6th December 2022

Georgia Investment Forum

Dentons, London

Introduction

The Georgia Investment Forum will provide an independent platform for senior Georgian officials from the finance, economic and investment block, as well as top executives from leading corporates to come together and meet with over 100 of the City of London’s most influential emerging markets fund managers, investment bankers and advisors and a cross-section of stakeholders from London’s financial community, not to mention a wide range of present and potential strategic investors.

Georgia’s economy is enjoying a robust recovery from the global pandemic with output growth and strong export performance, resulting in a decline in the fiscal deficit and government debt. The recent IMF Stand-By Arrangement focuses on strengthening the fiscal framework, maintaining macroeconomic stability and fostering growth, while countering inflationary risks.

The LSE-listed Georgian entities continue to show strong performances and prove popular amongst institutional investors, as have international bond issuances. Levels of FDI are up in the country, with increased growth and interest in such sectors as Renewables, Agribusiness, Advanced Manufacturing and Electronics, Logistics and Distribution, Real Estate, Tourism and Hospitality, FinTech and eCommerce, IT and BPO.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear first-hand about Georgia’s leading companies’ plans for capital raising and strategic development, international investors’ appetite for Georgian issuers and what opportunities exist for international advisors and financiers to share their experience and expertise.

Programme

  • 08:30   Registration and morning refreshments

  • 09:30   Session 1: Georgia’s Macroeconomic Outlook Beyond 2022 And Key Government Initiatives To Stimulate Economic Growth And Increase Levels Of FDI

    • How is the Georgian economy weathering both regional and global challenges?  Measures to ensure macroeconomic stability and growth
    • Key forecasted figures for 2023 – predicted strong GDP growth, inflation and interest rate targets
    • Priority areas of dialogue and support from the International Financial Institutions
    • The importance of the latest IMF programme in strengthening investor confidence through continued prudent macroeconomic and monetary policy
    • European integration as a cornerstone of Georgia’s sustainable economic growth and investment attractiveness
    • How to ensure that reforms to improve the ease of doing business translate into a prolonged steady inflow of FDI
    • Energy independence, infrastructure development, food security and structural reform as key government priorities to provide a buffer against external shocks
    • Opportunities to invest in the agribusiness sector in order to contribute to Georgia’s food security
  • 11:00   Morning refreshments

  • 11:30   Session 2: Highlighting Key Growth Sectors And Opportunities For Investment

    • The growth of and demand for Private Equity in Georgia. Which sectors are of greatest interest to PE firms and why?
    • Spotlight on most promising sectors, such as: IT, Business Process Outsourcing, Real estate, tourism and hospitality, FinTech, eCommerce, logistics and distribution, advanced manufacturing, electronics and automotive
    • The outlook for Georgia to become a regional transport, trade, agribusiness and logistics hub
    • How digital innovation is supporting Georgia’s key industries and its innovation ecosystem
    • Investment opportunities in the further development of a free, liberalised and competitive energy market
    • The growth of the renewables sector as a key element of Georgia’s green transition
    • Case studies from prominent international strategic investors about doing business in Georgia. Focus on the investment climate, government incentives and the tax and legal framework
  • 13:00   Luncheon

  • 14:00   Session 3: The Georgian Sovereign And Corporates’ Capital-Raising Activities And Plans To Tap Domestic And International Capital Markets

    • What are the Sovereign’s plans for accessing the international debt capital markets in the foreseeable future?
    • Case studies of London-listed groups and those active in the capital markets, their finance-raising plans and investor sentiment to the Georgian story
    • Equity capital markets: how soon can we expect new international listings from Georgia-focused companies and what are the most likely sectors?
    • How major Georgian corporates are adapting to the growing influence of ESG investing
    • To what extent is the growth in popularity of digital banking and fintech driving innovation, efficiency and profitability in the sector
  • 15:30     Afternoon refreshments

  • 16:00   Session 4: State-owned Enterprises, Corporate Governance Reform, Privatisation And The Development of Domestic Capital Markets

    • Priorities of the Georgian regulator to grow the depth and liquidity of the domestic capital market to provide national companies with a wider range of financing options
    • Delivering the structural reforms necessary to boost growth, create a stronger fiscal framework and maintain financial sector resilience
    • Outlining the new structure and goals of the Partnership Fund and the plans for its portfolio companies
    • Corporate governance: board independence, gender diversity and centralisation of the management function as key elements of achieving better results at state-owned enterprises
    • An overview of future privatisations planned by the National Agency of State Property 
  • 17:30   Gala reception featuring wine-tasting led by the Georgian National Wine Agency and leading producers, as well as Georgian cuisine

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