Georgian Agriculture Minister led the delegation at China Int’ Import Expo opening

The opening ceremony of China International Import Expo, an import industry fair looking to facilitate strengthening of economic cooperation and trade between participating states, was featured in by a Georgian delegation led by the country’s Agriculture Minister Otar Shamugia on Sunday.
According to the Georgian Ministry, the relations between the two countries and the strategic partnership announced during Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili’s visit to China earlier this year were risen “to an even higher level”.
As Shamugia said, the importance the efforts of the governments of both countries to deepen cooperation was great and the role [and the] activity and initiatives of private companies was significant in this process.
According to Ling Ji, the Chinese Vice Minister and Deputy International Trade Representative, hosted at the Georgian pavilion for the fair by Shamugia, the strategic partnership between the states was “confirmed” by the Georgian delegation’s “high-level” visit to the fair and a basis for “closer cooperation” was provided.
Readiness of China to promote deepening of trade relations, especially through exports of Georgian wine to the Chinese market, was expressed by Ji.
Up to 40 Georgian companies, including producers of Georgian wines, non-alcoholic beverages, agriculture products, leather goods, accessories and children’s clothes, are being represented at the fair, organized by Enterprise Georgia, the state agency promoting entrepreneurship, investment and exports.
Visitors were introduced to tourism, investment and transport potential of Georgia by the Georgian Innovation and Technology Agency, the National Tourism Administration, National Wine Agency, the Mountain Trails Agency and Georgian Railway featured in the Georgian pavilion at the fair.
Georgian deputy economy ministers Genadi Arveladze and Irakli Nadareishvili, Enterprise Georgia Director Mikheil Khidureli, Georgia’s Ambassador to China Archil Kalandia and Parliamentary representatives Gela Samkharadze and Zaal Dugladze were also present at the event.
Over 150 countries sent their governments and business delegations to participate in the fair set to run until Friday at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre in Shanghai

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