The Embassy of Canada in Ankara, Turkey, represents Canada in Georgia. Since 2011, Canada has also been represented by an Honorary Consul based in Tbilisi. Georgia opened an Embassy in Ottawa in 2011.
Canada and Georgia enjoy friendly relations. Canada has noted the progress that Georgia has made in strengthening its democratic institutions and believes that the 2012 and 2013 peaceful and democratic transfers of power were important milestones in Georgia’s democratic development. Canada strongly supports Georgia’s European Union aspiration and welcomes the December 2014 ratification of the Association Agreement and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the EU.
Following Georgia’s August 2008 conflict with Russia, Canada committed $3 million in humanitarian assistance and just under $1 million to a joint funding project with the United States that established and expanded an “Explosive Remnants of War” Coordination Office in Georgia. Canada remains steadfast in its support for Georgian territorial integrity and sovereignty within its internationally recognized borders and supports the Geneva Talks as the best mechanism for dialogue over the breakaway territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Canada also continues to push to secure the return of a meaningful OSCE presence in Georgia.
Through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), Canada supports the development of civil society, including human rights and democratic development in Georgia. Projects have focused primarily on promoting the integration of religious and ethnic minorities, as well as human rights, particularly LGBTI and women’s rights.
Military and Defense Cooperation
Canada is a strong supporter of Georgia’s eventual membership in NATO. At the 2014 NATO Summit in Wales, Allies agreed on a “Substantive Package” of measures for Georgia which will help the country strengthen its defence and interoperability with NATO forces and further its preparations towards membership of NATO.
Since January 2012, Georgia has been part of Canada's Military Training and Cooperation Program (MTCP). The MCTP offers bilateral development assistance programs to developing non-NATO countries. A few of the objectives include: to promote democratic principles, the rule of law, the protection of human rights and international stability; to promote Canadian bilateral foreign and defense relations; and, to build peace support operational capacity amongst Canada's peacekeeping partners. The three pillars of the MTCP program are language training, staff training and professional development and peace support operations training.
Georgia was the largest non-NATO troop contributor to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, providing over 1,500 troops, until the mission’s conclusion in December 2014. The Georgian Armed Forces (GAF), now contributing 750 troops, continues to serve with its non-NATO partners in a non-combat role contributing to training, advisory, and assistance in the Resolute Support Mission.
Trade and Investment
Canada has a modest bilateral commercial relationship with Georgia. In 2013, two-way trade was close to $120 million, with Canadian exports to Georgia totaling $28.5 million and imports from Georgia totaling $89.6 million.
There is limited Canadian investment in Georgia and few Canadian companies operate there. Export Development Canada (EDC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Economy & Sustainable Development in October 2011 to further promote economic relations between Canada and Georgia.
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