Georgia as the Chair of the BSEC has hosted the 44th Ministerial Meeting of the Organization

Published in Politics
Wednesday, 22 December 2021 12:05

The 44th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the BSEC Member States of  held online on 17 December 2021. The meeting was chaired by the Vice-Prime Minister/Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the BSEC Chairman-in-Office, David Zalkaliani.
Zalkaliani spoke about the events organized by the country during the Georgian Chairmanship. The Minister of Foreign Affairs also briefed the BSEC member states on Georgia’s strategy to prevent the spread of the virus in Georgia, on the measures taken and the positive results achieved in terms of intensifying economic growth. It was stressed that based on the available data, Georgia forecasts double-digit GDP growth.
The Minister shared his views on the development of the Black Sea region as a bridge connecting Europe and Asia. Zalkaliani also spoke about Georgia’s role of as a transport hub during the Covid-19 pandemic and stressed that the number of cargo shipments during the pandemic increased by 30%, the number of international flights over Georgia – by three times. The Minister also spoke about the developments in the tourism sector and noted that despite the 80 percent fall during the pandemic, tourism returned to the pre-pandemic level thanks to the Georgian government’s active efforts.
The Minister also emphasized the importance of enhancing regional security  - an essential precondition for the sustainable and stable economic development of the BSEC countries. At the same time, Zalkaliani stressed the need to resolve conflicts in the region in accordance with the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Minister Zalkaliani thanked the Permanent Secretariat of the Organization for its assistance during the Georgian Chairmanship of the BSEC (1 July 2021 to 31 December 2021) and wished the Republic of Moldova success in its forthcoming chairmanship of the organization.

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