Georgia & Serbia Eager to Boost Economic Cooperation

Intensification of cooperation in various areas, including the importance of stepping up the existing economic potential between Georgia and Serbia, were the key issues discussed by the Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia, Maja Gojkovic, during their meeting in Tbilisi last week.

The sides pointed out that the joint business forum, to be held in Tbilisi this spring, will boost economic ties.

“We are expecting the opportunity to host Serbian business representatives at the business forum in Tbilisi this year. The point that we do not have intensive trade relations also gives us an opportunity to give a fast boost to our bilateral trade and investment relations," the Prime Minister of Georgia said.

Kvirikashvili thanked Gojkovic for Serbia’s supporting Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.

“I would also like to thank you for your political decision to open a visa-free travel opportunity for Georgian citizens. It is an honor to have this opportunity to host you, and we welcome the intensification of our bilateral relations,” he said, addressing the Serbian National Assembly Speaker.

Gojkovic in turn highlighted that the intensification of bilateral relations and boosting of mutual cooperation was one of the key goals of her visit to Georgia.

"We are the ones who directly represent our citizens, and they are the ones who want us to establish closer relations. This visit should be understood as an initial visit to strengthen our further cooperation both at the parliamentary level and, in general, at the political level," she emphasized.

Cooperation within the formats of international organizations and challenges facing the two countries' territorial integrity were also discussed by the officials.

The parties emphasized the dynamics of developing inter-parliamentary ties sustained by the work of groups operating under the two countries' legislative bodies.

Gojkovic arrived in Georgia on January 26, and also met the President of Georgia, Georgian Parliament Speaker and the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Thea Morrison

29 January 2018 17:18