Tbilisi, Georgia (PortSEurope) November 21, 2017 – The Government of Georgia will host in Tbilisi a regional conference inviting government officials, international organizations, experts and business representatives to discuss issues related to the regional and global trade between China, Central Asia, Caucasus, Turkey and Europe.
The Tbilisi Belt and Road Forum of 2017 aims to serve as a biennial platform for high-level government and private sector dialogues. This year, the Forum expects to host over 1,000 political leaders, diplomats, experts, representatives of international organizations and businesses to discuss factors which define the regional and global trade, including trade facilitation, opportunities of e-commerce and digital connectivity, transport infrastructure and energy sector.
In addition to discussions on wide array of issues, the Forum also offers companies opportunities to participate in business-to-business meetings to network, share experiences and knowledge.
International trade is at the centre of global economy and a major driver for economic growth. Ancient trade routes, replaced by new transportation and communication systems are the modern highways for the exchange of goods, culture, technology and knowledge. Transport corridors continue to transform to accommodate the increasing speed at which international trade is conducted today and its growing scale.
Countries and businesses focus on emerging possibilities, while international and regional dialogues remain centered around improvement of connectivity and economic openness. Production networks, multinational corporations and their value chains have been expanding their presence across countries and regions and governments invest their efforts in enhancing trade through lower trade barriers and free trade agreements. Still, the achievement of sustainable growth through technology, industrial and infrastructural upgrading remain critical for facilitating inclusive growth in the region.
Source: Tbilisi Belt & Road Forum
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