INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT FORUM "Georgia – Regional Hub and Asia's Gateway to Europe"
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, with logistical support of PMCG will hold an International Investment Forum in Tbilisi, Georgia. The event will bring together up to 300 high ranking governmental and business representatives from Asian countries and beyond.
Irakli Garibashvili Prime Minister of Georgia
It gives me great pleasure to host you to the first International Investment Forum held by the Government of Georgia and the Asian Development Bank on 29-30 October 2014 in Tbilisi, Georgia. I am confident that this year’s ambitious and progressive topic: “Georgia – Regional Hub and Asia’s Gateway to Europe” will bring about a new vision for the region’s development through exchange of ideas among the high level government representatives, business leaders and economic experts from Asia and beyond.
Georgia boasts to be a rapidly developing democratic country with one of the world’s most attractive business climates, liberal trade regime, low taxes, and strategic location that have turned the country into the new regional frontier for investment opportunities. Country’s economy is genuinely diverse utilizing interests of an increasing number of investors. To name a few, the following local industries demonstrate excellent growth dynamics and huge potential for attracting FDI: hydro-electric power generation, manufacturing, logistics and transport, real estate, and tourism.
Wencai Zhang Vice President (Operations 1) of the Asian Development Bank
It is an honor for me to invite you on behalf of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to the International Investment Forum "Georgia – Regional Hub and Asia's Gateway to Europe". The Forum is jointly organized by the Government of Georgia and the ADB, and is supported under an ADB-financed technical assistance. The Forum aims to introduce Georgia as an economic hub located at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. In recent years, the government of Georgia has implemented far-reaching reforms that led to economic deregulation, streamlined bureaucracy and a dramatic decline in red tape, and reduced corruption. The country's liberal trade regime, low taxes and overall ease of doing business present excellent opportunities for foreign investors to invest and trade with and through Georgia. The recent agreement with the European Union on the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area has generated interest among Asian and European companies in search of new manufacturing and logistics hubs conveniently linking Asian and European markets. Georgia aspires to serve as a bridge between Europe and Asia in the midst of rapidly evolving global economic landscape.
Giorgi Kvirikashvili Vice Prime Minister
Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
I am honored to welcome you at the International Investment Forum "Georgia – Regional Hub and Asia's Gateway to Europe." The name of the forum very well reflects that the Government of Georgia places emphasis on developing commerce between Asia and Europe through taking advantage of lucrative investment opportunities in Georgia and at the same time establishing the country as a strategic business bridge between the two continents.
You might be aware that Georgia has recently advanced its external trade relations by signing the Association Agreement with the European Union – the final step towards joining the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). The country boasts to have one of the world's most attractive business climates being 8th in terms of ease of doing business (WB rating) and 4th least tax burden country according to Forbes Tax Misery Report. Georgia has undergone highly democratic parliamentary elections and maintains liberal economy approach.