Business Forum "Abkhazia-the Step Forward" was held in Sukhum.

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Today, the international economic forum organized by public organization "International Fund Apsny" was held in the conference hall of "Atrium Victoria” hotel. The forum was attended by the President of the Republic of Abkhazia, representatives of Ministries of Economy, Tourism, and Agriculture, other state and public organizations and institutions. Guests from the Russian Federation, India and Turkey, together with Abkhaz colleagues were discussing various aspects and opportunities for development of key sectors of the economy of Abkhazia, in particular tourism and agriculture. Speakers were trying to offer new approaches to solve existing problems.

The forum moderator Kvarchia Abessalom - Head of Finance, Economic Development and Investment Committee of PO "International Fund Apsny" opened the forum with a brief historical background of economy of Abkhazia. Issues and problems of agricultural development were presented by Eshba Jamal - the Chairman of farmers associations of Abkhazia and Eshba Timur - Minister of Agriculture. Anna Kalyagina - General Director of LLC "Atsetuk Travel" made proposals on development of eco-tourism and presented a number of proposals. Akhba Astamur - Deputy Minister of Tourism spoke about the challenges and achievements in tourism sector, which is still in a difficult position. Kacharava Roman - Chairman of Association of Businessmen of Abkhazia raised a number of issues related to support of business in Abkhazia. Ardzinba Adgur - Minister of Economy presented the report on economic situation and its figures, as well as on the activities of the country's leadership in solving the existing problems. At the end of the first part of the conference, the President of the Republic of Abkhazia made a speech, appealing to the audience to cooperate and support the government in dealing with current economic problems. The development of energy sector of Abkhazia should be priority, as well as tourism and agriculture. "You can talk about the existing problems, but let's propose solutions" - said the President Raul Khajimba.

Bargandzhiya Daur - Candidate of Economic Sciences, Associate Professor of economic faculty of ASU-Bgazhba Andrey, Kanbolat Hassan - Director of Center for Political Studies in Ankara. Chakrapani Aravamutan - General Director of LLC "Solar Trans", Kotwani Manodj - the President of Indian Business Alliance, Gordienko Alexei - State Advisor of the Russian Federation, specialist in the field of tourism, Kosikov Nicholay - General Director of LLC "TK"Partner ", Hazhmetov Luan - Doctor of Technical Sciences, professor of Kabardino-Balkarian State agricultural University, Gundjia Maxim - Vice-President of the "International Fund Apsny".

"International Fund Apsny" plans to issue the publication on results of the Economic Forum, as well as to create a working group of experts in order to prepare recommendations for country's leadership to resolve economic issues.

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