Morning C5 Good input as always Agree that all speakers are non related subjects and WGF is much more about pre cursor for NATO membership meeting but intrigued by FRR involvement in both 2015/2016 at this event. I know that " energy is intertwined with security" and FRR really want to support Atlantic Council but apart from these general themes you might well be right about the private meetings. Still think behind the scenes there is a closer political tie up between SN and AC as well as the commercial interest.That is not to say that FRR don't have an excellent commercial case I just think it is intertwined with other stuff.But that bodes well with the impasse with the Georgian govt. Don't know if you saw the stuff re Ukraine " officials" raiding Saskavilli s home in Odessa- no wonder he wants to come back to Georgia but overall western backing for Ukraine seems strong but yes the oligarchs and corruption need to be cleaned up. I actually start a new job next week so very tied up with induction so won't be able to post so much at least during the day.Dont need to work but getting bored with just waiting for things to happen here and elsewhere and also gives me total financial security IF it all goes wrong on AIM and Inlose my whole P/F. Anyway great to have your input C5 and enjoy rest of B/H
I had a look through the agenda at the three speakers mentioned. They do appear to be present for generalised non relevant subject headings and Richard Morningstar only appears as a moderator in one of the opening debates. However, the Saturday is for undisclosed private side events by invitation only. I am sure you will download the WGF app and post on any interesting soundbites next week. The Gold sponsorship and top tier AC membership is steering the Company at this important forum. Hopefully it can provide a distraction for the SP commentators on here next week!
Interesting that Anders Aslund re-iterated this again last week that deregulation and privatisation are key elements for future investment and growth in Ukraine.
"Ukraine’s worst development trap has been the corrupt gas trade. In 1998, gas trader Ihor Bakai famously stated that all really rich people in Ukraine had made their money on the gas trade. After the recent unification of gas prices, this is no longer possible, and that was a giant blow against Ukraine’s oligarchy. The country needs to clean up all its markets of monopolization and corrupting state interference, through deregulation and the abolition of harmful regulations and inspection agencies. The vast bulk of the remaining 3,500 state enterprises needs to be sold off so that private enterprise can thrive."
I think there are similar constraints in Georgia which impede FRR in moving forward.
However Gazproms monopoly is also going to diminish and Nordstream 2 is still doubtful - despite whatever Russia says.
Tbilisi is hosting Georgia-Slovakia business forum. The event will be unveiled by Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and President of Slovakia Andre Kiska.
The business forum is organized by the national investment agency of Georgia, the investment and commercial development agency of Slovakia, the association of employers of Georgia and by partnership of the chamber of commerce and industry of Georgia.
Georgian and Slovak businessmen are taking part in the business forum. They predominantly represent such sectors as power system, information technologies, transport, logistics, infrastructure and commerce.
Giorgi Pertaia, director of the national investments agency of Georgia, will update the forum participants on Georgia’s investment environment, competitive advantages of various leading sectors and business opportunities.
Deputy Minister of Energy of Georgia Ilia Eloshvili will hold a special presentation about investment opportunities in the energy sector, the national investment agency representatives noted.
The format also calls for holding a session of B2B meetings, where representatives of private sectors of Georgia and Slovakia will hold face to face meetings to discuss their business activities and outline cooperation perspectives.
Hi Villy Knew DM and AC were but not Ted-he does a Q&A in latest publication on Georgia today but not energy stuff- will check what session he is in as may be interesting if it is non NATO. Presume if FRR sponsoring then SN or ZM may be there.
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