“Recently we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the first transit project – Baku-Supsa pipeline. Pipeline turned out to be the first project that put Georgia on the energy map. After implementation of several important projects since then, including the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline, South Caucasus gas pipeline, Shah Deniz project, which guarantees supply of the additional gas to the pipeline. The overall volume of investments conducted in the energy sector amounts to the 45 billion dollars, of which 2 billion is invested directly in Georgia,”- said the Prime Minister.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili participated in the discussion moderated by the senior fellow in the energy and national security program at the Center for International and Strategic Studies Edward C. Chow.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili stressed the need to intensify cooperation with Azerbaijan. According to him, in terms of energy supply, Azerbaijan is the number one strategic partner of Georgia.
The Prime Minister also spoke about the importance of the US support in terms of energy security. Giorgi Kvirikashvili also noted that Georgia has demonstrated that it is a stable partner for the West, and it represents a decent base for the expansion of cooperation.
The role of Georgia and neighboring countries, including Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey in the global energy processes is the main theme of the Conference.
The event organized by the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC), the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) and the US Embassy was attended by the Director of the McCain Institute for Democracy and Human Rights David Kramer, EU Ambassador to Georgia Janos Herman, Ambassador of Turkey in Georgia Zeki Levent Gümrükçü, Vice Prime Minister, and Minister of Energy Kakha Kaladze.