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America-Georgia Business Council's 21st Annual Conference


America Georgia Business Council’s 21st Annual Conference  

America - Georgia Business Council in Collaboration with Foreign Policy Research Institute  invites you to a special event :


NOVEMBER 29, 2018


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First ღvino Forum of America









 November 11-13

   *Ghvino(ღვინო), a Georgian word for wine, is widely thought to be the origin of the term

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A Growing Partnership: US-Georgian Trade and Investment Opportunities

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America Georgia Business Council Invites you to a Special Event

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A Growing Partnership:

US-Georgian Trade and Investment Opportunities

Address: 50 Milk St., Boston, MA 02109 

       Lighthouse West, 20th Floor

Registration: 2:30
Presentations and Discussion: 3-5 pm
Georgian Wine Reception: 5-7 pm


Georgia is located in the area of great interest to many of the United States’ most challenging adversaries — China, Iran, and of course, its immediate neighbor, Russia. The interests of global powers in Georgia is mostly determined by its location and available infrastructure, which ensures access to the “heartland of Eurasia” and to the hydrocarbon resources of the Caspian basin.

The United States, more than any other country in the world, has tangible incentives to work closely with Georgia. For over two decades Georgia and the United States have been consistently reliable strategic partners that have contributed mightily to each other’s national security.

Georgia’s military has participated in every military campaign of the United States since 2003, and this small nation with population of only 3.7 million became one of the largest contributors of troops to coalition forces first in Iraq, and then in Afghanistan. 

Our speakers and guests will discuss different investment and trade opportunities between Georgia and the United States.

Event Program:

3:00 PM --  Opening Remarks by Dr. Mamuka Tsereteli, President, America-Georgia Business Council

3:15 - 4:15            Panel  Presentations                              

                          Giorgi Tsikolia, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Georgia in the

United States

                              Jarred Guthrie, Managing Partner, Commonwealth Frontier Advisers

                              Joseph Dolidze, Founder and CEO, Pace Terminal 

4:15 - 5:00              Q&A and Discussion

5:00-7:00                Georgian Wine Reception

Supported by

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9:00 AM09:00

Second Annual U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Conference

100 Years Since the First Republic

This year marks the centennial of Georgia’s independence and the establishment of the First Republic in 1918 and the 10th year since the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008. Please join the U.S. Institute of Peace, Embassy of Georgia and the Heritage Foundation in welcoming The Honorable Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, for the Second Annual U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Conference. Renowned experts will explore the current state of regional affairs, focusing on the geopolitical interests of the United States and Georgia.

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U.S. Trade Mission To GEORGIA

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Georgia offers U.S. companies the best regulatory and tax environment in Eurasia, as well as free trade access to the EU, Turkey, CIS and China, with a combined market of more than 2 billion people. Trade mission participants will have the opportunity to:

  •  Explore private business opportunities in Georgia;
  • Learn about upcoming government tenders in infrastructure development in Georgia;  

  •  Network with government officials, business executives, representatives of Georgian, U.S. and global companies;

  •   Identify and meet prospective partners, customers, government buyers, agents and distributors


Organized by the AGBC and certified by the U.S. Commercial Service, the trade mission is open to U.S. companies, service providers, investors and consultants specializing in:

  • Infrastructure Development
  • Agriculture
  • Transport and Logistics
  •  Banking and Financial Services
  • Machinery/Equipment
  • Energy
  • Manufacturing Industry
  • Aviation
  •  Franchising
  • Outsourcing Innovation and Technology
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Education
  •  Food Industry
  • Healthcare
  • Business Process
  • Pharmaceutical

Important Information

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America Georgia Business Council

2200 Pensylvania Avenue NW 4th Floor East Washington, DC


Phone: (202) 423- 1054 

Facebook: @americageorgiabusiness


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9:00 AM09:00

25 Years of U.S.-Georgia Relations

Co-Hosted by

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25 Years of U.S.-Georgia Relations

The German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Government of Georgia in concert with The Heritage Foundation will host a conference marking the 25th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Georgia. This conference will examine the background of the U.S.-Georgia strategic partnership, evaluate the current state of the relationship, and assess future prospects for deepening the already strong ties between the two countries.

