Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili on Thursday told the opening event of the Tbilisi Silk Road Forum the strategic partnership with China was “important” for Georgia's economic stability.
In his address to the fourth edition of the Forum, Garibashvili highlighted the “key role” of the strategic partnership between the two countries as a “bridge” between Asia and Europe.
Recently, Georgia and China elevated ties to the strategic partnership level, which boosts our role as a link between the continents, fostering greater connectivity and economic collaboration. Our Strategic Partnership with China is important for Georgia’s economic development and stability, and its key role as a bridge between Asia and Europe", Garibashvili told the audience.
The Government head also added the country’s strategic location was “pivotal” for Asian businesses and investors.
Georgia offers access to the European market while simultaneously providing a platform for broadening their customer bases in our neighbourhood”, he noted.
Garibashvili said Georgia served eight landlocked countries as a gateway between Europe and Asia.
For European businesses, Georgia offers entry not only to the South Caucasus, but also to Central Asia and China. As Europe’s overland entry/exit point to Asia for trade, commerce and energy, we offer international firms a competitive environment that will reduce their operational costs", he said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping late July announced the establishment of the strategic partnership with Georgia and a “new stage” in bilateral ties between the two countries in his meeting with Garibashvili on the sidelines of the Summer World University Games in Chengdu.