The Georgian Secretariat in charge of promoting the FTA (Free Trade Agreement), in cooperation with the Business Association Georgia-Switzerland (GSBA), the Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia and the Georgian Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, organized a seminar "FTA-Georgia: Promotion of Trade between Switzerland and Georgia".
The FTA-Georgia Free Trade Agreement entered into force for Georgia, Iceland and Norway on 1 September 2017 and for Switzerland and Liechtenstein on 1 May 2018. There was great interest in the new agreement and the seminar attracted several hundred participants, private companies and government officials.
FTA speakers and experts presented the technical and practical aspects of access to new markets, focusing on the opportunities created by the Free Trade Agreement for Georgian producers and exporters. Topics around customs issues such as certificates of origin, proofs of origin and the certification verification procedure, as well as issues related to sanitary, phytosanitary and technical standards, were addressed. In addition, the experts provided the necessary keys on FTA agricultural trade issues, how to export to the FTA States, and the key issues that all Georgian producers need to keep in mind when exploring export opportunities to these new markets.
The seminar also proposed a round table where several Georgian companies with direct experience of trade with Switzerland shared their practical knowledge.
The Georgian Swiss Business Association (GSBA) is an organisation that promotes trade and economic relations between Georgia and Switzerland. GSBA sees itself as a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience between industrial, commercial and service companies from Georgia and Switzerland. It encourages discussion of major economic issues and interests common to both countries.