Featuring Keynote Remarks
The Honorable Ted Poe (R-TX)
Co-Chairman of the Georgia Caucus, U.S. House of Representatives

Opening Remarks
H.E. David Bakradze, Ambassador of Georgia to the United States

Session 1
Political and Security Cooperation: Forging a More Democratic and Peaceful Future

H.E. Mikheil Janelidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia
Ambassador Kurt Volker, Executive Director, McCain Institute for International Leadership
Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, President, Gryphon Partners
Andrea Thompson, National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States 
Derek Chollet, Executive Vice President, The German Marshall Fund of the United States, and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (Moderator) 

Session 2
The Next Chapter in Georgia’s Economic Success Story: 
A Strategic Gateway for Regional Commerce

Bruce Andrews, Former Deputy Secretary of Commerce, U.S. Department of Commerce
Dev Jagadesan, Acting President and Chief Executive Officer, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Irakli Matkava, First Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development, Georgia
Bridget Brink, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of State
Thomas Melia, Fellow, George W. Bush Presidential Center, and former Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia, USAID (Moderator) 

Closing Remarks
Luke Coffey, Director, Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, 
The Heritage Foundation

Hosted by
Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D., Acting Senior Vice President, Research, The Heritage Foundation


Thursday, June 8, 2017 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

~ Check-In opens at 8:30 a.m. ~

The Heritage Foundation’s Allison Auditorium

RSVP online, or call (202) 675-1752 
All events may be viewed live at 
News media inquiries, call (202) 675-1761

214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE | Washington, D.C. 20002 |  (800) 546-2843     

214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE | Washington, D.C. 20002 | (800) 546-2843


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America Georgia Business Council's 20th Annual Conference


Trade, Transit and Investments-Pillars of Security of Georgia

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel
May 23 rd 10 AM-6 PM


Conference activities include

May 21    Trip to Archaeological site of Dmanisi  10:00 AM-9:00 PM    Departure at 10 AM from Tbilisi Marriott Hotel.  Late Lunch   Hosted by the representative from the Georgian National Museum.

May 21

Trip to Archaeological site of Dmanisi
 10:00 AM-9:00 PM  

Departure at 10 AM from Tbilisi Marriott Hotel.

Late Lunch 

Hosted by the representative from the Georgian National Museum.

May 22     Opening Reception   6:30 PM-9:00 PM Funicular Complex,Tbilisi Georgia  Remarks by  Ian Kelly,  Ambassador of the United States of America to Georgia                                                  

May 22

Opening Reception 

6:30 PM-9:00 PM Funicular Complex,Tbilisi Georgia

Remarks by Ian Kelly, Ambassador of the United States of America to Georgia                                                  

May 23    Annual Conference 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM  Tbilisi Marriott Hotel

May 23

Annual Conference
10:00 AM- 6:00 PM

Tbilisi Marriott Hotel

May 24    Trip to Kakheti 10:00 AM-9:00 PM  Dinner

May 24

Trip to Kakheti
10:00 AM-9:00 PM


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America Georgia Business Council 19th Annual Meeting

Where: Offices of Baker & McKenzie

815 Connecticut Avenue, NW, #900 Washington, DC 20006

When: December 7th, 2016

The AGBC will address policy and business initiatives that may help Georgia and U.S. companies involved in Georgia to capitalize on free trade arrangements with the European Union, Turkey, CIS countries, and China. We will look at success stories and explore desirable reforms to policies and practices in Georgia within a regional context.  Georgia can attract foreign direct investment and generate job growth through legal and regulatory reforms that could make it the premier investing destination to access the New Silk Road's market of 2.5 billion people.  

