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Historic Part of the Orbeliani Palace to be Open to Public

Konstantine Natsvlishvili, Advisor to the President on Education, Culture, and Science, held a press briefing about the furnishing of the historic part of the Orbeliani Presidential Palace, noting that procurement procedures for furniture was completed a few months ago and that information was supplied to the public on June 18.
“The furniture that we have purchased belongs to the showing part of the Palace, where high-ranking international guests are received, and not the personal work space of the President. The Orbeliani Palace was equipped with furniture historically typical for this type of buildings in Georgia, serving for the restoration of the historic appearance of the Palace.
“We tried to show an era. We have only purchased old furniture with cultural value in Georgia, in Georgian families. This was the main goal of the process. As you are aware, cultural wealth has been systematically flowing out of Georgia in the last few decades, which has triggered a poverty in our cultural and societal heritage. Our state-managed procurement was the first of this kind in the history of independent Georgia and served to preserve the cultural values of our society and for our future generations,” said Mr. Natsvlishvili.
The Adviser to the President also stated that financially, it was cheaper to purchase antique and secondhand furniture than modern-style factory furniture.
“It should also be considered that the financial resources spent in arranging the historical part of the Orbeliani Palace remained in Georgia, in Georgian families. Part of the modern installations were purchased in Georgia.
“Our goal was to encourage the development of Georgian small enterprises through products made in Georgia,” stated Konstantine Natsvlishvili.
Mr. Natsvlishvili also stated that no purchasing was made in France, neither old nor new items.
“We have two items, a Style Louis XV table and a cupboard that belonged to Levan Zourabichvili, the father of Madam Salome Zourabichvili, who was the Chairman of the Georgian Society in Paris. The President gifted these two items to Georgia and they will be placed at the Orbeliani Palace,” said Mr, Natsvlishvili.
As the Adviser mentioned, the State Procurement Agency fulfilled procurement procedures with full compliance of Georgian legislation. He thanked the Procurement Agency and all participants involved in this process for their contribution to a case of national importance.

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