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Georgia-Italy Business Forum

By Mariam Chanishvili
Thursday, July 19
Georgia-Italy Business Forum took place in Tbilisi on July 17. The forum was hosted by Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel.

This is the third forum of such format, which began in Rome in March last year.

The forum was moderated by the President of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Georgia, Nino Chikovani and Director General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy, Vincenzo De Luca.

Chikovani noted that the forum focuses on 4 parallel sessions and presentations, including Infrastructure and Transport, Energy and Clean Technologies, Agro Industry and Food Processing.

“The forum is a wonderful platform for Italian and Georgian businessmen to establish contacts and communications for future perspectives. This year, we have more representatives from infrastructural sectors. The program offered throughout the sessions is various and interesting,” she said.

Welcoming remarks were made by Minister of Finance of Georgia, Ivane Matcharashvili and Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Italy, Michele Geraci.

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze made concluding remarks of the General Session along with Italian President, Sergio Mattarella.

Above mentioned topics were presented by Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Giorgi Chikovani, Head of Department Municipal Policy Batumi City Hall, Etuna Lomadze, CEO of Anaklia City, Ketevan Bochorishvili, etc.

Italian side made a brief presentation on key activities and interests in Georgia.

Participants arranged individual meetings and form part of discussion sessions.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella is paying official visit to Georgia.

Prior to the business forum Bakhtadze met with Mattarella, where the Italian side stated that Georgia and Italy had excellent cultural ties and had potential for higher-level trade economic cooperation.