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Updated on May 24, 2020

Coronavirus in Georgia, 18 - 24 May. State of emergency ends - what restrictions remain in place?

As the state of emergency and curfew are brought to an end, Georgia has brought the number of daily cases down to around five. Residents are still asked to maintain strict hygiene practices to keep the virus at bay.

Updated on May 17, 2020

Coronavirus in Georgia, 11 – 17 May. Tourism industry revs engines, gov’t announces agricultural assistance plan

Georgia has effectively suppressed the infection curve, with health officials beginning to make statements to the effect that the health crisis has nearly been overcome in the country, despite two blips of double-digit infections over the past week. Now, the state is turning its full attention to supporting business sectors in need, and has announced a plan to support the agricultural sector and prepare the country to receive tourists.

Updated on May 10, 2020

Coronavirus in Georgia, 4 – 10 May. Reopening the economy, gov’t unveils tourism support plan

The Georgian economy is reopening at a pace faster than had been previously anticipated by the government’s plan. This is largely thanks to the fact the epidemiological situation in the country remains under control, and the rate of daily infection has slowed to an average of six or so cases per day in the past week.

The government has also unveiled a plan to reopen Georgia’s doors to tourists come July, including support for local tourism businesses.

Updated on May 4, 2020

Government updates decree on state of emergency rules, powers to contain coronavirus - (in Georgian and English)

This latest decree outlines the new regulations that have come into force since the declaration of the state of emergency, including restrictions on transport, the educational process, activities related to culture and sport, public gatherings, freedom of movement, economic activity and other acts.

Posted on May 3, 2020

Coronavirus in Georgia – 27 April - 3 May

Georgian health officials say the coronavirus is under control and that the country will likely not see a sharp spike in infection. However, against the backdrop of this optimism and the gradual plan to reopen the economy, head of the National Centre for Disease Control Amiran Gamkrelidze has asked the public not to get carried away and imagine this means an end to social distancing and other hygiene measures to contain the virus. More

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CLT Committee Meeting

Friday, May 22, 2020

CLT committee had an online meeting to discuss labor code changes as well as draft law on labor inspectorate. Members expressed their views regarding the proposed changes and came up with a common position in relation to it. The committee also discussed proposed tax code changes in relation to exemptions.

[photos of the event (8)]

AmCham Georgia hosted U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood

Thursday, May 21, 2020

AmCham Georgia hosted U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood. Elizabeth has been a huge supporter of AmCham and an active member of the AmCham board.

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Meeting with Mr. Mikheil Daushvili, the Business Ombudsman and Mr. Beka Peradze, the head of Labour Inspectorate

Friday, May 08, 2020

AmCham Georgia hosted Mr. Mikheil Daushvili, the Business Ombudsman of Georgia and Mr. Beka Peradze, the head of Labour Inspectorate. They made a short introduction about the regulations that will govern the safe return to work, particularly the activities of the labor inspectorate. This was followed by a lively Q&A session. The meeting was attended by around 100 representatives of member companies.

[photos of the event (18)]

Construction and Real Estate Committee meeting

Friday, May 08, 2020

AmCham organized its Construction Committee via Zoom to check-in after the 1st week of reopening construction projects. Participants shared the information about their current projects, related issues and challenges they are facing in the process of post Covid 19 crisis.

[photos of the event (4)]

H.E. Kelly C Degnan meets AmCham members online

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

AmCham Georgia hosted Her Excellency, Kelly C Degnan, US Ambassador to Georgia, at an online meeting with members. The ambassador presented to AmCham members and partners about the US response to the COVID19 crisis, including support of the healthcare sector, social support and technical assistance. The presentation was followed by a lively Q+A, which covered a wide range of issues. The meeting was attended by 120 representatives of AmCham member companies.

[photos of the event (13)]

Education and Training committee meeting

Friday, April 10, 2020

Amcham hosted a virtual Education and Training committee meeting with Lasha Margishvili, the Head of the Higher Education Quality Assurance Dept of the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement (EQE) at the MinEd.

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Georgia Red Cross Presentation

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

AmCham Georgia organized a Zoom conference meeting for AmCham members hosting the Georgia Red Cross and Tbilisi City Hall represented by Mr. Ilia Eloshvili, the Deputy Mayor of Tbilisi. Ms. Natia Loladze, President of the Georgia Red Cross Society and the Governing Board member of the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies and Ms. Olga Dzhumaeva, Head of Country Cluster for South Caucasus of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies presented on behalf of the International Federation regarding the emergency response to COVID-19 in the region and worldwide. Mr. Ilia Eloshvili, Deputy Mayor of Tbilisi presented about the joint response of the Georgia Red Cross Society and Tbilisi City Hall on emerging needs in Tbilisi city. Members had an opportunity for Q&A.

