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Will Georgia’s population be halved?

by | Nov 25, 2011

TBILISI, DFWatch – The Christian Democrats in parliament argue that comparing the specific numbers in the government’s 10-point plan’s to the reality puts the government in a very awkward situation.

One of their representatives, Levan Vepkhvadze, said this at a special debates today, which has been held on their request regarding the government’s ten-point plan.

“In this document you say that for 2014, GDP per capita will become 5-6 thousand US dollars. Today GDP per citizen is 2 700 US dollars; and if there is 6% economic growth this year, we expect 6% growth for the next year too. In case of a doubling of per capita GDP for 2014, then there has to be 18-20% growth for the next year and these rates should permanently increase the next 3-4 years. Otherwise, the GDP per capita will be doubled only if the total population number will be halved,” Levan Vepkhvadze said in an address directed at prime minister Nika Gilauri, who had been invited to the debate.

According to Vapkhvadze, the health program envisaged in the 10-point plan foresees a reduction in the population to half.

“With this document you promise to us that the health funds for the years 2014-2015 compared to 2011-2012 will be less than 50 million. In addition, on the one hand we gave 100 million lari in the agricultural budget, but after two years this number decreases to 74 million. I’m not proving this fact, but your presented document does,” Vepkhvadze added, addressing Gilauri.

 



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