Anaklia, Georgia (PortSEurope) September 17, 2019 – Giorgi Gakharia, the new Prime Minister of Georgia, has responded to new allegations from Mamuka Khazaradze, co-founder of JSC TBC Bank and the founder of the Public Movement Lelo, which accused him of making damaging moves against the construction of the new Anaklia Deep Sea Port.
This information was published in Georgia Today by Ana Dumbadze.
Khazaradze commented that Gakharia, when a minister, opposed the development plan of the port and “repeatedly talked about it with foreign diplomats as well.”
Gakharia denies the allegations, adding that if Khazaradze has any proof against him, he should show it.
“It is not good when the country’s major strategic project becomes a subject of political gossip and speculation. Anaklia does not belong to any individual, the deep-sea port belongs to the development of the country and we should all show a bit more responsibility when it comes to projects important for the country,” Gakharia said, adding that the Anaklia project needs serious investors, which the consortium does not have at this stage.
“The state has fulfilled all its obligations. No foreigners or important American partners are left in the consortium, and yet people are still talking about somebody’s interests. This is not serious,” he said.
The port project is being managed by Anaklia Development Consortium (ADC) which includes consists of TBC Holding from Georgia, SSA Marine (U.S.), British Wondernet Express working in Central Asia, and G-Star Ltd. from Bulgaria (the company has Georgian owners and seems to operate as an offshore investment vehicle). Conti International (U.S.) was a member of the consortium but is reported to have dropped out.
This year, the project has also experienced problems with raising finance, interest in the development of Poti port, and the role of the Georgian government.
A detailed article by PortSEurope can be accessed here, which considers the possible interests of China, Russia and the USA.
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