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ჟენევაში გაეროს განყოფილებასა და სხვა საერთაშორისო ორგანიზაციებთან საქართველოს მუდმივი წარმომადგენლობის პირველი მდივნის თემურ ფიფიას განცხადება ვაჭრობის მსოფლიო ორგანიზაციაში შვეიცარიისა და ლიხტენშტაინის მე-5 ერთობლივ სავაჭრო პოლიტიკის მიმოხილვაზე

Thank you, Chair.

Georgia welcomes the delegations of Switzerland and Liechtenstein on the occasion of fifth joint trade policy review.  

At the outset, I would like to express appreciation to the Governments of Switzerland and Liechtenstein and the Secretariat for their work in compiling the comprehensive report on trade policy developments over the course of the review period.

It is very important to note, that economic, political and diplomatic relations Georgia established with Switzerland and Liechtenstein date back from 1992 and have been evolving and consolidating ever since.

From the economic viewpoint, Georgia had been a beneficiary of Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) from Switzerland over the years enabling Georgian exports enjoy lower import tariffs on certain type of commodities. It is being even more liberalized under the Free Trade Agreement signed last year between Georgia and EFTA States. We very much hope that the Agreement will enter into force by the end of this year. Once the Agreement enters into force, it will become an instrument with the potential to further strengthen economic ties and to promote more inclusive trade among the parties.

Switzerland and Liechtenstein continue to be strong supporters of a rules-based multilateral trading system and they always advocate further trade liberalization.

Switzerland has a well-diversified and advanced economy that easily withstands the turbulences deriving from the economic problems in the euro zone. Since the last trade policy review in 2013, Swiss economy has continued to grow (1.5% on average during the period 2013-15). Bilateral trade between Georgia and Switzerland has been demonstrating significant growth over the past few years reaching 125 million USD in trade turnover in 2016 with 32% growth as compared to 2015. Georgia’s exports to Switzerland in 2016 also shows huge increase by 165% compared to previous year.

We commend Liechtenstein for its stable and predictable investment regime. Georgia and Liechtenstein have concluded the Double Taxation Agreement (DTA) which entered into force last year. We strongly believe that the entry into force of the FTA with EFTA States will give significant contribution towards more economic integration with these two states.

In conclusion, we would like to underline that Switzerland and Liechtenstein are valued partners of Georgia. We are convinced that the existing strong and amicable cooperation will be further strengthened.

We wish Switzerland and Liechtenstein a successful review.

Thank you. 

 
 

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