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Georgia’s promised mega-city is not a fata morgana

by | Mar 21, 2012

TBILISI, DFWatch – The former Soviet republic of Georgia has made the building of Lazika, a hypothetical metropol on the Black Sea, one of its top priorities.

The Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili announced the plan at the end of 2011. He said Georgia plans to build a new mega-city in Western Georgia, on the shores of the Black Sea, which borders Russian occupied region Abkhazia.

But within the government, none of the various agencies have any information about the plans and its expenses, nor how this city will be financed.

Now Lazika is a project within the government program ‘Georgia Without Poverty’. A new draft was adopted by parliament on March 20 along with a declaration of trust to the government.

According to Georgian legislation, parliament declares trust in the government at the same time as the government’s action plan is passed.

This time it was necessary to declare trust in the government because the Health Minister was changed and because more than a third of the 19 ministers have changed since the last parliament. In this case, according to legislation, parliament has to reaffirm its trust.

The government says a new bill about Lazika, including making the hypothetic metropol a free economic zone, will be presented to parliament. There are no further details about the new city to be built from scratch.



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