On March 12 ISET hosted a presentation by Jean Marc Stavroulakis, Country Finance Manager of Carrefour Georgia, and Petr Dlouhy, Merchandise Manager of the Fresh Division of Carrefour. The main points of the presentation were Carrefour’s market strategy to overcome existing socio-economic obstacles to the development effective value chains in the Georgian agricultural sector for 2014.

Carrefour, one of the largest French hypermarket chains and the second largest retailer in the world, started operating in Georgia in 2012. The major strategy of the company is to provide high quality products at lower prices that correspond to local demand. The best strategic suppliers in terms of quality, price and demand are considered to be the local producers of organic products.

Eric Livny, Director of ISET, served as a keynote speaker at the Israeli-Georgian business forum, "Georgia Gateway," that was organized by Israel Gateway and the Embassy of Israel on March 12, 2014. The forum was officially opened by Irakli Gharibashvili, the Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Irakli Kovzanadze, the CEO of The Partnership Fund, and Lasha Zhvania, former Georgian ambassador to Israel and Minister of Economy. Conducted for the second consecutive year, the forum brought together Georgian and Israeli Hi-Tech businesses in the communication and IT sectors together with colleagues from the Partnership Fund and other relevant Georgian government agencies.

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