Issue 6, 2017. December-January



Structural reforms announced by Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili will expand the portfolio of the country's Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and shutter the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Protection of Georgia as well as the Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia.

Finance Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze

The Ministy of Economy and the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia will take over parts of the environmental portfolio; the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia is expanding to include youth affairs issues and the former Ministry of Sport will be merged with the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia.

The change reduces the number of ministries in the country from 18 to 14.

Two new ministers have been named as part of the reshuffle: Mamuka Bakhtadze is replacing Dimitry Kumsishvili as finance minister. Bakhtadze previously worked as the head of the Georgian Railways. Kumsishvili has taken over the economy portfolio.

Mikhail Chkhenkeli has replaced Alexandre Jejelava as education minister. Chkhenkeli was previously Deputy Rector of the Tbilisi State University and Dean of Natural Sciences and Engineering School at Georgian American University.

The changes will streamline bureaucracy in the country and help the government cut costs, according to PM Kvirikashvili.

Economy Minister Dimitry Kumsishvili

"The planned changes will serve greater progress, of shaping an even more modern state and flexible state apparatus, which will reduce administrative expenses," Kvirikashvili said.

"Our style is to make sure changes are as painless and evolutionary as possible, and not radical," he said.

"This is the rationale behind the upcoming changes. I am convinced that these reforms and changes will make a tremendous difference in our country's progress and development," he added.


- Dimitry Kumsishvili, First Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
- Mikheil Janelidze, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
- Giorgi Gakharia, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia
- Mamuka Bakhtadze, Minister of Finance of Georgia
- Mikhail Chkhenkeli, Minister of Education and Science of Georgia
- Ilia Eloshvili, Minister of Energy of Georgia
- David Sergeenko, Minister of Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia
- Sozar Subari, Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia
- Levan Davitashvili, Minister of Agriculture of Georgia
- Zurab Alavidze, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia
- Mikheil Giorgadze, Minister of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia
- Levan Izoria, Minister of Defense of Georgia
- Thea Tsulukiani, Minister of Justice of Georgia
- Ketevan Tsikhelashvili, State Minister of Georgia for Reconciliation and Civic Equality