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Relations between Georgia and the Kingdom of Sweden


Diplomatic Relations

Diplomatic relations with Georgia were established on September 19, 1992.

Georgian Ambassadors to the Kingdom of Sweden

Michael (Mikhako) Tsereteli, October 19 1918 - January 20, 1919
Aristo Chumbadze, January 21, 1919 - June 14, 1920
Amiran Kavadze, since November 3, 2006

Swedish Ambassadors to Georgia

Henrik Sven Hirdman - 13. 06. 95. - 17. 10. 05
Johan Molander - 17. 10. 05. - 05. 12. 06
Hans-Gunnar Adén - December 2006 -September 2009
Andreas Tuvesson - Charge d'Affaires a.i. - September 1, 2009 - April 1, 2010
Åsa Pousard - Charge d'Affaires a.i. - from April 6, 2010 - present

Honorary Consuls

Eric L. Jonsson - April 2000 - January 2008
Bakur Sulakauri since May, 2008


Fields of Cooperation

The first diplomatic representation in Sweden was established in 1918 with Ambassador Mr. Michael (Mikhako) Tsereteli. The Georgian Embassy was reopened in Sweden in November 2006.

Swedish-Georgian relations have much deeper roots going back to the second half of the 19th century, which is associated with the family of Nobels who invested into construction of oil installations in Batumi port, transport networks in Georgia and assisted in opening of the Swedish vice-consulate in Batumi in 1887.

Sweden became a member of the New Group of Friends of Georgia at the ministerial meeting in 2007 in Vilnius.

Development Cooperation Assistance rendered by the Swedish Government through the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) is becoming increasingly important. Sweden is the largest EU Member donor country for Georgia.

Sweden continues its assistance in the ENP Action Plan implementation in various fields: good governance, democratic and judiciary reforms, human rights, economic development, conflict resolution.

With a view of boosting of bilateral interparliamentary cooperation the all party group on Sweden was established in the Georgian Parliament led by Ms. Rusudan Kervalishvili and in Swedish Parliament was set up the all party group on Georgia led by Ms. Jessica Polfjärd.

In 2009 Sweden increased its assistance for active involvement of Georgia into Eastern Partnership Initiative.

During the Swedish EU Presidency (1 July 2009- 31 December 2009) Sweden continued its support to Georgia on the following issues: EU-Georgia agreement on Visa Facilitation, Association Agreement with Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade component, Russia's fulfillment of 12 August 2008 cease fire agreement and the EU monitoring mission in Georgia.

Government of Sweden on 21 January 2010 adopted a new strategy for Development Cooperation with Georgia for the period 2010-2013. It is intended to increase Swedish development cooperation with Georgia to approximately SEK 100 million per year.


Economic Cooperation

Trade turnover between Georgia and the Kingdom of Sweden between 2000 and 2009 (in thousand USD)

Year

Export

Import

2000

53.1   

10,613.6   

2001

249.0   

1,129.2   

2002

15.2   

7,869.9   

2003

36.3   

6,383.2   

2004

63.4   

4,811.9   

2005

149.6   

9,623.0   

2006

10.0   

13,611.5   

2007

 90.4   

 32,439.7   

2008

70.0   

27,510.0   

2009

 

 

Main Import Products: Semi-manufactures, Engineering Products, Chemical Products, Raw Materials.

Main Export Products: Food and beverages, Engineering products.

Georgian red dry wine "Saperavi" is sold in the Swedish Alcohol Retail Monopoly - "Systembolaget" since 2007.

On 31 March, 1 April 2009 Swedish Business Delegation, headed by the State Secretary for Trade, Mr. Gunnar Wieslander visited Georgia. The first Swedish-Georgian Business Forum was held in the frames of the visit. The follow up of the Business forum along with the Seminar "Export to Sweden" are planned for spring 2010.


Important Visits

From Georgia to the Kingdom of Sweden

June 7-9, 2007, Stockholm - Visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Gela Bezhuashvili to the Kingdom of Sweden

September 12-16, 2007, Götland Islands, Stockholm - Visit of the State Minister for Conflict Resolution Issues, Mr. David Bakradze to Sweden

May 28-29, 2008, Stockholm - Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Ms. Eka Tkeshelashvili to the Kingdom of Sweden

August 29, 2008, Stockholm - Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Ms. Eka Tkeshelashvili to the Kingdom of Sweden

October 30, 2008, Stockholm - Official visit of the President of Georgia Mr. Mikheil Saakashvili to the Kingdom of Sweden

April 20, 2009,Stockholm - Visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mr. Grigol Vashadze to the Kingdom of Sweden

October 22, 2009, Stockholm - Visit of the Minister of Finance of Georgia Mr. Kakha Baindurashvili to the Kingdom of Sweden

May 5-7, 2010 - Official visit of the Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia Mr. David Bakradze to the Kingdom of Sweden

From the Kingdom of Sweden

February 20-21, 2001 - during the Swedish EU Presidency the Troika led by the late Foreign Minister of Sweden Ms. Anna Lindh (together with Javier Solana, Chris Patten and Louis Michel) visited Georgia.

January 24-25, 2005, Tbilisi - Visit of the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sweden to Georgia Mr. Göran Persson

December 6, 2006, Tbilisi - Visit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden to Georgia Mr. Carl Bildt

May 16-17 2007, Batumi - Visit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden to Georgia Mr. Carl Bildt (together with President Saakashvili Carl Bildt inaugurated the Industrial Development Nobel Museum in Batumi)

September 23-25, 2007, Tbilisi, Batumi - Visit of the Speaker of the Swedish Parliament, Mr. Per Westerberg to Georgia (within the framework of the Nordic- Baltic-8 Parliamentary Dimension)

November 1-4, 2007, Tbilisi - Visit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden to Georgia Mr. Carl Bildt (Conference - Tbilisi Summit 2007, Building Europe's East)

April 4-5, 2008, Tbilisi - Visit of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Carl Bildt to Georgia

August 11-12, 2008, Tbilisi - Visit of the Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Mr. Carl Bildt to Georgia

September 1- 6, 2008 - Visit of the Chairperson of the Foreign Relations Committee of Riksdag, Mr. Göran Lennmarker to Georgia

January 22-24, Tbilisi - Visit of the Leader of the Social Democratic Party of Sweden, Mrs. Mona Sahlin to Georgia

January 26-27, 2009 - Visit of the Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden Ms. Gunilla Carlsson to Georgia

March 31-April 1, 2009, Tbilisi - Visit of the State Minister for Trade of Sweden Gunnar Wieslander

July 16-19, 2009 - Visit of the EU-Troika to Georgia led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden Carl Bildt


Legal Framework

Along with diplomatic relations, the Kingdom of Sweden and Georgia have begun to establish a bilateral framework. For the time being the Kingdom of Sweden and Georgia have concluded the following agreements:

- Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Sweden on the Establishment of Swedish Development Coordination Office in the South Caucasus.  (Signed in Tbilisi on March 5, 2004, entered into force on 15.11.2005).

- Agreement between Georgia and Sweden on General Terms and Conditions for Development Cooperation". (Signed in Tbilisi on December 13, 2006, entered into force on March 15, 2007).

- Agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Government of Sweden on Reciprocal Promotion and Protection of Investments (signed in Stockholm on 30 October, 2008, entered into force on 01 April, 2009).


Link

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Sweden: www.sweden.gov.se

 

 

 
 
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