Secretary General of EU-Georgia Business Council, Zviad Chumburidze took part in the meeting of Investors Council, chaired by Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili held on March 21, 2018

The meeting was attended by Ms. Katarina Mathernova, Deputy Director-General, DG NEAR, European Commission. For attendees Ms. Mathernova presented new EU External Investment Plan.

Council members and invited guests have discussed other important issues related to the reform of the Judicial System, draft law on Ownership of Agricultural Land, Pension Reform etc.

On behalf of EUGBC, Secretary General raised the issue on EU employment . As Mr. Chumburidze emphasized, this is a right time to intensify efforts of EU Member States, the Georgian Government, Donors and Business sector in order to promote Georgian citizens’ temporary legal employment in the EU countries under Mobility Partnership initiative between EU and Georgia signed in Brussels in 2009. The following initiative aims to combat illegal migration and promote legal migration, including through “circular migration” scheme.

This framework allows Georgian citizens to work legally, study, get trained, and then return to Georgia. EUGBC Secretary General formed all the benefits and of “Circular Migration scheme”. As well as, he talked about practical ways to solve possible risks might appear within the projects implementation process. The initiative was highly rated from all the attendees.

EUGBC management together with member companies participated in the conference titled “Georgian SMEs and Free Trade with the EU”.  European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) & EU Delegation to Georgia brought together the senior representatives of the government, international financial institutions, small and medium size enterprises, to discuss the results achieved following the implementation of the EU4Business-EBRD credit line. Engaged parties talked about the opportunities for the private sector brought by the free trade with the EU, as well as, companies benefiting from the program shared their experience.

The opening remarks were delivered by Ms Katarina Mathernova, Deputy Director-General, DG NEAR, European Commission; Mr Dimitry Kumsishvili, First Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia; and Mr Bruno Balvanera, EBRD Director for Caucasus, Moldova & Belarus. The EU4Business-EBRD Credit line, via local partner banks, offers SMEs to invest in upgrading their production, boosting growth and increasing their competitiveness. Continue reading

EUGBC Management and Member Companies took part at the EU EXTERNAL INVESTMENT PLAN (EIP) Outreach Workshop held on March 21 in Tbilisi.

With the launch of the EU EXTERNAL INVESTMENT PLAN (EIP) in September 2017, the European Union has scaled up the support to investments  towards Neighbourhood partner countries. The EIP will play a pivotal role in the EU support to Georgia, by combining structural reforms with financial instruments with positive outcomes in terms of improved access to finance for local businesses

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EU-Georgia Business Council is delighted to announce promotion of Giorgi Kacharava to the position of Executive Director.

Giorgi Kacharava joined EU-Georgia Business Council (EUGBC) in 2014. At present he is a Deputy Chairman of DCFTA Advisory Group established under the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia; as well as member of EU-GEORGIA CIVIL SOCIETY PLATFORM established according to EU-Georgia Association Agreement.

Giorgi Kacharava has a long and distinguished career in diplomatic service. Since 1998, he has served in a number of positions in the Georgian Foreign Service. Continue reading