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Relations between Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan

 

Chronology of Diplomatic Relations


Diplomatic Relations between Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan were established on November 18, 1992.

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Azerbaijan

Giorgi Chanturia (20.10.1994 - 21.11.1997);

Zurab Gumberidze (12.11.1997 - 15.03.2007);

Nikoloz Natbiladze (15.03.2007 - 01.12.2009);

Nikoloz Gogitidze chargé d'affaires (2009 - 2011)

Teimuraz Sharashenidze (17.02.11 - to date)

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Azerbaijan to Georgia

Hajan Quli oglu Hajiev (05.03.1996 - 25.05.2004);

Ramiz Ayvaz oglu Hasanov (25.05.2004 - 08.05.2006);

Namig Hasan oglu Aliyev (08.05.2006 - 2011).

H.E.Mr. Azer Tofig oglu Huseyn (2011 - to date)

Basic Spheres of Cooperation

• Permanent political dialogue in bilateral and multilateral formats (Georgia's relationship with Azerbaijan has developed into a strategic partnership).

• Cooperation in the sphere of energy: Cooperation with Azerbaijan is of great significance in terms of Georgia's energy security. The two countries are connected by such important regional projects, as are "Baku-Supsa and "Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan" oil pipelines and "Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum" gas pipeline. Cooperation in the sphere of electric energy is also developing with great success. Azerbaijan-Georgia-Rumania Interconnector project - mentioned project (AGRI) intends to provide Caspian resources to the European energy bases and is the one of the most important energy project for the region.

• Cooperation in the sphere of transport: diversification of Georgia's transport infrastructure and bringing it in compliance with the European standards is one of the most significant directions of Georgia's Foreign Policy Strategy. In this context, the "Baku-Tbilisi-Kars" railway project is the most evident proof of successful cooperation between Georgia and Azerbaijan. Through the realization of the above-mentioned project, the railway systems of Georgia and Azerbaijan will be linked to the centralized railway network of Europe that is of geo-strategic importance to the Black and Caspian Sea regions.


• Bilateral Trade Relations:Azerbaijan is one of the most important trade partners of Georgia. During the period on January-August, 2010 the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Georgia amounted 427.0 mln US Dollars (10.5% of the whole foreign trade turnover of Georgia). Within 10 main trade partners Azerbaijan remains the second trade partner of Georgia.

Georgia-Azerbaijan Trade Turnover in 2000-2010 (8 month)(Mill.USD)

Year

Export

Import

Trade turnover

2000

20,4

56,1

76,5

2001

9,97

73,2

83,2

2002

29,3

80,3

109,6

2003

16,4

93,7

110,2

2004

25,3

156,4

181,7

2005

83,4

233,4

316,9

2006

92,3

318,5

410,8

2007

137,3

381,9

519,2

2008

205,2

607,8

813,0

2009

166,5

377,9

544,4

2010 (8 month)

155,0

272,0

427,0

Main Export from Georgia to Azerbaijan
(Millions USD)

 

Name of

 Product   

2005

2006

Growth

  %

2007

Growth

  %

2008

Growth

  %

2009

Growth

  %

2010 8

month

Oil Products

185,3

232,5

25%

171,6

-26%

349,8

104%

228,0

-35%

170,0

Gas

3,3

5,7

73%

93,7

1544%

126,4

35%

90,0

-29%

50,7

Petroleum refining oddments

5,6

5,7

2%

10,6

86%

12,3

16%

5,9

-52%

3,9

Electricity

0,6

0,2

-67%

2,4

1100%

0,9

-63%

0,9

0%

0,2

Ethyl Polymers

_

2,1

-

2,4

14%

-

-

1,9

-

1,8

Bran

0,3

4,5

1264%

8,5

89%

4,0

-53%

3,1

-23%

2,0

Sugar

_

12,0

-

15,6

30%

9,7

-38%

2,7

-72%

9,1

Tea

0,8

1,3

63%

1,7

31%

2,0

18%

2,8

40%

1,6

Sunflower Oil,

other vegetable

oils

1,8

1,5

-17%

3,2

113%

4,8

50%

3,5

-27%

3,3

Acyclic Hydrocarbons  

0,8

0,3

-63%

0,7

133%

3,7

429%

2,2

-41%

-


Main Import from Azerbaijan to
(Million USD)

