A delegation of Italian businessmen is visiting Tbilisi. The delegation is led by Ivan Scalfarotto, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of Italy.
As part of the mentioned visit, Iota hotel hosted Georgia-Italy business forum. Economy Minister Giorgi Gakharia and Mr. Scalfarotto delivered a welcome speech at the Forum.
This forum is of crucial importance for enhancement of Georgia-Italy relations, Giorgi Gakharia noted.
“Italian party makes emphasis on agriculture, infrastructural projects, production, all the directions in which Italian exports keeps strong positions. On the other hand, we are interested in cooperation and absorbing the knowledge that Italian companies have accumulated, especially in terms of exports enhancement. We believe we will have specific results”, Giorgi Gakharia said.
Georgia’s free trade regimes with EU and China create attractive platform for colleagues and businessmen to make Georgia a specific platform-hub for development of production and trade, Giorgi Gakharia noted.
Deputy Economy Minister of Italy Ivan Scalfarotto has also talked about enhancement of bilateral relations. The companies participating in the forum possess huge potential to cooperate with Georgian party and Georgian market is very interesting for us, taking into account all international indicators.
The Italian delegation consists of about 30 representatives from infrastructure, power sector, agriculture, telecommunications and tourism fields. Total turnover of these represented companies hits 100bln EUR.
Michele Scannavini, president of Foreign Trade of Italy, has also taken part in the Forum, as well as Bruno Balvanera, ERBD regional director, IFC regional manager Jan van Bilsen and ADB representative in Georgia Ieshim Elham-Kailari.
According to Ministry of Economy, the Tbilisi Forum is an extension of the Italy-Georgia business forum that was held in Rome in March 2017, where about 260 Italian and Georgian companies took part. The Georgian delegation was led by Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili. In Rome the parties decided to organize the visit of Italian businessmen to Tbilisi.