On the 17 July 2019 at the Batumi City Hall, Mayor of Wrocław Jacek Sutryk and Mayor of Batumi Lasha Komakhidze signed a partnership agreement between the cities.
The Georgian city of Batumi has just joined the list of Wrocław’s twinned towns. To date, the capital of Lower Silesia has concluded similar agreements with Oxford, Reykjavik, Vilnius, Lille, Hrodna, Hradec Králové, Kaunas, Lviv, Ramat Gan, Guadalajara, Dresden, Breda, Wiesbaden, Charlotte and Vienne.
An official visit to Georgia
A delegation of Wrocław authorities visited Georgia to inaugurate collaboration between the two cities. Mayor Jacek Sutryk is accompanied by Jarosław Charłampowicz – president of the Wrocław City Council, Wojciech Wróbel – Honorary Consul of Georgia in Wrocław, Aleksandra Mirowska-Piałucha representing the Marshal's Office, as well as representatives of the City Council and the City Hall.
The Georgian side is represented by Mayor of Batumi Lasha Komakhidze, his deputies Lela Surmanidze and Sophiko Khalvashi, Chairman of the Supreme Council of Autonomous Republic of Adjara Davit Gabaidze and the president of the Batumi City Council Suliko Tebidze, as well as heads of departments responsible for tourism, international cooperation and public relations.
The programme of the visit includes formal meetings and a tour of Batumi.
The capital of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara is the second largest city in Georgia, a regional cultural and industrial centre, inhabited by around 155,000 residents out of the total population of Georgia of about 3.7 million. Tbilisi – the capital – has a population of more than a million.
Batumi is located on the Black Sea, in the south-western part of the country, near the Turkish border. Due to the oil refinery located there (thanks to the pipeline from Baku), the city is a large industrial centre, with several key sectors, including mechanical engineering, wood, shipbuilding, electrotechnical and food.
Batumi has a seaport and an airport, and a football stadium seating 20,000 spectators is currently under construction. This year Batumi will host the World Chess Olympiad.