IMO chiefs praise Georgia’s Nino Kharadze for her magnificent work

Country Profiles, IMO, Politics and Government — By on December 20, 2017 at 11:26 PM

Far-sighted: ambassador Beruchashvili and Nino Kharadze.

IMO chiefs praise Georgia’s Nino Kharadze for her magnificent work

By James Brewer 

Diplomats accredited to the International Maritime Organization, secretariat leaders, entrepreneurs and colleagues gathered for a special event at the London embassy of Georgia to bid farewell to the popular and dynamic Nino Kharadze.

Ms Kharadze has been representing her country at the IMO in support of its ambassador, Her Excellency Tamar Beruchashvili. Following a four-year attachment as counsellor at the embassy and alternate permanent representative of Georgia to the IMO, Ms Kharadze is taking up a new post in government service in the capital and her home city, Tbilisi.

Guests were unanimous in declaring that the two Georgian representatives have been making a decisive impact in IMO deliberations.

IMO’s Frederick Kenney extends praise.

Frederick Kenney, director of legal affairs and external relations at the IMO, brought greetings from secretary-general Kitack Lim, and praised Ms Kharadze’s diligence.  Her proficiency and friendly approach had been greatly appreciated by the IMO community, he said.

Mrs Beruchashvili described her deputy was “hard-working, enthusiastic, extremely dedicated, and charming.” She said that Ms Kharadze “is one of our best diplomats, not only in our embassy, but in all Georgian diplomacy,” and was leaving a salient “footprint in London in economics, promoting Georgia’s trade, commerce and investment opportunities—and this is a very important subject for every country, particularly a small one.” Her encouragement had extended even to the fashion sector.

Ms Kharadze’s achievements included signing memoranda between chambers of commerce, and other initiatives with business… “but her very special passion was maritime, because Nino is a person who loves to explore, and I believe that was the main reason.

Mrs Prempeh of Ghana adds her tribute.

“I am extremely grateful for her guidance and even mentoring on some of the issues preparatory to my election as vice-president of the IMO,” said the ambassador. “She has a wonderful network with member state representatives and embassies.” Mrs Beruchashvili recalled comments from the secretary-general of IMO on several occasions acknowledging that Georgia could provide a relevant substitute when necessary.

Mrs Beruchashvili and Euripides Evriviades, high commissioner of Cyprus, were elected vice-presidents at the IMO assembly 30th session at the beginning of December 2017.

The ambassador praised Ms Kharadze’s work in helping set up the first Georgia International Maritime Forum, which took place in the port city of Batumi, on September 13, 2016; the second such forum will be in September 2018.

Group photo during the reception.

“She was definitely always keeping the maritime focus, and this is so important for an emerging country with growing opportunities in that field,” concluded the ambassador.

Azara Prempeh, who represents Ghana at the IMO, related that she had greatly enjoyed working with Ms Kharadze.

Marta Mills, a sustainable tourism advocate specialising in Georgia and Armenia, said that Ms Kharadze’s support had been invaluable in setting up business meetings.  Ms Mills has been involved since launch in November 2015 with the Transcaucasian Trail project, which was named Innovation of the Year at the Adventure Travel Awards 2017. The project has included what Ms Mills says was the first-ever community consultation for a tourism project in Georgia.

Thank you! from Ms Kharadze (right).

She says that at a time when tourism arrivals have been growing rapidly in a country with a resident population of only 3.7m, the crucial challenge is to ensure that the issues are managed responsibly.

Larry Sherwin of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, remarked that Ms Kharadze’s zeal had helped put Georgia “firmly on the map,” and said that the country’s support of events at the EBRD London headquarters had brought out its “spiritual dimension (and great wine!)”

Georgian super-food.

Ms Kharadze, who chose as a farewell gift a tripod-mounted powerful telescope, thanked her colleagues, maritime associates and friends for making her stay in London congenial and memorable. She was sad to leave, but looked forward to her new responsibilities in Georgia.  Among her previous postings was Athens, where she added Greek to her linguistic attainments.

Nino Kharadze and James Brewer.

All present were delighted that the Georgian flavour of the party was enriched by examples of the country’s famed fine wines and its tasty national delicacies.

The unanimous message!

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