Disinfo: The United States has not invested in Georgia

Summary

In the framework of the US – Georgia strategic partnership, the United States has not implemented any large commercial projects in Georgia, though they could have implemented several of them.

Disproof

A recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on the lack of US support and assistance to Georgia.

In 2009 the US and Georgia signed a US-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership, which advances bilateral cooperation on priority areas, such as defence and security; economic, trade, and energy issues; people-to-people and cultural exchanges. Read more about US-Georgia relations.

According to the statistical data released by Geostat (1996-2019), the first U.S. investments appeared in 1997 and amounted to USD 96 651.9 thousand. According to the data for 1997, the United States was the largest investor, followed by Australia, the United Kingdom and Austria. In coming years, other counties took the lead by the number of investments. In the second quarter of 2019, the United States came third after Turkey and the Netherlands by the amount of foreign direct investments.

See the past disinformation narratives on US investments and assistance here and here. More about the NATO/US military assistance to Georgia can be found here. See examples of US commercial projects in Georgia by Myth Detector.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 175
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: US, Georgia
  • Keywords: economy
  • Outlet: Obieqtivi time 00:02 - 00:22
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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