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Tbilisi to host international conference on consulting, with EBRD and EU support

By Loretta  Martikian

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Union’s EU4Business initiative are jointly organising, for the first time in Tbilisi, a conference on competitive consulting. The event will be take place on 3-4 November 2016 at the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel in the Georgian capital.

The conference will be opened by the Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Ketevan Bochorishvili, who will be followed by welcoming addresses from Charlotte Ruhe, EBRD Director, Advice for Small Businesses, and Vincent Rey, Head of Cooperation at the EU Delegation to Georgia.

The forum will bring together over 200 consulting professionals from more than 35 countries and some of the best-known opinion leaders in the consulting industry from Georgia and neighbouring countries, as well as from the United States and western Europe.

The theme of this year’s conference is agility, innovation and internationalisation. The conference will look at issues that will define the industry in future, including trends, increasing competition, new models and crossing international borders. More information can be found at

In addition, the event will provide a networking opportunity for participants, who will share their know-how, discuss the key advantages of innovation in the consultancy sector and the challenges in business consultancy and explore how to overcome them.

Follow the conference on Twitter @EBRD #consultconnect #ebrdconsultant.

The EBRD through its Advice for Small Businesses team supports local consultants in 26 countries with training, the sharing of experience, and helping consultants to work together on challenging and sophisticated projects. This enables local consultants to develop their own practices and in turn support the businesses they advise.

In Georgia and the other Eastern Partnership countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine), the European Union has mobilised €8 million of funds through the EU4Business initiative to support the Georgian private sector.

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