For the second year “Global Business & Investment Forum” connects Georgian business with the International Partners and assists business individuals to broaden their network.
Georgia and Asia-Africa Chamber of Commerce (GAACC) in association with Union of Business Ladies (UBL) organized second Global Business & Investment Forum. The event hosted up to 250 delegates from different countries. “Business Sustainability – A Key Business Value of the 21st Century” was the main theme, which gathered speakers and delegates from 23 different countries.
HRH Sheikha Doctor Hissah Saad A S Al-Sabah – Princess of Kuwait, President of the Council of Arab Businesswomen and HH Zaynab Otiti Obanor – Queen of Nigeria, Founder of Arab African Economic Development Initiative visited Georgia for the first time within the frameworks of Global Business & Investment Forum. Up to 15 Speakers and Honorable Guests of the event held masterclasses on financial, social and environmental issues.
Government together with the Private sectors partook in GBIF. The Forum was opened with the welcome addresses and presentations by Deputy Mayor of Tbilisi, Chairperson of Committee of LEGAL AFFAIRS, Parliament of Georgia, Business Ombudsman of Georgia, Director of Enterprise Georgia, Head of Georgian National Tourism Administration and other Governmental Authorities.
This year as well as last year, Diplomatic Corps Accredited in Georgia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Tbilisi City Hall, and the City Assembly were actively engaged in the Forum. The GBIF Organizing Committee mentioned that participation and support from the representatives of chambers of commerce and industry of different countries played crucial role in the success of the Forum.
Apart from the presentations, masterclasses and panel discussion, several Memorandums of Understanding with the new partner organizations were signed during the event. The MoU signing ceremony between the GAACC and Arab African Economic Development Initiative and GAACC and Kazakh-Slovenian Business Club took place at the Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi.
The GBIF Organizing Committee claims that the main aim of the event has been achieved. International Delegates had the opportunity to pave the way to Georgia – a little country with the unlimited capacities and investment potential. Additionally, the forum assembled Local as well as International Delegates, in an effort to facilitate resource sharing and mutual support. The Global Business & Investment Forum truly served as a platform connecting delegates from all over the globe. Within the frames of the B2B Reception held for the forum delegates, a solid foundation for a bilaterally beneficial cooperation has already been laid. The GBIF Organizing Committee will estimate further results of the event.
For the First Time in its History Georgia to Host Global Business & Investment Forum
For the first time in Georgia the Union of Business Ladies (UBL) in association with Bank of Georgia hosted a Global Business & Investment Forum at the Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi. The organization was launched expressly to develop and promote women’s success in the business world.
The Forum featured a range of guest speakers from all over the world including government officials, business executives, potential investors, CEOs and entrepreneurs. One of the core objectives of the forum was to serve as a platform to connect the world’s top businesses and most successful startups. Additionally, the forum set out to assemble local and international delegates, in an effort to facilitate resource sharing and mutual support. Representatives of Governments, NGOs and private sector took part in the Forum.
The event hosted delegates from 17 countries, including UK, Kazakstan, Greece, India, Czech Republic, UAE, Turkey, China, US etc. Around 200 people partook in the Business Forum.
Diplomatic corps accredited in Georgia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Tbilisi City Hall and City Assembly were actively engaged in the event. The organizing team mentioned that participation and support of the representatives of chambers of commerce and industry of different countries played crucial role in the successful conclusion of the Forum. H.E. Dr. Jassim Mohamed Al Qasemi, UAE Ambassador to Armenia, visited Georgia specifically for the Global Business & Investment Forum.
Apart from the presentations, masterclasses and panel discussions, the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Union of Business Ladies and the Qatari Business Women Association took place at the Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi. Mrs. Ekaterine Maisuradze granted honorary membership status to 6 prominent women, amongst few female ambassadors to the republic of Georgia.
“One of the core missions of the Union of Business Ladies is to serve as a platform to connect top businesses and successful startups for sharing resources and supporting each other to achieve success. For me Global Business & Investment Forum has put that mission to practice. The space we provided for the delegates can guarantee that the Forum participants will establish new international partnerships” – stated Ekaterine Maisuradze, President of the Union of Business Ladies.
Speakers from 8 different countries covered the following topics: latest entrepreneurial trends and business ethics in different cultures, strategies to blend historical and new trends in business, women’s role in strengthening countries economy, XXI century challenges in business with solutions. Local government and business representatives showcased Georgian market – they introduced regional and international projects and benefits for foreigners to do business in Georgia.
“It is essential for the Bank of Georgia to provide finances to the innovative businesses. One of our priorities is to support development of the businesses of female entrepreneurs. Accordingly, we are pleased to be co-organizers of the event where women entrepreneurs can connect and share experiences,” – stated Mr Zurab Masurashvili, Head of Micro and SME Banking Department at Bank of Georgia.
As Mrs. Ekaterine Maisuradze promises the Global Business & Investment Forum will become an annual event.
The Union of Business Ladies continues to support, motivate and empower business ladies and help them cope up with the challenges of business fraternity and make the road to success a lot more fun and exciting. During the preparation works various partnerships with other women’s organizations were established and new ideas were born. As the organizing team states, their goal is to reinforce the recently made partnerships till the next event.