Georgian Defence and Security Conference (GDSC) is underway in “Sheraton” Batumi hotel. Defence Minister of Georgia Irakli Alasania opened the forum. Defence Minister expressed gratitude to the guest for their participation in the conference and supporting of Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations. While delivering speech to the attendees, Irakli Alasania underlined European security challenges, the importance of signing Associated Agreement between Georgia and EU, reforms carried put in Georgian defence sphere, Georgia’s contribution to international missions and the Ukrainian crisis. 


President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili addressed to the participants of the international forum.


During two days the participants of the conference will discuss such important issues as Euro-Atlantic security, NATO enlargement, upcoming NATO Summit in Wales, ongoing reforms in Georgian defence sphere, ISAF international mission and Black Sea Basin strategic importance. 


Defence and Security Conference under the aegis of Defence Ministry of Georgia is held for the ninth time. The objectives of this conference include sharing of the best practice and enhancement of opportunities for bilateral and multilateral cooperation in defence and security sphere. During the past years, GDSC was established as a forum for security policy discussions in the South Caucasus region, where a wide range of issues are dealt with-regional security environment, current and future challenges in the field of defence and ways of their settlement in both regional and global terms. 


Among the list of the invited guests are Minister of Defence of Latvia Raimonds Vējonis, Minister of Defence of Estonia Sven Mikser, Minister for International Security Strategy Andrew Murrison, Senator of the Polish Republic Bogdan Klich, high-rank politicians of the various countries and the representatives of the international think tanks. 


Members of the executive and legislative bodies, the representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited to Georgia, as well as NGOs and international organizations take part in the conference as well.


Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili will make closing remarks at GDSC.