The Diplomatic Society

 
  • Increase font size
  • Default font size
  • Decrease font size

Georgian transparency

Mr Beka Dvali, Georgian Ambassador to South Africa presents a book to Professor Mandla Makhanya, Principal and Vice Chancellor of UNISA. Pictured also is Professor Andre Thomashausen, Chair of the Department of Public, Constitutional and International Law at UNISA

 

Mr Beka Dvali, Georgian Ambassador to South Africa presents a book to Professor Mandla Makhanya, Principal and Vice Chancellor of UNISA. Pictured also is Professor Andre Thomashausen, Chair of the Department of Public, Constitutional and International Law at UNISA

The entire traffic police division was fired and for two weeks there were no traffic police on the streets of Georgia, explained Beka Dvali, Georgian Ambassador to South Africa. He was speaking at the College of Law at the University of South Africa (UNISA) on Georgia: Transformational Reforms, Foreign Policy and Emerging Partnerships in Africa.

Transparent Georgian Police station

Transparent Georgian Police station

Police reforms were the first to be targeted in Georgia.  Police stations were renovated and redesigned and made of glass to be literally transparent. That one can stand outside and look into the police station is one of the innovative ways the Government of Georgia has endeavoured to inconvenience bribery and corruption.

The links between Georgia and Africa go back to pre-historic times. The fossils from Dmanisi, Georgia represent ancient human ancestors from the early Pleistocene epoch, soon after early Homo diverged from Australopithecus and dispersed from Africa.

Nico Bagrationi came to South Africa from Georgia and joined the Afrikaners to fight the British during the Boer war and became affectionately known as Nico the Boer.

There are three Georgian missions in Africa; Cairo – Egypt, Addis Ababa – Ethiopia, and in Pretoria – South Africa. Georgian relations with South Africa were established in 1993 and the mission opened in 2011 with Mr Beka Dvali appointed the first Georgian Ambassador to South Africa in 2012.

A South Africa-Georgia High Level Political Consultations between the countries Foreign Ministries in Pretoria, a Memorandum of Cooperation in Paleo-Sciences signed between the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) and the Georgian National Museum, the establishment of the South Africa – Georgia Chamber of Commerce (SAGCC) and cooperation between the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) and National Parliamentary Library of Georgia are indications of growing relations between South Africa and Georgia.

Georgia has a population of 4.5 million people. They have their own alphabet with its own unique writing system. It is located in the Caucasus region of Eurasia bordered by the Black Sea in the west, Russia to the north and Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan in the south. The capital of Georgia is Tbilisi.

Map of Georgia

Since its independence in 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Rose Revolution of 2003, Georgia has pursued a multi vector foreign policy driven by European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations.

Joseph Stalin, considered one of the architects of the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republic, was a Georgian and so too was the former Soviet Foreign Minister and second President of independent Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze. Arguably these controversial leaders underpin the complex and complicated relationship between Georgia and Russia. The two countries are currently in conflict over Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
_________________________________________________

July 2017 Edition

 
 
_________________________________________________

Translater


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Cultural Consulate of the Embassy of Iran promotes peaceful religious co-existence Emmanuel Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa welcomed the Cultural Consulate of the Embassy of the... <|> Canada at 150: A look at Global South Foreign Relations with Canada By Srimal Fernando, Global Editor The Diplomatic Society 2017 is a significant year in many ways.  Hundred and fifty years... <|> Sri Lankan companies participate in International Trade Exhibition in South Africa 4 July 2017 Once again Sri Lankan companies participated in the annual International Trade Exhibition in South... <|> Vietnam Trade delegation in South Africa 4 July 2017 In June a Vietnamese businesses delegation led by Mr. Ngo Khai Hoan, Deputy Direct for Africa- ministry of Trade and Industry participated in... <|> Easing travel regulations between South Africa and Kenya 3 May 2016 South Africa and Kenya have announced measures that will make travelling between the two countries easier. South African Home... <|> 29th Summit of the African Union Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 04 July 2017 The 29th Ordinary Session of the Summit of the African Union has come to close after 9 days, during which various statutory... <|> South Africa Celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Dakar Conference by Kgomotso Kgoale In 1987 the ANC (African National Congress) and IDASA (The Institution for Democratic Alternatives in South... <|> Canada at 150 30 June 2017 H.E. Sandra McCardell, High Commissioner of Canada to South Africa, hosted a reception on the occasion of Canada Day. In welcoming guests High Commissioner McCardell... <|> Ukraine Constitution Day 2017 The Constitution Day of Ukraine was celebrated at the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of South Africa on 27 June 2017. Photo: Pictured at the reception are Mr.... <|> The 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland On July 1st, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a speech at the meeting celebrating the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the... <|>
© copyright 2011-2017| The Diplomatic Society| All Rights Reserved.