WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Prime Minister of Georgia H.E. Mamuka Bakhtadze begins a multi-city visit to the United States on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, with the goal of increasing trade and economic ties between the two close strategic allies.
Since declaring independence in 1991, Georgia has partnered with the United States on numerous global security issues and established a resilient democracy with a vibrant business-friendly economy. Georgian troops have served alongside Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan, where Georgia has provided more soldiers per capita than any other U.S. ally.
The Prime Minister's visit, which comprises stops in San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas and Washington, D.C., will build on the close U.S.-Georgia security partnership by encouraging more U.S. investment and trade with Georgia. Nearly 200 U.S. companies already operate in Georgia, a strategic country located on the shores of the Black Sea, at the crossroads between Europe and Asia.
"We've taken our security alliance with the United States to another level. It's time to do the same with our economic and trade partnership," said Prime Minister Bakhtadze, "I am coming to the United States to send the message that Georgia is open for business and wants to strengthen our partnerships with American companies."
The cross-country trip will feature a series of meetings with business executives, investors and government leaders at the local, state and federal level.
Georgia's strategic location offers unique access to high-growth regional markets that are home to more than 2 billion consumers. It is an ideal logistical hub for European and Asian distribution operations.
During his visit, the Prime Minister will highlight his country's rich and ancient history and culture. Georgia is widely acknowledged as the earliest producer of wine -- 8,000 years ago – and it is also one of the first European countries to adopt Christianity. The country's tourism industry is growing rapidly, along with government investments in infrastructure and education.
"I knew very little about Georgia before I served with Georgian soldiers in Iraq. I have since gone to Georgia many times on business, and I've fallen in love with the country," said Jarrad Guthrie, a decorated U.S. Army veteran who is now a managing partner at a global business advisory firm in Boston, "Georgia is a great place to visit and a great place to do business."
The World Bank ranks Georgia second among European countries, ahead of Germany, France, and the Netherlands for Ease of Doing Business. The Heritage Foundation ranks Georgia 8th among European countries in terms of Economic Freedom.
On June 12, the Prime Minister's U.S. visit will include the third annual U.S.-Georgia Strategic Alliance Conference, a gathering of renowned experts and government officials, at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., followed by a celebration of Georgia's Independence at the same location. In Washington, D.C., the Prime Minister will meet with the senior members of the U.S. Administration as well as the members of Congress.
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