia, Mr. Konstantin Bekos, and more than 100 guests from diplomatic and international missions and businesses in Tbilisi. From Austria a delegation of 30 persons joined the event, consisting of representatives from Austrian ministries and companies.

During the cocktail Mr. Bekos also handed over the first ENERGY GLOBE Award for a successful project in Georgia, which was received by the NGO “The Greens Movement of Georgia/Friends of the Earth-Georgia”. The ENERGY GLOBE Award was founded in 1999 by the Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann and is one of today’s most prestigious environmental awards.

Also on May 22, before the opening cocktail the 3rd session of the Austrian-Georgian Joint Commission for Bilateral Foreign Economic Relations had taken place in Hotel Holiday Inn Tbilisi. The Commission was co-chaired by Ms. Bernadette M. Gierlinger, Vice-Minister for Foreign Economic Policy and European Integration in the Federal Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth of the Republic of Austria and Mr. Irakli Matkava, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. After the Commission presentations were carried out by Mr. Giorgi Pertaia, Director of “Invest in Georgia”, and Mrs. Nino Chikovani, General Director of the “Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.”

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