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AmCham Georgia Annual Report 2013

Capital Bank
Corporate B Member

Duty Free Georgia LLC
Corporate B Member

Geomill LLC
Corporate B Member

San Diego State University - Georgia
Non-Profit Member

Ms. Bushyhead, Patuna
Individual Member

Mr. Guthrie, Jarred
Visiting Member

Mr. Bagirov, Emin
Visiting Member

BP Exploration (Caspian Sea) Ltd.

Exxon Azerbaijan Ltd.


TBSC Consulting


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AmCham General Assembly

American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia elects 10 Board members

Thursday, October 23, 2014

At the annual General Assembly meeting on October 23rd, AmCham held elections for 10 seats on the Board of Directors and officer positions. With a standing room only turnout of members, the following Board members and officers were elected to serve a two-year term.

- Sarah Williamson, Co-owner and Vice President of UGT – President
- Michael Cowgill, President of Georgian American University (GAU) – First Vice President
- Irakli Baidashvili, Executive Vice President of GMT Group – Vice President & Treasurer
- Esben Emborg, Principal Partner of SEAF – Director
- Lasha Gogiberidze, Partner BGI Advisory Services – Director
- Steve Johnson, General Manager of Betsy’s Hotel – Director
- Ted Jonas, Finance & Projects Partner of DLA Piper Georgia – Director
- Ketti Kvartskhava, Partner of BLC Law office - Director
- Robin McCone, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers – Director
- Chris Schlueter, Country Head, BP Georgia - Director

Badri Japaridze, Deputy Chair of the Supervisory Board of TBC Bank remains as member of the Board of Directors until his term expires next year.

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude for the interest shown in the election by all candidates and members.

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Microsoft’s David Asatiani briefs students on IPR issues

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Microsoft Georgia’s General Manager David Asatiani hosted the second mentorship session for AmCham Youth Leadership Program participants on October 23rd at Microsoft’s office.

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Joint Meeting of CLT and CSR Committees

Friday, October 17, 2014

The AmCham Commercial Law and Tax (CLT) Committee and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Committee held joint meeting on Friday, 17th October. At the beginning of meeting the announcement were made regarding the changes in CSR committee – the co-chair of the CSR committee Margo Zhiznevskaya step down from position and AmCham is looking for new co-chair. Further, the members discussed issues regarding legislative initiatives for the stimulation of charitable giving from corporations. Currently some legal initiatives from NGO side have been frozen from government. One of the reasons of it is that, legislative project considers number of amendments in tax code of Georgia, which is very complicated procedure. The issue will be further discussed by CSR committee with member companies to identify problems which they have faced regarding charitable giving.

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AmCham Youth Leadership Program’s first session on lobbyism and government relations

Monday, October 13, 2014

On October 13 AmCham Youth Leadership Program participants attended the first mentorship session led by British American Tobacco’s Zviad Skhvitaridze who spoke about government relations, lobbyism and its specificities in the Caucasus.

During his lecture, Zviad explained to students the peculiarities of lobbyism in the region, history behind it and efforts companies use to achieve the desired results. Zviad also discussed the importance of established contacts in the government for successful lobbying and the challenges companies face in this effort due to frequent government reshuffles. Zviad brought in a lot of real times examples that made the session even more interesting and engaging.

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AmCham Business Roundtable

Defense Minister Irakli Alasania: Security neccessary for economy, future middle class

Monday, October 13, 2014

Defense Minister Irakli Alasania told AmCham members security is key to providing the country with a stable and prosperous future during the Chamber's October roundtable meeting at the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel on October 13.

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AmCham Members Only Luncheon Meeting

AmCham members meet President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

“[I want to say] thank you to American Chamber of Commerce for organizing this event and for the activities you have been doing in Georgia for years,” said President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili in his address to AmCham members at an official luncheon meeting hosted by the Chamber on October 7 at Tbilisi Marriott Hotel.

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AmCham meets with stakeholders to review draft Law on Ag Land Ownership

Monday, October 06, 2014


Agribusiness and Commercial Law and Tax Joint Committee Meeting

AmCham AgriBusiness and CLT committee jointly review draft amendments on foreign ownership of Ag Land

Friday, September 26, 2014

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AmCham Launches its Youth Leadership Program

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


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Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 5:30pm - AgriBusiness Committee meeting in AmCham office.

Deloitte - Tax and Legal News, September 2014

(posted on Oct-15-2014)

AGH, VSC and GTC collaborate to benefit banks and SME agencies in Georgia - Alliance Group Press Release 10.10.2014

(posted on Oct-10-2014)

Grant Thornton named Employer of the Year by International Accounting Bulletin

(posted on Sep-25-2014)

PMCG: Economic Outlook and Indicators, Issue #29, 19.09.2014

(posted on Sep-22-2014)

Otar Kipshidze will take over as Managing Partner of the Tbilisi office of DLA Piper

(posted on Sep-15-2014)

PwC Georgia Times (Issue #6, 12 September 2014)

(posted on Sep-12-2014)

BDO Tax Newsletter (#7, August, 2014)

(posted on Sep-12-2014)

BRATING - One More New Project from BIA! - Alliance Group Press Release 09.09.2014

(posted on Sep-09-2014)

Deloitte - Tax and Legal News, August 2014

(posted on Sep-05-2014)

Doing business in Georgia 2014 (Commercial guide for investors) by Grant Thornton

(posted on Sep-01-2014)