The Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, has announced structural changes in the Government of Georgia in a briefing earlier today.
According to Prime Minister Kvirikashvili, several Ministries will be merged and new candidates will be appointed to Ministerial posts. Following the information recently announced, the number of the Ministries will be cut from 18 to 14.
The State Minister Apparatus for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration will be merged with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mikheil Janelidze, will continue in his current post. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Recourses Protection will now form part of Ministry of Agriculture, while Levan Davitashvili, Minister of Agriculture, is to retain his post. Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection will merge with sports affairs, Mikheil Giorgadze will continue as Minister of Culture; the youth component from the Ministry of Sports and Youth will move to the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia. Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development is to be merged wth the Ministry of Energy, to be led by Dimitry Kumsishvili, former Minister of Finance of Georgia. Kumsishvili will continue to be the first Vice Premier of the country. Foreign Intelligence Service and the State Security Service are to be combined in one structure.
Giorgi Gakharia, Former Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, will now lead the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, while Giorgi Mgebrishvili, former Minister of Internal Affairs, will now lead the newly formed Center for Emergency Management.
Mamuka Bakhtadze, former General Director of Georgian Railways, is to be appointed to the post of Minister of Finance, while Mikheil Chkhenkeli, former Deputy Rector of Tbilisi Ivane Javakhishvili State University, will replace Aleksandre Jejelava in the Minister of Education and Science post.
The recent changes are planned to be implemented during the upcoming government meeting, and consequently presented to Parliament to approval.