Confirmed Speakers

Bruce Andrews, Deputy Secretary of Commerce

Levan Davitashvili, Minister of Agriculture, Georgia

Bridget Brink, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, USA

Judith Pryor, Vice President, External Affairs, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Mercedes Vera-Martin, Deputy Division Chief, International Monetary Fund

George Tsikolia, Charge D'affaires, Embassy of Georgia

Ivo Konstantinov, Economic and Trade Counselor, Embassy of Bulgaria in the USA

Danica R. StarksPolicy Team Director, Office of Russia, Ukraine & Eurasia, U.S. Department of Commerce

Kenneth Angel, Managing Director, Small and Medium Enterprise Finance, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Greg Saunders, Senior Director, International Affairs, BP America

S. Enders Wimbush, Partner, Stratevarious

Jeffrey Liebert, CEO, Gazelle Finance Fund

Dimitri Tvildiani, Partner, American Hospital in Georgia

Jonathan Nelms, Partner, Baker McKenzie

Mamuka Tsereteli, President, AGBC

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Georgia and the Evolving Dynamics of the New Silk Road

The America-Georgia Business Council kindly invites you to join us to for a half day forum on“Georgia and the Evolving Dynamics of the New Silk Road.” 

Where: Offices of Baker & McKenzie, 815 Connecticut Ave NW, #900, Washington, DC 20006

When: October 5, from 2:30-6:00 p.m.

Followed by Wine Reception and Farewell Toast to departing Georgian Ambassador Archil Gegeshidze

Wine Reception: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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AGBC Ambassador Kelly Lunch

The American Georgia Business Council cordially invite you to Lunch with American Ambassador to Georgia, Ian Kelly. 

*This event is open to USG and AGBC Council Members Only*
Date: September 1st, 2016

Time: 12:30pm-2pm

BP America

1101 New York Ave #700

Washington, DC 20005

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1:00 PM13:00

Strategic Pillars of Georgia

Levan Mikeladze Foundation for the Caucasus Studies


Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS

Invite you to participate in the conference


Thursday, May 12, 2016

1:00 pm-7:00 pm


Strategic Pillars of Security for Georgia:

Trans-Atlantic Integration, Economy, Democracy

Kenney Auditorium

Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

1740 Massachusetts Ave, NW, 20036

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8:00 AM08:00

trans-caspian east-west trade and transit corridor summit

The Kenney Herter Auditorium
Johns Hopkins University
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.

April 28-29, 2016

 Co-organized by:
Embassy of Azerbaijan
Embassy of Georgia
Embassy of Kazakhstan
Embassy of Turke 

Hosted by:
Central Asia and Caucasus Institute
Johns Hopkins University

DESCRIPTION: Central Asia, South Caucasus and Black Sea regions together form a strategically important transit corridor between China and Europe. Connecting trade, people and economies, the modern trans-Caspian trade and transit routes envisage an extensive and integrated network of infrastructure, special economic zones, harmonized customs, cross-border procedures and more.

Today, ambitious regional infrastructure projects are underway. Baku International Sea Trade Port in Azerbaijan, expansion of the Poti Sea Port and Anaklia Deep Sea Port in Georgia, completion of the Marmaray under-Bosphorus tunnel in Turkey, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, and Kazakhstan's "Khorgos: Eastern Gate" SEZ will ensure swift and efficient shipments of all types of goods. These projects will connect the Asian and European transport networks, significantly shorten delivery time and save transportation costs.

Expanding regional transport grids along the Caspian Sea opens new opportunities for transcontinental shipments and innovative services. Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Turkey combine to a market of more than 110 million consumers. These countries are able to offer customized and integrated solutions to companies with highly sophisticated supply chains.

The goal of the Forum is to introduce projects and investment along the modern Silk Road to U.S. business leaders across a variety of industries. Participants will learn and discuss how multinational companies can benefit from greater cooperation with the region.

The Forum will bring together public and private senior executives in the fields of transportation policy, transit, customs, logistics and value-added services from the above-mentioned countries along with representatives of the international freight forwarders, China and Central Asia-based US manufacturing companies.

