„Such speed and scale of infrastructure development never existed in Georgia before“ states Prime Minister of Georgia Print Version

2019-08-13

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"Roads that never existed before are now built in a lot of regions and villages of the country. We are currently building a 140 kilometer-long highway and rehabilitating a 500 kilometer-long motorway" stated Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia in his key-note speech delivered at the presentation of a Performance Report by the Road Department of Georgia today.

In the opinion of the Head of Government of Georgia, such speed and scale of infrastructure development never existed in Georgia before.

"This is clearly a gratifying achievement and we need more of it. We increased the budget allocations for the infrastructure development by 20 per cent this year, however actual developments let us state that we will have a greater speed of performance by the end of 2019" added the Prime Minister of Georgia.

Head of Government of Georgia stressed the high priority of infrastructure development, while noting that it will further empower the national economy, create more jobs and increase the competitiveness of the Georgian entrepreneurship.

"It has three key goals: fully utilize the unique transit and tourism potential of our country, reduce the time of commuting and make it more comfortable and safer, use this effective means of fight against poverty. Most painful challenge of our society is poverty. We promised the citizens to complete the critical infrastructure through 2022 and these are truly milestone projects of historic significance. First one of them, construction of which has been launched already, is a highway segment at Rikoti Gorge. It is a very sophisticated engineering project, which will involve voluminous investments and we will do it in the most efficient manner by all means. Second one of them is the most important infrastructure project - Kobi-Gudauri Highway - construction of which will be launched by the end of the year. It will have one of the longest tunnels and one of the most complex engineering constructions in Europe. It requires investments of course and they have been raised, committed and signed" added the Prime Minister of Georgia.

In the opinion of the Head of Government of Georgia, it is essential to consider additional value and benefit of the infrastructure development for the citizens and airlift project at Kobi-Gudauri is a very good example of it.

"It was an airlift that connected Kobi to Gudauri. As a result, life in Kobi has become vibrant and one cannot find a vacant site, as new guesthouses and tourism attractions are built or considered for construction everywhere. This project has enabled us to add new momentum to Truso Valey and I am confident that these two most beautiful places will be intensively developing over years to come. For me it is a benchmark of how the infrastructure should develop in Georgia. I pledge that step by step we will succeed in building roads of the applicable standard to every settlement of the country" noted the Prime Minister of Georgia.

Head of Government of Georgia also stressed the needs of coastline reinforcement works in his key-note speech and noted that this problem is becoming more crucial as time passes. Hence, Government will be investing more towards this end.

Head of Government of Georgia expressed his gratitude to Maya Tskitishvili, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, Road Department of Georgia, international partners, donor agencies and vendors gratitude for their successful and effective performance.
Prime Minister's Press Office