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Mr. Nikoloz Alavidze, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia delivered opening remarks.
On behalf of the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, Mr. Dominik Papenheim, Thematic Coordinator for Economic Development and Market Opportunities addressed the audience in the opening session.
"The digital transformation presents enormous growth potential for Georgia and the European Union. The EU supported the establishment of the Georgian ICT cluster from its early start as we believe that cooperation between ICT companies is crucial for the development of the sector and Georgia's competitiveness on international markets. We wish that the visit of the Estonian and Latvian companies will result in new business ideas and projects." – said Mr. Papenheim.
Georgian governmental officials presented the policies that are implemented in the ICT sector to boost its development. They described conditions for doing business in this sector, investment opportunities and existing ecosystem that promotes innovation.
The event provided a good opportunity for the Georgian ICT Cluster to present itself and raise awareness of international participants and colleague within the industry about current priorities and the cluster’s action plan.
“For the newly established Georgian ICT Cluster it is of an utmost importance to share experience of Estonian and Latvian colleagues. By partnering with such strong international players, we have been presented with an important channel of accessing external markets.” – noted Ms. Nana Mikashavidze, Georgian ICT Cluster Manager.
In the B2B format that followed, Georgian, Estonian and Latvian companies engaged in identification of prospects for cooperation and possible joint projects. Representatives of 11 Georgian ICT companies, both members of Georgian ICT Cluster and other industry players, had an opportunity to register for B2B meetings in advance and connect with their counterparts from Estonian Helmes, B2B-Trade OÜ, Elisa Eesti AS, AS Levira, cooperation platform Smart City Lab, Tallinn University of Technology and Latvian accelerator Buildit Latvia.
“This visit provided a good overview of the main Georgian ICT developments and offered concrete possibilities for better connecting Georgian ICT ecosystem with Estonia and Latvian counterparts as well as to find new partners and launch new cooperation project between the involved countries” – said Mr. Rene Tonnison, Board Member of the Baltic Innovation Agency.
On 6 June, Estonian-Latvian delegation will visit Tech Park to learn about its services and activities.
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Since 2014 Enterprise Georgia has been one of the first state agencies working to improve business environment, develop private sector, promote Georgia’s investment climate and exports. In order to provide for dynamic economic development, the agency combines three components, three interconnected layers of economic development: business support (local production), export promotion and investments (find more: enterprisegeorgia.gov.ge).
Georgian Innovations and Technologies Agency’s mission is a formation of an ecosystem which improves all kinds of innovations and technologies in Georgia, to promote a commercialization of knowledge and innovations, to stimulate using them in all fields of economy, to create an environment for the growth of innovations and high-tech products and developing high-speed internet nationwide (find more: gita.gov.ge).
“SME Development and DCFTA in Georgia” project is funded by the European Union and German government and implemented by GIZ. It assists Georgian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to become more competitive and adapt to the new regulatory environment created under the EU Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA). The project is part of European Union's EU4Business Initiative, which brings together all EU programmes assisting SME and private sector development in Georgia (find more: eu4business.eu).
Georgian ICT Cluster is a collaborative platform for ICT industry stakeholders that supports the establishment of business linkages locally and internationally in order to increase the competitiveness of the Georgian ICT industry and ultimately contribute to the economic development of the country. The cluster aims to use holistic approach to development of ICT industry in the country and define its activities within three key directions: Business Development and Export, Policy and Regulation, Skills and Education (find more: ictcluster.ge).
Baltic Innovation Agency (BIA), member of Enterprise Europe Network, is providing innovation, clustering and technology development related services to companies and startups aiming for growth as well as to public and third sector organizations. BIA is working with different innovation and technology development projects and initiatives in various sectors from traditional industries to biotechnology and ICT.