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International Chamber of Commerce, Georgia

Thursday, February 5
On 2 February 2015, ICC Georgia Labor Commission met to discuss the new draft legislation regarding labor migration regulations; in addition to ICC members the meeting included independent business people, NGO’s, think tanks, and members of the diplomatic community; The International Chamber of Commerce believes that as drafted the legislation will hamper the business climate by creating additional hurdles to business; at a time Georgia is struggling to attract investors to the country such legislation is counterproductive and will further contribute to deteriorate the business climate.

The law as drafted and especially Chapter 4 section 16 related to the obligation of businesses to request authorisation from the Ministry of Labor Health and Social Affairs, before hiring a foreign person is not a requirement set by the European Union and is a huge impediment to business and therefore ICC requests government to delete this particular article from the law. (ICC Georgia)