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Relations between Georgia and Japan

 

Japan

Chronology of Diplomatic Relations:

Diplomatic relations between Georgia and Japan were established on August 3, 1992.

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Georgia:

Mr. Koji Watanabe - 1996 - 1997;

Mr. Takehiro Togo - 2001 - 2002;

Mr. Toshiuki Fujivara - 2002 - 2005;

Mr. Tadahiro Abe - 2005 - 2009;

Mr. Masaoyshi Kamohara - since May, 2009 to date.

Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Japan:

Mr. David Nozadze, Charge d' affaires of Georgia - 2006 - 2008;

Mr. Ivane Machavariani - 2008 - 2009;

Mr. Revaz Beshidze -  2009 - 2013

Mr. Levan Tsintsadze - 2014 - to date

Fields of cooperation:

Japan's Official Development Assistance (ODA) is being implemented in Georgia through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in the different major directions: grant aid for the sectors of economy and infrastructure (energy, roads, hospitals, and agriculture), preferential loans (energy, transport, and infrastructure), grant aid to local NGOs and technical assistance (training of Georgian specialists in Japan and dispatch of Japanese experts to Georgia). In the frames of ODA a lot of projects were also implemented in the fields of agriculture, education and health care.

In the frames of the above assistance, nowadays the Government of Japan is financing two important projects in Georgia: East-West Highway Improvement Project and Clean Energy by Solar Electricity Generation System.

Trade and Economic Cooperation:


The trade figures:

 

Millions of USD

 

Year

 

2007

 

2008

 

2009


2010


2011

Export

0.4

0.3

4.6

8.1

2.9

Import

55.7

119.8

60.1

80.9

174.1

Turnover

56.1

120.0

64.6

89.0

177.0

Balance

-55.3

-119.5

-55.5

-72.8

-171.2


Significant visits from Georgia to Japan:

1. Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. Alexander Chikvaidze, October, 1992;

2. Visit of the State Minister of Georgia Mr. Niko Lekishvili, December, 1997;

3. Visit of the President of Georgia Mr. Eduard Shevardnadze, March, 1999;

4. Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. Irakli Menagarishvili, June, 2001;

5. Visit of the Minister of Economic Development of Georgia Mr. Irakli Chogovadze, September, 2005;

6. Visit of the President of Georgia Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili, March, 2007;

7. Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. Grigol Vashadze, March, 2009;

8. Visit of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. Alexander Nalbandov to Japan for holding the first round of political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and Japan, May, 2009;

9. Working visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. Grigol Vashadze, March, 2010;

10. Working visit of the Chairman of the Chamber of Control of Georgia, Mr. Levan Bezhashvili,  April 2010;

11. Working visit of the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Developments of Georgia, Mrs. Vera Kobalia, September, 2010;

12. Working visit of the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia Mr. Vladimer Vardzelashvili, September, 2010;

13. Working visit of the Minister of Internal Affairs of Georgia Mr. Vano Merabishvili, October, 2010;

14. Visit of the Deputy Minister of Defense of Georgia Mr. Nikoloz Vashakidze, October 17-19, 2010;

15. Visit of the Deputy Minister of Environment Protection of Georgia, Mr. Giorgi Zedgenidze, October 2010;

16. Visit of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. Alexander Nalbandov for holding the third round of political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and Japan, November, 2010;

17. Visit of the Deputy Minister of Energy of Georgia, Mrs. Mariam Valishvili, November, 2010.

 

 

Significant visits from Japan to Georgia:

1. Visit of the Member of the Chamber of Representatives of the Parliament of Japan Mr. Taro Nakaiama, August, 1997;

2. Visit of the Member of the Chamber of Representatives of the Parliament of Japan Mr. Taro Nakaiama, October, 1999;

3. Visit of the Deputy Foreign Minister of Japan, Mrs. Akiko Yamanaka, July, 2006;

4. Visit of the Member of Chamber of Representatives of the Parliament of Japan Mr. Aisava Ichiro, August, 2006;

5. Visit of the Deputy Foreign Minister of Japan, Parliamentary Secretary, Mr. Sekiguchi Masakadzu, May, 2007;

6. Visit of the Deputy Foreign Minister of Japan, Parliamentary Secretary, Mr. Yasotuchi Nishimura, May, 2009;

7. Visit of the Deputy Director General of European Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Mr. Nobukatsu Kanehara for holding the second round of political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and Japan, December, 2009;

8. Visit of the Deputy Director General of European Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, Mr. Toyohisa Kozuki to Georgia for holding the fourth round of political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and Japan, December, 2011;

9.  Visit of the Director of Central Asia and Caucasus Division of the European Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Mr. Masaki Ikegami, January, 2012.

 

Agreements in Force between Georgia and Japan:

1)            Japanese Grant Agreement by exchange of Notes between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Japan to increase food production (¥500'000'000) in force since: April 8, 1997;

 

2)            Japanese Grant Agreement by exchange of Notes between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Japan to promote the Economic structural adjustment (¥500'000'000) in force since: April 8, 1997;

 

3)            Agreement by exchange of Notes between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Japan to promote the Economic stabilization development (¥5'322'000'000) in force since: November 13, 1997;

 

4)            Japanese Grant Agreement by exchange of Notes between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Japan for the purpose of contributing to the increase of food production (¥380'000'000) in force since: March 6, 1998;

 

5)            Agreement by exchange of Notes between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Japan on rescheduling the debts of Georgia in force since: March 11, 2005;

 

6)            Grant Agreement by exchange of Notes between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Japan for the purpose of contributing to the increase of food production (¥200'000'000) in force since: March 11, 2005;

 

7)            Grant Agreement by exchange of Notes between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Japan to promote the Economic structural adjustment (¥300'000'000) in force since: March 11, 2005;

 

8)            Grant Agreement by exchange of Notes between the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Georgia, on behalf of the Government of Georgia and the Ambassador of Japan, on behalf of the Government of Japan for financing the Project for Improvement of Medical Equipment of Primary Health Care Facilities in the Field of Mother and Child Health (¥247'000'000) in force since: February 2, 2004;

 

9)            Agreement by exchange of Notes between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Japan on extending Non-Project Grant of eight hundred million yen (¥800'000'000) to the Government of Georgia in force since: March 16, 2006;

 

10)         Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Japan on Technical Cooperation in force since: July 6, 2007;

 

11)         Grant Agreement by exchange of Notes between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Japan concerning the Improvement of Japanese Language Learning Equipment of Tbilisi State University ("Japanese-Georgian Cultural Cooperation Project") (¥18'700'000). in force since: December 24, 2008;

 

12)         Agreement by exchange of Notes between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Japan on extending Non-Project Grant (¥1'200'000'000) to the Government of Georgia in force since: December 25, 2008;

 

13)         Loan Agreement by Exchange of Notes on East-West Highway Improvement Project between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Japan in force since: January 5, 2010;

 

14)              Agreement by Exchange of Notes between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Japan on the Japanese Grant Aid Project for Introduction "Clean Energy by Solar Electricity Generation System" in force since: July 13, 2010.

 

 

Link

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