The President of Georgia received a delegation of Ukrainian Parliamentarians and experts.

The President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili received a delegation of Ukrainian Parliamentarians and experts who came to Georgia on October 12, at the Presidential Palace. The delegation was lead by the Chairman of the Committee on Issues of Industrial and Regulatory Policy and Entrepreneurship of the Verkhovna Rada, Natalya Korolevskaya.

Issues of deepening of political and economical relations of Georgia-Ukraine were discussed at the meeting as well as issues of development of business relations and creation of the environment that promotes attraction of investments.

In addition to this, the sides spoke about the current and already performed reforms in Georgia. Natalya Korolevskaya noted that the delegation has already seen the Public Registry as well as the Civil Registry.  

"We understand how much is Georgia developing in terms of technology. For 19 years we declare that we want to perform reforms, but today Ukraine has a chance to conduct reforms. It is necessary to consolidate the huge experience existing all over the World, and Georgia is the leader in terms of the speed and effectiveness of conducting reforms" - noted Natalya Korolevskaya.

Mikheil Saakashvili spoke with the Ukrainian delegation about the decentralization reform and achieved results.

"Probably it would be better to go there and see on the place the consequences of these reforms. However, we are going to have this possibility. In two years Batumi (population - 200 thousands) will outrun Vancouver (population - 2,5 millions) by the number of skyscrapers. More five star hotels will be built there than there are in Moscow now. Up to 4 billion of private funds is invested in Batumi. These are not just reforms (e.g. cancellation of driver's license and electronization of the whole system), everything is visualized. We implement a serious reform of decentralization: we construct the Parliament Building in Kutaisi, we have already moved Constitutional Court to Batumi. Batumi is 270 kilometers away from Tbilisi and Kutaisi - 220 kilometers away. The Parliament Building will be ready next year. The Parliament that constitutes the Government will be located in Kutaisi. Georgia is a small country and Government will always change its location - it should be everywhere. Now it takes 7 hours to get to the Sea by train, but you can get there in two and a half hours by the new autobahn.     Everything becomes compact. By the end of the year of 2012 there will be a good road in all the villages and centers of population", stated Mikheil Saakashvili.

Valeriy Shamanov, the Chairman of the Subcommittee of International Relations of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and Valeriy Dubil, a member of the Tax and Customs Policy Committee of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine were in the Ukrainian delegation.


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