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Friday, 23 February 2018 18:15

Fourth CEO Lunch Tbilisi held Featured

The Caspian European Club and Caspian Energy Georgia have hosted (on February 23) the fourth CEO Lunch Tbilisi event with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Georgia. The sponsor of the event is SOCAR Georgia Gas company.


The event started with a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of the Khojaly genocide. On the night of February 26, 1992, 613 people were killed, among them 63 children, 106 women, 70 the elderly. 8 families were killed completely. 25 children lost both parents. 130 children lost one of the parents. 487 people were wounded, including 76 children and 150 people went missing.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to Georgia Fatma Geren Yazgan, Director of the Development Fund of Georgia Tornike Rizhvadze and Second Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Georgia Fahri Hajiyevattended the CEO Lunch Tbilisi event as honorary guests.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Turkey to Georgia Fatma Geren Yazgan thanked Caspian Energy Georgia for invitation, highlighting the significant role of such organizations as the Caspian European Club, Caspian American Club and Caspian Asian Club. According to Fatma Geren Yazgan, it is very important that such organizations act as mediators in establishing contacts between representatives of the private and public sectors. Fatma Geren Yazgan also expressed interest in a faster pace of cooperation between these organizations and Turkey. “I would like the Turkish businessmen to take an active part in events organized by Caspian Energy Georgia, and Azerbaijani entrepreneurs in turn to take an active part in events of Turkish organizations and associations”, the Ambassador added. She noted that it is necessary to foster cooperation in all areas. According to her, now there are many projects that have received state support, however private projects should to be also implemented since the need for them is growing every year. “New technologies are developing, new opportunities are emerging and need to be used to the full extent. A very important role in strengthening the relations between Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey belongs to joint business projects to be implemented with the active participation of each country”, the Ambassador of Turkey to Georgia said.

In turn, Director of the Development Fund of Georgia Tornike Rizhvadze greeted the members of the Caspian European Club and all the guests present and delivered a presentation in which he told about investment opportunities in Georgia. From the presentation the guests learnt in details about the taxation system of Georgia, import-export transactions, countries investing in the Georgian economy, a hydro potential of the country and the strategy for promoting the Georgian economy.

Addressing the event attendees, Second Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Georgia Fahri Hajiyev said that the year 2017 abounded with a number of bilateral visits, holding various events, forums, exhibitions, conferences, and cultural events, which creates an incentive to bring the cooperation between Georgia and Azerbaijan to a new level. At the same time, according to Fahri Hajiyev, the year 2018 is very important for the Azerbaijani people in the light of the forthcoming presidential elections to be held on April 11. “On this day the Azerbaijani people will vote for political stability, continuation of economic reforms, development and strengthening of the national defense capability, improvement of the social status of people, as well as for prosperity and bright future of Azerbaijan”, Fahri Hajiyevsaid. One of the key events of the current year is that this year the Republic of Azerbaijan and Georgia are celebrating the 100th anniversary of their declaration of independence, he added. “President of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev declared the year 2018 as the Year of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic. According to the decree signed by the Head of State, the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Georgia has drawn up a plan of events for 2018 dedicated to the 100th anniversary of adopting the Declaration of Independence of the ADR to be hosted not only in Tbilisi, but also in many other regions of the country”, Fahri Hajiyevsaid.

First Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Caspian European Club Telman Aliyev thanked the Government of Georgia, the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Georgia, and SOCAR Georgia Gas for active support to the activities of Caspian Energy Georgia.

He said a large number of events had been scheduled for 2018, including the 5th International Caspian Energy Forum Tbilisi to be held with the support of the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on April 18, 2018. Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili and all members of the Government of Georgia representing the economic bloc are expected to attend the opening ceremony of Caspian Energy Forum Tbilisi. Telman Aliyev also added that the 7th CEO Lunch Tbilisi would be held on May 25 and timed to coincide with a number of events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic. “Within the framework of the event, the guests can also attend the ADR house and join the activity to be organized by the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Georgia”, he said. At the conclusion, Telman Aliyev reminded that the Government of Azerbaijan is planning to open a Trading House of Azerbaijan in Georgia under the active engagement of the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to Georgia and Caspian Energy Georgia. According to him, the Trading House will hold exhibitions, round tables and forums which present different products of the Azerbaijani producers.

Director of SOCAR Georgia Gas Azer Mammadov held a presentation for the event’s attendees. In the presentation he spoke in detail about the activities of the company and the ongoing projects of SOCAR Georgia Gas - the sponsor of the CEO Lunch Tbilisi event.

The presentation of Fregat Marine was also held.

CEO Lunch Tbilisi is one of the key tools for establishing a dialogue between the public and private sectors of Georgia and Azerbaijan. At the same time it creates additional opportunities to communicate in an informal setting and establish new business contacts.

Problems facing entrepreneurs were discussed and issues concerning business doing in different regions of the country, as well as proposals on expansion of cooperation in different sectors of economy were touched upon during CEO Lunch Tbilisi.

Telman Aliyev recalled that the Caspian European Club was established in June 2002 with the support of the largest oil and gas companies operating in the Caspian-Black Sea region. His Excellency President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev is the Chairman of the Caspian European Club.

According to Telman Aliyev, since the very establishment the Caspian European Club has promoted attraction of revenues from the oil industry towards the development of the non-oil sector. The Caspian European Club, which brings together more than 5,000 member companies and organizations, operates in 70 countries around the world and makes proactive efforts to support a dialogue between the government agencies and the private sector.

Caspian Energy Georgia, which represents the interests of the Caspian European Club, Caspian American Club, Caspian Asian Club and Caspian Energy International Media Group in Georgia, started its work in September. The primary activity of Caspian Energy Georgia is to promote a business-government dialogue and attract foreign investors to different sectors of the Georgian economy. Among the goals of establishing Caspian Energy Georgia are as following: to hold business forums, CEO lunch events, trainings, workshops in Tbilisi and Batumi, as well as to implement information projects highlighting Georgia's investment attractiveness and narrating about projects implemented in the oil and gas and non-oil sectors, in which Georgia plays a key role.

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