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New Members NGBC
The NGBC has had the honor to welcome two new members. During a small ceremony at the Georgian Embassy Mister J. Vrins from Bilancia and Mister R. Simon from Devotra were welcomed as new members and signed their membership contracts.
Mr. I. Beridze, Mr. R. Simos, Mr. N de Borst, Mr S. Gvineria Mr. N. de Borst, Mr. J. Vrins, Mr. S. Gvineria
On May 28, to celebrate The Independence Day of Georgia, the Embassy of Georgia to The Kingdom of The Netherlands organized the “Georgia Day” at the Hilton Hotel in The Hague. The delegation from the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, headed by the Deputy Minister of Economy Mr. Janelidze, the Head of the National Investment Agency Mr. Pertaia, as well as the representatives of The Georgian National Tourism Administration and The National Wine Agency also took part in the official activities planned within the framework of the “Georgia Day”.
The “Georgia Day” started with the opening speeches of the Ambassador of Georgia to The Kingdom of The Netherlands Mr. Shota Gvineria and The Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia Mr. Mikheil Janelidze. To raise awareness about the investment potential of Georgia and to promote Georgia as a tourism destination, the presentations prepared by the National Investment Agency and Georgian National Tourism Administration were delivered later on during the event.
Within the framework of the “Georgia Day”, The Netherlands-Georgia business council official launch took place. During his speech, The Secretary General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of The Netherlands Mr. Chris Buijink emphasized the importance of the role of the newly-established Business Council in further strengthening the already existing trade and economic relations between the two countries. Mr. Nico de Borst the Chairmen, and Irakli Beridze, the executive director of The Netherlands-Georgia Business Council, touched upon the future plans and activities of the council in their speeches.
To popularize the Georgian wine in The Kingdom of The Netherlands, with the support of The National Wine Agency of Georgia and CBI - export promotion agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the wine tasting was organized. During the event the Dutch master of wine Mr. Cees van Casteren gave a speech about Georgian wine. Up to forty varieties of Georgian wine was offered by the leading Georgian wine makers to the public for degustation. Together with the wine, other Georgian products, such as a wide assortment of Georgian cheese, delivered by the “The Georgian Cheese House”, and snacks were offered to the guests.
The Georgian folklore ensemble “Chveneburebi”, which provided polyphonic music accompaniment to the reception of the “Georgia Day”, as well as the exhibition of the paintings of a Georgian painter Maka Batiashvili, held throughout the whole day, served as further popularization of the Georgian culture.
Visit of the Georgian National Investment Agency’s CEO to the kingdom of the Netherlands
On 16–17th of April, 2013, CEO of the Georgian National Investment Agency Giorgi Pertaia and Deputy Director of the Partnership Fund Giorgi Chixladze paid a working visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Mr. Pertaia held meetings with Dutch leading companies who are interested to do business in Georgia.
The meetings were held with the representatives of companies: „Port of Rotterdam International“; „Atradius“ „Unilever”; „Style Distribution“; „Mertel Consalt“; „Van der Valk” and „Hydroring”. During the meetings with Dutch companies investment opportunities in Georgia were discussed. The Kingdom of the Netherlands has been the top investor to Georgia for two consecutive years in 2011-2012. As a result of the visit the possibilities to attract more Dutch companies to Invest in Georgia has been revealed.
Main interest from Dutch companies were focused to the Agriculture and establishing their production lines in Georgia. Georgian and Dutch parties agreed to continue the cooperation and start working on organizing the visit of Dutch companies to Georgia.
The Presentation of the Georgian-Dutch Business Council
On April 5, 2012, the Dutch-Georgian Business Council presentation was held at the Chamber of Commerce.
The aim of the presentation was to estimate the existing interest towards Georgia of the representatives of the business sector of the Netherlands.
The establishment of the Dutch-Georgian Business Council is targeted at further deepening of the already existing successful economic and business relations between Georgia and the Netherlands (in 2011, the Netherlands was announced number one investor country in Georgia).
The incentive behind this initiative was the growing interest towards Georgia of the business circles of the Netherlands. As a result of the efforts of the Embassy of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, together with the Honorary Consul of Georgia in the Netherlands Mr. de Borst, the presentation of the Council was made possible in a very short period of time.
The presentation turned out to be very successful. Around eighty representatives of different business organizations of the Netherlands registered to participate.
