Organized by “Expo Georgia”, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Agriculture, on November 17-19, the 21st international exhibition of Agriculture, Food Industry, Food Processing, and Packaging Technology – 𝐀𝐠𝐫𝐨/𝐅𝐨𝐨𝐝/𝐃𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐤/𝐓𝐞𝐜𝐡/𝐄𝐱𝐩𝐨 -𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑 was held in the exhibition center “ExpoGeorgia”.
The event was attended by the Deputy Ministers of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia Kakha Kakabadze, Solomon Pavliashvili, Director of Exhibition Center “ExpoGeorgia” Resan Kikawa, Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye Kazim Kartali, Minister of Agriculture of Adjara, Zaza Shavadze and representatives of business unions and business associations.
The Business Chamber, as a constant supporter in the process of promoting Georgian production and engaging in international trade, used the mentioned platform for this purpose. You will remember that one of the directions of 𝐁𝐂𝐀𝐆𝐂 research in the 𝐆𝐂𝐂 countries (Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Saudi Arabia) is to determine the chances of Georgian production and reveal the export potential.
Special attention was paid to the sources of using new opportunities as a result of the free trade agreement signed with Georgia and the United Arab Emirates.
Exactly with this purpose, negotiations were held with member and non-member companies of the Business Chamber participating in the exhibition.
From the point of view of export, business meetings were held with representatives of the following companies: Plant Valley, Gurieli, Georgian valnut, tea country, nutrimax.
From the side of the First Vice President of 𝐁𝐂𝐀𝐆𝐂 , The discussion of the three points that the exporting company must meet unconditionally was emphasized: they are:
●The company itself should be the owner of the production
●The company must be able to perform an annual continuous chain
The ongoing dialogue with the representatives of various companies highlighted the logistical problems that have existed for years, and the 𝐁𝐂𝐀𝐆𝐂 representative has repeatedly emphasized this issue through the media.
The First Vice President of the Business Chamber announced the way to solve the mentioned logistics problems, which involves the optimal way of exporting through the Dubai distribution company. The latter envisages the export of Georgian production based on the principle of one container, based on individual demand.
As a result, export costs will be significantly reduced in comparison with the delivery throuh air.
Cost reduction in itself determines the competitiveness of Georgian production in the 𝐆𝐂𝐂 countries. A coordinated work process on the above-mentioned topics is underway with the relevant agencies of agriculture and the Rural Development Agency in order to achieve real results and fully use the benefits of free trade.
At the exhibition, within the framework of the visit, an interesting and result-oriented meeting was held with the representative of the nitrogen plant, upon which the parties discussed trade prospects with the 𝐆𝐂𝐂 countries and real ways to enter the market in the mentioned countries.
A business dialogue with the Minister of Agriculture of Adjara, Zaza Shavadze, is also noteworthy. The main line of the conversation was the discussion of the essential characteristics of the products produced in Adjara and the chances of entering foreign markets. Despite the land shortage of Adjara, the parties discussed the specifics of production and export opportunities of the mentioned region.
We are glad that we were a participant in such an important exhibition and we hope that the Business Chamber will make a significant and transformative contribution to raising awareness of Georgian production at the international level.