“The Georgia Ireland Business Council is a B2B network promoting trade, commerce, enterprise and professional collaboration between Georgia and Ireland.”
The Georgian-Irish Business Council yesterday held its first online meeting to discuss future cooperation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia announced today.
The Georgian-Irish Business Council will be an important link in strengthening business, economic and cultural relations between the two countries.
The board will be chaired by renowned Irish lawyer and business arbitrator, James Bridgman.
The meeting was attended by members of the Business Council Supervisory Board, including representatives of the leading Irish companies and academia.
Alexander Khvtisiashvili, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, delivered the welcoming speech.
Sen. Diarmuid Wilson, Head of the Irish parliament’s Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group with Georgia, who is himself actively involved in the implementation of the Georgia-Ireland bilateral agenda, congratulated the Council on its establishment and pledged support.
The newly established Business Council was further welcomed by the President of the Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Giorgi Pertaia. The Ambassador of Georgia to Ireland, Giorgi Zurabashvili, and the Ambassador of Ireland to Georgia, Martina Finney, also addressed the invited guests.
“The Georgia Ireland Business Council is a B2B network promoting trade, commerce, enterprise and professional collaboration between Georgia and Ireland, including financial services, infrastructure, agriculture, built environment, tourism, food and beverages, sports, transport, education and culture”, says the Council’s official website.
Following the stabilization of the epidemiological situation, the head of the Georgia-Ireland Business Council, James Brijman, plans to visit Georgia together with the members of the Council so as to advance bilateral contacts and develop specific projects.
The coronavirus pandemic has gravely affected the world economy with grim consequences for all communities and individuals. In the context of such global crisis, it is vital to expand bilateral cooperation and develop innovative, long-term business plans designed to counter the economic challenges.
In its description of the overall mission of the Council, the official webpage says: “To engage with key stakeholders in Georgia and Ireland to build ever stronger connections between Georgia and Ireland; promote trade between Georgia (and the wider region) and Ireland (and the wider EU); raise awareness of Georgian products and services in Ireland, and awareness of Irish products and services in Georgia; provide opportunities for synergy, collaboration and networking for the business communities in Georgia and Ireland; organize promotional, cultural and social events in Ireland and Georgia; promote Georgian trade with the wider EU; Promote Irish trade with the wider region.”
Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia (MFA).