The President of the CCI of RA Tamila Mertskhulava took part in the III regular working meeting of the Joint Commission on trade, economic, scientific, technical and humanitarian cooperation with the Republic of Crimea (Russian Federation) in Sukhum.

The corresponding Agreement was signed between the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Abkhazia and the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Crimea on April 15, 2016.

Tamila Mertskhulava recalled that an agreement was concluded between Chambers of Commerce and Industry within the framework of defining new areas of cooperation between representatives of business circles. The regulation was approved and a protocol was signed on the creation of the Crimean-Abkhaz Business Council for the development of mutually beneficial trade and economic cooperation.

The President of the CCI stressed that during the reporting period there were structural changes in the Union of the CCI of the Republic of Crimea, a new head of the chamber was approved. Due to the quarantine measures caused by the pandemic, relations with the chamber were temporarily suspended.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Abkhazia has repeatedly monitored the holding of exhibition events on the territory of the Republic of Crimea for participation, but due to the epidemiological situation we could not take part in such exhibitions like "RosExpoKrym" and "AgroExpoKrym", - stated Tamila Mertskhulava.

She recalled that through cooperation with the Trade Mission of the Russian Federation in Abkhazia, a list was sent to the chamber, which included 13 Crimean enterprises of various fields of activity interested in establishing business contacts with Abkhaz entrepreneurs and entering the Abkhaz market. These are manufacturers of wine, beer, soft drinks, cosmetics, pneumatic equipment, scientific instruments, spare parts for agricultural machinery, welding equipment.

Unfortunately, following the results of the work carried out by the chamber to inform Abkhaz entrepreneurs, trading companies, regional agricultural administrations, there was no interest in cooperation, due to the existing contracts for the supply of similar goods.

We are ready to continue the practice of exchanging business missions in order to organize presentations of entrepreneurial activities and conduct B2B negotiations, - said the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Tamila Mertskhulava recalled that according to customs statistics, the trade turnover between Crimea and Abkhazia is not high. In 2020, it amounted to USD 263 thousand due to import operations (April-October).

Basically, this is the supply of finished meat products and meat preparations  (In 2019, the import figure is more than 400 thousand US dollars).

As a result of agreements with colleagues, we are ready to assist in organizing a fair of products of Crimean enterprises for their subsequent deliveries to Abkhazia.

“We believe that cooperation should develop progressively, we are open to cooperation and ready to consider any proposals and the possibility of joint implementation,” concluded Tamila Mertskhulava.