Chronology of Diplomatic Relations
Diplomatic relations between Georgia and Canada were established on July 23, 1992.
Ambassadors of Georgia to Canada (with residence in Washington DC., USA):
Batu Kutelia (November 2009 - to date)
Vasil Sikharulidze (February, 2006 - 2009)
Levan Mikeladze (June 2002 - January 2006)
Tedo Japaridze (July 1994 - March 2002)
Ambassadors of Canada to Georgia (with residence in Ankara, Turkey):
Mark Bailey (December 22, 2008 - to date)
Yves Brodeur (2005-2008)
Michael Leir (2002-2005)
Jean-Marc Duval (1999-2002)
Michael Mace (1996-1999)
Peter Hancock (1993-1996)
Fields of Cooperation
Canada has traditionally been a good friend and partner of Georgia in democratic development.
Georgia attaches great importance to the cooperation and development of relations with Canada - a member of NATO, G8, and a country whose foreign policy priority is the development of democracy worldwide. Georgia and Canada actively cooperate within the framework of International Organizations (UN, OSCE). Canada supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia and its integration into North Atlantic Alliance. Political consultations between Georgia and Canada have been held on the regular bases since 2009.
From 1997 Canadian GSP mode applies to a wide spectrum of Georgian export products. In 2009 the trade turnover between Georgia and Canada constituted 131,4 Mln USD.
Trade Turnover in 2000-2009 (thousand USD):
The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has been a significant donor for years. CIDA's 2003-2004 disbursements for projects and initiatives in Georgia constituted 4,38 Mln dollars, in 2006-2007 - 1,9 Mln dollars, and in 2007-2008 - 2,44 Mln dollars.
3 mln CND were allocated by the Canadian Government through CIDA in order to assist victims of the August war in Georgia.
February 14-20, 2007 - Visit of the Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia Ms. Nino Burjanadze to Canada;
March 22-23 - Visit the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia Mr. Dimitri Shashkin to Canada.
November 13-15, 2002 - Visit of Secretary of State of Canada for Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East Gar Knutson to Georgia;
August 31, 2008 - Visit of The Honorable Helena Guergis, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Trade to Georgia.
Declaration on Friendship and Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Georgia and the Government of Canada (March 10, 1994)
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
Embassy of Canada in Turkey
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Embassy of Georgia to the USA, Canada and Mexico