Georgia has officialy become the 17th member of the International Olive Council (IOC) and is now getting ready to assume its one-year presidency starting January 2020.
Georgian Deputy Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture Khatia Tsilosani said at the 60th IOC meeting in Madrid that the Government of Georgia supports strengthening "new economic opportunities” and ensuring “access of quality products to new markets”.Khatia Tsilosani planted a Georgian olive tree at an inaugural olive garden at the organisation’s headquarters in Madrid. Photo: Georgian Environment Protection and Agriculture Ministry
Cultivation of new plantations [in Georgia] would boost the employment of local population and increase economic welfare [of the country]”, Tsilosani said.
Georgia, which has been developing its olive industry for only 10 years now, will take up the IOC presidency from Egypt.
The founder of Georgian Olive Giorgi Svanidze will reportedly serve as the IOC chair during Georgia’s presidency.