Meetings and Discussions

Georgia and Japan in the Changing World

2022 / 03 / 10

Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (Rondeli Foundation) invites you to the event - "Georgia and Japan in the Changing World" to be held on March 14-15, 2022.

Georgia and Japan share many fundamental similarities, such as devotion to democratic values, promotion of the peace and stability, freedom of trade, investments and international cooperation. While Georgia strives to promote its international function as a part of the East-West global trade rout, sometimes called a Middle Corridor, Japan is aligned in developing logistic-infrastructural capabilities of Georgia. For Georgia, it is a chance to strengthen its role in the international community, enhance its security and possibilities for the economic growth. For Japan, it is a possibility for improving economic connectivity with the EU through Georgia.

The event aims at deepening understanding of Japan’s foreign policy and promoting bilateral dialogue between governments of Georgia and Japan, among academia, experts community and youth. The discussion will encompass the opportunities for partnership in the spheres of rule of law, security (including human security) and international relations, democracy, and economic development.

 

Agenda

Day 1 - March 14, 2022

10:15 – 10:30

Introductory Remarks

Ekaterine Metreveli, President, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) - Rondeli foundation.

 

10:30 – 11:45

Japan’s Foreign Policy, FOIP amid changing Global Order, Japan’s Foreign Policy Convergence in Georgia

Moderator: Amb. Giorgi Badridze, Senior Fellow, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) – Rondeli Foundation.

Speakers:

• Toshihiro NAKAYAMA, (PhD) Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University (online).

• Yoko HIROSE, (PhD) Professor, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University (online).

• David Goginashvili, (PhD) Senior Researcher, Keio University.

 

11:45 – 12:00

Georgia’s Foreign Policy, international order, human security, democracy and rule of law, Georgia’s Foreign Policy Convergence in Japan

Moderator: Amb. Alex Petriashvili, Senior Fellow, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) – Rondeli Foundation.

Speakers:

• Amb. Giorgi Badridze, Senior Fellow, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) – Rondeli Foundation.

• Giorgi Bilanishvili, Research Fellow, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) – Rondeli Foundation.

• Tengiz Pkhaladze, Senior Fellow, European Centre for International Political Economy.

 

12:00 – 13:15

Summarizing of the discussions, further questions for day two

Amb. Giorgi Badridze, Senior Fellow, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) – Rondeli Foundation.

Working Language: English

 

Day 2 - March 15

10:15 – 10:30

Introductory Remarks

Ekaterine Metreveli, President, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) - Rondeli foundation.

 

10:30 – 11:45

Georgia: connectivity function between EU and Japan: “Middle Corridor” and its stakeholders, Transport and Energy projects –mutual partnership opportunities and needs

Moderator: Shota Utiashvili, Senior Fellow, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) – Rondeli Foundation

Speakers:

• Kakha Gogolashvili, Senior Fellow, Director of EU Studies, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) - Rondeli foundation.

• Giorgi Mukhigulishvili, Lead Researcher, World Experience for Georgia.

• Theodore Jonas, Member of the Supervisory Board of Anaklia Development Consortium .

 

11:45 – 12:00

Georgia-Japan business partnership opportunities: exploratory discussion

Moderator: Merab Kakulia, Senior Fellow, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) – Rondeli Foundation

Speakers:

• Vladimer Papava, Senior Fellow, Director of the Center for Applied Economic Studies, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) - Rondeli Foundation.

• Vakhtang Charaia, Head of Tbilisi State University Center for Analysis and Forecast.

• Konstantine Tsereteli, Program Officer, JICA .

 

12:00 – 13:15

Summarizing of the discussions, follow up ideas and possible plans

Kakha Gogolashvili, Senior Fellow, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (GFSIS) – Rondeli Foundation.

 

Working Language: Georgian (simultaneous translation provided).

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvdOyhpjstH91k0neVmVsAYVORPh9qm_7u

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