The Economic, Energy, and Trade Working Group of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission met in Tbilisi on April 12 to review progress on reforms related to Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration and to identify priorities for future cooperation on deepening bilateral economic cooperation. Both sides agreed on the need for Georgia to identify and implement reforms which attract foreign investment, foster innovation and entrepreneurship, strengthen private sector confidence in the judiciary, and bolster its energy security. The Working Group reaffirmed the strong U.S.-Georgia bilateral relationship as well as unwavering U.S. support for Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration path
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Kurt Tong and USAID Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia Tom Melia participated as the U.S. co-chairs, along with Vaughan Turekian, Science and Technology Adviser to the U.S. Secretary of State. First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs David Zalkaliani and Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Genadi Arveladze co-chaired for Georgia.