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Kakha Baindurashvili Elected to Eurochambres Board of Directors

Published: October 19, 2013 | 3:50 pm
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The President of the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) Kakha Baindurashvili has been elected to the Eurochambres Board of Directors. A new president, vice-president and board of directors were elected at the General Assembly of Eurochambres on October 17.

According to Kakha Baindurashvili, the Georgian delegation’s involvement with the association of European chambers will aid the country’s economic integration with the European Union. The strengthening of the relations between the Georgian and foreign businesses through Eurochambres, as well as the exchange of information, will reflect positively upon Georgia’s business environment, Mr. Baindurashvili has stated, adding that one of the issues to be discussed at the next meeting of the Board of Directors will be the establishment of a common information database.

“This is the first time in the history of Eurochambres that representatives from the so-called affiliated members, ie. those who are representing non-EU member countries, have been allowed to join the board. One of the issues which we will be raising in the near future will be the formation of a common economic corridor with the countries on the Silk Road. We might also be discussing the establishment of a coordination centre, which would serve as an effective mechanism in the areas of trade, logistics and transportation, which are the most important sectors for us and for the wider region,” Kakha Baindurashvili has explained.

Eurochambres Economic Forum

Parallel to the assembly meeting, an economic forum was organised by Eurochambres and hosted by the Turkish capital under the motto ‘Investing in Growth.’ The main themes of the forum were: the involvement of small and medium scale businesses in the international economic relations; increasing access to financial resources; and strengthening the role played by the chambers of commerce in international economic relations.

The Eurochambres Economic Forum is one of the largest stages on the continent for strengthening ties amongst the chambers of commerce. Represented were the heads of the chambers of commerce from the European Union and Eastern partner states, including CCI presidents from Austria, Serbia, Croatia, Luxembourg, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Turkey, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Belarus.

Meeting with Turkish Colleague

GCCI President has met the President of the Turkish CCI Union and Stock Markets RifatHisarcıklıoğlu during his official visit to Istanbul. The issues discussed during the meeting included the strengthening of the ties between the two countries’ chambers of commerce and industry, and the need to resolve all issues relevant to the activities of Turkish businessmen in Georgia, and of Georgian businessmen in Turkey. Another topic of discussion concerned the long queues at the Sarpi customs and border crossing on the Turkish side, which have a negative impact on Georgian couriers and small manufacturers. According to Mr. Hisarcıklıoğlu, Turkey acknowledges the existence of the problem, and has already began working on the construction of additional exit points which will eliminate the problem of queues on the Turkish side of the Sarpi customs and border crossing. According to the agreement reached between the two CCI presidents, the sides will exchange representatives in order to effectively coordinate the resolution of issues relevant to the private sector.

 

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