Name of Product   

2005

2006

Growth

  %

2007

Growth

  %

2008

Growth

  %

2009

Growth

  %

2010 8 month

Cattle

-

-

-

-

-

0,5

-

16,5

3200%

9,6

Goats and Sheep

-

-

-

-

-

1,1

-

2,1

91%

0,3

Nuts

0,02

0,07

250%

0,07

0%

1,1

1471%

2,0

82%

3,1

Other food product

0,05

0,07

40%

0,3

329%

5,2

1633%

4,7

-10%

2,8

Natural or artificial mineral sugarfree waters

1,1

1,3

18%

1,8

38%

2,7

50%

3,3

22%

2,1

Waters, include mineral and soda

0,05

0,2

300%

1,1

450%

2,6

136%

4,3

65%

3,0

Alcohol

0,6

1,8

178%

3,4

91%

6,4

88%

8,3

30%

3,8

Electricity

0,6

1,2

102%

2,6

115%

0,9

-65%

0,6

-33%

0,2

Cement

17,7

28,8

63%

59,5

107%

79,5

34%

22,4

-72%

3,8

Drugs

1,0

3,1

201%

8,2

165%

11,4

39%

11,2

-2%

5,6

Iron wires  

0,1

0,2

100%

0,2

0%

1,6

700%

1,1

-31%

14,2

Trucks

3,7

1,7

-53%

1,0

-42%

0,1

-90%

1,3

1200%

3,0

Engineering spare

0,2

0,3

62%

0,9

165%

0,5

-44%

0,01

-98%

-

Blood

-

1,5

-

9,0

484%

0,05

-99%

0,6

1100%

0,3

Automobiles

11,0

32,7

197%

29,9

-9%

53,5

79%

35,5

-34%

69,2

Flying jets

12,1

-

-

-

-

-

-

8,0

-

-

Flying jets' spare

6,1

0,1

-99%

0,1

43%

0,1

0%

6,6

6500%

13,8

• Investments:Georgia's investment climate has improved considerably due to the economic reforms launched recently in our country that reflected positively on the business circles of Azerbaijan as well. Azerbaijan's interest and direct capital investments in Georgia increased. Incomplete information indicates that the volume of direct investments from Azerbaijan to Georgia in first 6 months of 2010 increased almost in 70 times and amounted 7.7% of the whole investments in Georgia. According to this indexes Azerbaijan is number 6 investment partner of 10 main investment partners of Georgia.

Tourism:

• Georgia and Azerbaijan corporate in sphere of tourism. On 3-5 of April, 2009 an international travel fair-exhibition CTF - Caucasus Travel Fair was held in "Expo-Georgia", Tbilisi.
• On 15-17 of April, 2010 Georgian Side took part in international travel fair AITF, which took place in Baku.
• On 23-26 of September, 2010 travel companies of Georgia and Azerbaijan jointly took part in the International Travel Exhibition in Tokyo representing the GUAM Tourist product elaborated with the assistance of Japanese Side within the framework of the GUAM-Japan cooperation.

• Cooperation in other fields: Successfully developing cooperation in the fields of finance, banking, agriculture, culture, sport, education and science, and also in other significant fields of activity.

• Multilateral cooperation: Continuing the cooperation in the frame of GUAM, as well as in such multilateral formats as BSEC, TRACECA, INOGATE ans etc. Georgia and Azerbaijan are fixing common position within the framework of the different universal and regional international organizations, among them in the UN, OSCE and CoE. Georgia attaches great importance to the EU "Eastern Partnership" initiative and the realizations in its framework of the joint with Azerbaijan regional projects.

