His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice
President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and Irakli
Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, today witnessed the signing of a
Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between the UAE and
Georgia. The CEPA aims to double non-oil trade from $481 million to $1.5
billion in five years.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum stressed
that the UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin
Zayed Al Nahyan, always seeks to build bridges of friendship and cooperation
with all countries that share the same vision with us to build a bright future
for current and future generations.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said: “The
Partnership Agreement with Georgia reflects our consistent approach to
stimulating economic growth and trade and investment exchange with friendly
countries, in a way that contributes to reviving international trade and
helping the global economy face current challenges.”
His Highness added: “In the UAE, we have a firm belief that
constructive international cooperation and sustainable economic growth are
capable of achieving stability and peace and enhancing the quality of people’s
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia expressed his
gratitude to President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan,
President of the UAE, for the invaluable contribution made to the advancement
of cooperation between the two countries.
The Prime Minister of Georgia also expressed his gratitude
to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum for the contribution made
to the advancement the bilateral relations.
Garibashvili added: “I am delighted that a Comprehensive
Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) is signed today between Georgia and the
UAE, as it will pave a sound foundation to the development of a more solid and
consolidated trade and economic relations between our two nations”.
Irakli Garibashvili said: “It is our key priority for us to
strengthen relations with one of the leading states of the world – the United
Arab Emirates. The UAE has always been at the avant-garde of innovations and
progress, which is a significant precondition of future hope and optimism. We
are confident that this new stage in the relationship of our two countries made
for the benefit of our people will facilitate the intensification and
simplification of trade and economic relations”.
The agreement was signed during a virtual ceremony by Dr.
Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade, and Levan
Davitashvili, Georgia’s Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and
The latest CEPA signed to date under the UAE’s global
economic agreement programme, the agreement is set to deepen trade and
investment ties, accelerate growth in priority industries, create jobs,
strengthen supply chains, and streamline market access across the Middle East,
Asia and Europe for UAE and Georgian businesses.
Through the removal or reduction of tariffs on 95% of
product lines, the deal is expected to boost the value of non-oil trade beyond
US$1.5bn in the next five years. The new deal builds on growing UAE-Georgia
economic relations that resulted in non-oil trade beyond US$225 million in the
first half of 2023, with 28 percent growth on H1 2022. Total non-oil bilateral
trade reached US$481 million for the full year of 2022, up 115 percent on 2021.
The UAE now accounts for over 63 percent of Georgia’s trade with Arab
The UAE is also Georgia’s sixth-largest global investor,
representing five percent of its total FDI, while investment between the two
countries exceeded US$1 billion by the end of 2021. Through the implementation
of targeted working groups, the CEPA is expected to accelerate capital flow into
high-priority sectors such as tourism, retail, logistics and manufacturing.
On the signing, Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi said:
"The UAE-Georgia CEPA unites two countries that have complementary
strengths – both nations are strategic crossroads for trade, both possess
dynamic, rapidly-expanding service economies and both share a similar vision
for attracting FDI – with policies that welcome business and promote robust
growth. This agreement lays the path for a new era of cooperation and will
fast-track opportunities between private sectors on both sides, delivering a
range of benefits to both country’s exporters and manufacturers.”
Levan Davitashvili, Vice Prime-Minister, Minister of Economy
and Sustainable Development of Georgia said: “I strongly believe that the
establishment of a free trade regime between Georgia and UAE will be of benefit
for both countries. Namely, Georgia can serve as a best gateway for the UAE
companies to the region, with the geographic location and business environment
it offers. On the other hand, the FTA will provide extended opportunities to
promote and develop different industries in Georgia and increase the scope of
The UAE-Georgia CEPA is the latest agreement signed under
the UAE’s new foreign trade agenda, which seeks deeper ties with strategic
allies around the world to accelerate economic recovery and secure vital supply
chains. Previous deals have been signed with India, Indonesia, Israel, Türkiye
and Cambodia. Following the ratification process on both sides, the UAE-Georgia
CEPA is expected to enter into force early next year.