UAE-Georgia Business Forum to promote trade & investment ahead of CEPA

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, has led a UAE delegation of more than 30 business leaders to participate in the first-ever UAE-Georgia Business Forum in Tbilisi.

The forum aimed at promoting bilateral investment and trade opportunities as well as private-sector collaboration.

The forum was inaugurated by Dr. Al Zeyoudi and Mr. Levan Davichihvili, Georgia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, and attended by senior officials and leading representatives of the business communities in both countries.
During the forum, the UAE minister stressed the countries’ relationship and pointed to greater trade and investment flows that both sides can now look forward to.

Dr. Al Zeyoudi commented that “over the last six months, the UAE and Georgia have been committed to pursuing a deeper, stronger partnership to accelerate bilateral trade, boost investment, and develop opportunities in priority sectors such as artificial intelligence, agriculture, tourism, transportation, energy, and climate change.”

The Minister highlighted the UAE’s beneficial investment climate, which can offer Georgian enterprises a supportive ecosystem as well as unrivalled global connectivity to enable them to scale and expand.

On the sidelines of the UAE-Georgia Business Forum, Dr. Al Zeyoudi met with a number of ministers and officials in the Georgian government, beginning with a bilateral meeting with Davichihvili and Ilia Darsiashvili, Georgia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. The two sides discussed the roadmap for the CEPA and pressed for more joint economic and commercial cooperation.
Al Zeyoudi also held discussions with Ottar Shamioga, Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, to discuss food security and renewable energy projects, and Irakli Karsiladze, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, to pursue investment opportunities in logistics and energy.

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