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

 

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Chronology of Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relations with Georgia 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

- Kavadze Amiran - 16.04.2004 - 25.09.2006

- Gela Charkviani - 25.09.2006 - 07.04.2009

- Giorgi Badridze - 2009 -2014

- Revaz Gachechiladze - 2014 - 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 - 31.07.2007 - 09.08.2010

- Judith Gough - 2010 - To date

 

 Fields of Cooperation

 - Regular bilateral and multilateral political dialogue;

- Support in political and economic reforms of the Government of Georgia and in fulfillment of Georgia's international obligations;

- Defence Cooperation: continuous British contribution to create an efficient Georgian army; Trainings of Georgian military and civilian personnel and English language training courses for military personnel;

- Support in political efforts towards conflict resolution in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the regions of Georgia; The UK government supports the work of three UK NGOs in Abkhazia, Conciliation Resources (CR), International Alert (IA) and the Halo Trust. The British NGOs Conciliation Resources and Institute for War and Peace Reporting and the Tbilisi based NGO Studio Re have been involved in confidence building in Abkhazia;

- Cooperation in the fields of Culture (The British Council in Georgia supports development of cultural relationships between the two countries) and Education (Chevening, John Smith, Hansard, Mansion Scholarships);

- The UK Department for International Development (DFID) provides funds for Technical Assistance Programme in Georgia in the selected sectors: Rural Livelihoods, Health and Welfare,Good Governance/Democracy Building. DFID in Georgia supports some other schemes: small grants, Disaster Relief and Emergency Aid Projects, British Executive Service Overseas (BESO), John Smith Fellowship Programme.

- The International Organization for Migration and the British Embassy in Georgia, will implement the project - "Capacity building for government officials to combat trafficing in persons and smuggling of migrants" - from june 2007 through December 2008.
The project is financed by the Global Opportunities Fund of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Trade turnover between Georgia and the UK in 2000 - 2009

(in thousand USD)

Year

Export

Import

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

8 186, 2

58 406,7

2010 Jenuary-April 

5 446, 0

24 329,3

- The UK is one of the biggest investors in Georgia.

 

Important visits

From Georgia:

1994 -A. Chikvaidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia;

1995- E. Shevardnadze, President of Georgia;

1997- I. Menagarishvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia;

1997 - Z. Zhvania, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia;

2000- E. Shevardnadze, President of Georgia;

2001- I. Menagarishvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia;

2002- V. Khaburzania, Minister of State Security of Georgia;

2002- K. Narchemashvili, Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia;

2003- D. Tevzadze, Minister of Defence of Georgia;

2003- T. Japaridze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia;

2003 - M. Kakabadze, Minister of Special Affairs of Georgia;

2003 - S. Gogiberidze, Minister of Culture of Georgia;

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

2004(15-17September) - N. Burjanadze, Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia;

2004- Z. Soselia, Chairman of Chamber of Control of Georgia

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

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

2005(10-16 October) - S. Zourabichvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

2006(7-13 January) - A. Lomaia, Minister of Education and Science of Georgia

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

2006(3-4 May) - Z. Nogaideli, Prime-Minister of Georgia

2006 (20-25 May) - Z. Nogaideli, Prime-Minister of Georgia

2007 (19-22 March) - G. Baramidze, State Minister for Georgia's Integration into European and Euro-Atlantic Structures.

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

2007 (May) - A. Lomaia, Minister of Education and Science of Georgia

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

2008 (April) - G. Baramidze, State Minister for Georgia's Integration into European and Euro-Atlantic Structures;

2008 (October) - L. Gurgenidze, Prime-Minister of Goergia

2008 (November) - E. Tkeshelashvili, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

2009 (January) - E. Tkeshelashvili, Secretary of the National Security Council of Georgia

2009 (13-15 May) - N. Gilauri, Prime Minister of Georgia

2009 (11-14 October) - Grigol Vashadze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

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

2009 11 October - Bilateral Consultations on Directors's Level between Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

2010 (27-28 January) - Grigol Vashadze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

2010 (15-18 February) - H.E. Mikheil Saakashvili, President of Georgia

2010 (30 June) - Grigol Vashadze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

 

From the UK:

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 United Kingdom's 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)

 

Ongoing Bilateral UK Assistance to Georgia: 2010/2011 financial year

British Embassy Bilateral Budget

Training of Political party staff

Ongoing 2008-2010 (Sept)

Training for political party staff by GFSIS.  Policy analysis etc.

