Belarus’ Deputy Prime Minister, Aleksandr Subbotin, has met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Belarus, Valeri Kvaratskhelia, to discuss the state and prospects of Belarusian-Georgian relations
“Relations with Georgia are very important for Belarus. Our trade turnover is growing in modern conditions of pandemic and political turbulence and I view this as a positive indicator. A range of projects are in the pipeline: i.e. Mogilevliftmash company plans to assemble elevators in Georgia. This means we are moving ahead and will keep together. Businessmen of our countries are also demonstrating interest to each other – as well confirmed by your visit,” Mr. Subbotin stated.
In turn, Mr. Kvaratskhelia noted that, despite the pandemic, a flow of Belarusian tourists to Georgia has doubled. Business activity is also growing. “Our businessmen communicate often these days and I have many interesting topics to discuss with you. Last year, there were no flights between our countries but many of them are available now – enabling anyone to come here from any corner of Georgia. Three or four flights are organised a week, which is unique for our relations. Recently, a flight to Kutaisi has been added. Georgian airlines also have regular flights to Belarus and your country is among the eight states from which the largest number of tourists come to Georgia,” he said.
From January-August 2021, the Belarusian-Georgian trade turnover amounted to $55.4m – a 4.9 percent rise on the same period last year. Exports stood at $32.8m. This year, Belarus mostly sells industrial, agricultural and woodworking products, food and medicines to Georgia, while importing mineral waters, spirits, nuts, fruits and clays. Twenty-five enterprises with Georgian capital operate in Belarus, including 13 joint ventures and 12 foreign organisations.