Important Visits (2000-2010)

From Georgia

14-23 February 2000 - Official visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Irakli Menagarishvili to Azerbaijan;

13-14 February 2001-Official visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Irakli Menagarishvili to Azerbaijan;

29 September 2001-Official visit of President of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze to Azerbaijan;

29 January 2002 -Official visit of Speaker of the Parliament of Nino Burdjanadze to Azerbaijan;

01-03 July 2002 - Working visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Irakli Menagarishvili to Azerbaijan;

17-18 September 2002 - Official visit of President of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze to Azerbaijan;

31 October 2003 - Working visit of President of Georgia Eduard Shevardnadze to Azerbaijan;

15 December 2003 - Working visit of Acting President of Georgia Nino Burdjanadze to Azerbaijan;

27 October 2003 - Working visit of State Minister of Georgia Zurab Zhvania to Azerbaijan;

March 04-05 2004- Official visit of President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili to Azerbaijan;

29 April - 02 May 2004- Official visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili to Azerbaijan;

20 September 2004 - Official visit of Prime Minister of Georgia Zurab Zhvania to Azerbaijan;

04-05 March 2005- Official visit of Prime Minister of Georgia Zurab Nogaideli to Azerbaijan;

24-25 May 2005 - Working visit of President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili to Azerbaijan;

18-19 July 2005- Official visit of Prime Minister of Georgia Zurab Nogaideli to Azerbaijan;

22-23 December 2005- Working visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Gela Bezhuashvili to Azerbaijan;

05 July 2006- Working visit of Prime Minister of Georgia Zurab Nogaideli to Azerbaijan;

31 October2006- Working visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Gela Bezhuashvili to Azerbaijan;

30 November 2006- Working visit of Prime Minister of Georgia Zurab Nogaideli to Azerbaijan;

25 December 2006- Working visit of Prime Minister of Georgia Zurab Nogaideli to Azerbaijan;

4 April 2007 - Working visit of Prime Minister of Georgia Zurab Nogaideli to Azerbaijan;

18-19 June 2007 - Visit of the President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Gela Bejuashvili to Azerbaijan to participate in GUAM Baku Summit;

27 September 2007 - Working visit of Prime Minister of Georgia Zurab Noigadeli to Azerbaijan;

13 March 2008 - Working visit of Prime Minister of Georgia Vladimer Gurgenidze to Azerbaijan;

18-20 June, 2008 - Visit of the Chairman of Parliament of Georgia David Bakradze to Azerbaijan;

24 October 2008 - Visit of the President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili to Azerbaijan;

14 November 2008 - Working visit of the President of Georgia Mikheli Saakashvili to Azerbaijan for participation in the Energy Summit;

22-23 December 2008 - Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze to Azerbaijan;

20 May 2009 - Official Visit of the President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili to Azerbaijan;

1-2 June 2009 - Working Visit of the Prime Minister Of Georgia Nika Gilauri to Azerbaijan;

14-15 September 2009 - Working Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze to Azerbaijan;

7 July 2010 - Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze to Azerbaijan;

23 July 2010 - Visit of the Prime Minister of Georgia Nika Gilauri to Azerbaijan.

From the Republic of Azerbaijan

22-23 March 2000- Official visit of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Heidar Aliev to Georgia;

05-06 October 2000- Visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan Vilait Guliev to Georgia;

12-15 October 2000 - Official visit of the head of the Milli Mejlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Murtuz Alekserov to Georgia;

05 January 2004- Official visit of the head the Milli Mejlis of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Murtuz Alekserov to Georgia;

07 June 2004- Official visit of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliev to Georgia;

12 October 2005- Working visit of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliev to Georgia;

16-18 August 2006 - Official visit of Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Artur Rasi-Zade to Georgia;

07 February 2007 - Official visit of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliev to Georgia.

26-28 August 2007 - Working Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Elmar Mamediarov to Georgia;

21 November 2007 - Visit of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliev to Georgia;

16 May 2008 - Visit of the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Artur Rasi-Zade to Georgia;

1 July 2008 - Visit in frame if GUAM Summit of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliev to Georgia to participate in GUAM Batumi Summit;

4 December 2008 - Working Visit of the Prime Minister of Georgia Artur Rasi-Zade to Georgia;

1-2 April 2009 - Official Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Elmar Mamediarov to Georgia;

14 January 2010 - Visit of the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Artur Rsai-Zade to Georgia (Batumi, Energy Conference);

18 July 2010 - Visit of the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliev to Georgia (Batumi);

15-15 October 2010 - Official Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Elmar Mamediarov to Georgia (Tbilisi).

