Representatives of EU-Georgia Business Council participated in BIA ANNUAL INVESTMENT FORUM “GEORGIA – LAND OF OPPORTUNITIES”.  Executive Director of EUGBC, Giorgi Kacharava head to the panel which aimed to discuss one of the most important issue for Georgia – Investment opportunities in agriculture and prospects for Georgia’s export. Representatives of EUGBC attended the working panels of the following forum.
The one-day forum brought together over 500 chief executives drawn from politics, the business community, international financial institutions, embassies, chambers, international organizations, associations and media to create a platform for communication between investors and local companies and to direct sales and open networking opportunities for both local and international businesses. Continue reading

On 24 April, 2018, EU-Georgia Business Council held conference titled RENEWABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT – THE WAY FOR SECURING ENERGY INDEPENDENCE.

The event was opened by the Secretary General of the EU-Georgia Business Council, Zviad Chumburidze together with Regional Director of BP, Chris Schlueter. Carlo Natale, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Georgia, also delivered opening speech. Representatives of about 80 local and foreign companies, as well as, representatives of the relevant Governmental Bodies, experts and diplomats participated in the conference.

During the working session, attendees discussed prospects of Renewable Energy in Georgia, including wind, solar and hydro power development. EUGBC member and partner energy companies presented its ongoing and future specific energy projects in Georgia. Energy conference was held with the support of the companies BP, ხარიზმა/Kharizma Sarajishvili and Norwegian company “Hexagon”. Continue reading

Executive Director of EU-Georgia Business Giorgi Kacharava took part at the 3rd meeting of the EU-Georgia Civil Society Platform held on March 22, 2018 at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (Rondeli Foundation).
The EU-Georgia Civil Society Platform was established under the Article 412 of the Georgia-EU Association Agreement. It aims to monitor the implementation of the Agreement and make the recommendations for the Georgia-EU Association Council and other relevant institutions of the governments and parliaments of European Union and Georgia.
The opening remarks were made by the Co-chairs of the EU-Georgia CSP: Kakha Gogolashvili, Director of the EU Studies Center and Andrzej Adamczyk, Member of the European Social and Economic Committee.
H.E. Mikheil Janelidze, Vice PM, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and H.E. Janos Herman, Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia assessed the state of play in the implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.

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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.