Only Russia, Azerbaijan and Turkey invest in Georgia

Summary

The US doesn’t invest in Georgia and doesn’t help the economic development. Only Russia, Azerbaijan and Turkey invest in Georgia, said Bondo Mdzinarashvili, the host of TV Obiektivi.

Disproof

In accordance with 2016 Eurostat data, the EU is the most important trade partner of Georgia with 30% share in its overall trade (27% in total export and 31% imports). The EU provides over €100 million in assistance to Georgia annually.  eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage_en/49070/Georgia%20and%20the%20EU,

According to the National Statistics Office of Georgia, nearly a half - 48% - of the foreign direct investments made in Georgia in the last 20 years (1997-2017) falls on the United States and the EU member countries.

Further debunk by Mythdetector.

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  • Reported in: Issue 120
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 19/09/2018
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Russia, US, Georgia
  • Keywords: economy
  • Outlet: TV Obiektivi
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Disproof

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