April 28, 2016, 8AM-3PM
Panel 1: “Trans-South Caucasus Customs and Trade Facilitation: What Needs to be Done Next?”
Panel 2: “From Sea to Sea: Integrated Regional Transit and Logistics Infrastructure
Panel 3: “Commercial and Investment Opportunities: 
Financing, Logistics and Supply Chain”

April 29, 2016, 10AM-5PM

Private Roundtable Discussion with regional delegation (contact USACC to get access)
B2B’s, B2G’s – contact USACC to request meetings with visiting delegates

Confirmed list of regional representatives:

Ministry of Economy
Ministry of Transportation
State Customs Committee
Coordination Council on Transit Cargo
“Azerbaijan Railways” CSJC
“Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping” CSJC
“Baku International Sea and Trade Port” CSJC

Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development
Ministry of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Georgian Railway

Ministry of Investment and Development
Kazakhstan TemirZholi (Kazakhstan Railways)
“KazLogistics” Union of Shipment and Logistics Organization and Associations

Representatives TBD

To get access to private roundtable discussion or to request B2B’s and B2G’s, please e-mail us at with your full name, position and brief company information.

To request forum agenda, please e-mail us at

REGISTRATION: RSVP is required. Register online by COB April 25, 2016.

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5:30 PM17:30

Business Opportunities in Georgia and Azerbaijan

Thursday, April 7, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Embassy of Georgia to the United States
1824 R Street NW

Washington, DC 20009

Please join ExportDC, the Embassy of Georgia to the United States, and the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States to learn about the upcoming Washington, DC Regional Trade Mission to Azerbaijan and Georgia, which will be held from May 16-20, 2016.

Presentations will cover cultural highlights, trade and investment opportunities, and leading industries/sectors in Azerbaijan and Georgia along with information about the two-country trade mission in May 2016.  An embassy networking reception featuring light hor d’oeuvres and beverages will immediately follow the country briefings.  

Speakers include Mr. Giorgi Tsikolia, Envoy, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Georgia; Mr. Levan Beridze; Counselor, Embassy of Georgia; Mr. Fakhraddin Ismayilov, Counselor, Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan; and Ms. Susan Sadigova, Executive Director, United States – Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce.

Registration: RSVP is required. Please register online by COB, April 6, 2016.

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Lunch with the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, the Honorable Dimitry Kumsishvili and Chairman of the TBC Group, Mamuka Khazaradze

The America Georgia Business Council cordially invite you to lunch with
The Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, the Honorable Dimitry Kumsishvili and Chairman of the TBC Group, Mamuka Khazaradze. 

Discussion will focus on major public-private partnership projects and the overall business and investment opportunities in Georgia. 

Light lunch will be provided

Date: Friday March 11th, 2016
Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm

BP America

1101 New York Ave #700

Washington, DC 20005

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AGBC 18th Annual Conference

Download the Conference Agenda here. Note that the conference agenda is subject to final change. 

Fill in the form below to register 

*Conference Registration is free for members and speakers / panelists and $50 for non-member registrants. 

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Select which activities you wish to register for:
  • To pay for your conference registration if you are not an active member of the council, please click the Paypal link below. Registration is $50 for non members and includes lunch, 2 coffee breaks, and a wine reception. 
  • To pay for your wine tour, a $50 fee regardless of membership status, please click the Paypal link below. 
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Silk Road Forum - Tbilisi

Register by September 30th on the Silk Road Forum here. 

The Silk Road… for many these words are associated with the caravans loaded with silk and spices from China traveling over the deserts, steppes, forests and mountains all the way to Europe and British Isles. Caravans are gone, but the Silk Road persists. The camel trains have been replaced by modern highways, railways, pipelines through which modern "silk and spices": energy, natural resources, manufactured goods, peoples and ideas travel. This new Silk Road can become an inexhaustible resource for economic development and political stability for many countries spreading its benefits from economic and trade to cultural and social factors.

“Tbilisi Silk Road Forum” is an initiative launched by the Prime Minister of Georgia and organized by the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, supported by the Government of People’s Republic of China and the Asian Development Bank.

