Original article published on on 19th February 2018.

Tamar Beruchashvili, Georgian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, pictured with Stephen Fear

Her Excellency Tamar Beruchashvili, Georgian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, visited Bristol over the weekend and today (Monday February 19).

Business Leader met with Tamar at UWE’s Bristol Business School as part of her tour. Stephen and Leon Fear were instrumental in organising the visit and accompanied Tamar.

Her Excellency who is a very highly regarded international diplomat visited the region with Ekaterine Kokaia, Deputy Head of Mission, to discuss matters of education,business and closer relationships with prominent figures from the business and education.

Stephen Fear visited Tbilisi in October 2017 as part of a delegation which included Derek Pickup and Paul Hinchcliffe, who is a lecturer at UWE and who lived and worked in Tbilisi for many years training Georgian air traffic controllers.

Meetings were held with numerous business and educational parties including the Mayor of Tbilisi, The Ministry of Education & Science, The Ministry of Economy & Sustainable Development, TBC Bank (listed on the London Stock Exchange) and many others.

Tamar Beruchashvili, a former foreign minister within the Georgian Government is very interested in both business and education and developing closer ties between Georgia and the UK and her visit culminated with a tour of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory situated on the UWE campus at Frenchay.

The laboratory is one of the largest in Europe and one of the world’s leaders in robotics.

Stephen Fear is part of the Wardrop Strategic Dialogue which is an inter-governmental, business and economic dialogue between the UK and Georgia coordinated through the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

Fear Group is leading a group of international investors currently considering investing over £1Billion into Georgia. Georgia became an independent democracy in 1991 and is currently experiencing 5% growth.

Stephen comments: “Georgia is now number 16 on the list of the best and safest countries in which to do business and has become a stable and forward thinking democracy worthy of eventually becoming part of NATO and the EU”.

Stephen Fear will speak to a delegation of international entrepreneurs and investors in Tbilisi during the summer.

Bristol has been twinned with Tbilisi the capital of Georgia for 30 years.

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