Public Discussion – Thirty Years of Diplomatic Relations Between Georgia and Japan
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Georgian Institute of Politics is pleased to invite you to the public discussion – “Thirty Years of Diplomatic Relations Between Georgia and Japan,” which will take place on September 7, at 12:00 -13:45 at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (TSU), Auditorium 107.
This year marks 30 years since the establishment of the diplomatic relationship between Georgia and Japan. For the last three decades the partnership between the two countries has developed to the close partnership as Japan has proved to be a reliable foreign development assistance contributor to Georgia. Official Tokyo has also been a strong supporter of Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
The aim of the event is to overview the thirty years of partnership between the two countries, assess the achievements and prospects for future cooperation. Discussion will be based on the policy paper by Dr. Mariam Bibilashvili, affiliated researcher of the Special Program in Japanese and Eurasian Studies at University of Tsukuba. The paper argues that the main obstacle on this path is that Georgia still needs to strengthen its capability to provide a favorable environment to Japanese businesses and establish its credibility as a trustworthy actor in the Japan-EU connectivity process.
The discussion will focus on the following questions:
What have been the main milestones and achievements in Japan-Georgia relations for the last three decades?
What are the new opportunities and challenges that the current developments in the region pose to this partnership?
What could be new initiatives and programs, that would boost even further the relationship between the two countries?