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Relations between Georgia and Swiss Confederation

 

Switzerland

Chronology of Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relations with Georgia were established on June 10, 1992

 

Ambassadors of Georgia to Switzerland

In the years 1997-2012 the Georgian Embassy to Switzerland was located in Geneva.

In April 2012, the Georgian Embassy was opened in Bern.

1997 – 2003- Amiran Kavadze

2003 – 2005-  Aleksandre Chikvaidze

2006 – 2007-  Levan Mikeladze

2008 – 2011-  Giorgi Gorgiladze

04.03.2011 - 15.03.2012- Zurab Chiaberashvili

20.10.2012- to date- Irakli Kurashvili

 

Ambassadors of Switzerland to Georgia

2001 -2006- Stefan Speck

2006 – 2010- Lorenzo Amberg

2010 - to date- Guenther Baechler   


Fields of Cooperation

The Cooperation between the Georgian and Swiss sides is intensifying very actively. The sides successfully cooperate in the field of Development Cooperation. The Georgian side is grateful for technical cooperation and humanitarian assistance implemented by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The following core projects are currently implemented in Georgia: Rural Development in Samtske-Javakheti, Racha-Lechkhumi, Social Housing in a supportive environment in Tbilisi, Kutaisi, Gori, Zugdidi and Batumi, Rural Tourism and Development, Disaster Risk reduction in the municipalities of Tsageri and Lentekhi.

In 2009, upon the Agreement reached between the Georgian, Swiss and Russian sides, the Swiss side assumed the function of mediator in bilateral relations with Russia and represents Georgia’s interests in the Russian Federation.

 

Trade Turnover (mln. USD)

Years

2009

2010

2011

2012  

2013         (3 months

Turnover

40.32

34.89

50.92

84.7

22.5

exoirt

2.29

0.42

1.79

12.8

2.5

import

38.03

34.47

49.13

71.9

20.0

 

High level visits from Georgia:

2014

January- Prime-Minister of Georgia Mr. Irakli Garibashvili participated in the World Economic Forum in Davos;

March- Working Visit of Mr. Shalva Pipia, Minister of Agriculture of Georgia

June- Working Visit of Ms. Maia Panjikidze, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

October- Official Visit of Mr. David Usupashvili, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia

 

2013

May- visit of Mr. Guram Odisharia, Minister of Culture and Monument Protection to Geneva;

23-25 January- Prime-Minister of Georgia Mr. Bidzina Ivanishvili participated in the World Economic Forum in Davos;

23-25 January – Georgian Foreign Minister Ms. Maia Panjikidze visited Davos;

23-25 January – visit of Mr. Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia was held in  in Davos.

11-14 September - visit of Georgian Foreign Ms. Minister Maia Panjikidze 

 

2012

January- Prime-Minister of Georgia Mr. Nika Gilauri participated in the World Economic Forum in Davos;

June- Ms. Vera Kobalia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development participated in the EFTA-Ministerial meeting held in Gstad.

 

2011

January- Mr. Dimitri Shashkin, Minister of Education and Science visited Bern;

February- Mr. Ramaz Nikolaishvili, Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development visited Bern;

8-8 March- Mr. Grigol Vashadze, Minister of Foreign Affairs visited Bern and Geneva.

 

2010

15-16 June- Visit of Mr. Nika Gilauri, the Prime Minister of Georgia tin Bern;

19-21 June- Visit of Mr. David Bakradze, the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia to Geneva;

22-23 October- President Mr. Mikhail Saakashvili participated in the Summit of Frankophonie held in Montreaux.

 

2009

14 December- Visit of Mr. Grigol Vashadze, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

 

High level visits from Switzerland:

2014

June- Official Visit of Mr. Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

 July- Working Visit of Mr. Filippo Lombardi, Senator, Head of the Swiss-Georgian friendship group at the Swiss Federal Parliament

2012

11-12 December- Visit of Mr. Yves Rossier, the State Secretary at the Federal Foreign Department.

2011

29 May – Visit of Federal President, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Micheline Calmy-Rey.

31 October-  - Visit of Federal President, Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Micheline Calmy-Rey.

2010

16 January - Visit of  Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs Micheline Calmy-Rey.

 

Bilateral Political Consultations:

Political Consultations between the Foreign Ministries of Georgia and Switzerland are held regularly.

  • 12 December, 2012 - Tbilisi
  • 23 May, 2011- Bern;
  • 19-21, 2009 - Tbilisi.

 

 

Embassy of Georgia to Switzerland

Seftigenstrasse , 73007 Bern, the Swiss Confederation

Tel + 41 31 351-58-55

Fax + 41 31 351-58-62

Embassy of the Swiss Confederation to Georgia

Krtsanisi Str.  11, 0114,Tbilisi

Tel: +995 32 275 30 01/02
Fax: +995 32 275 30 06

 

Links
Embassy of Georgia to Switzerland-http://www.switzerland.mfa.gov.ge 

 

Embassy of Switzerland to Georgia- http://www.eda.admin.ch/tbilisi

 

Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of the Swiss Confederation- www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home.html

 

Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation-http://www.swiss-cooperation.admin.ch/southerncaucasus

 

 

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