17.02.2023 Release

17 February, 2023

Commissioner of the Georgian National Regulatory Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC), and Chair of the Energy Regulators Regional Association (ERRA) Maya Melikidze delivered a speech at the conference Women Engagement in Energy. The conference was organized by the USAID Securing Georgia’s Energy Future Program, the Georgian Renewable Energy Development Association (GREDA), and supported by the administration of the President of Georgia. The event was opened by the President of Georgia, Salome Zurabishvili.  

During her speech, Maia Melikidze emphasized the strengthening of the role of women in the energy sector.  

"Georgia is currently undergoing a significant process. First, the fact that a few days ago, Georgia turned out to be the country that was given a very important role, in particular, Georgia was recently placed on the world energy map for the first time by "Visual Capitalist,". Therefore, renewable energies are already the hallmark of success of our country. Secondly, the World Forum on Energy Regulation will take place in Georgia in the fall of 2026. In these and other events, the activation of women is crucial - women as decision-makers, policymakers, engineers, scientists, and success story writers. Now is the time for women in energy to seize this opportunity. Strength is in unity. Women should be able to achieve success together," said Maia Melikidze. 

The conference Women Engagement in Energy aims to mainstream the issue of women's involvement in the field of energy, to familiarize future specialist women with trends in the field, and to raise awareness of the issue of women's involvement for decision-maker men working in energy. 

One of the panels of the conference was devoted to the discussion on the development of women's opportunities in innovative technologies and employment prospects in the energy sector of Georgia.