This event aims to establish a platform for annual high level meeting of all interested states and international organizations in order to explore opportunities, align visions and enhance partnership in four main areas of cooperation: transport, energy, trade and business-to-business contacts. The Forum will feature addresses by distinguished keynote speakers and will provide a platform for business executives and policymakers to share their views, experiences and expertise.

To summarize, our goals for the Forum are simple, yet bold:

  • To raise awareness and brief the investment community of the scale and range of potential cooperation across the Region
  • To facilitate  regional cooperation and trade 
  • To enhance partnership in: transport, energy, trade and people -to-people contacts
  • To reflect Georgia’s drive for foreign direct investment and economic growth
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Batumi Investment Forum

To register for the conference email:

The Government of Autonomous Republic of Ajara organizes International Investment Forum - Batumi 2015, which will take place in Batumi, September 18-19, 2015.

The main purposes of this forum are to draw attention of investors and other interest groups to investment potential of Autonomous Republic of Ajara and to promote investment projects and leading sectors of the regional economy.

The event program is focused on the following topics: Ajara region as a favorable investment destination, Georgian investment climate characteristics and Business start-up procedures, investment projects and proposals initiated by the government, the companies’ success stories.

Participants of the Investment Forum - Batumi 2015 are the government of Ajara, Georgian National investment Agency, foreign investors, foreign and local companies operating in Georgia, commerce and industry chambers, business associations media and others. 

For a link to special hotel deals for the conference click here. 


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Lunch with US Ambassador Ian Kelly

*Note, this event is for AGBC council members and invited guests only. Acceptance of the registration form below is at the discretion of the council.

You are cordially invited to join the America Georgia Business Council for lunch with Ambassador Ian Kelly, US Ambassador to Georgia. 

Date: September 10th, 2015

Time: 12pm-2pm

Location: BP America 

1101 New York Ave #700

Washington, DC 20005

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6:30 PM18:30

Georgian Independence Day Celebration

  • 1301 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC, 20229 United States (map)
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Ambassador Archil Gegshidze and Mrs. Dea Gadua request the pleasure of your company at the reception celebrating Georgia's Independence Day 



Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 


The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium 

1301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Georgian Vocal Quartets and Jazz Band will be performing through the event 

Please RSVP by May 15th at: RSVP.GEOEMB.USA@MFA.GOV.GE

Attire: Business-Formal / Military 


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5:00 PM17:00

Georgian Embassy Business Round Table

The Embassy of Georgia to the United States and the America Georgia Business Council Invite you to the event: 

"Business Opportunities and Success of US Franchises in Georgia" 

With special guests from Wisol Group, OPIC, Wendy's and Dunkin' Donuts

Date: On Tuesday May 19th, 2015


Discussion Session 5:00PM--6:30PM

Followed By Reception 6:30PM-9:00PM

Location:  The Embassy of Georgia 

1824 R Street, NW, Washington, D.C.

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5:00 PM17:00

Georgian Association Independence Day Reception

Please join the Georgian Association in the USA, for our annual reception celebrating Georgian statehood, national independence and sovereignty.  The event will be held on May 14 at Russell Senate Office building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.     
The ceremony will include presentation of the special award of the Georgian Association to Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut for his continued support for Georgian sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as Georgia’s integration into transatlantic political-security and economic space.
This event is supported by Levan Mikeladze Foundation for Caucasus Studies, the newly created US based affiliate of the Levan Mikeladze Foundation.    
Date and time: May 14, 2014, 05:00pm to 07:00pm  
Location: Russell Senate Office Building, Room: 385
Please, confirm your participation by May 11.
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12:00 PM12:00

AGBC Says Farewell to Maka Gabelia

Dear Friends, Please join the America-Georgia Business Council for a farewell lunch to thank outgoing Executive Director Maka Gabelia and to welcome incoming Executive Director Eftychis Gregos-Mourginakis. Time: 12:00-2:00PM Date: Tuesday January 20th, 2015 Location: BP 1101 New York Avenue, Suite 700, Washington DC


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