Legal Framework

More than 100 international documents have been signed between Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan, among them:

1. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on strengthening of friendship, cooperation and mutual security (08.03.1996);

2. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on free trade;(08.03.1996).

3. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan concerning on cooperation in the fields of trade and economy (08.03.1996);

4. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan concerning on encouragement of investment and mutual security (08.03.1996);

5. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on trading navigation (08.03.1996);

6. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on manufacturing cooperation. (08.03.1996);

7. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in the fields of agriculture and food. (08.03.1996);

8. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan concerning the improvement and renew of some existing pipeline means, framing of new pipeline means and transportation, passing through territory of Georgia. (08.03.1996);

9. Declaration between Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan concerning the following intensification of strategic cooperation. (18.02.1997);

10. Agreement between Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan concerning on cooperation in oil and gas industry. (18.02.1997);

11. Agreement between Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in frontier issues. (18.02.1997);

12. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in the field of environment protection. (18.02.1997);

13. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in the field of education. (18.02.1997);

14. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in the field of culture. (18.02.1997);

15. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on scientific-technical cooperation. (18.02.1997);

16. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in the field of industrial property protection. (27.12.1997);

17. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in the field of power industry. (27.12.1997);

18. Agreement between the executive power of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in the field of tourism. (09.11.1998);

19. Agreement between the executive power of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in the field of struggle against economic and financial violations. (09.11.1998);

20. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in the field of communication. (22.03.2000);

21. Agreement between Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan concerning the transit of natural gas, transportation and realization by means of pipeline system in the South Caucasus, on the territories of Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan and outside of these territories. Valid from November 13, 2001;

22. Agreement between the Ministry of Defense of Georgia and the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in military field. (16.12.2002);

23. Agreement on cooperation between the Chamber of Control of Georgia and the Chamber of account of the Republic of Azerbaijan. (31.12.2003);

24. Agreement between the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and the Ministry of education of the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in the field of education. (04.03.2004);

25. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on cooperation in the field of information. (04.03.2004);

26. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on coordination of railway transportation. (04.06.2004);

27. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan concerning the expansion of cooperation in the field of energy transportation. (Signed in June, 2004);

28. Agreement between the Ministry of Finance of Georgia and the Ministry of taxation of the Republic of Azerbaijan on coordination and mutual assistance. (14.06.2004);

29. Joint communiqué of the President of Georgia Michael Saakashvili and the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliev. (15.06.2004);

30. Protocol between the Department of Civil Aviation of Georgia and the State Concern of Civil Aviation of the Republic of Azerbaijan concerning the following development of cooperation in the field of civil aviation. (14.04.2004);

31. Protocol of the first meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for Economic Cooperation between Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan and Statute of the Committee for Economic Cooperation between Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan. (11.06.2004);

32. Protocol of the second meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for Economic Cooperation between Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan. (18.07.2005);

33. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan concerning the restructuring of debt of Georgia regarding the Republic of Azerbaijan. (17.08.2006);

34. Protocol of the second meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for Economic Cooperation between Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan. (17.08.2006);

35. Agreement on "Baku-Tbilisi-Kars" new railway connection. (07.02.2007);

36. Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan on financing of railway site "Marabda", up to the border of the Republic of Turkey (Kartsakhi), projecting, construction, rehabilitation-reconstruction, and exploitation of conditions and principles in the frames of "Baku- Tbilisi-Kars" new railway line project. (07.02.2007);

37. Protocol of the forth meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for Economic Cooperation between Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan (27.09.2007);

38. Protocol of the fifth meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for Economic Cooperation between Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan (04.09.2008);

39. Protocol of amendments of the 08.03.1996 Agreement on Free Trade (20.05.2009);

40. Protocol of amendments of the Agreement on Air Traffic (20.05.2009);

41. Agreement on cooperation in the field of Protection of Intellectual Property (20.05.2009);

42. Protocol of the sixth meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for Economic Cooperation between Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan (23.07.2010);

43. Memorandum of Understanding on improvement of competitiveness of the transport corridor between Georgia and Azerbaijan (23.07.2010).

Link of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan: www.mfa.gov.az

 

 

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