Dec 15, 2017

Event in Brussels Introduces the Chamber of Commerce of Abkhazia to the European Market

On 12 December 2017, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Abkhazia together with the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) held an event in Brussels titled “Meet Abkhazia: Wine and Scenic Natures”. The event took place at the Italian-Belgium Chamber and aimed at introducing Abkhazian products and its tourism potential to the European market. Headed by the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Abkhazia, Mr Gaguliya Gennady and the Secretary-General of the UNPO, Mr Marino Busdachin, the event also showcased various Abkhazian products such as wine and sweets from the region. 

Mr Gaguliya Gennady welcomed all guests to the event and expressed his gratitude and pride for being able to share the story and the products of Abkhazia with so many interested people. Mr Gennady gave an introduction to the Republic of Abkhazia by reporting on the beautiful and diverse nature that ranges from plains and beaches on the coast of the Black Sea to hills and mountains that provide fertile grounds for many of Abkhazia’s products. He explained that the diverse climate allows the region to produce unique wine as well as a variety of sweets made from nuts and fruits.

Mr Marino Busdachin, Secretary General of the UNPO, remarked Abkhazia for being a Member of the UNPO since 1991.  He praised the initiative to promote Abkhazian products and tourism in Europe and pointed out that Abkhazia deserves more international attention for its stunning scenery as well as its extraordinary wine and food. Lastly, Mr Busdachin expressed his wish to one day see Abkhazia as a member of a future United States of Europe.

Ms Lucia Parruci, UNPO Advocacy Officer and representative for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the republic of Abkhazia in Belgium continued to emphasize the importance of Abkhazia entering the European market and pointed out that the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Abkhazia has recently joined the Brussels Enterprises Commerce and Industry (BECI), an important step in establishing trade with Belgium. Ms Parrucci introduced a short film on Abkhazia’s culture, language and food, as well as on Abkhazia’s structure to welcome tourism.

Concluding the presentation, Mr Gennady opened a buffet and introduced Abkhazian wine, smoked cheese and Ajindjukh, sweets made from fruits as figs and nuts in the country. In addition to the Abkhazian treats, guests got a variety of brochures and information material on tourism in Abkhazia and got a chance to network with Abkhazian representatives.