TBILISI, DFWatch–The Georgian prime minister Bidzina Ivanishvili Tuesday appointed a new business ombudsman. He said this will make it easier for them to make the government aware of problems they may have.
The announcement took place at a meeting with business leaders.
During the meeting, which was held at Metechi Palace Hotel, the Georgian leader presented Giorgi Gakharia as new business ombudsman, highlighting his experience in business management and political science.
The prime minister said he doesn’t want to define what relation there should be between the ombudsman and business, but said Gakharia will help them voice their problems to the government.
His predecessor is Maya Meredova, a former bank director appointed in September, 2012.
Ivanisvhili asked the audience to advertise globally the ‘comfortable conditions’ Georgian business are having. He thinks an average tax rate of 16 percent should be very interesting for the world.
He promises that the government will not interfere with private property.
“I will ask you to inform our partners that Georgia with it geographic location and climate is very interesting for investors,” he said. “In addition, there is none of the problems which existed during the previous government – no official will dare putting his hands on and interrupt business.”
Also attending the meeting were the economy minister, the minister for regional development, the agriculture minister.
After Ivanishvili’s introduction, the meeting continued as it was closed off for journalists.