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Relations between Georgia and the Republic of France

 

France

 

France

Chronology of Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relations between Georgia and the Republic of France were established on 21 August , 1992.

Ambassadors of Georgia to France: 

Gocha Chogovadze  (20.11.1993 - 17.02.2004);

Lana Ghoghoberidze  (19.02.2004 - 06.07.2004);

Natia Japaridze  (06.09.2004 - 15.01.2007);

Mamuka Kudava  (2007 - 2012);

Gocha Javakhishvili - charges d'affaires

Ekaterine Siradze - Delone

Ambassadors of France to Georgia: 

Pierre Morel  (1992 (with residence in  Moscow);

Bernard Fassier  (1993-1997);

Mireille Musso  (1997-2003);

Salomé Zourabichvili  (2003-2004);

Philippe Lefort (2004-2007);

Eric Fournier (2007 -  2011);

Renauld Salins (5 March 2012 - to date)

 

Fields of  Cooperation

 

Regular bilateral political consultations; Info: the last bilateral political consultations between the Ministries were held on 16 December, 2009 in Tbilisi.

  • France is a member of the UN Secretary General's Group of Friends tasked with finding a solution to the Abkhaz conflict. France is a member of the OSCE mission in Georgia as well;
  • Regional cooperation: regional cooperation between Georgia's Kakheti Region and France's Department of Yonne has been developing successfully;
  • Cooperation in the field of Defense: French side supports Georgia to increase defense capabilities of Georgia. With the French side's assistance, a training centre was opened in the Sachkhere region.for mountainous military units of the Ministry of Defense of Georgia.

 

Economic Cooperation

 

Trade Turnover in 1999-2006 (thousand USD):

 

Year

Export

            Import

2000

1 057.3

11015.7

2001

353.5

19194.3

2002

3030.4

15776. 8

2003

4924.9

55754.1

2004

9555.9

63230.4

2005

11545

97279.1

2006

30883.9

73975.9

Trade Turnover in 2007-2010 Mln.USD.

Year                              Export                                      Import

2007                              11.6                                         101.03

2008                              39.9                                          98.5

2009                               5.8                                           63.4

2010 (3 months)              1.1                                           12.9 

 

Important Visits

 4-9 March 2004 - Visit of President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili to France;

25 January  2005 - Visit of President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili to Strasbourg, France;

26 September 2005 - Visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Salome Zourabichvili to France;

19-24 March 2006 - Visit of Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia to France;

29-31 May 2006 - Visit of President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili to France;

7-8 November 2006 - Visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Gela Bezhuashvili to France.

13 June  2007  -  Visit of President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili to France;

10 August 2008 - Visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of France Bernard Kouchner to Georgia.

12 August 2008 - Visit of President of France Nicolas Sarkozy to Georgia;

8 September 2008 - Visit of President of France Nicolas Sarkozy to Georgia;

25-26 November 2009 - - Visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Grigol Vashadze to France.

7 April 2010 - Visit of Chairman of Parliament of Georgia David Bakradze to France.

8 Juin 2010 - Visit of President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili to France;

14-15 July 2010 - Visit of Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of France Bernard Kouchner to Georgia.  

 Legal Base

 In Force

 

1. "Financial Protocol between the Government of the Republic of Georgia and the Government of the French Republic".

Signed: Tbilisi, 10.07.1995

In force: on the date of signature - 10.07.1995

Non-International   

 

2.        "Agreement between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Georgia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of  France on Cooperation". Signed: Paris, 05.07.1993

In force: on the date of signature - 05.07.1993

 

3.        "Agreement between the Republic of Georgia and the Republic of France on Mutual Understanding, Friendship and Cooperation".

Signed: Paris, 21.01.1994

In force: 20.06.1999

 

4.        "Protocol of the Agreement between the Ministry of Trade and Foreign-Economic Relations of Georgia and the Universal Confederation of Small and Average Enterprises of France". 

Signed: Tbilisi,  03.02.1997

In Force: on the date of signature - 03.02.1997 

 

5.        "Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of France on Cooperation in the Field of Transport".

Signed: Paris, 03.02.1997

In force:  01.03.1997

 

6.        "Agreement between the Ministry of Defence of Georgia and the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of France on Bilateral Cooperation in the Field of Defence".

Signed: Paris, 03.02.1997

In force: on the date of signature 03.02.1997

 

7.        "Protocol of Cooperation between the United Georgian Bank (UGB) and Credit Commercial De France (CCF)".

