Condolence letter of Howard Chase, founding Chairman of the EU-Georgia Business Council, on behalf of the founders, friends and associates of this organization, to the memory of first EUGBC Secretary General, Kote Zaldastanishvili:
“I was greatly honored to become the founding Chairman of the EU Georgia Business Council (EUGBC) formed in Brussels in 2005. Our first Secretary General was Kote Zaldstanishvili, previously the distinguished Georgian Ambassador to the EU. Our aim was to promote trade and investment between the EU and Georgia, and to help make Georgia more familiar to the EU institutions and key stakeholders.
Kote Zaldanstanishvili and I first met when we has Georgian Ambassador to the EU and I was head of BP’s Brussels office. In the first year for two we spoke German more than English (Kote was an accomplished German speaker) but his English skills very quickly and characteristically reached the same high level of proficiency.