Saturday, December 8, 2012

Ambassador criticizes Georgian winemakers' strategy in China

08.12.2012 (Hvino News). Georgia’s Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to China calls on Georgian wine-makers for more active approach.

As Ambassador Mamuka Gamkrelidze told Georgian radio Commersant, he had already applied to Georgian winemakers with initiative to set up the Association of Georgian Wine in China. However Gamkrelidze noted that Georgian winemakers are passive.

The Ambassador  says that the wine makers participate in the exhibitions held in the cities, where the market is already full. "When you participate in Hong Kong and Shanghai exhibitions, this is wrong, the calculations must be done in the provinces, where more than a billion people live in order to sell  our wine here that will be much more profitable," – Gamkrelidze noted. According to him, it would be better if the wine makers contact the Embassy in advance for consultation.

Along with that, Mamauka Gamkrelidze added that  a work on creation of  China-Georgia Trade Union  is underway. Gamkrelidze noted that the Chinese are very active people, and the organization created with participation of both sides will play a positive role in trade relations.

According to Gamkrelidze, Business Forum which had to be held in November of this year  is expected to take place in April, because the change of government took place in  both countries. Gamkrelidze states that  in 2012 a serious work was done in order to attract the Chinese towards Georgia, and the former Prime Ministers Nika Gilauri and Vano Merabishvili made serious steps in this regard, including visits of the Communist Party delegation and other administration officials. As a result, a working visit of Prime Minister Vano Merabishvili in China was scheduled for  November. But because of National Movement went into the opposition and the change of the  government in China everything should be re-started from the very beginning.

According to the Ambassador, the Chinese are interested in Georgia as tourist destination and Georgia was the second country after Russia among former post-Soviet states that was granted the status of tourist destination country. "Chinese groups do not arrive in those countries which don’t have  this status but we received it a few months ago and should take advantage of it," – Gamkrelidze underlined.

Gamkrelidze adds that it will be appropriate if Prime Minister pays a working visit to China.

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