The teenager died in Poti

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Wednesday, 06 July 2016 16:22

14 years old teenager died in Poti, in the sea. According to reports, he was at sea with his friends. As the witnesses say, both of them have been carried away by the water but only one of them could return on the shore.
The rescue and ambulance teams have been working there. 

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  • HAS THE GEORGIAN GOVERNMENT REVEALED ITS TRUE INTENTIONS REGARDING ANAKLIA PORT?

    Government Actions and Words Appear to Show Its Support for Poti at the Expense of Anaklia and Raise Questions About Whether it has been Misleading Georgian Public as well as International Communities

    TBILISI, GEORGIA, 27 October, 2020 – Recent actions and comments by the Georgian Government appear to have exposed its true intentions to promote Poti and to turn its back on Anaklia as the location of a future world-class seaport.  In the process, the Government has damaged its reputation in the global investment community by misleading investors and diplomats who were led to believe that the Government is still committed to a project at Anaklia.  By every measure, it appears the Government has no interest in such a project at Anaklia.

    Government Puts Its Support Behind Poti at the Expense of Anaklia

    As reported in the media on 18 October, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia said at a political event sponsored by Georgian Dream, "We have to agree and be honest with each other that there are many problems in Poti, but nevertheless, I want to tell you that the next 4 years will be the years of Poti reconstruction, specifically the years of Poti reconstruction. Because that is what necessary not only for Poti but the entire country.[1]

    Separately, Davit Ebralidze, Chief Executive Officer of Poti Free Industrial Zone (FIZ) said in an interview with Georgia Today “Initially when thinking about location of new FIZ, the most significant location was chosen strategically, not only in Georgia but in the Black Sea and Caucasus Region. Poti FIZ is located in the centre of the Silk Road and international transport and logistics corridors. Its location is one of the distinctive advantages over other free industrial zones in the country…  The Poti Free Industrial Zone is one of the most strategic and successful companies within Smart Capital Group.”[2]  

    Taken together, these comments suggest that the Government are now committing themselves to Poti as the future home of the long-anticipated deepwater seaport, contradicting prior statements from the Government.

    The 23 October announcement by APM Terminals Poti (APMT) and Poti New Terminals Corporation (PNTC) that they have signed an agreement for the joint development of a new bulk cargo facility on the northern side of the Poti Sea Port reinforces the belief that the Government has been telling two conflicting stories: One that it is still committed to Anaklia; the second that it is focused solely in Poti.  PNTC’s website suggests their intent is to see “a new deep-water harbor (greenfield) for dry bulk and container handling north to the existing Poti Port.”[3]  In other words, an alternative to Anaklia.

    The interests of Georgian Dream Supporters Intersect with those of Poti FIZ

    Based on public records, there appears to be close financial interests between Poti FIZ and high-level people connected to Georgian Dream:

     

    • Poti Free Industrial Zone is managed by Euro-Asian Management Group, which is jointly owned by a subsidiary of the Chinese company CEFC and Eurasian Invest LLC. 
    • Both David Ebralidze and Ivane Chkhartishvili are on the Supervisory Board of Eurasian Invest, which itself is owned by two companies registered in the British Virgin Islands, where laws make it difficult to track who owns them.
    • Davit Ebralidze was previously Head of Administration for Georgian Co-Investment Fund, a fund set up by Georgian Dream leader and former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili to manage some of his personal investments.
    • Chkhartishvili is also co-chairman of Euro-Asian Management Group and owns Smart Capital Group which, as noted above, is involved with Poti FIZ.[4]  Chkhartishvili “has been connected to several corruption cases” according to Democracy and Freedom Watch[5]
    • George Bachiashvili, who served on the board of directors of Eurasian Invest and appears to be the sole director of one of the BVI companies behind Eurasian Invest. He previously served as CEO of Georgian Co-Investment Fund and has long been connected to Bidzina Ivanishvili as a financial advisor.

     

    Government Admits That Anaklia is Unlikely

    As further evidence that the Government has no interest in seeing a port developed at Anaklia, it included language in its proposed 2021 budget that would be certain to scare away any potential investors.  On pages 517-518 of the proposed budget is the following passage regarding the intended new tender for an Anaklia Port Project:  “Potential risks – as it currently stands, due to the potential arbitration dispute, an investor of high reputation and experience may not be selected. Also, other unforeseen circumstances.”[6]

    Government Abandons Anaklia Site and Creates Health and Environmental Risks

    The Government has also abandoned the site of the proposed Anaklia project after it unlawfully seized the land from ADC in February 2020.  While ADC had invested considerable resources to begin site preparation work, including clearing 110-hectare area where soil was removed and cleared of waste, the Government’s failure to maintain the site has led to significant and chronic circulation of dust and particulate emissions, causing damage to the environment as well as threatening nearby residents with potentially serious respiratory health problems. 

