On the Way to Forging Stronger Ties

It has been almost a year, since I presented the letters of credence to His Majesty the King of the Netherlands, Willem Alexander. Thereafter, in this very short period of time, quite a number of important events took place in Georgia-Dutch relations. Bilateral relations between the two countries are active and encompass different fields and spheres; including economy, agriculture, culture, education etc. Throughout the year plentiful high level visits and bilateral meetings have been held. Against the background of the Dutch legislative body’s significance in the Dutch policy making process, our Embassy paid special attention to strengthening parliamentary dimension. In this regard I would like to outline the visit of the Chair of the Georgian Parliament to the Kingdom of the Netherlands - David Usupashvili, and consequently the visit of the President of the Dutch Senate to Georgia - Ankie Broekers-Knol. Another sequence of high level visits is planned from Georgia to The Hague in the coming months, including the visit of the Georgian Minister of Justice, Tea Tsulukiani, which has significant importance in the light of Georgia’s EU integration process and immediate aims of establishing visa-free regime with the European union; and Chief of the Joint Staff of Georgia, Vakhtang Kapanadze, as a follow up to the re-established bilateral relations between Georgia and the Netherlands in the sphere of defense. 

It also gives me pride to note that the Netherlands remains one of the main (top or major) investor in Georgia for the consecutive years since 2011. We have also undertaken substantial efforts to further develop and strengthen cooperation in the fields of economy and trade. This year we witnessed the growing interest of Dutch entrepreneurs in the Georgian market, reflected in a successful Dutch Trade Mission to Georgia. Coming November we are planning to conduct an EU-Georgia Business Council (EUGBC) meeting in the Netherlands. With close cooperation of our Embassy and the Dutch Government, Georgian businesses will have the possibility to hold a Georgian products Expo and Business to Business meetings (B2B platform). Also a number of study programs have been conducted for the Georgian counterparts in the Netherlands, financed by the Dutch government in the spheres of agriculture, water management and infrastructure.

It is important to underline that throughout the years the Netherlands has been an unequivocal supporter of our country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Very recently the Dutch Parliament ratified Association Agreement between the European Union and Georgia.

With the years to come, in my capacity as an Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, I strongly hope to further strengthen bilateral relations in different spheres, explore new possibilities that would trigger the tangible results to benefit both countries, Georgia and the Netherlands.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Konstantin Surguladze