|12th Prime Minister of Georgia|
30 December 2015
|Preceded by||Irakli Garibashvili|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
1 September 2015 – 30 December 2015
|Prime Minister||Irakli Garibashvili|
|Preceded by||Tamar Beruchashvili|
|Succeeded by||Mikheil Janelidze|
|Minister of Economy and
25 October 2012 – 1 September 2015
|Prime Minister||Bidzina Ivanishvili
|Preceded by||Vera Kobalia|
|Succeeded by||Dimitri Kumsishvili|
|Born||20 July 1967
Tbilisi, Soviet Union
|Political party||Georgian Dream|
|Alma mater||Tbilisi State Medical University
Tbilisi State University
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Born in Tbilisi, Kvirikashvili went through the compulsory military service in the Soviet army from 1986 to 1988. He graduated from the Tbilisi State Medical University with a degree in Internal Medicine in 1991 and then from the Tbilisi State University with a degree in Economics in 1995. In 1998, he obtained a master’s degree in finances from the University of Illinois.
Kvirikashvili worked as an executive for various banks in Georgia from 1993 to 1999 and as a deputy head of fiscal and monetary office at the State Chancellery of the President of Georgia in 1999. From 1999 to 2004, he was member of the Parliament of Georgia on the ticket of New Rights party. After the Rose Revolution swept Mikheil Saakashvili to the presidency of Georgia, Kvirikashvili returned to his businesses. From 2006 to 2011, he was Director General of Cartu Bank, owned by the multi-billionaire tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili. With Ivanishvili’s coming in politics and the victory of his Georgian Dream coalition over Saakashvili’s United National Movement in the October 2012 parliamentary election, Kvirikashvili was appointed Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia in the cabinet of Bidzina Ivanishvili in October 2012. He additionally assumed the office of Vice Prime Minister in July 2013. He retained both these positions in the succeeding cabinet of Irakli Garibashvili, Ivanishvili’s choice as his successor, in November 2013.
In December 2015, Kviriashvili was nominated by the Georgian Dream coalition as new Prime Minister after Irakli Garibashvili announced his resignation. Kvirikashvili and his incoming cabinet won the confidence vote in the Parliament with 86 votes to 28 on December 30, 2015. Kvirikashvili’s government is focused on growing the economy and promoting entrepreneurship. Kvirikashvili has said that he would like to make Georgian–American relations “a backbone of regional stability, economic development, and democratization.”
Government to Allocate to Tbilisi City Hall 30 Million GEL from Budget to Build Infrastructure
As it became known during today’s working meeting between Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze, and Finance Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, the Tbilisi City Hall will receive 30 million GEL from the state budget to implement infrastructural projects in the capital.
The Mayor of Tbilisi thanked the Prime Minister and the Government for this decision and emphasized that the allocated additional financial resources will be spent on the development of important infrastructure in the capital.
The additionally allocated 30 million GEL will enable the Tbilisi City Hall to implement the 2019-2020 infrastructural projects as early as this year. This, in turn, will provide the capital’s municipality with free financial resources which will be spent on the development of sports infrastructure.
Said decision is in line with the Prime Minister’s initiative about promoting healthy lifestyle in the country. Significant attention in this direction will also be paid to Georgia’s regions where the Government will implement equally important projects.
Introducing healthy lifestyle and the country’s infrastructural readiness is becoming one of the government’s top priorities, and concrete steps are planned to be taken to this end, including the inventory of the sports infrastructure throughout the country and needs analysis, which must be completed within a month to be followed by the development of an action plan.
The priorities to be defined in this action will guide the 2019 budgeting which, besides capital expenses related to the building of athletic infrastructure, will also cover social aspects, so that access to sports infrastructure may be enhanced maximally.
According to the Government’s plan, the number of the population engaged in athletic activities must double in the next three years to draw closer to European statistics.
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