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JCC roundtable portrays South Caucasus as gateway to east and west

Not only are Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia important markets within themselves, they offer the added value of being a launching pad to a much greater region, Russia, Central Asia, the Middle East and Europe. This was the message of JCC's Switzerland-South Caucasus Business Roundtable organized in partnership with JCC member FINANCEContact on November 9, 2017 at Volkshaus, Zurich.

The event brought together Swiss companies and joint ventures operating in the three markets of the South Caucasus - ABB, represented by Igor Almazov, Sales Director, CIS; Pierre Deleplanque, Area Manager, Emerging Europe, Lafargeholcim; Mike Baronian, Chairman and CEO, AZAD Pharma and Mikheil Svimonishvili, Founder, Margebeli Holding. H.E. Mrs. Hanum Ibrahimova, Ambassador of Azerbaijan , spoke about developments in the Azeri market that make it attractive for investment.

The burgeoning infrastructure project, Anaklia Deep Sea Port and City, poised to make Georgia a logistics bridge between East and West, was presented by Ketevan Bochorishvili, CEO, Anaklia City. Philip Welti, former Swiss Ambassador to Iran and to India and member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies IISS, London, discussed geopolitical considerations for doing business in the region and the changing role of the USA, Russia, Turkey and Iran. South Caucasus as a target of financial investment was examined by David Mathewson, Small Enterprise Assistance Fund and Dr. Martin Janssen, CEO, ECOFIN Group.

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