Eastern Partnership Trade Helpdesk: National Stakeholder Meeting in Georgia

30 March 2021 


Tuesday 30 March 2021

13:30 Registration

14:00 Opening remarks

Mr. Genadi Arveladze (Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia)

Representative of the EU Delegation in Georgia

Mr. Mondher Mimouni (Chief of Trade and Market Intelligence Section, ITC)

14:15 Presentation of the EaP project and its implementation in Georgia

The ITC will introduce the EaP project, present its different components as well as their expected outcomes and the proposed timeframe. The mockup of the online platform will also be presented.

15:10 Q&A

15:50 Wrap up and way forward

Mr. Paul Kelly (Senior Trade Information Officer, ITC)

16:00 Closing remarks

​Ms. Thea Kunchulia (Head of the Trade Negotiations and DCFTA Implementation, Foreign Trade Policy Department)

 For more information: ntm@intracen.org 


The current global health crisis is creating unprecedented challenges for institutions and businesses around the world, as governments try to protect vulnerable populations and mitigate the economic and social consequences of lockdowns and supply chain disruptions. At the same time, trade support initiatives to help empower small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are becoming critical as firms seek to diversify their markets, keep their supply chains moving and adapt to shifting market conditions.

In this context, the EU-funded Eastern Partnership (EaP) Trade Helpdesk project aims at boosting exports in the EaP region and to the EU by increasing transparency of information and increasing regional expertise at identifying export opportunities and identifying trade obstacles across EaP countries.

The project includes the following components:

  • Bridging information gaps: through creating an online platform, the project will support the collection and dissemination of information on market opportunities and conditions to help companies take strategic business decisions and realize their growth potential;
  • Establishing a regional network that will enable institutions to respond to company inquiries;
  • Documenting business experience through structured business surveys of non-tariff measures (regulatory, procedural);
  • Strengthening the data management capacity of relevant national institutions to process and disseminate trade in services statistics; and
  • Building the capacity of business support organisations to use the EaP Trade Helpdesk portal to identify export opportunities in the region and in EU markets.

Stakeholder meeting

ITC, together with the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and EU delegation to Georgia, is pleased to organize a stakeholder meeting with relevant national institutions in Georgia to:

  • Inform stakeholders about the objectives and expected impact of the EaP Trade Helpdesk project
  • Present ongoing and planned activities of the EaP Trade Helpdesk project in Georgia
  • Determine synergies with the existing national initiatives

This virtual meeting will take place via Zoom on the 30th of March 2021 at 2pm Tbilisi time (GMT +4), bringing together representatives of ministries and national business support organisations in Georgia as well as ITC experts and EU representatives.

The language of the meeting will be English. For further information on the workshop, participants can contact
- Ms. Thea Kunchulia (Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, tkunchulia@moesd.gov.ge) and
- Ms. Maria Sokolova (International Trade Centre, msokolova@intracen.org).


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