The Georgian capital city of Tbilisi is hosting the ninth edition of Georgia-China Xinjiang Commodity Exhibition between Wednesday and Friday, showcasing wine and alcoholic beverages, fruit juices, dry fruits, spices, textile and light industry products produced in the Xinjiang province.
Georgian Deputy Agriculture Minister Iuri Nozadze, who attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition, highlighted the importance of the fair in establishing business ties between the two countries, noting Georgia was the first country in the region to sign a free trade deal with China.
[The deal] provides even more incentives to entrepreneurs, importers and exporters. At the same time, it increases the attractiveness of the investment environment in Georgia”, he said.
The Deputy Minister also highlighted the Ministry’s support for Georgian entrepreneurs to participate in “all important” exhibitions of agricultural produce, wine and alcoholic beverages held in China.
He said such fairs helped strengthen ties, adding the Tbilisi event would also be an “important contributor” to the deepening of relations between the countries.
Zhou Qian, China’s Ambassador to Georgia, and delegates from Xinjiang attended the exhibition, with the Georgian Ministry citing officials as noting there was a “very strong foundation” for trade and economic relations between the two countries.
The friendship that started on the Silk Road is reaching new heights today. Such exhibitions contribute to the maximum use of the opportunities created by the One Belt One Road initiative, [and] to the deepening of bilateral ties, which gives impetus to the economic development and growth of our countries”, the Ministry cited Chinese officials as saying.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Xinjiang Sub-Council of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.
Source : Agenda