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November 27, 2017

8:00 - 23:59 Registration The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi

19:00 - 21:30

On the Occasion of Tbilisi Belt & Road Forum 2017 Welcome Reception hosted by the First Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia - Dimitry Kumsishvili 

Funicular Restaurant
(by invitation only)

November 28, 2017

07:00 - 22:00

Registration 

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07:30 - 09:00 Entrance time Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre
09:00 - 09:10 Family Photo for Heads of Delegations Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre

09:30 - 11:15

Opening Remarks by H.E. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia

Addresses by:

  • Mr. Qian Keming, Deputy Minister of Commerce of the People's Republic of China
  • Mr. Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Transport and   Mobility, European Commission

Welcoming Panel: High Level Dialogue on Belt and Road Connectivity for Stability

  • Economic potential of Belt and Road Initiative and perspectives of implementation
  • “Belt and Road” - hub for attracting investments
  • Belt and Road Connectivity-role of participating countries and international organizations
  • Ensuring stability-directions and priorities of future cooperation
  • Challenges ahead

Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anil K. Gupta, Michael Digman Chair & Professor, The University of Maryland at College Park, USA

Panel members:

11:15 - 11:45

Coffee Break 

Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre 

11:45 –12:55

Panel discussion: Trade Facilitation along Belt and Road Initiative

 

 

Session I - Trade Facilitation 

  • WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement and its impact on trade development within Belt and Road initiative;
  • Regional and Bilateral Free Trade Agreements - A solid basis for regional trade development and removal of trade barriers
  • Increasing private sector competitiveness through integration into global supply chains
  • Challenges and opportunities of trade facilitation in the region

 

 

 

 

 

Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre

Moderator: Mr. Aaron Heslehurst, BBC World News presenter

Panel Members: 

  • Mr. Genadi Arveladze, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia 
  • Mr. Qian Keming, Deputy Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China
  • Ms. Dana Meager, Deputy Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic
  • Ms. Nataliya Mykolska, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Ukraine
  • Mr. Yi Xiaozhun, Deputy Director-General, WTO
  • Dr. Abdel Aziz Hamad Aluwaisheg, Assistant Secretary-General for Political and Negotiation Affairs, Gulf Cooperation Council

12:55 –13:55

Panel discussion: Trade Facilitation along Belt and Road Initiative

 

 

Session II - E-Commerce

  • E-Commerce opportunities for Development of Trade 
  • Engagement of SMEs in E-Commerce
  • E-Commerce and trade logistics: new challenges and opportunities for internatoinal Transport and Trade Facilitation

Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre

Moderator: Mr. Aaron Heslehurst, BBC World News presenter

Panel Members: 

  • Mr. George Melashvili, Executive Director, National Bank of Georgia
  • Mr. Francois Davenne, Secretary General, OTIF
  • Ms. Ana Hinojosa, Director, Compliance and Facilitation of WCO
  • Mr. Andriy Shcherbina, Visa Digital Solutions Director for South East Europe, CIS and Georgia, Visa
  • Dr. Weijiang Feng, Senior Fellow and Director of the Department of International Political Economy, IWEP, CASS

14:00 -15:15   

Lunch

MOMA - The Museum Of Modern Art 

15:30-16:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panel discussion: Transport Infrastructure

 

  • Increasing role of transport in ensuring market access and boosting  economic ties between countries
  • Need of coordinated activities for increasing freight volumes among the Belt and Road countries
  • Existing challenges and  transport facilitation perspectives
  • Transport infrastructure development as a key for unlocking trade potential
  • Reliability and efficiency of logistical systems  for increasing cargo flows
  • Need to invest in transport infrastructure
  • Assessing existing financial instruments and mobilizing international financial instruments for improving connectivity

The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi - Ballroom

Moderator: Ms. Melinda Crane, Chief Political Correspondent, Deutsche Welle TV

Panel members:

  • Mr. Dimitry Kumsishvili, First Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
  • Mr. Henrik Hololei, Director-General for Transport and Mobility, European Commission
  • H.E. Ahmet Arslan, Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication of Turkey
  • H.E. Ramin Guluzade, Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan
  • H.E. Andrzej Adamczyk, Minister of Infrastructure and Construction of the Republic of Poland
  • Dr. Peter Gaspersic, Minister of Infrastructure of the Republic of Slovenia

15:30 -16:30

Panel discussion: Energy - Transregional Opportunities (Oil, Gas and Electricity)

  • What are the new trends in energy industry: increasing reliance on energy corridors (oil and gas pipelines, electricity transmission lines) for energy supply, greater role of renewable energy and crossborder electricity trading
  • What are the significant existing and under development projects in the sector that could connect the energy sectors of regional countries
  • Can increased supply of electricity incentivize investments in energy intensive sectors

