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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

 

Bilateral Relations between Georgia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Chronology of Diplomatic Relations:

Diplomatic relations between Georgia and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland were established on 27 April, 1992.

 

Ambassadors of Georgia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland:

- Teimuraz Mamatsashvili - 26.05.1995 - 16.04.2004

- Amiran Kavadze - 16.04.2004 - 25.09.2006

- Gela Charkviani - 25.09.2006 - 07.04.2009

- Giorgi Badridze - 07.04.2009 - 15.03.2013

- Revaz Gachechiladze - 01.09.2014 - 29.02.2016

- Tamar Beruchashvili - 05.04.2016 - to date

 

Ambassadors of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to Georgia:

-  Stephen Nash - 10.1995 - 01.1998

-  Richard Thomas Jenkins - 02.1998 - 24.04 2001

-  Deborah Elizabeth Vavasseur Barnes Jones - 24.04.2001 - 17.04.2004

-  Donald MacLaren of MacLaren - 17.04.04 - 31.07.07

-  Denis Keefe - 31.07.07 - September 2010

-  Judith Gough - September 2010 - 2013

-  Alexandra Hall Hall -  July 2013 - August 2016

-  Justin McKenzie Smith - August 2016 - to date

 

Fields of Cooperation: 

-    Regular bilateral and multilateral political dialogue;

-    Support for political and economic reforms of the Government of Georgia;

-    Support for Georgia’s European and Euro-Atlantic integration;

-    Support for Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as support of “non- recognition policy” towards Russian occupied territories;

-    Britain helps Georgia to improve the defence system by providing the Ministry of Defence of Georgia with relevant expertise as well as offering training and English language courses for military personnel;

-    Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Ministry of Defence and Department for International Development, with the help of joint programme - ConflictPool,  support the effort towards the conflict prevention in Georgia (which entails confidence building and schemes that are aimed at helping IDPs) mainly through sponsoring relevant projects of British non-governmental organizations such as “Saferworld”, “Conciliation Resources” and “International Alert”.

-    In 2008 UK Department for International Development completed bilateral programme based on progress achieved by Georgia in poverty eradication. Britain continues supporting the development of Georgia through participation in multilateral international institutions ( EU, EBRD, World Bank, etc).

-    There is an active cooperation in the fields of culture and education in the framework of different programmes (Chevening, John Smith, Hansard, Mansion Scholarships) supported by British Council.

 

Important visits

From Georgia to the UK:

1995- Eduard Shevardnadze, President of Georgia;

1997 - Zurab Zhvania, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia;

2000- Eduard Shevardnadze, President of Georgia;

2004 (9-13 June) - Nino Burjanadze, Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia;

2004 (15-17 September) -Nino Burjanadze, Chaireprson of the Parliament of Georgia;

2004 (10-14 November) - Zurab Zhvania, Prime Minister of Georgia;

2004 (12-15 June) - Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia;

2006 (19-23 April) - Nino Burjanadze, Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia;

2006 (3-4 May) - Zurab Nogaideli, Prime-Minister of Georgia;

2006 (20-25 May) - Zurab Nogaideli, Prime-Minister of Georgia;

2007 (23-27 April) - Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia;

2007 (October) - Zurab Nogaideli, Prime-Minister of Georgia;

2008 (October) – Lado Gurgenidze, Prime-Minister of Goergia;

2009 (January) - Eka Tkeshelashvili, Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia;

2009 (13-15 May) - Nika Gilauri, Prime Minister of Georgia;

2009 (25-27 November) - Nika Gilauri, Prime Minister of Georgia;

2010 (15-18 February) - Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia;

2010 (7-8 July) - Nika Gilauri, Prime Minister of Georgia;

2011 (5-15 February) - Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, the Archbishop of Mtskheta-Tbilisi and Metropolitan bishop of Abkhazia and Bichvinta, His  Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II and delegation;

2011 (6-10 April) – Nika Gilauri, Prime Minister of Georgia;

2011 (8-10 June) – David Bakradze, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia;

2011 (11 November) - H.E. Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia;

2012 (30 March – 2 May) – Giga Bokeria, National Security Advisor to the President of Georgia, Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia;

2013 (28-30 January) - Irakli Alasania, Minister of Defence of Georgia;

2013 (16-17 April) - Aleksi Petriashvili, State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration;

2013 (19-22 June)  - David Usupashvili, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia; Mr. Tedo Japaridze, Chairman of Foreigh Relations Committee; Mr. Victor Dolidze, Chairman of European Integration Committee;

