The Swedish Government has decided to upgrade the office in Tbilisi, Georgia to an embassy (so far the office has been administered from neighboring Embassies).
“There is a distinct need to strengthen the Swedish diplomatic presence in certain countries and areas [apart from in Georgia; in Mali, Moldova and Cambodia]. Since there is significant development cooperation between Sweden and these countries, there is also a need for a permanent Swedish presence. I.e. independent embassies,” according to the Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt.
During the fall of 2010 the secretariats will be upgraded to embassies. This means that Sweden will be represented by a permanently stationed ambassador. The embassies will focus on dialogue, reporting on development cooperation, as well as politics and trade issues. The embassies will thus have restricted operations in regards to migration and consular services.