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Commercial activities in Georgia

British and Georgian Trade interests are increasing

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Commercial Officer Data Parulava and former Georgian Ambassador to UK Gela Charkviani

The Commercial Section at the British Embassy Tbilisi was re-established in January 2011 to assist the development of business relations between the UK and Georgia.

In the past nine months we successfully brought two trade missions to Georgia. The trade missions comprised British business people interested in trade and investment in Georgia. Four out of the ten companies returned later to do business in Georgia.

In September 2013 the Commercial Section launched a series of sector meetings with Georgian companies. The purpose of those meetings is to present opportunities in the UK to the local market. We assist British companies to do business in Georgia and support Georgian companies to find business partners in the UK. In September we hosted a sector meeting with agriculture companies. Next meeting will be organised with construction companies at the beginning of 2014.

In addition to BP’s successful operation and significant contribution to the Georgian economy, British retail brands are flourishing in Georgia. Currently there are a number of famous British retail stores in Tbilisi, including Marks & Spencer; Debenhams; Accessorize; Baldi, River Island, Topman / Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Burberry, Mothercare, Next and New Look. Furthermore, Tesco is to open its clothes store in Tbilisi in the near future, construction works are ongoing.

Published 27 September 2013