Within the framework of the project “Georgian Diaspora for Development in Kutaisi”, in order to support local entrepreneurship and promote locally produced goods, Business Forum “Doing Business Together” has been held in Kutaisi on 28 May, 2011.
The forum was arranged by Georgian Foundation / Georgian Diaspora in the Netherlands and Local Democracy Agency (LDA) Georgia in partnership with Kutaisi Local Self-Government (LSG) and Kutaisi Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
In scope of the forum two events were successfully organized. Presentation of permanent exhibition hall “Expo-Imereti” with exhibition and sales of locally produced goods, and Business conference with workshops on important business issues.
The business forum was officially opened by the Metropolitan Kalistrate, Mayor of Kutaisi Mr. Giorgi Tevdoradze and executive director of Georgian Foundation / Georgian Diaspora in the Netherlands Mrs. Marekhi Togonidze.
The participants of the exhibition and the conference were greeted with a warm welcome speech by: Ioseb Khakhaleishvili, executive director of LDA Georgia, Malkhaz Chrelashvil, head of the Economic Policy and Strategy Development office in Kutaisi City Hall, Emzar Gvinianidze, the executive director of Kutaisi Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The interesting presentations were provided by the international experts of Dutch consulting companies and Jan Koenraad Veenstra (Brainport Development) and Rob van de Gevel (ECORYS).
Up to 100 representatives of SMEs, commercial banks, Governmental sector and NGOs from Imereti region were participated in the event.