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ჟენევაში გაეროს განყოფილებასა და სხვა საერთაშორისო ორგანიზაციებთან საქართველოს მუდმივი წარმომადგენლობის პირველი მდივნის, თემურ ფიფიას განცხადება ვაჭრობის მსოფლიო ორგანიზაციაში ევროკავშირის მე-13 სავაჭრო პოლიტიკის მიმოხილვის ფარგლებში

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

 

I would like to cordially welcome the distinguished Delegation of the European Union, headed by the Deputy Director-General on the occasion of its 13th Trade Policy Review.

 

Hereby, I would like to express my gratitude to the Secretariat for the outstanding work in the preparation of this comprehensive review. I would like to express my words of appreciation for H.E. Mr. Zapata Barradas, of Mexico for his valuable inputs as a discussant.

 

One cannot underestimate the importance of the EU and the magnitude of its trade policies’ impact on other members of the WTO. Therefore, the approach of the EU to current challenges is of an interest to the WTO.

 

The EU is a large, open economy with a GDP of €14,711 billion with exports and imports of goods valued at €3,518 billion and services at €1,517 billion. The EU is a critically important to world trade as the second-largest exporter and importer of goods, the largest exporter and importer of services and the largest trading partner for 80 countries. Since the last TPR of the EU in 2015, its economy continued to grow, but trade and economic development indicators varied considerably.

 

Georgia and the European Union have maintained relations for 25 years. Georgia’s EU aspirations are generated by sharing the same views in many vital aspects and enjoy excellent cooperation in many areas.

 

In this regard, I would like to particularly highlight the Association Agreement between EU and Georgia including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), which makes the process of political and economic integration of Georgia with the EU irreversible.

 

The DCFTA is of particular importance for us, as it envisages gradual economic integration of Georgia with the EU’s internal market, thus giving access to the world’s largest consumer market without tariffs and quotas. It brings benefits for the country's future growth, opening up new markets and creating job opportunities. Thanks to the creation of a free trade area, approximation to the selected European legislation, and the drive towards internationally recognized quality of goods, more potential for growth, through increased exports and additional investment are expected over the medium term.

 

EU is Georgia’s largest trade partner. The provisional enactment of the DCFTA in 2014 significantly contributed in establishing increasing trend in bilateral trade. Trade turnover in the 5 months of this year estimated 1.09 billion USD showing increase by 15% as compared to the same period of last year. Georgian exports to the EU market grew by 41% and imports from the EU increased by 9%. There are expectations that this tendency will be maintained throughout this year.

 

The key Georgian export commodities are alcoholic beverages, fruits, nuts, mineral water, fertilizers, crude oil and other agricultural and industrial products. We do hope that this positive trade tendency will continue in the future and elevate Georgia-EU economic relations to the higher level.

 

Georgia very much appreciates financial, economic and political support provided by the EU which is directed towards strengthening of Georgia’s positions on international arena. 

 

I would like to particularly highlight the recent positive development related to the granting visa free travel to Georgian citizens which is a benchmark of fruitful an amicable bilateral cooperation.  

 

To conclude, I would like to once again express the gratitude to the European Union for expressed strong cooperation and wish the EU delegation a successful review.

 

Thank you. 

 
 

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