IV Forum of Central and Local Authorities` Institutional Dialogue “Decentralization Reform –Strong Economy-Strong Municipalities”

Economic development in the regions

IV Forum of Central and Local Authorities` Institutional Dialogue “Decentralization Reform –Strong Economy-Strong Municipalities”

21 May 2019

 

On May 21, the Vice-President of the CCIFG, David Gvetadze took part in the Forum in Tskaltubo, that aimed at reinforcing the independance and the autonomy of the local authorities.

 

The first pannel was animated by the President of Georgia, Salome Zurabishvili, the Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, the Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, Maya Tskitishvili. They exchanged on the main challenges of decentralization in the regions for the promotion of local economy and development of local auhorities.

 

David Gvetadze took part in the second pannel focused on the main challenges for Business Development in the regions. He spoke about the French businesses that are already implicated in Georgia and most particularly in the regions. For example, with the construction group Veolia/ Sade that is constructing landfills in Kutaisi and water-treatment plants in Telavi and Tskaltubo. Also with the Groupe Atlantic that openned a factory of electric water heaters in Kutaisi.

He also advised that in order to boost investments in the regions, renovation works should be done in the old buildings.

During the pannels, an expert in the hotel business recommanded to create deeper links between the hotels and the medical centers of the region. The Business Association of Georgia mentionned that the local governments need to give a precise answer to companies: "No being better that no answers".

In the audience were entrepreneurs, business associations and representatives of the local municipalities as well as of the parliament.

 

The forum was followed by a dinner in order to exchange more closely on the different steps that could be achieve to boost the economic development of the regions.

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