PM introduces world music promoter as Culture Minister

Mikheil Giorgadze will be Georgia's Culture Minister after the Parliament gives the new Cabinet a vote of confidence., 23 Jul 2014 - 14:56, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Culture Ministry needs "a new, modern, reformative approach”, and the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili believes Mikheil Giorgadze, an economist by education with a rich cultural background, can offer this.

Garibashvili introduced Giorgadze to the role of Minister of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia today.

"Society recognizes him as a successful culture manager and an author of many successful projects,” said the PM in a written statement today.

Giorgadze is currently the general director of Eastern Promotion, a company dedicated to promoting world-class music in the Caucasus region and promoting Georgian music and artists abroad.

He did not meet the Prime Minister in person today as he was in Batumi, Georgia's seaside city, which is getting ready to host the Black Sea Jazz Festival, the main event organised by Eastern Promotion company annually. 

In parallel to this, Giorgadze is the economic adviser for the Georgian Cabinet of Ministers.

He also is a member of the Board of Directors for Tbilisi Concert Hall. Giorgadze also serves as the general producer of the Georgian Public Broadcaster and consultant of the cultural programs for the London-based BPR production company.

Giorgadze began his career after graduating from the European Management Program in Brussels.

PM Garibashvili said Giorgadze was a worthy man for the job.

"He has extensive contacts with cultural sphere representatives abroad, which will help the Georgian culture to be popularized in the world,” Garibahsvili said.

"This is very important in the context of the challenges we face today.”

Garibashvili expressed his hope for Giorgadze to "very soon” become a member of his team.

After a major reshuffle in the Georgian Government on earlier this week, the Prime Minister on Tuesday introduced six new Ministers. He said he would name the seventh one – the Culture Minister – today while officials continued discussing who was suitable for the role.