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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Prof. Anderson looks at Georgia as an emerging wine-exporting country

26.06.2012. On 24 June 2012 Professor Kym Anderson spoke about Georgian wine industry at the AAWE-ICABR workshop "Technology and Innovation in the Wine Industry" in Avellino, Italy. Professor  Anderson's presentation was entitled: ‘Is Georgia the next ‘new’ wine-exporting country? The roles of traditional vs. new technologies and trade alliances’.

Professor Anderson’s presentation offers insights into Georgia’s place in the global history of wine markets and its potential. Yet another wine-producing country to watch with interest! Highlights: Georgia has been producing and exporting wine for thousands of years, and until the trade embargo in 2006, the lion’s share went to Russia. Advantages include low labour and viticultural land costs by Western standards and recognition of Georgian GIs by the EU. Ukraine is currently the largest importer of Georgian wine but there is potential in the rest of the CIS countries and Europe as well as Asia.

Professor Anderson is Executive Director of the Wine Economics Research Centre of the University of Adelaide (Australia). His research interests and publications are in the areas of international trade and development, agricultural economics, environmental economics, and wine economics. His most recent projects have focused on empirical analysis of such issues as the Doha Development Agenda of the World Trade Organization (www.worldbank.org/trade/wto); global distortions to agricultural incentives (www.worldbank.org/agdistortions); economics of agricultural biotechnology (GMO) policies globally (www.econ.worldbank.org/programs/trade/biotech); and wine globalization (www.adelaide.edu.au/wine-econ). He has published more than 30 books and 300 journal articles and chapters in other books.

The American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE) is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to encouraging and communicating economic research and analyses and exchanging ideas in wine economics. ICABR (The International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research) is a unique, informal, international consortium of people interested in the bioeconomy, agricultural biotechnology, rural development and bio-based economy research.

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