Georgia officials have announced plans to build a $2.5 billion land swap between the state and South Africa for the first time in the country’s history.
A state of emergency has been declared in South Africa and hundreds of people have been arrested since a massive protest in Johannesburg in March 2016 turned violent.
Georgia is also home to a number of large African nations that have used the land for agricultural purposes.
The land swap, which would be the first in Georgia’s history, would allow South Africa to use its agricultural land in exchange for a number other agricultural concessions.
The deal was announced Tuesday by the Georgian presidency.
“We are pleased to announce that a land swap will be negotiated for the land of Georgia,” President Giorgi Margvelashvili said in a statement.
“It is a historic event and the result of decades of effort by Georgia’s farmers, who have given their lives to produce food, to support the development of our country.”
The state of emergencies was first imposed in August 2018 after protests and a series of attacks by a group of young men.
The group has been accused of staging the worst attack on the country in decades.
Georgia and South Korea agreed to the land swap last year and South Korean officials say the land will be given to the Georgian state in exchange, with the South Korean government also contributing a small portion.
The South Korean authorities have said the land is in good condition and is being developed as a potential tourist destination for tourists.
South Africa, which has been battling a crippling drought for the past few years, has been in the midst of a similar land swap in the last year.