8. EU Fertilizer Market
9. USA and EU Markets for Essential Oils
10. Wine Market in Japan
11. Mineral Waters in Japan
Sample Market Brief: Wine Market in Japan
Wine Market in Japan
Trends in local production
Import restrictions and application procedures
Japanese consumption traditions
Entering Japanese market
Wine sales promotion strategies
Sample Market Briefs: Mineral Waters in Japan
Mineral Waters in Japan
Import System and Regulations
Imports Regulated by Food Sanitation Law
Classification of Mineral Water
Labelling requirement and a labelling sample
Outline of Container/Packing Recycling Law
International Standards for Mineral Waters
The Function of Wholesalers
Consumption trends as shown by survey of retailers and consumers
Consumption trends seen in retailers
Trends revealed by consumer research
Current Sales and consumption and future prospects
Current sales and consumption
Advise on Accessing the Japanese Market
Outline of provisions on mineral water provided for under the Foods Sanitation Law
Example Retail Price of Mineral Water
Selected domestic Suppliers and Importers
Wholesalers, Distribution Agents
Exhibitions and Trade Fair
1.3.1 Government’s Foreign Investment Promotion Policy
Removing Administrative Barriers to Investment in Georgia. FIAS (Foreign Investment Advisory Service, a joint service of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank) conducted a study of administrative barriers to investment in Georgia. The principal counterpart for this project was the Presidential Commission on Support of the Private Businesses in Georgia. The Presidential Commission on Support of Private Businesses is the lead counterpart for this project (for more details refer to Paragraph 1.3.1 describing the activities of Foreign Investment Advisory Council - FIAC). The main objective of this study was to identify the major administrative impediments to investment and to recommend the steps for streamlining, simplifying and increasing transparency in order to help improve the environment for business in Georgia. Although the primary focus of the study was foreign investment, the administrative procedures and regulatory framework affect domestic investors as well. Therefore, applying the principle of national treatment (i.e. no preferential treatment for foreign investors), this study is intended to help strengthen the business environment for all investors—domestic and foreign alike.
The study covers the core administrative processes for:
· Establishing a business - including investor entry (visa and residency requirements for expatriates) and business registration.
· Locating a business - including land acquisition, site development, construction and operation.
· Operating a business - including taxation, trade regime and customs, licensing, permits, inspections, intellectual property issues, and product standardization.
Establishing a Business—Investor Entry and Business Registration. The procedures for obtaining entry visas are relatively transparent and present no significant administrative impediments. Most notably, foreign investors and expatriate employees do not require special work or residence permits to live and work in Georgia.
The court registration procedures have been simplified in the past 2 years. However, because of the lack of technical and human capacity, court registrars are unable to fulfill the provisions of the Law on Entrepreneurs aimed at guaranteeing timely service, ensuring public availability of information on companies, publishing data on newly registered companies, and protecting company names. The most pressing issues relate to length of time required to register (2 to 3 weeks) and to retrieve information on companies.
The principal recommendations for improving the business registration process and the access to company records include:
· Modernization of the registration and data filing systems by taking advantage of new technologies (including the internet) to speed up processing and to improve the access to information, as provided under the law.
· Centralization of the court registration system.
· Publication and dissemination of information on business registration procedures, requirements and fees.
· Resolution of the legal provisions for information disclosure under the Law on Entrepreneurs and the Tax Code.
Locating a Business. Locating, acquiring and constructing or rehabilitating real estate for business activities are not perceived as significant problems by either foreign or domestic investors in Georgia. The current system may not pose an overwhelming difficulty for investors because of the low volume of transactions and the institutionalized system of unofficial payments and influence peddling to facilitate the process. However, there are a number of specific areas where regulations, requirements, and procedures need to be clarified, simplified and streamlined. The report includes a number of detailed short and long-term recommendations for strengthening the laws related to the privatization of agricultural land and improving the quality of service provided by the various bureaus responsible for processing the permits necessary for property development and construction in Georgia.
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