Editor’s note: Selection Makers is a global platform for choice makers to share their insights on events shaping today’s earth. H.E. Archil Kalandia is the Ambassador Incredible and Plenipotentiary of Ga to the People’s Republic of China. The posting reflects the author’s views and not essentially the views of CGTN.
Georgia and China, nations around the world with historic civilizations, wealthy histories and special cultures, have developed broad-ranging, mutually advantageous and forward-oriented relations considering the fact that the institution of diplomatic ties in 1992.
As a result of this 30 decades, friendly and cooperative relations at bilateral and multilateral stages have been steadily creating. Irrespective of the length and relative disparity in dimension and inhabitants, Ga and China managed to establish seem cooperation in international affairs and get pleasure from exemplary relations, based on respect and equality.
It is of substantial value for Georgia that China, a member of the United Nations Stability Council and an important actor in the global affairs, unequivocally upholds the essential rules of Global Law and UN Charter and strongly supports sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ga. On its aspect, Georgia totally supports and goes in line with the a single-China theory.
At the political level, the governments of Ga and the People’s Republic of China place each and every exertion in deepening bilateral partnership that is perfectly shown in intensification of higher-level contacts and reciprocal visits that positively influences the rising pattern of organization-to-organization (B2B) and individuals-to-persons cooperation and interprets into several joint projects that rewards the peoples of our states.
We highly value and appreciate China’s assist and support by way of really hard situations in the course of COVID-19 pandemic. Undoubtedly, the partnership throughout the pandemic made our ties even more robust.
Excellent momentum of trade and economic cooperation
We are witnessing the strengthening of bilateral trade-financial cooperation. Since a totally free trade agreement (FTA) was signed, our bilateral relations have elevated to a new stage and became a very good example of acquire-win cooperation.
FTA involving Georgia and China arrived into drive from January 1, 2018. Centered on this document, many products and solutions originated in Georgia are finding duty-absolutely free access in the Chinese sector. Aside from, the FTA between Georgia and China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region became successful since February 2019. China is starting to be one particular of the most important alternatives for Georgian producers. Several many years in the past, Georgia also joined the China-primarily based Asian Infrastructure Investment Financial institution (AIIB) as a founding member.
Additionally, we have free trade regimes with European Union (EU), European Totally free Trade Association (EFTA), such as Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Iceland, and with Commonwealth of Independence States (CIS) countries, as perfectly as with Turkey, which noticeably raises the country’s export and investment likely, making it possible for organizations in Georgia to get a duty absolutely free access to the market of 2.3 billion persons.
Even with the pandemic, in 2021, bilateral trade quantity involving Georgia and China amplified up to 24 per cent. As the only region in the area with FTA with China, Chinese marketplace became the very first export market place for Georgia’s products for the second consecutive year.
Wine is a part of the Georgian id and a basic component of the social cloth. Ga is the home of the earliest grape wine and viniculture uncovered consequently considerably. The evidence of 8,000-year-old wine clearly describes the depth of the wine lifestyle in Georgia.
I am pleased to underscore that Georgian wine is getting to be extra and extra preferred in Chinese marketplace. According to the most up-to-date data, China is the third biggest industry for Georgian wines.
Cooperation beneath the Belt and Road Initiative
Traditionally positioned at a vital crossroads, Georgia one-way links the economies and cultures of East and West. With its strategic site alongside the Belt and Road and aggressive market, Ga is intent on carving out its share and restoring its posture as a main regional trade, transport and logistics hub in the region.
As a matter of reality, the vast community of ancient land and maritime silk roadways, utilised to move by way of Ga hundreds of several years ago. Thus, we think our place – with its special historic encounters, abundant social and cultural values and fantastic strategic site – is a natural location for these types of an endeavor.
Within just the framework of Belt and Street Initiative, it is essential to encourage the development of Trans-Caspian Worldwide Transportation Corridor (known as Middle Corridor). Ga experienced been actively doing work to acquire the Trans-Caspian global transport route with each other with other partner nations.
Ga, a pleasure for undertaking organization
Georgia has generally been a conduit of cultures, persons, concepts, and, as a result trade, know-how and capital. As the normal bridge of Europe and Asia, our region has been a beacon of range for centuries. In restoring its romance with Asia by way of the revival of the Silk Highway, Georgia is also regaining its spot in Europe.
Georgia provides a quantity of significant added benefits that are continue to inaccessible to the huge vast majority of international locations. Allow me give you a solitary example: the Earth Bank’s “Executing Business 2020” placed Georgia at seventh situation out of 190 countries in “relieve of performing organization.” The elements these as starting up a business enterprise, dealing with building permits, spending taxes, trading across borders and resolving insolvency were really recommended by the Globe Bank.
The individual words and phrases could be extra to a equivalent impact, stating that Ga is a unique location from the perspective of favorable tax regimes no cost industrial zones (wherever one particular is operated by China’s Hualing Team) youthful, educated labor power competitive company costs appealing tax system and flexible labor code time proximity and cultural similarities with goal markets large class offices and excellent infrastructure availability of investment decision grants by way of the plan overseas direct investment grant in Georgia and and so on.
Heritage Foundation placed Georgia at 12th in its “Index of Financial Liberty 2020” (out of 180 nations, sixth in the Europe).
The message to buyers is rather easy and easy – Ga is a terrific desired destination for corporations from all about the planet, whether or not it is really to enter the regional market itself, the European market, or the broader Asian markets and it has an open up-doorway plan to help overseas and area businesses improve in and via Georgia.
It is my deep conviction that we can only construct a sustainable, peaceful and progressive earth if we bolster transnational interaction and intensify economic cooperation. I believe that with joint initiatives, we will progress our cooperation and partnership and we will witness new achievements in the coming yrs. As the Chinese saying goes “Only when all contribute their firewood can they create up a large hearth.”
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