    ADC had advised the Government of the need and means to mitigate these risks.  However, the Government has ignored this, causing problems for the people of the region and signaling its lack of any further interest in the site.

    Statement from Anaklia Development Consortium

    “The current Government has misled the people of Georgia and the international community about its intentions for Anaklia port. Since unlawfully terminating the investment agreement with ADC in January 2020, Government ministers have said multiple times that the Government will issue a new tender for a port project at Anaklia. Based on its actions, however, it seems the  Government has chosen to promote Poti and the related Free Industrial Zone, at the expense of the Anaklia Port. 

    “Most troubling is the Government’s duplicity, which will only serve to discourage foreign investors who feel they cannot trust the Government, and Georgian citizens who fear that the scourge of corruption will once again tarnish Georgia’s reputation and undermine their trust in the Government.  One has to question whether the Government is acting in the best interests of the people of Georgia.  Regardless of its motives, however, it certainly appears the Government is not being honest about its intentions with Anaklia.”

    Why Poti Cannot be an Adequate Alternative to Anaklia

    The Government’s initial decision to develop Anaklia was taken in 2013 after the Government hired a consortium of international consultants to compare and contrast the options in Georgia for a deep sea port. Anaklia was chosen because it held a number of advantages over every other location in Georgia, including the geo-technical conditions of the site, its financial feasibility and most importantly, the significant economic, social and geopolitical impact the project would have both on the Abkhazia region and the wider country.

    The consultants’ report clearly outlined that the existing ports in Georgia (including Poti) are limited in their capacities and hinterland connections, and any expansion would have only short-term impact for the national maritime sector. The consultants advised the Government of Georgia to consider the development of the greenfield and large-scale deep sea port at Anaklia to ensure long term advantages for the country and phased capacity developments to serve Georgia’s needs in long-term perspective.

    The existing port in Poti has numerous disadvantages and is not suitable for expansion, and the proposed new site at Poti is equally flawed, as explained by ADC.[7]

    Further details of the Anaklia Port project and ADC can be found at http://anakliadevelopment.com



    [1] http://newsreport.ge/შემდგომი-4-წელი-იქნება-კონ/?fbclid=IwAR1AtLz_0LUPH6-rpI6mL3jDqulgERnq9WyNFyosCQYlUZalo0uIqyrsHQ0

    [2] http://georgiatoday.ge/news/22687/Poti-FIZ-CEO-on-the-Benefits-of-World-Free-Zone-Organization-Membership

    [3] https://pntc.ge

    [4] http://smartcapital.ge

    [6] The full set of documents submitted by the Government to the Parliament of Georgia together with the draft Law on 2021 State Budget are available at:

    http://parliament.ge/ge/ajax/downloadFile/142460/07-2.525_ბიუჯეტი_2021

    [7] http://anakliadevelopment.com/news/port-of-poti-is-an-inadequate-substitute-for-anaklia-deep-sea-port/

  • EU4Energy High Level Policy Talk tackles implementation of the Law on Energy and Water Supply in Georgia

    On 23 September, EU4Energy Governance hosted online a high-level policy discussion and technical meeting to take stock of the current status and to facilitate the implementation of the Law on Energy and Water Supply and related legal acts and market reforms. The event participants heard interventions from Deputy Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development David Tvalabeishvili, Director of the Energy Community Secretariat Janez Kopač, representatives of the EU Delegation to Georgia, the Georgian National Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission, the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation, the Georgian Gas Transportation Company and the Georgian Energy Exchange.

    With the adoption of the Law on Energy and Water Supply in December 2019, a clear path towards the development of the energy sector in line with European principles was set, outlining the specific requirements for the development of a competitive energy market. A number of secondary legal acts, which should put market principles envisaged under the law into practice, are yet to be adopted.

    In the gas sector, the most important next steps are the approval of the natural gas market concept design by the Government in October 2020, followed by the adoption of natural gas market rules next year. In parallel, the gas incumbent GOGC and distribution companies have to unbundle. An unbundling plan should be presented to the Ministry by the end of 2020, according to the law, and the entire unbundling and certification procedure shall be finalized by the end of 2021, thus ensuring free and transparent third party access to the network. New suppliers entering the Georgian market and competing with existing market participants will improve the quality of service for customers and positively impact price dynamics.

    Director Janez Kopač reiterated the importance of speeding up the unbundling process and expressed hopes that the reforms in the area of gas will be implemented with the same high level of commitment by the Georgian authorities, in a timely and proper manner.

  • Georgian construction company Prime Concrete starts building a new Pace Terminal Project in Poti

    Georgian construction company Prime Concrete starts building a new Pace Terminal Project in Poti co-financed by the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).

