On April 22, 2014 GFSIS hosted a roundtable discussion: Development of the Southern Gas Corridor and Implications for Georgia organized in partnership with the Caspian Strategy Institute (Istanbul, Turkey).
The audience consisted of the representatives of Georgian civil society, expert’s community, relevant government agencies, foreign embassies and other stakeholders.
The opening remarks were made by Dr. Alexander Rondeli, the president of GFSIS and Mr. Haldun Yavas the Secretary General of the Caspian Startegy Institute.
The first panel consisted of two presentations: Geostrategic Importance of SGC for Georgia and Caucasus, made by Prof. Mesut Hakki Casin, a Senior Fellow at the Center on Foreign Policy and Security, and The Importance of SGC for the Energy Future of Europe and Economic Benefits for Georgia – presented by Assoc. Prof. Fatih Macit, a Senior Fellow at the Center on Energy and Economy of the Caspian Strategy Institute.
During the second panel Amb. Giorgi Badridze, a Senior Fellow at GFSIS, focused on Georgia’s role in the Southern Energy Corridor while the second speaker – Liana Jervalidze, an expert at the Orbeliani Center for Strategic and Energy Policy Studies, discussed the importance of the Southern Gas Corridor in light of changing geopolitical landscape.
Both panels were followed by an engaging discussion.