The EFTA Secretariat, in cooperation with the Georgian-Swiss Business Association (GSBA), the Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia and the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, will hold an “EFTA-Georgia: Trade Promotion Seminar”, to take place on Thursday, 7 June 2018, at Rooms Hotel Tbilisi.
The seminar will bring together experts from the EFTA countries (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and
Lichtenstein) as well as representatives of Georgia ́s private and public sectors to focus on the
opportunities offered under the EFTA-Georgia Free Trade Agreement.
The Agreement was signed between Georgia and the EFTA countries in June 2016. It entered into force for Georgia, Norway and Iceland in September 2017 and for Switzerland and Lichtenstein in May 2018.
The Seminar will also include a panel discussion where several Georgian companies with firsthand
experience of trade with Switzerland will share their practical knowledge with the attendees.
The discussions will concentrate on the following issues: customs issues (rules of origin; verification /
enforcement procedures); non-tariff measures (technical standards; sanitary and phytosanitary
measures); trade in agricultural products in the EFTA States and treatment in EFTA Free Trade
Agreements. Furthermore, the experts from the EFTA Member States will introduce possibilities in
regard with exportation to the EFTA States.
With a combined population of around 13 million, and a combined GDP of USD 1.2 trillion, the EFTA
States are the world’s 9th largest merchandise trader and the 5th largest trader in commercial services,
as well as significant actors in the area of foreign direct investment.
The Georgian Swiss Business Association (GSBA) is a non-profit organization that promotes trade and
economic relations between Georgia and Switzerland. The GSBA views itself as a platform for the
exchange of knowledge and experience between industrial, commercial and service enterprises in
Georgia and Switzerland. It promotes the discussion of economic-related themes and other topics of
shared interest relating to the two countries.