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#MamukaKhazaradze – The man behind Georgia’s Lelo movement

#MamukaKhazaradze – The man behind Georgia’s Lelo movement

| November 5, 2019

Mass protests took place in Georgia earlier this year which led to police violence being used against peaceful marchers, writes Martin Banks. Soon afterwards, the founder of Georgia’s leading financial institution, London-listed TBC bank, Mamuka Khazaradze, announced a new political movement, stating that the police violence in June had been a “red line” and that […]

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EU co-operation with #Georgia a blueprint for #WesternBalkans?

EU co-operation with #Georgia a blueprint for #WesternBalkans?

| November 5, 2019

Getting no for an answer need not mean falling off the European map for North Macedonia and Albania, writes Iveta Cherneva. As EU’s political dialogue and co-operation with Georgia seem to suggest, there are many layers of co-operation that fall just short of accession talks and prove to provide value for both sides. For Georgia, […]

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Mediation needed to save Georgia’s #Anaklia port opportunity

Mediation needed to save Georgia’s #Anaklia port opportunity

| October 17, 2019

A consortium planning to build a major port on Georgia’s Black Sea coast has been given until the end of the year to secure financing for the project, writes Martin Banks. The deadline was announced by Georgia’s Regional Development and Infrastructure Minister Maia Tskitishvili. It extends a deadline originally set for earlier this week. Anaklia Development […]

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Seaside birth of a new #Georgia political movement

Seaside birth of a new #Georgia political movement

| September 16, 2019

Mamuka Khazaradze, founder of TBC Bank and the Anaklia Development Consortium, this week launched a new political movement called “Lelo” in Anaklia , a coastal down in Georgia. The movement is drawing comparisons with President Macron’s French ‘En Marche’ initiative and is tipped to have a similar momentum and cause a similar upset in the […]

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#Khazaradze #Japaridze – Concern grows over ‘politically motivated’ case against leading Georgian businessmen

#Khazaradze #Japaridze – Concern grows over ‘politically motivated’ case against leading Georgian businessmen

| September 11, 2019

International concern has been voiced about criminal charges brought against two leading businessmen in Georgia, with claims that the case is “political motivated”, writes Martin Banks. The case involves the founder and former chairman of the board of TBC Bank, Mamuka Khazaradze and his deputy, Badri Japaridze (pictured). In July 2019, Khazaradze and Japaridze were […]

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Tsinandali Festival a wonderful shop window for Georgia

Tsinandali Festival a wonderful shop window for Georgia

| September 10, 2019

Former soviet bloc country Georgia has a unique heritage which is now being used to enrich its modern appeal. Georgian wine is known for its excellence the world over, and it is believed that viniculture originated in what is now Georgia in pre-Roman times. Tsinandali is a fine wine producing estate which dates back to […]

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Georgia’s Silknet raises $200m in fresh bond issue

Georgia’s Silknet raises $200m in fresh bond issue

| March 27, 2019

Georgian telecoms company Silknet has raised $200m from its latest bond issue. The company, owned by Silk Road Group, one of the Caucasus’s leading private investment groups, is the largest fixed network provider and second largest broadband, mobile and cable television provider in the country. SRG Chairman George Ramishvili commented: “Today’s placement reflects the strength […]

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