2013 (30 October - 1 November) - Tea Tsulukiani, Minister of Justice of Georgia;

2014 (22-25 January) - Alexander Chikaidze, Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia; Ms Irina Imerlishvili, Secretary of the Naitonal Security Council of Georgia; 

2014 (22-24 January) - Tamar Sanikidze, Minister of Education and Science;

2014 (21 January) - Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development;

2014 (2-5 February) - Tedo Japaridze, Chairman of Foreigh Relations Committee of the Parliament of Georgia;

2014 (9-12 June) - Maia Panjikidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia;

2014 (19-20 June) - Irakli Alasania, Minister of Defence;

2014 (2-4 September) - Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia;

2014 (19-20 November) - Tamar Beruchashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and representatives of the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Economy within the framework of Wardprop Dialogue;

2015 (22-26 February) - Tea Tsulukiani, Minister of Justice of Georgia;

2015 (15-18 September) - Tinatin Khidasheli, Minister of Defence of Georgia;

2015 (2-8 October) - David Usupashvili, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia;

2015 (22-24 November) - Dimitri Kumsishvili, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development;

2015 (30 November) - Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia (within the framework of the Wardrop Dialogue)

2016 (17-21 January) - Tamar Sanikidze, Minister of Education and Science;

2016 (17-18 March) - Tinatin Khidasheli, Minister of Defence of Georgia;

2016 (13-14 April) - David Bakradze, State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration;

2016 (11-13 May) - Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia;

2016 (10-13 May) - Nodar Khaduri, Minister of Finance of Georgia;

2016 (13 May) - David Dondua, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs;

2016  (16-17 June) - Ketevan Tsikhelashvili, Minister for Reconciliation and Civic Equality;

2016 (4-6 September) - Gela Dumbadze, Minister for Diaspora issues;

2016 (22-24 September) - Dimitri Kumsishvili, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development 

2017 (22-27 January) - Alexander Jejelava, Minister of Education of Georgia;

2017 (23-27 January) - David Dondua, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia;

2017 (26-27 January) - David Rakviashvili, Secretary of the National Security Council;

2017 (2-3 March) - David Zalkaliani, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia;

 

From the UK to Georgia:

1994 - George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, Head of Anglican Church;

1996 - Richard Harries, Bishop of Oxford;

1996 - Rt Hon Douglas Hurd, Former Secretary of State;

1996 - Tim Eggar- Minister of Energy;

1997 - Sir John Bourn, Auditor General of the UK;

1997 - Malcolm Rifkind, Former Secretary of State;

1997 - Sir Roger Jackling, 2nd Permanent under Secretary of State, MOD;

1997 - Lord Goschen, Minister of the Department of Transport;

2000 - Robin Cook, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs;

2003 - Gavyn Arthur, Lord Mayor of the City of London;

2004 - Michael Ancram, MP (Shadow Foreign Secretary) and Lord Ashcroft;

2004 -Bill Ramell, Foreign Office Minister;

2004 - Gareth Tomas, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development Department;

2006 (3-6 October) - Sylvia Heal, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons of the UK Parliament;

2006 (9-10 October) - Rt Hon Geoff Hoon, MP, Minister of State for Europe;

Several visits (last held on May 31-June 1, 2007) - Sir Brian Fall, the UK Government Special Representative for the South Caucasus;

2006 (3-6 October) - Ms. Sylvia Heal, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons of the UK Parliament;

2007 (31 May-1 June) - Sir Brian Fall, the UK Special Representative for South Caucasus;

2007 (November) - Mr. Michael Davenport, Director of the Russia, South Caucasus and Central Asia Directorate of the FCO;

2008 (May) - Jim Murphy, MP, Minister of State and Minister for Europe;

2008 (August) - David Cameron, MP, Leader of the Conservative Party of the UK;

2008 (19-20 August) - Rt. Hon. David Miliband, MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the UK;

2008 (October) - Rt. Hon. William Hague, MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary of the UK;

2008 (November) - Sir Brian Fall, the UK\'s Special Representative for South Caucasus;

2009 (12 February) - Mark Lyall Grant, General Director of the Political Department, FCO;

2009 (22-25 June) - Baroness Glenys Kinnock, UK Minister for Europe;

2010 (23 March) -Bilateral Political Consultations between Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO);

2014 (April 1) - David Lidington, Minister for Europe;

2014 (April 8) - William Hague, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs;

