In 2017 Georgia and Germany Will Celebrate the Year of Friendship

Over the last two years bilateral relations between Germany and Georgia have remarkably intensified and acquired new dynamism. Throughout these years, numerous high-level meetings took place and many political dignitaries have paid visits to both capitals. Based on shared values and common interests of strengthening our relations, considerable efforts have been invested in political cooperation, trade, cultural exchange and people-to-people contacts. Since the independence of democratic Georgia, Germany has always been at the forefront of those nations who have constantly supported our country and provided necessary assistance. Today, Germany is one of our major partners within the EU, NATO as well as other International Organizations and has become a key factor in successfully accomplishing our Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

Georgia signing the Association Agreement with the EU and Germany’s Bundestag ratifying the document prior to the Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga, marked a new milestone in our relations. This new level of cooperation is also matched with high-level visits and increased interest demonstrated by the political establishment in Berlin. Georgian Prime-Minister has twice visited Germany and met with the Chancellor of Germany, H.E. Mrs. Angela Merkel. From 2014 hitherto Minister of Justice, Minister of Agriculture, two Ministers of Internal Affairs, Minister for Diaspora, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development and Ministers of Foreign Affairs have visited Germany. High intensity of political exchange with Berlin for the past two years reflects the new dynamism in our relations. During the recent visit paid by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Georgia and Germany agreed to extend the bilateral cooperation in areas such as fight against the organized crime and combating terrorism. On the margins of the EaP Summit in Riga, Prime-minister Garibashvili and Chancellor Merkel again had an opportunity to follow up on various topics set on the bilateral as well as multilateral political agenda of the two countries. Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Steinmeir has paid two visits to Georgia. Chairman of German Bundestag, H.E. Normert Lammert also visited Georgia, followed by the visits of Georgian-German parliamentarian delegations. Besides, in 2015 Georgian parliamentarians have hosted German delegation of South Caucasus Group of the Bundestag.

Georgia as a profitable investment destination has also attracted the interest of German business. At the joint press conference with Georgia’s Prime-Minister during his visit to Berlin last year, Chancellor Merkel encouraged German companies to do more business with Georgia, because “Georgia could be a good place to invest.”  Over the last years, new areas of German-Georgian business cooperation have been discussed at various levels. Last year, Germany hosted a business forum for Georgian companies organized by the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations – Ost-Ausschuss der deutschen Wirtschaft. In April this year, the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, Vice Prime-Minister of Georgia led the Georgian delegation to the 3. East Forum Berlin. In 2015, delegations of German businessmen visited Georgia to discuss new investment opportunities with local partners. 

Last, but certainly not least, the years 2014-2015 have marked a new level of cultural exchange with Germany. In 2014, Berlin hosted the Days of Georgian Culture in Germany. In 2017 we will jointly celebrate the Year of German-Georgian Friendship. Besides, Embassy of Georgia has hosted many famous Georgian artists and also introduced newcomers to the German public. German visitors, businessmen, as well as customers had an opportunity to learn more about Georgian wine and many other agricultural products at the International Green Week held in Berlin in 2015.