 

The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi - Amphitheatre

Moderator: Ms. Eithne Treanor, Managing Director, E.Treanor Media

Panel members:

16:30 -16:45 Coffee Break The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi

16:45 - 17:45

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panel discussion: Digital Connectivity

  • Belt and Road broadband connection - Gateway for Development
  • Trends of digital age and Global Internet Policy
  • Contribute to an open, safe and secure cyberspace for smooth functioning of the digital infrastructure
  • Investing in digital infrastructure to accelerate development of the digital economy and bridge the digital divide
  • Future perspectives of Belt and Road multilateral cooperation in ICTs

The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi - Amphitheatre

Panel moderator: Mr. Axel Threlfall, Editor-at-Large, Reuters

Panel members:


16:45 - 17:45

Panel Discussion: New Gateway for Opportunities

  • Georgia as a new transshipment center brining goods across Europe and Asia through a vast transportation network
  • Anaklia as a new logistics hub for road, rail, and sea transportation, as well as a center for manufacturing and commercial services
  • Regional initiatives, including launching of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars New Railway Line
  • Advances in efficiently moving goods across borders on multiple modes of transportation 
  • Rapid progress in making it easier, faster, and less expensive for goods to travel from manufacturer to customer
  • The availability of private sector trade finance to support this new transshipment corridor


 
 

The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi - Ballroom

Panel moderator: Mr. Matthew Oresman, Counsel of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

Panel members:

19:30 - 23:00

Gala Dinner hosted by the Prime Minister of Georgia (by invitation only)

Republic Events Hall

November 29, 2017

08:00 - 14:00 Registration The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi

08:30 - 10:00        

Welcome coffee

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10:00 - 10:15 Welcome speeches

Panel Discussions

10:15 - 11:15        

Panel discussion: Capture the Investment Opportunities

 

Session I - Investing and Trading Opportunities in Georgia

  • Georgia as an attractive investment destination due to liberal and favorable business environment (easiness of doing business, corruption-free, preferential trade agreements, low taxes, etc.) 
  • Highly accessible and service-oriented border control for international travelers and products
  • Strong government support in attracting foreign direct investment
  • Diversified investment sectors

The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi - Ballroom  

Panel moderator: Mr. Ian Burrell, Media Consultant

Panel members:

11:15 - 12:15

Panel discussion: Capture the Investment Opportunities

 

Session II - Georgia - Regional Frontier for Global Investments

  • Georgia having fundamentally grown stable market for regional investments
  • Georgia – Natural Hub for economic links due to its strategic location
  • Georgia as a transit corridor- attracting investments in developing infrastructure
  • Environment for business in Georgia and the opportunities it offers as a regional hub connecting Europe, the Middle East and Asia
  • Georgia - Natural hub for economic links due to its strategic location

The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi - Ballroom  

Panel moderator: Mr. Ian Burrell, Media Consultant

Panel members:

  • Ms. Keti Bochorishvili, CEO, JSC Anaklia City
  • Mrs. Flavia Palanza, Director, Lending Operations in EU Neighbouring Countries, EIB
  • Mr. Pankaj Birla, Area Vice President - Eastern Europe, Marriott International
  • Mr. Prashant Joshi, CEO, Adjaristsqali Georgia LLC, Joint venture: Tata Group, Clean Energy Invest, IFC
  • Mr. Richard Tollis, Partner, Head of Project Finance and Infrastructure Group in EMEIA, EY
  • Mr. Bruno Balvanera, Director for Caucasus Moldova and Belarus, EBRD

10:15 - 12:00

Panel discussion: CAREC 2030: Connecting the Region for Shared and Sustainable Development

  • Presentation of the new CAREC 2030 Long-term Strategic Framework as endorsed during the 16th Ministerial Conference in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in October 2017
  • Discussion

The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi - Amphitheatre

Panel moderator: Mr. Safdar Parvez, Director of Regional Cooperation and Operation Division of the Central Asia Department, ADB

Panel members:

  • Dr. Mustafa Mastoor, Acting Minister of Economy, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
  • Mr. Genadi Arveladze, CAREC National Focal Point in Georgia, Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia
  • Mr. Wencai Zhang, Vice President, ADB
  • Mr. Alain PillouxVice President, EBRD
  • Mr. Stefanos Fotiou, Director, Environment and Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch

MOMA - The Museum Of Modern Art

Parallel activities

14:00 – 18:00

B2B Meetings - one-on-one meetings between companies

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