16th March 2023

Georgia Investment Forum

Dentons, London

Official Partners

Sponsors

Speakers

H.E. Sophie Katsarava

Ambassador of Georgia to the UK

Irakli Nadareishvili

Deputy Minister of Economy & Sustainable Development of Georgia

Mikheil Khidureli

Chief Executive Officer,
Enterprise Georgia

Alexander Khvitisiashvili

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

Nick Hayday

Partner, Capital Markets,
Dentons

Shota Zhvania

Director, Debt Capital Markets, Corporates,
Raiffeisen Bank International

David Saganelidze

Chief Executive Officer,
Partnership Fund

David Ebralidze

Chief Executive Officer,
Poti Free Industrial Zone

Partners

Information partners and supporting organisations

Introduction

The Georgia Investment Forum will provide a platform for top executives from leading Georgian companies, as well as senior officials from the economic and investment block, to come together and meet with a wide range of present and potential strategic investors, as well as the City of London’s most influential emerging markets fund managers, investment bankers and advisors and a cross-section of stakeholders from the UK’s investment community.  

Georgia’s economy has enjoyed significant two-digit growth and strong export performance over the past two years, which are strengthening the fiscal framework and maintaining macroeconomic stability. 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, IT and BPO.

In addition, the LSE-listed Georgian entities continue to show strong performances and prove popular amongst institutional investors, as have international bond issuances.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear first-hand about Georgia’s leading companies’ plans for capital raising and strategic development, the government’s efforts to further increase levels of FDI and international investors’ interest in Georgia as an investment destination.

Programme

  • 08:30   Registration and morning refreshments

  • 09:30   Session 1: Georgia’s Macroeconomic Outlook For 2023 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
    • 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
  • 11:00   Morning refreshments

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

    • Spotlight on most promising sectors, such as: IT, Business Process Outsourcing, Real estate, tourism and hospitality, FinTech, logistics and distribution, advanced manufacturing
    • 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
  • 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: Case Studies From Prominent International And Domestic Strategic Investors. Focus On The Role Of The Private Sector In Driving The Growth Of The Georgian Economy

    • Doing business in Georgia - focus on the investment climate, government incentives and the tax and legal framework
    • Highlighting opportunities in key export-oriented industries
    • The growth of and demand for Private Equity in Georgia. Which sectors are of greatest interest to PE firms and why?
    • Opportunities to invest in the agribusiness sector in order to contribute to Georgia’s food security
    • The growth of the renewables sector as a key element of Georgia’s green transition
    • Free Industrial Zones and their role in providing a gateway to international trade corridors and markets. Examples of solutions provided and business activities supported
  • 17:30   Gala reception featuring wine-tasting and Georgian cuisine

Location