Georgia’s PM recaps Government’s work in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti

PM Irakli Garibashvili has spoken in detail about several Governmental projects implemented in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region., 27 Mar 2015 - 17:06, Tbilisi,Georgia

At today’s meeting with representatives of the Government and the business society, Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili summarised the projects recently implemented by the Government in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, and noted all of them were "very important” for the region’s development.

Garibashvili mobilised central and regional government representatives, businessmen and potential investors in Anaklia and introduced them to the various opportunities available in Georgia’s Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region, and promised full Governmental support if they put extra effort into doing business in the region.

"In two years the Government implemented 63 projects worth 69 million GEL in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti. Nowadays, 26 projects are underway, in which total investments reached 272 million GEL,” Garibashvili said.

The 26 projects include building a multi-functional hospital, the Anaklia shore protection structure, building housing in Zugdidi and Poti for internally displaced persons (IDPs), building ski tracks on Tetnuldi in Svaneti. In total implementing these four projects will cost 166 million GEL.

"As for the agricultural sector, 453 projects were financed in the second component of agro-loans and 46 projects in the third component of the agro-loans. Besides, one of the leading programs in the sector, Produce in Georgia, actively supports this region,” Garibashvili said.

Georgia's PM mobilised central and regional government representatives, businessmen and potential investors in Anaklia.

"The Government also launched agro insurance from September 2014 and for the first time in Georgia, farmers are able to insure their harvest. Based on Samegrelo’s example, 1,169 policies were issued and 1,554 plots of land were insured, worth seven million GEL,” he added.

Garibashvili also spoke about the region’s healthcare sector. He said 29 ambulances were now operational in 10 regional centres and nine new dispensaries were opened in villages.

In terms of the education system – 218 schools were restored in the region and 14,000 pupils were provided with the school transport. This year it there are plans to renovate 44 schools.

On another note, providing natural gas supply networks to the region has expanded, Garibashvili said.

In terms of the country’s energy sector, construction of the $74 million USD Khobi-2 Hydro Power Plant (HPP) on Khobistaskali River is expected to be finished in 2017, Garibashvili announced.

Construction of the Nenskra HPP in Svaneti is underway and will cost about $1 billion USD. Furthermore, construction of Mestia Chala HPP worth of $40 million USD is also underway. Another HPP soon to be built is Kasreeti -2 HPP, which will cost $12 million USD.