Burges Salmon has been asked by UK Trade and Investment and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to assist in promoting the development of food production and marketing in Georgia and the South Caucasus. This includes an opportunity for representatives of UK agri-business and investment to travel to Georgia as part of a trade delegation in June 2015 being organised by UKTI and the British Georgian Chamber of Commerce.
The UK and Georgia are actively promoting bilateral trade following the signature of the Association Agreement between the EU and Georgia. Georgia is a firmly Western facing country sitting at the centre of a network of rapidly improving infrastructure routes being sponsored by the EU and Far East development funds.
Georgia recognises the potential for significant modernisation of its food production to serve its domestic market, its immediate neighbours such as Turkey and Russia and as part of the wider movement of goods between the EU and the Middle and Far East.
Whilst soft fruit, nuts and wine are the popular image of Georgian staples, the country can support a very wide range of production, all of which is looking for expertise and investment to modernise.
The delegation is an opportunity to investigate a developing market that is achieving consistently higher growth than the EU, in the company of other businesses. It offers direct access through UKTI to the EU and Georgian authorities that are seeking foreign interest and investment and will include flagship events such as a joint Georgian National Day/HM The Queen’s official birthday reception in Tbilisi as the guests of HM Ambassador to Georgia, Alexandra Hall-Hall.