On 14 July 2021 the Honorary Consulate of Georgia in New Zealand was opened in the city of Auckland. The opening ceremony was attended by the Members of the Parliament of NZ, representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of New Zealand, members of the Diplomatic Corps, Executive and Board members of the Auckland City Council, other officials, representatives of the local business and sports and the Georgian compatriots.
H.E. Mr. George Dolidze Ambassador of Georgia to New Zealand (with residence in Canberra) addressed the audience and officially introduced the first Honorary Consul of Georgia in New Zealand, Mr. Jagjit Singh. In his address, Ambassador broadly spoke about Georgia, friendly relations between Georgia and New Zealand and the perspectives of their further development. He emphasized that the opening of the Honorary Consulate brings relations between the two countries to a qualitatively new level.
The newly appointed Honorary Consul of Georgia briefly outlined his future plans and expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand for their trust. Amongst the speakers was the Hon. Jenny Salesa, MP, the Chairwoman of the Foreign, Defense and Trade Committee of New Zealand Parliament. The Hon. Jenny Salesa pointed out that currently, New Zealand is exploring opportunities to diversify its trade partners and the opening of the Honorary Consulate is a very good signal for deepening economic relations between the two countries.
Honorary Consul Jagjit Singh is a successful New Zealand businessman who is a respected and well-connected local figure. The opening of the Honorary Consulate in New Zealand will significantly tighten cultural, humanitarian, people-to–people, touristic and business ties between Georgia and New Zealand.