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Georgia continues seeking for the opportunities to make friends with the former Soviet countries. Sakartvelo has long established warm relationship with the Baltic States; however, Saakashvili's relations with Byelorussia are not as good as he would like them to be. Now Tbilisi calls on Minsk to take part in tourist projects but is Byelorussia ready for such doubtful investments?
"Free economic zones have been established in Georgia to offer investors most favourable conditions for running a business, - Business-Georgia is citing Sakartvelo's Ambassador to Byelorussia Georgy Chkheidze. - Georgian free economic zone also implies the tourism infrastructure development. This sphere may be of interest to Byelorussian business". At the same time, the diplomat remarked that mountain tourism has also got its prospects and Minsk might take part in it by taking up the construction of sports camps.
According to Chkheidze, Byelorussia and Georgia have got plenty of directions with large potential for their further realization. He reminded that last year, goods turnover between Minsk and Tbilisi increased by 40 percent, having made up almost 60 million dollars. "There is a demand for Georgian wines and wine materials, mineral water, alcohol-free drinks and products in the Byelorussian market, - Chkheidze said. - Byelorussian products have also become popular in Georgia and Georgian consumers are well-acquainted with their perfect quality".
Though the ambassador says that the countries have got mutual aspiration to set up and expand cooperation, the implication is absolutely clear. Georgia desperately needs investments. Under conditions of political unsteadiness and, let us say, not the most attractive economic model, Tbilisi cannot reckon on any serious input from the West-European countries. Only the states of the former USSR may partially fill the vacuum after the loss of the Russian market by Georgia. Same words can be said about the recreation field. Italians or French will hardly crowd Georgian resorts persistently promoted by Minister of Economy Veronica Kobalia, so the main hopes are put on the tourists from the post-Soviet republics. Another point is whether Minsk is interested in developing these connections, for Byelorussians are not just offered to spend vacation in Sakartvelo but also to take part in the joint resort construction.