Fields of Cooperation
Georgia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland enjoy close and friendly relations that began from the period of Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921). This friendship is significantly linked with the names Oliver and Marjory Wardrops. The UK’s first Chief Commissioner of Transcaucasus in Georgia, Oliver Wardrop, was especially fond of Georgia and Georgian culture. His sister Marjory translated several Georgian masterpieces of literature, including “The Knight in the Panther's Skin”.
Georgian-British bilateral cooperation has been successfully ongoing in political, defense, economic, cultural, education and other fields since 1992, when Georgia re-gained independence and established diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom.
17 Agreements are in force between Georgia and the UK, which cover cooperation in the areas such as investment promotion and protection, air services, defense, education, science, culture, crime, income and avoidance of double taxation, tax evasion, etc.
High-level visits are often conducted at both legislative and executive levels. In 2014 new format of political dialogue between the states – “Wardrop Dialogue” was established, that targets a wide spectrum of bilateral issues. Political dialogue was already held twice and tangible results have been reached in certain directions, particularly in the field of strategic communications.
Sectorial cooperation is dynamically ongoing between Georgia and the UK. Cooperation in the field of defense covers the participation of employees of the Ministry of Defense of Georgia in British educational programs and consulting the Ministry of Defense of Georgia.
British support towards Georgia concerning the crisis management and judicial reforms is crucial. In 2016 Georgian the National Situation Room, under Georgia's State Security and Crisis Management Council was opened through the support of the UK government and participation of the British experts. Based on the British model COBRA, the new coordination mechanism addresses all types of threats and hazards posed to the national interests of the state.
United Kingdom Parliamentary Friendship Group operates at the Georgian Parliament and the Inter-Parliamentary Working Group on Georgia functions at the British Parliament.
Georgian-British bilateral economic cooperation is very active. British companies in Georgia are working in transport, telecommunication, construction, tourism, financial services and trading. In 2014 the office of the British-Georgian Chamber of Commerce was opened in Tbilisi.
Georgia cooperates with the influential analytical and research centers of the UK.
British Council ensures the development of cultural and educational relations between the two countries. With the support of the British Government (Chevening Scholarships) Georgian students are given the opportunity to study at the educational institutions of Great Britain. British-Georgian Society in London plays a major role for the enhancement of Georgian-British links.
Bilateral cooperation is significantly developing between Georgia and the UK at the level of municipalities. Twin cities are as follow: Tbilisi and Bristol, Kutaisi and Newport, Akhaltsikhe and New Castle.
In March 2015 the UK Government’s new project - Good Governance Fund (GGF) was launched. The project covering 5 countries - Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Ukraine, Serbia, and Bosnia & Herzegovina, aims at supporting necessary reforms and strengthening democracy. For 2016-2017 four mln. GBP has been assigned to Georgia.