The presentation started with the video clip prepared by the Georgian National Investment Agency about the investment potential in Georgia. The screening was followed by the address of the consultant of the Chamber of Commerce on international trade issues Mrs. Paulien Dirkzwager.
In his presentation, the Ambassador of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands Mr. Shota Gvineria spoke about the investment potential in Georgia, as well as the economic statistics and the priorities of the Government of Georgia. The Ambassador also provided the audience with the information about the “Partnership Fund” and the opportunities potential investors will be granted in Georgia.
The presentations were also delivered by the representative of the company “Saybolt” -Mr. Marnix Koets, the Project Officer of Private Sector Investment Programme of the NL Agency (EVD) –Mr. Arco van Wessel and the Chief Investment Officer of “FMO” (Finance for Development)- Mr. Jurgen Rigterink. At the end of the meeting the Honorary Consul of Georgia in the Netherlands Mr. Nico de Borst addressed the audience. He spoke about the importance of the Business Council and its potential.
Besides the representatives of the Dutch business circles, the presentation was attended by the Special Representative for the Eastern Partnership at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands - Klaas van der Tempel and the General Director for International Affairs and Strategy of Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment - Hugo von Meijenfeldt. Among the participants there were also the Director of “Witteveen Bos”- Mr. Henk Nieboer and the Managing Director of International Trade and Development of IKEA (Delft)- Ehsan Turabaz. Mr. Turabaz expressed his willingness to become a member of the Council.
The official launch of the Business Council is planned in late spring, 2012.
After the official part of the presentation, the guests had an opportunity to enjoy the Georgian cuisine and the Georgia wine.
CEO of the Georgian National Investment Agency (GNIA) is seeking for even more investments from the Netherlands
Despite the lack of proper awareness on Georgian investment opportunities and liberal business climate, the Netherlands has been the top investor to Georgia for two consecutive years in 2011-2012. As the investments have grown more than double for last years, the CEO of the GNIA Mr. Giorgi Pertaia hopes to attract more Dutch companies to do Business in Georgia throughout his visit to the Netherlands organized in co-operation with recently established Netherland-Georgia Business Council on 16-17 of April 2013 (http://www.ngbc.nl).
Established in 2002 by the Government of Georgia, Georgian National Investment Agency is a sole state agency responsible for promoting and facilitating foreign direct investments in Georgia. The Agency plays a role of the main point of contact and moderator between foreign investors and the Government of Georgia, ensuring that the investors have means of effective communication with the Government bodies. GNIA provides up-to-date informative materials about the business climate and sector- specific studies on different investment opportunities in Georgia including particular project proposals (http://www.investingeorgia.org).
If you have any investment interests in Georgia or any specific business ideas, the Embassy of Georgia in the Netherlands offers you the opportunity to arrange a meeting with Mr. Pertaia. For more information about the visit please contact the Embassy (http://netherlands.mfa.gov.ge).
In the Embassy of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands New Year Celebration for Dutch Businessmen was held
On 14th of January, in the Embassy of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands in cooperation with the Netherland-Georgia Business Council and ‘Breath’ foundation Georgian New Year celebration for the representatives of the Dutch private sector was held.
The aim of the event was to outline the investment opportunities in Georgia and Georgia’s economic achievements in recent years.
The Ambassador of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands H.E. Mr. Shota Gvineria made an opening speech. Ambassador spoke about the already existing successful economic and business relations between Georgia and the Netherlands.
During the event Honorary Consul of Georgia, Chairman of Netherlands-Georgia Business Counsel Mr. Nico de Borst delivered speech for the audience. In his Speech Mr. de Borst shared his experience on doing business in Georgia. He also spoke about the possible cooperation with the Netherland-Georgia Business Council and his charity organization, ‘Breath’ foundation.
The executive director of the recently established Business Council Irakli Beridze provided the audience with the information about the structure of the council. He also spoke about the aim of the Business Council and its potential. The guests were provided with the information leaflets. Participating businessmen were encouraged to fill out membership applications. The companies expressed their commitment for becoming members of the Netherland-Georgia Business Council.
The presentation was followed by Q&A session with the Ambassador and Honorary Consul of Georgia.
After the event, networking reception with Georgian wine and traditional Georgian dishes was offered for the participants.