Contemporary Georgian Literature – The New Trend for Mexican Book Lovers

The Embassy of Georgia to the United Mexican States is accredited to the Republics of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama - in the region of Central America and to the Commonwealth of Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines - in the Caribbean.

Since the opening of the Embassy of Georgia in Mexico City in 2011, the Embassy has directed its efforts primarily towards introducing Georgia to the region of Central America and the Caribbean, where so little was known about our country. Therefore, the year of 2014-2015 continued with the same line and with the conviction that in today’s interconnected world, there is no concept of distant regions.

The Embassy has continued to present to the region the richness of Georgia and its culture through cultural diplomacy. With this aim, several events were organized presenting Georgian cuisine, cinema, dance, music and handcrafts to the public of Mexico and concurrent countries, at various occasions.

Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of the year in cultural terms was the initiation of unprecedented project – first ever translation of Georgian contemporary literary works into Spanish. The project that represents a perfect example of bilateral cooperation between Georgian and Mexican institutions is expected to be finished by September 2015 and will provide a unique opportunity to promote Georgian modern literature not only in Mexico, but throughout the whole Spanish-speaking world.

Besides the cultural introduction, the Embassy has continued its efforts to actively engage, both politically and economically, with the countries of Latin America and Caribbean. Intensified political dialogue has led to raising awareness about Georgia’s political agenda, as well as humanitarian challenges that the country is facing in its occupied regions. It is worth emphasizing that the Embassy’s efforts have resulted in positive outcomes such as the increased number of supporters of the UN Resolution on the Status of Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees from Abkhazia, and the Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, Georgia. In addition, following the active efforts of the Mexican Pro-Tempore Presidency of the Latin American trade bloc - Pacific Alliance, Georgia became an Observer State of the Alliance at the 10th Summit of the Organization in Paracas, Peru. 

To sum up, during the past year, the Embassy of Georgia has made a big effort to improve and strengthen the relations with Mexico and the concurrent countries, in order to open new avenues for cooperation and form closer partnerships. The efforts in this direction will naturally continue in the upcoming years, especially considering the fact that the region that used to be perceived to be distant, appeared to be very close in terms of culture, traditions and values.