[photos of the event (1)]

AmCham Online Happy Hour

Friday, April 03, 2020

AmCham hosted an online Happy Hour - where member had the chance to catch-up on everything that is going on, and share their experiences.

[photos of the event (3)]

CLT Committee, Tourism Committee, Construction and Real Estate Committee meetings

Friday, April 03, 2020

The Commercial Law and Tax Committee, the Tourism Committee and the Construction and Real Estate Committee all had meetings today. Each meeting discussed the new situation - including issues about government coordination and the allowance of exceptions, how businesses will be able to get back to work and how AmCham can help with private sector/government coordination. All three committees will be meeting regularly in the next few weeks to carry-on coordinating our responses.

[photos of the event (3)]

Agribusiness Committee meeting

Thursday, April 02, 2020

The Agribusiness committee met to discuss the current situation in Georgia and how it is affecting food production. The group discussed their current circumstances and the challenges of finding and managing workers, difficulties with input supply and how the government is responding to the situation in the short and long-term. The committee agreed to meet again in two weeks.

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Education and Training Committee Meeting

Friday, March 27, 2020

AmCham Education and Training Committee met to discuss the current situation in the sector. The group started by discussing the way in which they are transitioning to online teaching, and the challenges that is creating. They also discussed how the current situation is changing the sector as a whole and the opportunities that this might create for the future. The committee will meet again in a few weeks to have a more detailed discussion with the government about policy in this area going forward.

[photos of the event (3)]

Tourism Committee meeting

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

AmCham Georgia held the first online meeting of the Tourism Committee. Member companies discussed the current challenges of hospitality sector during Covid19 crisis. Issues included operations and occupancy, staff salaries, government programs and financial restructuring opportunities, hotels support in providing venues as quarantine zones.

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AmCham/GWMA Waste Expo 2020

Thursday, February 27, 2020

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George Welton inteview on Climate Change for BM.ge

Monday, February 24, 2020

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AmCham Business Roundtable

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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BGI Law Brief, (General Regulatory Update) - May 2020

(posted on May-21-2020)

Grant Thornton Tax and Legal Alert - Overview of changes in Georgian legislation, April 2020, in Georgian and English

(posted on May-18-2020)

In what circumstances will criminal law liability be imposed for violating the rules of the state of emergency? by Business Legal Bureau (BLB) in Georgian and English

(posted on May-18-2020)

Deloitte Academy training- Business Evaluation/ Covid 19 impact on companies' international operations.

(posted on May-8-2020)

EY Law Updates on Covid-19

(posted on May-7-2020)

Grant Thornton: Legal Response to Covid-19 Challenges

(posted on May-1-2020)

Could the President of Georgia establish the criminal law liability for violation of Emergency regime? by BLB Partner Ms. Maya Mtsariashvili

(posted on Apr-29-2020)

Deloitte: COVID-19 Anti-crisis Economic Plan Introduced by the Government of Georgia (in Georgian and English)

(posted on Apr-27-2020)

KPMG: Tax adjustments and challenges caused by the spread of New Coronavirus (COVID-19) (in Georgian)

(posted on Apr-25-2020)

BLB Newsletter, April 13, 2020 (in Georgian and English)

(posted on Apr-15-2020)

Dentons launches 2020 edition of its 'Investing in renewable energy projects in Europe' guide

(posted on Apr-7-2020)

Nexia TA release on Government decree about restrictions against Covid 19 - see document and annex (in Georgian)

(posted on Apr-6-2020)

SavvY has launched a platform for supporting companies through Covid 19 crisis - supportbusiness.ge

(posted on Apr-3-2020)

BGI Law Brief, (General Regulatory Update) - March 2020

(posted on Mar-31-2020)

BGI Law Brief, (Georgia Responds to Covid-19 Pandemic) - March 2020

(posted on Mar-31-2020)

Deloitte Legal, Mar-10

(posted on Mar-10-2020)

Special offer for AmCham members from Dinehall

(posted on Mar-05-2020)

The Biltmore Hotel: proposal for Women’s Day Sunday Brunch

(posted on Mar-05-2020)

Dentons' Tbilisi office contributes to 9th annual Tbilisi VIS Pre-Moot

(posted on Feb-26-2020)

New menu in Tiffany Bar and Terrace Restaurants

(posted on Feb-25-2020)

Deloitte Legal, Feb-10

(posted on Feb-25-2020)

Dentons' Tbilisi office contributes to the Energy Investment Risk Assessment (EIRA) 2019

(posted on Feb-24-2020)

IRC Academy is more than pleased to invite you to attend the Sales & Marketing - Business Model Canvas course. (March 10-11-12)

(posted on Feb-24-2020)

AE Solar: the biggest PV modules manufacturing facility in Europe

(posted on Feb-14-2020)

BGI Law Brief, February 2020

(posted on Feb-11-2020)

Deliberate market focus drives solid growth for Grant Thornton

(posted on Jan-21-2020)