Bodrum, 03 July 2009
The South Caucasus and Ukraine Initiative of the Global Relations and governments from the region met in Bodrum, Turkey, on 3 July 2009 to initiate dialogue on investment climate policy and promotion, specifically focusing on:
The meeting welcomed international organisations, experts from governments, OECD countries and the OECD Secretariat, as well as representatives from the Black Sea Economic Co-operation Business Council and the Union of Black Sea and Caspian Confederation of Enterprises.
Government experts and representatives from the private sector, the OECD and other stakeholders shared their experiences in developing investment strategies with the South Caucasus and Ukraine.
Session I: Investment policies in times of economic crisis: Developing open and transparent investment regimes
Overview of the initiative for South Caucasus and Ukraine, OECD
Collaboration between the OECD and the Republic of Moldova,, Andrei Timus, Executive Director, Moldovan Investment and Export Promotion Organization, Republic of Moldova
Session II: Impact of the crisis on foreign direct investment in South Caucasus and Ukraine, and the response by the countries of the region
Armenia Country Presentation, Artak Baghdasaryan, Head of Economic Policy and Strategy Development Department, Ministry of Economy, Republic of Armenia
Georgian economic outlook, Irakli Gachechiladze, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development, Georgia
With comments by:
Speech , Senior Advisor,Union of Black Sea and Caspian Confederation of Enterprises (UBCCE)
Tamer Şen, Head of Department,TÜSİAD International
Session III: Strategies and best practices developed and implemented by Investment Promotion Agencies in OECD, SCU and partner countries
The best practises of clusters in the Czech Republic, Lenka Peterkova, Head of Department for Clusters and Cooperation, CzechInvest
Polish best-practices and experience in taking a sector approach in investment promotion, Agata Mężyńska, Director, Department of Business Information, Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency (PAIIZ)
Keeping close to investors – supported by Foreign Ministry resources, Harolds Celms, Director of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (LIAA) in France
To help Armenian economy become more productive and globally competitive, Robert Harutyunyan, DIrector General, Armenian Development Agency (ADA)
Georgian National Investment Agency: Investment climate overview, Nino Baratashvili, Director, Georgian National Investment Agency
FDI in Ukraine: New approach - InvestUkraine: On a new plane, Tetyana Vysotska, Head of Information and Analytical Department, National Agency for Foreign Investment and Development, Ukraine
Session IV: Best practices for Free Economic Zones
Stocktaking of good practices for Free Economic Zone development, Alexander Böhmer, OECD
Investment support in the Czech Republic, Zbyněk Pokorný, Head of Unit for Innovations and Investment, Department of Business Support, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic
Turkish Free Zones, Edvar Mum, General Manager, Mesbas-Mersin Free Zone Operator Inc.