Between 26 Feb – 2 March, as part of CBDN’s on-going work analysing possible cross-Ingur/i economic relations, Georgian and Abkhaz experts and businesspeople, and South Ossetian CBDN partner, visited Cyprus to study the so-called Greenline Regulations. The regulations that have been functioning since 2004, facilitate cross-divide intra-island economic relations in the absence of political solution to the conflict.
The agenda consisted of meetings with local and international structures and practitioners engaged on the regulations including Greek and Turkish Cypriot Chambers of Commerce, foremost academics and experts, EU and UNDP. Apart from studying the existing regulatory framework, another particular interest was to explore the process leading to the adoption of the regulations and implications for economic development, cooperation and confidence-building. For this end the participants engaged with official negotiators, politicians, analysts and those working out the regulations and economic aspects of the Annan Plan.
While the differences in contexts are obvious, the trip stimulated further ideas among legal experts, economists and representatives from business communities to continue discussing cross-divide economic relations.
The trip was generously supported by the Conflict Pool of British Government.