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George Kobulia Discussed Prospects of Bilateral Cooperation in Maritime Transport Sector in Singapore

08.11.18 14:21
Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, George Kobulia, who is visiting Singapore, met with Andrew Tan, the Chief Executive Director of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore.
The meeting focused on the prospects of deepening relations between Georgia and Singapore. Signing bilateral intergovernmental agreement on maritime trading was given a special emphasis.
Internal state procedures on preparation of the draft agreement are already accomplished and the relevant documentation was sent to the Singapore side via diplomatic channels.
As it was noted at the meeting, an idea-project of creating of the marine clusters is being actively considered in Georgia, which envisages the establishment of beneficial maritime tax system. Since Singapore is one of the most successful marine clusters in the world, the Georgian side expressed its interest in cooperation and sharing experience with Singapore in this regard.
It was also noted that the process of ‘a single window’ services and digitalization of the related services is underway in Georgian posts and the recommendations from such an experienced and leading partner as Singapore is would be the best opportunity in this regard.
The sides also discussed the cooperation between the maritime education institutions to prepare students for mutual exchange and joint programs. The possibility of providing a special training course in the MPA Academy for the Maritime Authorities of Georgia was also covered during the conversation.

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