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ALFRED MAYER

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That would work with a bank in Georgia, what company have you asked to help you?
My question was about a company offering this service..Happy Georgia in Tbilisi, non feedback anywhere...

My question was about a company offering this service..Happy Georgia in Tbilisi, non feedback anywhere...
Manuel Masseret - H.M.S. LLC - Nutsubidze Street 36, building 1 - Entrance 2 - App 25- Tbilisi 0177 - Georgia /(+995) 599 20 11 06
 
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EUman

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Georgia is more EU than many EU member states. Read the local news which is full of praise for the European Union and a government which fulfills every demand that Bruxelles comes up with.

If you really want to put your feet in any bank in the Caucasus, choose Armenia instead of Georgia.
However, monthly transfers in the amount you mentioned are a bad idea due to high wire costs. You should deposit a lump sum and then pray you will get it back in full.
This is simply NOT TRUE. I am currently a client and all transaction are don just FINE. No problems.
I think most of you do some shady staff and that's why you have problems with those banks in GE.

The private banking is a wayyy better than in many Western countries.
TBC , BOG are great banks.
 

backpacker

Entrepreneur
This is simply NOT TRUE. I am currently a client and all transaction are don just FINE. No problems.
I think most of you do some shady staff and that's why you have problems with those banks in GE.

The private banking is a wayyy better than in many Western countries.
TBC , BOG are great banks.
What is not true?
Check first what the post you intend to quote is about. Than look up to what other post it replied.

Aside from that, good to hear that your banking experience in Georgia is positive. You are obviously one of the very few .... .
 

khinkali

Silver Member
We need to separate the different situations that people are asking about.

For OP, using a service provider who lists zero people on their website and who offers "remotely with POA", confidence is low. If you can't come here to open the account, there are easier banks (certain providers on this forum are expert in this).

However, the few people who moan again and again on the Internet about Georgian banks do not reflect the day to day life of people living here in Georgia.

The experience that I hear again and again, from people who live here is like mine, excellent. Natural persons, physically in Georgia using BOG SOLO or TBC Concept. Obviously you can pick an offbeat bank or attempt some kind of offshore banking, for which Georgia is not recommended by credible sources.

Also, commercial banking can be tricky if you have International payments. The central bank is very strict and the local banks are therefore also very strict about cross border payments. Expect to provide invoices etc. even for small international payments to a corporate account that wouldn't raise an eyebrow in most places.

For natural persons on Georgian soil with legitimate source of funds, personal banking is great. Including payments from abroad and including crypto from regulated international exchanges and Georgian exchanges (which can also be surprisingly good).

Anyone who says that Georgia is a wild-West free-for-all is wrong. Also, anyone who thinks that only the very few can have a positive banking experience in Georgia is very wrong.
 

backpacker

Entrepreneur
We need to separate the different situations that people are asking about.

For OP, using a service provider who lists zero people on their website and who offers "remotely with POA", confidence is low. If you can't come here to open the account, there are easier banks (certain providers on this forum are expert in this).

However, the few people who moan again and again on the Internet about Georgian banks do not reflect the day to day life of people living here in Georgia.

The experience that I hear again and again, from people who live here is like mine, excellent. Natural persons, physically in Georgia using BOG SOLO or TBC Concept. Obviously you can pick an offbeat bank or attempt some kind of offshore banking, for which Georgia is not recommended by credible sources.

Also, commercial banking can be tricky if you have International payments. The central bank is very strict and the local banks are therefore also very strict about cross border payments. Expect to provide invoices etc. even for small international payments to a corporate account that wouldn't raise an eyebrow in most places.

For natural persons on Georgian soil with legitimate source of funds, personal banking is great. Including payments from abroad and including crypto from regulated international exchanges and Georgian exchanges (which can also be surprisingly good).

Anyone who says that Georgia is a wild-West free-for-all is wrong. Also, anyone who thinks that only the very few can have a positive banking experience in Georgia is very wrong.
I think most people will agree that banking in Georgia was good (past tense).

I do not know what you expect from a good bank but for me that is Service, Reliability and Responsiveness. Moreover, that the "banker" understands the Terms & Conditions of the bank he is working for.
Furthermore, I expect pricing and rates of a bank to be inline with its overall risk profile.
Unfortunately, these expectations are no longer met by Georgian banks: Interest rates are lower than what investment grade banks in Singapore pay, the "banker" hardly knows the banks's fee schedule (latest experience with TBC) and SWIFT transfers have become difficult when they go to other developing nations.

Due to personal ties to the country I am forced to use the local banking system. Otherwise I would have closed my accounts in 2019 when things started to deteriorate.

However, this thread is not about You or Me who can be considered "locals".
This thread has been opened by @ALFRED MAYER who is a non-resident of Georgia. No matter if he travels to Georgia or not, Georgian banks do not fit anymore into his search profile. Generally speaking, for a non-resident it does not make economic sense to use junk rated banks in a relatively remote region when he/she can get much better conditions (higher interest rates, better service) with investment grade rated banks in stable and developed countries.
 

khinkali

Silver Member
That's fine, I just wanted to point out that we need to separate the different issues. I understand @backpacker that you had bad experiences with Georgia, which is truly sad and unfortunate. Some of the sweeping statements on this forum about Georgian banks just don't fit with the vast majority of people I meet here who have good things to say, particularly about Concept and SOLO.

As you quoted, Georgian banks are not well recommended for offshore banking and can be awkward for local businesses with international payments.
 

khinkali

Silver Member
Even local business with resident directos have problems with international payments?

Just a lot of chasing up. Providing invoices and sometimes other information.

I don't have a company here myself but it's a frequent complaint. I've been told that the National Bank of Georgia demand evidence to support even small international payments.

I don't really understand why banks are so much stricter about companies than natural persons, who mostly seem able to transact internationally and can even interact with regulated crypto exchanges in Georgia and abroad (thought it's best to chat to them about it beforehand).
 

backpacker

Entrepreneur
Even local business with resident directos have problems with international payments?
You will have to prove all and everything. If you are able to do that AND the majority of these international payments do not go to/come from other developing nations it should work.
So, check if you like all this hassle before investing too much time.

I am not into EMI's but in case you proceed with your idea, the new digital banking licenses NBG is starting to hand out might make it easier for smaller international transactions -> The 15th commercial and the First digital bank joins the banking system of Georgia

National Bank of Georgia demand evidence to support even small international payments.
Reason: Too much dirty money and chaotic KYC!
Georgia is closely monitored due its proximity to Iranian and Russian money. Iranian money has been reduced significantly but now the problem is Russian money which is even worse, considering the geopolitical situation.

Let's see how their SEPA ambitions evolve.

I don't really understand why banks are so much stricter about companies than natural persons,
.... because of all the people (non-residents) who think it is a great idea to establish a company in Georgia for dubious purposes. This forum serves as an excellent example.
 
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