Ukraine and Georgia have all the prerequisites for expanding investment cooperation. Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal emphasized following a meeting with the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili on August 22. The Heads of Government discussed the possible participation of businesses of both countries in the process of privatization, development of joint high-tech industries and infrastructure projects as well.
Denys Shmyhal stressed that the dynamics of bilateral trade in goods between Ukraine and Georgia has reached a positive trend, demonstrating 32% growth on the result of 5 months of 2021.
"I hope we will manage to develop it following expert talks within the framework of the Joint Ukrainian-Georgian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation, the tenth meeting of which is due to be held at the end of September this year in Tbilisi," said the Prime Minister of Ukraine.
Apart from that, Denys Shmyhal expressed interest in further intensive development of the transit potential of the railway networks of Ukraine and Georgia using the existing infrastructure of the Black Sea ports and sailing routes connecting the states.
The Prime Ministers of Ukraine and Georgia have agreed to continue joint work with the European Commission to ensure favorable conditions for the development of container-feeder services between the seaports of Ukraine, Georgia and the EU.
Denys Shmyhal and Irakli Garibashvili also considered in detail the cooperation between Ukraine and Georgia at the international level, in particular the coordination of joint steps aimed to accelerate the acquisition of full membership in the EU and NATO.
"The priority for us is to deepen the mechanisms of cooperation with NATO in order to intensively involve our countries in the dialogue on security in the Black Sea," said the Head of the Ukrainian Government.
For his part, the Georgian Prime Minister noted that the parties had intensified bilateral cooperation and switched to a new level. In particular, countries are working towards energy, transport and the digital market.
"This year the number of Ukrainian tourists in Georgia has increased by 70%. We have considered the steps that need to be taken to bring our turnover to $1 billion. We have already completed the mutual recognition of vaccination certificates against COVID-19, which will facilitate the movement of Georgian citizens to Ukraine and Ukrainian citizens to Georgia," said Irakli Garibashvili.
Denys Shmyhal thanked Irakli Garibashvili for his accord to take part in the Inaugural Summit of the Crimean Platform and expressed gratitude to Georgia for its consistent support for Ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty, condemnation of Russian aggression in Donbas and active stance of advocating human rights in the temporarily occupied territories.
Online briefing at: https://youtu.be/PcIXGQeTB0Q