Between 17-20th July 2010, CBDN organized 2nd Caucasian Cheese Exhibition in Tbilisi, Georgia to further promote sectoral cooperation in the region. The agenda of the meeting included visiting cheese factories, sharing recipes, and the exhibition of cheeses from different regions of the South Caucasus including the ‘Caucasian Cheese.’ CBDN also offered “Caucasian Bouquet”, a wine brand jointly created by Caucasian winemakers, as an accompaniment to the cheese-tasting.
The event was attended by the chairmen of the Georgian, Armenian and Azerbaijan Cheese-makers Associations, representatives of the Georgian Ministry of Agriculture, Turkish-Armenian Business Development Council, representatives of the non-governmental structures and experts. At the conference which followed the cheese exhibition next day, almost all of them supported CBDN’s initiative to establish Caucasus Association of Cheese-makers.
The Cheese Exhibition received some media coverage. The event was on the two very well-known Turkish newspapers – Zaman and Haberturk:
Between 5-10 July 2010 CBDN partners and businesspeople from the South Caucasus gathered in Nagorny Karabakh to promote dialogue between business communities, and to study possible areas for economic cooperation in the peaceful future.
The agenda included presentations, discussions and site-visits with thematic focus on agricultural sector, small and medium size enterprises, small energy, tourism and stone-cutting workshop.
The event was a good opportunity for Georgian, Armenian, Turkish, Abkhaz and Ossetian participants and business people to engage with each other and discuss the prospects for cooperation.
On July 2, 2010, CBDN office in Armenia was invited for the 4th of July reception at the American Embassy in Yerevan. During the official part of the event, while making a speech, the US Ambassador to Armenia Mary Jovanovich emphasized the role of the United States in promoting cooperation in the region and willingly presented Caucasian Cheese and Caucasian Bouquet as the evidence of such cooperation. In general, the reception provided a good opportunity to present Caucasian Brands and tell more about the work of the network for various political figures, ministers and ambassadors, who were among 250 guests at the reception.
For more information please see American Embassy’s press release: