Giorgi Kvirikashvili: “There is a huge untapped potential for bolstering the U.S.-Georgia trade and economic ties”

The Georgian Vice Prime Minister and the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State in their speeches at the fifth Strategic Partnership Commission Plenary Session focused on the importance of economic co-operation between their two countries and on the strengthening the role of Georgia as a transit country.  

“There is a huge untapped potential for bolstering the U.S.-Georgia trade and economic ties”, Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated. According to the Foreign Minister, the U.S.-Georgia High-Level Trade and Investment Dialogue supports this effort. “Georgia is blessed with exceptionally advantageous location and potential to turning into the gateway linking Europe with the growing East Asian markets through the Caspian Sea and the Central Asia region. In this regard, let me thank the U.S. side for the support and high-level participation in the Tbilisi Silk Road Forum. We also fully understand the importance of enhancing Georgian workforce through strategic investment in education. Let me thus express our deep appreciation for the U.S. investment of U.S. $140 million through the Second Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact, aimed at improving the quality of education in science, technology, engineering and math fields. I would also like to stress the importance of the U.S.-sponsored exchange programs”, Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated.

The U.S. Deputy Secretary of State underlined that Georgia is doing its best for strengthening its economic role in the world. Georgia has carried out important economic, legal and governance reforms.  “Last week’s U.S.-Georgia High Level Dialogue on Trade and Investment and last month’s Silk Road Forum are only two examples of the many ways that Georgia is seizing new opportunities to drive sustainable development and long-term prosperity. Moreover, Georgia’s strategic location as a bridge between Europe and Asia makes its EU Association Agreement—with its Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area—all the more important,” Antony Blinken said.
“In addition to the educational opportunities, the Georgian students feel the groundbreaking impact of the successful bilateral cooperation in health sector, and especially in C Hepatitis elimination programme”, the Georgian Foreing Minister underlined.