RUSSIANS EXPORTERS AT THE FIRST GEORGIA-EAEU FORUM
The business program of the visit started with the opening of the first Georgia-EAEU business forum that brought together more than 150 Georgian entrepreneurs and about 100 companies from Russia and Armenia. During the plenary meeting themed “Mechanisms of EAEU-Georgia Trade and Economic Cooperation” participant of the business mission got an insight into special aspects and perspectives of cooperation with Georgian partners. Such a high level of interest of Russian entrepreneurs to Georgia is caused not only by domestic market capacity, but also by the opportunity to enter larger markets of China and the EU via Georgia that enjoys bilateral free trade agreements with these countries.
The main event of the forum was an international B2B matchmaking session, where each of 15 delegation members held at least 5 negotiations with potential partners from Georgia. Russian companies presented such products as veterinary drugs for livestock and poultry (OOO TD BiAgro, OOO Firma BioChimPharm), grain, confectionary and natural beverages (IP Glava KVH Arkhiptsev, ООО Sladovyanka, ООО Domashnie retsepty), construction materials and goods (ООО Vladimirskaya Dvernaya Companiya, ООО LASAR, ООО TD LKA), medical equipment (ООО Ferroplast Medical), toys (ООО SputNik), industrial goods and equipment (ООО ARS Grup, ZAO NPO Regulyator).
Then Russian companies and representatives of Georgian business associations held the round table themed “Georgia as a Link to European Markets. State Instruments for Promoting Investment and Joint Ventures”. The round table was moderated by RASMEX Executive Director Yuri Shurygin together with Georgian Employers’ Association. Participants discussed how to run business in Georgia taking into account such its advantages as free trade zones with China and the EU, preferential trade agreements with India, Japan, Turkey and Canada, low level of corruption, low labor and electricity costs, convenient logistics etc.
Also Vladimir, Lipetsk and Yaroslavl exporters hold individual B2B meetings and visited specialized industrial and trade companies in Tbilisi. Fruitful negotiations between Russian companies and Georgian partners resulted in signing some export contracts.
The business mission program was organized by the Association of Small and Medium-Sized Exporters and EvenCenter company with the support of Georgian Employers’ Association.
From 18 to 21 October the delegation of 15 exporters from Vladimir, Lipetsk and Yaroslavl regions visited Tbilisi, the capital city of Georgia
From 20 to 23 November Tashkent hosted a business mission of small and medium-sized companies from Ivanovo, Novgorod, Pskov and Tver regions
From 22 to 24 October a large-scale business mission of 30 small and medium-sized exporters from 7 Russian regions took place in Yerevan