Minister of Defence of Georgia met Latvian Defence Minister
16 February 2019

Within the frames of the Munich Security Conference, Minister of Defence of Georgia is holding meetings with foreign colleagues. On the second day of the international forum Levan Izoria met with Latvia's newly appointed Minister of Defence Artis Pabriks. At the beginning of the meeting, Minister Izoria congratulated Latvian colleague on his appointment and thanked the Latvian Government for its strong and unwavering support for Georgia's sovereignty, territorial integrity and Euro-Atlantic integration. The sides discussed the cooperation in the field of defence and focused on the progress achieved in the implementation of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP).

Minister of Defence of Georgia thanked the Latvian side for the leadership in Procurement and Maritime Security initiatives of SNGP and significant contribution in the development of the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC).

Successful dynamics of implementing the Procurement initiative and active support of the Latvian side in the process of legislative reform on procurement in the defence and security sector was especially noted. With the active involvement of Latvia, under the initiative of the Ministry of Defence of Georgia and the lead by the State Procurement Agency, an inter-agency working group has been established, which is comprised by the representatives of the defence and security sector.

The working group, with the help of Latvian expert in the frames of SNGP, will finalize the bill regulating the procurement in the defence and security sector in March, which as a sub-chapter, will be integrated into the Law of Georgia on State Procurement and will be sent to Parliament for approval at the Summer Session.

Minister of Defence of Georgia once again thanked the Latvian side for active involvement in the development of transparent procurement processes, in line with NATO standards. The meeting focused on many aspects of bilateral defence cooperation.