2016 (March 30) - Philip Hammond, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs;

2016 (November 24-25) - Sir Alan Duncan, Minister of State for Europe and Americas, FCO

 

Trade turnover in 2000 – 2013 (in thousand USD)

Year

Export to the UK

Import from the UK

2000

10 241.9

23 486.0

2001

22 871,2

25 982.6

2002

32 766,6

27 141.4

2003

27 924,8

145 615.7

2004

31 674,6

171 814,3

2005

31 930,5

70 213,0

2006

24 407, 9

63 005,8

2007

23172,5

71 754,4

2008

43576,6

91 245,2

2009

8 192,4

59 491,6

2010

17 153,2

65 112

2011

13 839,3

88 477,8

2012

20 851

115 084

2013    6 month

14 780 52 330

Major exporting products in 2012:  precious metal-craft, scrap-copper, Ammonium Saltpeter, remains of black metals and scrap-iron, nuts, non-alcoholic drinks, magnum oxide, initiators, catalysts of reactions, topographical, hydrographical, meteorological tools and instruments.

Major exporting products in 2013  (6 month):  Wine, Precious metal-craft, scrap-copper, Copper ore, Ammonium Saltpeter, remains of black metals and scrap-iron, nuts, wheat and muslin, non-alcoholic drinks, magnum oxide, initiators, catalysts of reactions, topographical, hydrographical, meteorological tools and instruments.

Major Importing products in 2012: Products of black metals, Automobiles, Specially enhanced machines and mechanical products, Engines, Medical drugs, Bulldozers, Motor-driven grader, Excavators, Clothing, Catalysts of Reactions, Parts of automobiles, Precious metal-craft and Cigarettes.

Major Importing products in 2013  (6 month): Products of black metals, Automobiles, Specially enhanced machines and mechanical products, Engines, Medical drugs, Trucks, Bulldozers, Motor-driven grader, Excavators, Clothing, Catalysts of reactions, Parts of automobiles, Precious metal-craft and Cigarettes.


Direct Investment from the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is one of the biggest investors in Georgia and made into top 10 list of investing countries in Georgia since 2010. in 2012 UK was second biggest investor country after Germany (138,81 mln USD).

 

Year

 

British Investments in Georgia in millions (USD)

2003

37,63

2004

87,83

2005

132,93

2006

186,82

2007

145,47

2008

148,91

2009

72,31

2010

58,96

2011

39,65

       2012       

93,61

2013   3 month

18,34

 

Legal framework 

Along with diplomatic relations, The UK and Georgia have begun to establish a legal framework for cooperation. To date, the UK and Georgia have concluded 15 agreements:

- Joint declaration of Friendship and Co-operation Between the Republic of Georgia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;

- Declaration Between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Georgia and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;

- Memorandum of understanding Between the Republic of Georgia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Unrestricted Freedom to Travel;

- Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Georgia the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland For Promotion and Protection of Investments;

- Memorandum of Understanding on Defence Contacts and Cooperation Between the Ministry of Defence of Georgia and the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;

- Agreement Between Georgia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning the Rights of Employment of Dependants of Staff of Diplomatic Missions;

- Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Georgia and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Co-operation in the Fields of Education, Science and Culture;

- Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on International Road Transport;

- Memorandum of Understanding on Co-operation in the Fight against Serious Crime, Organized Crime, Illicit Drug Trafficking and in Like Matters of Mutual Interest Between the Ministry of Internal Affairs, The Ministry of State Security, Prosecutor General\'s Office, The Ministry of Tax Revenue of Georgia and The Association of Chief Police Officers, The Crown Prosecution Service of England and Wales, The Serious Fraud Office, Her Majesty\'s Customs and Excise, The National Crime Squad and The National Criminal Intelligence Service of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland;

- Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Defence of Georgia and the Ministry of Defence of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning the Provision on Loan of a Civilian Defence Adviser;

- Agreement between the Executive Authority (Government) of Georgia and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Concerning Air Services;

- Memorandum of Understanding between Georgia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning the Conduct of Military Exercises and Training and the Provision of Host Nation Support;

- Implementing Agreement between Georgia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland concerning the Provisions of the Host Nation Support to the British Force during Exercise Georgian Express 2004;

- Agreement Between the Government of Georgia and the government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to taxes of Income and Capital;

- Memorandum of Understanding Between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Georgia for Poverty Reduction Budget Support (Partial Reimbursement of Debt Service Aid).

 

 
 
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