Giorgi Gakharia on International Day of the Seafarer: The Black Sea is Georgia’s future, and seafaring is the profession of the future Print Version

2020-06-29

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The Black Sea is the future of this country, and we must do everything to make sure that the Black Sea-economically, politically, and in our relations with strategic partners-is Georgia's gateway, and the Black Sea is Georgia's future, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia stated during today's event celebrating International Day of the Seafarer in Batumi.

According to the Head of Government, the country cannot have economic achievements unless seafaring is one of the most appreciated and demanded professions.

"I join you in celebrating International Day of the Seafarer. This day is especially important now that more than 90% of the world's trade is carried by sea. Without you, the world economy would in fact stall. We understand it very well, and I would like to wish you a happy professional day, especially during this crisis. Georgia has more than 12,000 seafarers working for their homeland, and for the development of global trade and seafaring, under different banners. Firstly, I would like to wish a happy professional day to those at sea, and I wish them a safe return. As for Georgia, we all must understand that the Black Sea is the future of this country, the Black Sea is our destiny, and the Black Sea is Georgia's gateway, and we cannot have any economic achievements whatsoever unless seafaring is one of the most appreciated and demanded professions in the country, an unless the quality seafaring education advances further and further, and that is why this profession is numbered more often among our priorities. As you know, we launched the construction of the Poti Branch of the Maritime Academy, because we must cover all of the Black Sea coastline, and the more seafarers we prepare, the more evident the strength of economy becomes. Fortunately, our academy raises worthy human resources highly demanded globally. Our seafarers, serving under different banners and for various international companies, are already helping our country and helping many Batumi residents, their families, and many Georgian citizens. I wish you a Happy International Day of the Seafarer! We must remember that the Black Sea and seafaring are the future of this country. We cannot succeed in fulfilling our key function of transforming into a logistic hub unless the country's has powerful, developed maritime infrastructure and, most importantly, unless we have highly professional seafarers respected throughout the world. The Black Sea is the future of this country, and we must do everything to make sure that the Black Sea-economically, politically, and in our relations with strategic partners-is Georgia's gateway, and the Black Sea is Georgia's future. And if the Black Sea is Georgia's future, seafaring is the profession of the future. Happy International Day of the Seafarer!" Giorgi Gakharia said.


Press Service of the Government Administration