 

British Embassy Bilateral Budget

 

Election Monitoring

 

April-June, 2010

 

Implemented by Georgian Young Lawyers Association. Project aims to monitor the pre-election period for the 2010 local self-government elections (Tbilisi and regional centers)

British Embassy Local Budget

Election Monitoring

May, 2010

British Embassy conducted an election monitoring exercise in support of 30 May local self governance and Mayoral elections in Georgia.

Conflict Prevention Pool

Building confidence in conflict transformation: the Georgian/Abkhaz context -

April 2008 - March 2011

 

 

Implemented by Conciliation Resources.  This project has had longstanding UK support.

Conflict Prevention Pool

Georgian & Abkhaz advocacy & action promoting human security

April 2008 - March 2011

 

Implemented by International Alert.  This project has had longstanding UK support.

Conflict Prevention Pool

Crisis Management Project

 

Multi year project

Direct UK Government support to enhance Georgian crisis management structures. Consultation services to State Ministry of Reintegration on Engagement Strategy from Professor John Packer.

Conflict Prevention Pool

UK contribution to the EUMM

Multiyear project

Up to 14 secondees and equipment (armoured vehicles etc.)

Conflict Prevention Pool

Economy and Conflict in the South Caucasus

Multiyear project

Implemented by International Alert.  Since 2003, this project has been working to engage the private sectors (local business and trans-national corporations) across the region in economic initiatives that contribute to conflict reduction in the South Caucasus. This particular phase of the project has concentrated on supporting pilot economic projects across conflict divides, such as the leading to joint bee-keeping, tea, cheese and other joint projects.

Conflict Prevention Pool

Building bridges/building capacity in the South Caucasus

Multiyear project

Implemented by the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. This project works with journalists across the 3 South Caucasus countries to improve conflict reporting through training, raise awareness of conflict issues through round table events and provide independent, unbiased reporting through an internet based portal.

Conflict Prevention Pool

Eyewitness reporters cause change: people to people dialogue across divides

2010-2011

Implemented by Go Group. The project contributes to cross-community understanding and bridge isolation arising from diverse tensions and lack of information exchange within and between regions of Georgia, by working with active residents, civil society and media, thus creating greater opportunities for locals to respond to new realities and to play a more active role in decision-making in the region and beyond.

Conflict Prevention Pool

Vertical dialogue (Georgia/Abkhazia)

2010-2011

Implemented by International Alert. Project strengthens the contribution of civil society to formulating government policy and informing the international discussions on the conflicts, with a focus on Georgian-Abkhaz conflict.

Conflict Prevention Pool

Strengthening civil society-government dialogue on conflict and stability and empowering conflict-affected communities on their security needs

2010-2011

Implemented by Saferworld. Project supports strengthening of civil society-government dialogue on conflict-related policies and programmes, and empower communities affected by conflict to have a greater role in identifying, and developing responses to, their security and safety concerns

UK MoD/Foreign Office

Support to the Georgian Institute of Phytopathology (GIP) in Kobuleti

2004-2011

Scientist redirection programme under the ITSC.    Scientists now support agricultural development through disease and yield studies.

UK MoD/Defence Section, British Embassy Tbilisi

Defence Cooperation

Multiyear support

  • Access to Georgian airspace and airfields for UK military transit flights.
  • Advice and assistance to MOD GE FOR implementing effective  human resources management, restructuring and reforming MOD GE  and development of officer training and education.
  • UK Special Defence Advisor assisting with the implementation of the NATO Professional Development Programme within MOD GE.
  • English language training.
  • Development of capacity for Georgia to participate in international operations.

DFID

Support to Transparency International's National Integrity System (NIS) Assessment

2009 - 2012

Funding provided via the Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin.

Westminster Foundation for Democracy

Parliamentary strengthening project

 2009-2013

The project aims to create the conditions to establish self sustainable Parliamentary Studies Centre (PSC) to deliver effective parliamentary training within local institutions. Outputs will include a parliamentary human resource strategy; training of trainers; staff development; training of parliamentarians and their staff; linkages with service providers, NGOs and practitioners.

 

Chevening Scholarship Scheme

 

Scholarships for future leaders at Masters level

 

Long term worldwide programme

 

One scholar in 10-11 schemes approved.  Scheme administered by the British Council.

 

John Smith Fellowship Scheme

 

Fellowships focussing supporting the next generation of leaders in the Former Soviet Union

Has operated since 1996

 

 

Core themes for the scheme include rule of law, tolerance, conflict resolution, public accountability in governance and the need to extend democratic access.

 

 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).

Link:  Foreign & Commonwealth Office www.fco.gov.uk

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