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Posted on June 1, 2020

- Isolation and quarantine rules, with updates as of 29 May (in Georgian)
- Ministry of Health recommendations on how to operate various businesses to prevent spread of Covid-19 as of 29 May (in Georgian)

Posted 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.

Posted 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.

Posted 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.

[See more updates and archive here]

Meeting with UK Ambassador - Justin McKenzie Smith

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

AmCham Georgia hosted UK Ambassador to Georgia at an online meeting with members. The ambassador, who will soon be departing after 4 years, talked to AmCham members and partners about his interesting experience in Georgia and shared his views on various issues on UK-Georgia relations. The meeting involved a lively Q+A.

[photos of the event (8)]

AmCham members meet Mr. Mikheil Khidureli

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

AmCham Georgia organized a meeting with the Head of Enterprise Georgia, Mr. Mikheil Khidureli who presented on the new programs that Enterprise Georgia have developed in response to Covid 19, to support businesses, and which represent a dramatic expansion on Enterprise Georgia activities, as well as on their efforts to attract investments, followed by Q+A.

[photos of the event (7)]

CLT Committee Meeting

Thursday, June 18, 2020

AmCham Georgia hosted a virtual CLT committee meeting to discuss new draft law on entrepreneurship. In order to have a more productive discussion co-drafters of this law Mr. Giorgi Jugeli, Legal Expert at the Investors Council and Deputy Head of Legal Programme at GIZ, Mr. Shalva Papuashvili were also invited, who kindly participated in the discussion and answered members' questions.

[photos of the event (4)]

Tourism Committee meeting

Thursday, June 18, 2020

AmCham Georgia hosted a virtual Tourism committee meeting with Ms. Rusudan Mamatsashvili First Deputy Head of Georgian National Tourism Administration. Committee members had a chance to discuss current issues, future plans of Tourism Administration and ways in which AmCham can support the tourism sector's recoveries.

[photos of the event (8)]

Meeting with Ms. Natia Turnava and Mr. Levan Davitashvili

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

AmCham Georgia organized a meeting with the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Ms. Natia Turnava and with the Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Mr. Levan Davitashvili. They were joined with Deputy Minister, Mr. Irakli Nadareishvili , Head of National Tourism Administration, Ms. Mariam Kvrivishvili and Mr. Mikheil Khidureli , Head of Enterprise Georgia. Speakers presented the current activities and future plans of their respective ministries followed by a lively Q&A session which covered a wide range of issues. The meeting was attended by around 100 representatives of member companies.

[photos of the event (10)]

AmCham Georgia hosted EU Ambassador to Georgia, Carl Hartzell

Thursday, May 28, 2020

AmCham Georgia hosted EU Ambassador to Georgia, Carl Hartzell, at an online meeting with members. The ambassador presented to AmCham members and partners the short presentation of the work of the EU in Georgia. Members had an opportunity to discuss the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on foreign businesses in Georgia, followed by Q+A.

[photos of the event (10)]

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.

[read more] [photos of the event (10)]

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.

[read more] [photos of the event (3)]

Georgia Red Cross Presentation

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

[read] [photos of the event (1)]

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

Friday, April 03, 2020

[read] [photos of the event (3)]

AmCham Online Happy Hour

Friday, April 03, 2020

[read] [photos of the event (3)]

[See more in the archive]

EY compensation and benefits survey

(posted on Jun-26-2020)

Mobile market review by Grant Thornton

(posted on Jun-24-2020)

Deloitte Legal, 17 June 2020

(posted on Jun-17-2020)

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

(posted on Jun-12-2020)

EY Tax&Law Brief for March-April-May, 2020

(posted on Jun-11-2020)

EY Law Updates on COVID-19, Seventh Edition

(posted on Jun-11-2020)

EY Global Labor and Employment Law Multi-country guide

(posted on Jun-11-2020)

PwC Georgia's PayWell 2020 and the special offer for AmCham members

(posted on Apr-2-2020)

Duty Free Georgia charity project

(posted on Jun-4-2020)

TBC Quarterly Newsletter - Spring of 2020

(posted on Jun-4-2020)

Colliers International Georgia holds conference on Hotel Sector (Thursday, May 28th, 16:00 GET)

(posted on May-27-2020)

BLB Partner note: the law which aims to attract the foreign direct investments provides for the nationalization and confiscation of the investments (in Georgian and English)

(posted on May-27-2020)

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)