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An Experts' Group of Four Proposes Formation of Government Commission for the Khudoni HPP Project
The group, comprised of Levan Kalandadze, Irakli Lekvinadze, Levan Alapishvili and Giorgi Abashishvili came forward with a proposal to the PM regarding a special work group on Khudoni HPP issues to be formed. This was stated in a letter addressed to the PM. The individual statements from the experts are as follows:
Irakli Lekvinadze, expert in economic matters: “We’re frequently criticized for only counting the numbers and never looking past them. Which we of course do, we count the numbers we may receive as a benefit, as we count certain losses which may follow the project initiation. However, if we look at the issue from a more global standpoint, the Khudoni topic is critical and problems in this project will absolutely cause similar problems in any small, large or medium-level projects which will originate in Georgia and be initiated from the investor’s or government’s side. And so it’s essential to create a government commission which will coordinate efforts on this highly significant project."
Levan Kalandadze, Georgian Infrastructural Projects Initiative: “Improving Georgia’s investing environment is the primary challenge of our society and government. We consider that professional discussions and activity coordination on one of the most important projects as of today, the Khudoni HPP, should be conducted in an investor council format. And hence we consider forming a government commission, which will include a group for communing with the investor, population and interested public, as the most effective instrument in this regard."
Giorgi Abashishvili, Doctor of Business Administration: “Following the matters of increasing production, decreasing unemployment and improving the quality of living, it’s topical to achieve energetic sustainability once import will decrease and be replaced by a growth in export, possible by rationally utilizing local energy resources. In the end, the attractiveness of Georgia’s economic and business environment, democratic leadership and regulations are entirely defined by energy development. The Khudoni HPP project is pivotal in this regard, and this is exactly why we urge the government, the Premier Minister, to form a special government commission which will discuss every issue pertaining to this project."
Levan Alapishvili, leader of the “Future Initiatives” centre: "the Khudoni HPP is the government’s first challenge not only in terms of investing, finances and economics, but also in terms of the rule of law, of equality in light of the law, and ensuring of human rights. Which is why the format we’re proposing will bear much importance in effectively resolving technical hurdles regarding the Khudoni project."