Signed: Paris, 04.02.1997

In force: on the date of signature - 04.02.1997

Non-International 

 

8.        "Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Communication and Post of Georgia and AlcateL".

Signed: Paris, 03.02.1997

In force: on the date of signature -  03.02.1997

Non-International   

  

9.         "Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Transport of Georgia and AlcateL NAVIGATION SYSTEM GMBH".

Signed: Paris, 03.02.1997

In force: on the date of signature -  03.02.1997

Non-International 

 

10.      "Memorandum of Understanding between the Head of the Coast Guard Department of Georgia and AlcateL". 

Signed: Paris, 03.02.1997

In force: on the date of signature -  03.02.1997 

Non-International 

 

11.     "Memorandum of Understanding between the Head of the Coast Guard Department of Georgia and the President of SOFREMI (Society of the Ministry of Internal Affairs)".

Signed: Paris, 03.02.1997

In force: on the date of signature -  03.02.1997 

Non-International 

 

12.     "Memorandum between the City Hall of Tbilisi and the City Hall of Paris on Cooperation".

Signed: Paris, 04.02.1997

In force: on the date of signature -  04.02.1997  

Non-International  

 

13.     "Protocol of Intention between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of France in the Field of Agricultural and Rural Development".

Signed: Paris, 03.02.1997

In force: on the date of signature -  03.02.1997  

Non-International 

 

14.      "Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of France on the Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments". Signed:  Paris, 03.02.1997

In force: 13.04.2000 

 

15.      "Protocol of Intention between the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Georgia and the Company snc - lavleneurop". 

Signed: Paris, 03.02.1997

In force: on the date of signature -  03.02.1997  

Non-International  

 

16.     "Protocol of Intention between the Ministry of Fuel and Energy of Georgia and the Company snc - laVALIN Europe".

Signed: Paris, 03.02.1997

In force: on the date of signature -  03.02.1997  

Non-International  

 

17.       "Protocol of Intention between the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Georgia and the Company siukden".

Signed: Paris, 03.02.1997

In force: on the date of signature -  03.02.1997  

Non-International 

 

18.     "Protocol of Cooperation between the Ministry of Fuel and Energy of Georgia and Electricity Company of France "Electricite de France" on Cooperation in the Field of Electricity".

Signed: Paris, 05.02.1997

In force: on the date of signature -  05.02.1997   

Non-International  

19.     "Protocol between the Ministry of Communication and Post of Georgia and the International Radio of France (IRF) on the Retranslation of Radio Programs in Georgia".

Signed: Paris, 03.02.1997

In force: on the date of signature -  03.02.1997  

Non-International  

 

20.     "Agreement between the Executive Authority of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of France on the Cooperation in the Field of Archives".

Signed: Paris, 20.05.1999

In force: on the date of signature -  20.05.1999

 

21.     "Agreement between the Ministry of Defense of Georgia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of France concerning the Training of Georgian Officers in French Military Institutions".

Signed: 25.09.2002 

In force: on the date of signature -  25.09.2002

 

22.      "Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of France for the Avoidance of Double Taxation with Respect to Taxes and Income".

Signed: Paris, 07.03.2007 

      In force: 01.06.2010

 

23.     "Financial Protocol between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of France".

Signed: Tbilisi, 24.11.2008

In force: 30.12.2008  

 

24.     Declaration of Intention between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of France".

Signed: 07.06.2010

In force: on the date of signature -  07.06.2010

Non-International  

 

Signed but not in force

 

1.        "Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of France on Cooperation in the Fields of Cultural, Science and Techniques". 

Signed: Paris, 03.02.1997

Not in Force (approved for the entry into force by the President Decree N202, 18.04.1997)

 

2.        "Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the French Republic on Cooperation in the Matters of Inner Security".

Signed 26.11.2009

Not in Force (Notification on the completion of Internal Procedures by the Georgian side is sent to the French side on 28.12.09)

 

 Expired

 

1.  "Exchange of Letters between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of France for the Avoidance of Double Taxation".

Signed: Paris, 03.02.1997

In force:  on the date of signature -  03.02.1997 (Expired since 01.06.2010, after the entry into force of the new Agreement On Double Taxation between Georgia and France)

 

 In Progress

 

1. "Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of France on the Stay of Qualified Specialists and Circular Migration". NOTE: II Round of negotiations was held in Paris on 30-31 July 2010. Draft Agreement is under domestic legal procedures. Signature is planned in the nearest future.

 

2. "Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of the Republic of France on the Exchange of Information on Tax Matters".

NOTE: Draft Agreement was sent to the French side for consideration 12.08.10.

Link  

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of France: www.diplomatie.gouv.fr

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