“We are launching a nationwide renovation,” Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, announced at the Executive Government Meeting today.
“This program envisages the urban renovation of 63 municipalities, rehabilitation of cultural and historic sites of heritage, along with the rehabilitation of municipalities, administrative centers, arrangement of recreation areas, development of infrastructure for tourism in recreation parks, construction of landmark facilities in all municipalities, cities and all public buildings. Urban renovation of municipalities, resorts and settlements will be made within the scope of the initiative. Also, new leisure, tourist and public areas will be created within the program.
“Many places exist in Georgia that need to be made even more attractive for our citizens in the first instance and for the guests of our country, our tourists, at the same time,” Garibashvili stated , noting that equal socio-economic development needs to be facilitated in the regions of the country.
“Advancement of living conditions, labor and development opportunities for our citizens everywhere in the country should become the main goal of the state. The creation of new attractions of tourism for the local population in the regions of the country, improvement of the social environment will, of course, contribute to the recovery, renewal, development and new opportunities for the population of each region.
“The first phase of the regional renovation project has been budgeted at 500 MLN GEL. The initiative envisages the creation of new jobs in the first instance. We estimate that approximately 15,000 new jobs will be created under the project.
“Tenders for projects envisaged within the scope of the nationwide program will be announced this week and we will launch a series of large-scale works in 63 municipalities from June of the current year” he stated.
As the Prime Minister noted, the projects envisaged within the program will be implemented by the Municipal Development Fund (MDF) of the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia (MRDI) along with municipalities.
“Expenditures of the program will be funded with 500 MLN GEL from the state budget and with support of international financial institutions (IFIs). As for the program itself, all the best architects will be involved in the program and the project. Of course, the authenticity of all regions and municipalities will be maintained on the ground and this will be a very strong start for a large-scale renovation of our country.
We will be launching these works very soon. Mr. Irakli Karseladze and his team have been working on the blueprints very actively for the last 2 years and I want to thank him. Now we have to move on to the actual work. We must establish a new standard pretty much everywhere and equally in all municipalities. It will be a new, European standard that will change the overall picture of our country completely. Now we need maximum mobilization, more endeavors, more hard work to support and assist our people,” he stated.