Delegation of Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia visiting China
March 23-31, 2011
Beijing, Hong Kong, China
Through 23-31 March 2011 delegation of Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia headed by Archil Kekelia First Deputy Minister visited China and Hong Kong.
In the framework of the visit Archil Kekelia met with the managements of agriculture, energy and communications companies introducing specific investment projects to potential investors. Throughout his presentations Archil Kekelia noted the low level of corruption and liberal taxation system in Georgia that raised much interest among Chinese investors. During his visit, Archil Kekelia also discussed the possibilities of arranging direct flights to China. Specialists have been working on this issue for months. Direct flights to China will most probably be available from May, 2011.
The meetings were held in the cities of Beijing, Chengdu and Hong-Kong. It is remarkable that it was the first visit of Georgian officials to Hong-Kong. The meetings were also attended by Kakha Sikharulidze, the Georgian Ambassador Extraordinary in China, Irakli Kashibadze, Head of Department of IT and Innovations of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, and Nino Skhirtladze Corporate Communications Manager of Georgian National Investment Agency.
Chinese investors are interested in sectors of agriculture, pharmaceutics, transport and communications. They are planning to invest considerable amount of money in Georgia in the nearest future. Construction of factories producing electronic gadgets and medical inventory is also planned.
Georgian wine was also one of the agenda topics at most of the meetings. The Chinese side expressed its interest in increasing import of Georgian wine.
Visit of the manager of one of the biggest Chinese energy companies is also planned in the nearest future. Members of the government of Sichuan Province also plan to visit Georgia.