Great Britain and Georgia have agreed to develop trade and economic relations

On the sidelines of the visit to London, Georgian Vice Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili met UK Minister of State for Trade and Investment Francis Maude.
Discussions focused on the current trade and economic relations between Georgia and Great Britain and on the prospects for developing these relations. Giorgi Kvirikashvili informed Francis Maude on the reforms the Government of Georgia has carried out in different sectors of economy.   

The British side expressed its interest in holding a series of events with the participation of the UK business circles that will increase their awareness of and interest in Georgia’s business and investment opportunities.   

At the meeting, Georgia’s regional role and leading position were underlined in terms of economic reforms and of the ease of doing business, which make the country more attractive for international investments.  The sides positively assessed Georgian Prime Minister’s initiative to hold the Tbilisi Silk Road Forum, where Georgia’s international transit opportunities were demonstrated.

The two Ministers focused on the Georgia-EU Association Agenda and its fulfilment, and on the process of implementation of the FTA with the European Union, underlining the opportunities the FTA gives to Georgia and the EU countries to develop investment and economic ties.

In the frames of the visit to Great Britain, Giorgi Kvirikashvili will meet Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Philip Hammond and Minister for Europe David Lidington; he will also hold a meeting at the British Parliament. On 30 November, London will also host the second meeting of Georgia-UK Wardrop Dialogue, in the frames of which a business meeting with representatives of the British business circles will be held.