The Good Governance Fund and the UK’s Active Support of Georgia

Embassy of Georgia to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Permanent Representation to International Maritime Organization

It has been nearly a year since 2 September, 2014 when I presented the copies of Credentials to the Marshal of Diplomatic Corps, hence became accredited to the Court of St James. The ceremony of presenting Letters of Credence to Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth the Second followed on 9 December, 2014 and was indeed very ceremonial.

In November, 2014 a new format of bilateral political consultations – Wardrop Dialogue – was introduced with the aim to intensify bilateral cooperation in various fields of mutual interest. In the framework of Wardrop Dialogue the representatives of Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Energy and Economic Development of Georgia met with British counterparts to assess the existing scope of cooperation and identify and discuss the opportunities for further deepening cooperation in relevant fields. 

First round of political dialogue has already been conducted in November, 2014 and Interim round on April, 2015, with second round scheduled for November, 2015.

Throughout the year Her Majesty’s Government has been active and instrumental in supporting Georgian government in reforming and capacity-building in various directions, including further developing defence cooperation, establishing crisis management mechanisms, consulting on judicial reform, strengthening human rights dimension, to name just a few.

Most importantly, in March, 2015 the Prime Minister David Cameron announced the establishment of Good Governance Fund, which is a multi-year programme to provide expert advice, training and assistance to the governments of Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova and some Balkan states. The funding of the programme (£20 million) will help Georgia to carry out political and economic reforms.

The UK continues to firmly support Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity as well as its free choice of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration.

Prof. Revaz Gachechiladze
Ambassador of Georgia to the UK