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Natia Turnava meets with First Deputy Minister of Investment and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan

By Nika Gamtsemlidze
Thursday, February 13
Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava met with First Deputy Minister of Investment and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan Alisher Abdulliev.

Turnava talked about the reforms implemented by Georgia and the favorable business environment in the country, the advantages that Uzbek companies will have as a result of investing in Georgia.

As noted at the meeting, Georgia and the Republic of Uzbekistan are stable partners, but there is a larger potential for close trade-economic cooperation between the two countries, which should be fully used.

The Georgian side emphasized the importance of increasing the export of both agricultural and industrial products to the Uzbek market.

The sides also discussed the cooperation between the two countries in the field of investment attraction, transport and tourism. It was underlined that it is necessary to hold a meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation between Georgia and Uzbekistan soon.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Akaki Sagirashvili and Head of the Department of Trade Development and International Economic Relations Tarash Papaskua.

Natia Turnava also met with Suren Papikyan, Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of Armenia, who is paying a working visit to Georgia.

At the meeting, the ministers discussed economic cooperation between Georgia and Armenia with special emphasis on the energy and transport sectors. The sides focused on cooperation in the field of energy.

Turnava notified her Armenian counterpart on the ongoing reform and benefits of Georgia's energy sector following its liberalization in the country's energy market. The sides also discussed the issue of rehabilitation and construction of energy infrastructure connecting the countries.

It was also noted that Armenia receives energy supplies through the territory of Georgia, underlining the unhindered functioning of the transport infrastructure of Georgia.

Turnava briefed her Armenian counterpart on projects planned to develop the country's transport and road infrastructure, including seaports, railways and road transport, as well as opportunities for co-operation in the development of regional transit corridors.