Opening the 'Ingur/i gate' for legal business

Views from Georgian and Abkhaz private companies

Where conflicts persist, political peace processes stagnate and ties between peoples disintegrate. Opening business channels across a conflict divide can change the reality on the ground. It builds trust and enhances mutual security, while also boosting the economy and facilitating communication between people.

We carried out research to find out whether there were pragmatic drivers for cooperation across the Georgian–Abkhaz conflict divide. This study analyses attitudes, business considerations, and counter-proposals by private companies on both sides of the Georgian–Abkhaz conflict in relation to the prospect of the bilateral legalisation and facilitation of business-to-business relations.