The delegation led by Armenia’s Acting Minister of Economy Vahan Kerobyan paid a working visit to Georgia on July 29-30. The purpose of the visit was to discuss with Georgian partners the possibilities of expanding the Armenian-Georgian bilateral cooperation in the trade and economic sphere.
The delegation consisted of Armenia’s Deputy Minister of Economy Avag Avanesyan, Head of the Foreign Relations Department of the Ministry Armen Ayvazyan, Director of Vine and Wine Foundation of Armenia Zaruhi Muradyan. Armenia’s Ambassador to Georgia Ruben Sadoyan also took part in the meetings.
On the first day of the visit, July 29, the delegation led by Kerobyan met with the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia Natela Turnava.
The current state of Armenia-Georgia economic cooperation and the prospects of regional cooperation were discussed during the meeting.
“Our countries have separate, relatively small markets, but together they can become much more attractive in the region. In this context, we can discuss the possibilities of implementing a number of joint projects in the fields of infrastructure, tourism, railways and energy,” Vahan Kerobyan noted.
The parties spoke about the possibility of launching a high-speed train, which will allow arriving from Yerevan to Tbilisi in 2-3 hours, as a result of which tourism will develop.
The partners touched upon the prospects for the development of wine tourism between the two countries.
At the end of the meeting, Kerobyan invited Georgian businessmen to participate in Armenia’s investment projects.
On July 29, the delegation led by Kerobyan met with the Minister of Finance of Georgia Lasha Khutsishvili.
The possibilities of cooperation between the two countries in different spheres were discussed, the issues of strengthening economic ties, the importance of cooperation in the tax and customs spheres were touched upon.
The parties also discussed issues related to transit transportation through Georgia.
On July 30, the Armenian delegation met with Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Nature Protection and Minister of Agriculture Levan Davitashvili, Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development Irakli Karseladze.
Issues related to regional cooperation, transit through Georgia were discussed with Georgian partners, as well as opportunities for cooperation in the field of agriculture.
According to the data of Armenia’s Statistical Committee, in 2021 Exports from Armenia to Georgia amounted to $24.5 million in January-May, which is 17% more than in the same period last year ($20.9 million in January-May 2020). Imports from Georgia to Armenia in January-May, 2021, according to the country of origin, amounted to $35.0 million, which is an increase of 38% compared to the same period last year (in January-May 2020 amounted to$ 25.4 million).