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|Updated: 30-May-2002||Week of 20-26 May 2002|
President Shevardnadze visits NATO Science for Peace project
Among the engagements of President Eduard Shevardnadze of Georgia on Georgia's National Day, on 26 May, was a visit to inspect a NATO Science for Peace project which is supporting the development of a high-technology process for the production of integrated circuits used in all areas of the electronics industry. The Minister of Science and Education and the Mayor of Tbilisi also participated in the visit.
Through this Science for Peace project, which is carried out in collaboration with a research institute in Greece, NATO is assisting Georgia in upgrading the Research and Production Complex of the I.Javakhichvili Tbilisi State University, which has close working relations with the Georgian industrial partner MION, a company which is bringing the research results to the market.
The fact that NATO supported this project has meant that it attracted further support from other international organisations, such as the Moscow-based International Science and Technology Centre (ISTC) and the German Fraunhofer Society, while the private company Infinion Technologies has provided the laboratory with high-quality scientific equipment worth over € 250 million.
President Shevardnadze expressed his appreciation and admiration for the work which was achieved and thanked NATO for supporting this project. He assured the project director, Dr. Nina Kuchua, of Georgia's own continued support in the future.
The picture shows President Shevardnadze visiting the microelectronics laboratory, accompanied by Dr. Kuchua, and Dr.Chris De Wispelaere, the NATO Science for Peace Programme Director.