    October 10, 2019. Poti. The Georgian construction company Prime Concrete has been commissioned to build a new Pace Terminal Project in Poti with a total value of construction work of US$ 20 million. The project is co-financed by the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). An official ceremony to mark the beginning of construction was held in Poti on October 1, 2019 and was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister of Georgia Maia Tskitishvili, the Minister of Economy of Georgia Natia Turnava, the Managing Director of OPIC Kenneth Angel, the Pace Terminal’s Director David Nadirashvili and the Founder of Prime Concrete Alexander Sokolowsky. Other high-ranking members of the Georgian government and parliament as well as diplomats and foreign guests were also present.

    For a Georgian company to build such an important terminal is a unique opportunity. Prime Concrete managed to successfully qualify for the tender in a highly competitive process with dozens of international contractors. Its competitive advantages lay in its distinctive means and capabilities, its experience and know-how, and its truly local presence. Prime Concrete also partnered with the Dutch companies Royal HaskoningDHV, which developed the most efficient design for berth and pier construction, and Vanthek, a leading international piling contractor.

    Prime Concrete is a well-established Georgian construction company that has successfully implemented numerous large-scale projects, acquiring exceptional competence and invaluable expertise in the fields of port, water, road and other civil and industrial infrastructure projects. Its portfolio includes maritime projects such as the rehabilitation of berth no. 7 and the construction of an inland container terminal in Poti; public works such as wastewater treatment plants in Anaklia, Ureki, Zugdidi and Gardabani; extending Tbilisi’s 2nd metro line (to University Station); and building and rehabilitating several municipal roads in western Georgia (Samegrelo).

    Prime Concrete CEO Alexander Sokolowsky underlined the importance of the Georgian company winning the tender: “We are extremely glad to engage in the construction of this strategic facility. It is an exceptional occasion when a Georgian company under an EPC contract takes full responsibility for the construction of such a complex and large-scale project. We use local capabilities, bring our decades-long experience and expertise, hire local workers, and use local construction materials, which is beneficial for local communities and the entire country. We will make sure with our partners from Pace Group, Royal HaskoningDHV and Vanthek, that the new terminal is built in a high-quality, safe and environmentally friendly manner, increasing Georgia’s transit capabilities to new high levels.”

    The new terminal will occupy 25 hectares of the New Port Zone in Poti’s former shipyard. The total length of the berthing facilities will be 650 meters, with a water depth of 12 m. This will be the first modern facility in Georgia to handle deep-water vessels by 2020. The total cargo turnover of the terminal will be 5 million tons. The total project cost is US$ 93 million, of which US$ 50 million will be allocated by OPIC and the remaining US$ 43 million by Pace Group as an equity contribution. This is OPIC’s single biggest engagement in Georgia. The terminal will increase the country’s strategic importance as a hub between East and West and as an integral part of the Belt and Road Initiative. OPIC’s decision to finance the project is also a form of recognition from the U.S. and other international stakeholders of the terminal’s significance for Georgia and the wider region.

  • President of Turkmenistan offers to establish the Caspian Sea Innovative and Technological

    Speaking during the International Caspian Forum, the President of Turkmenistan emphasized that the decisive condition for the successful economic development of the Caspian region, its integration into the world economic relations as a competitive and promising participant is reliance on science, intelligence. The rapid technological breakthrough observed today, in fact, changes the usual aspect of geoeconomics, the quality and level of managerial decisions, the very content of global economic processes.

    “To integrate into these trends, and even to influence them here in our region - this task should be considered as one of the priorities for the development of the Caspian region”, the President of Turkmenistan noted.

    “It is necessary to pay paramount importance to the creation of a systemic technological component, allocating the necessary funds, mobilizing the intellectual, organizational potential”, emphasized President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. “We should consistently fill our cooperation with innovative meanings so that they determine the vectors of the future development of the region, its economy and social sphere”.

    As a first step, the President of Turkmenistan called for reasonability to establish a real base platform for the technological and innovative start. In this regard, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov suggested to create an international innovation and technology center, which can be called the “Innovative City of the Caspian Sea”. This laboratory of ideas will provide a platform for scientists, specialists, representatives of fundamental and applied science from the Caspian littoral states and other countries can work together to create a new technological structure for the Caspian Sea, develop models for innovative cooperation, advances solutions to a wide range of issues on the Caspian Sea - energy, industrial, logistic, infrastructural, environmental areas.

    President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov emphasized that all activities on the Caspian Sea should be based on scientific research, accompanied by technological developments. The Turkmen leader also spoke about the necessity to create the Digital Economy cluster under the Innovative City of the Caspian Sea.

    The state news agency of Turkmenistan

  • Energy, transport and water diplomacy are outlined as an important vector of Turkmen – Korean cooperation

    Following its foreign course, Turkmenistan focuses on three main directions – energy, transport and water diplomacy, the President of Turkmenistan said at the talks with the Head of the Republic of Korea. The selection of these priorities is not occasional, all of these are important component of global strategies and concepts, which have been adopted by the UN and aimed at sustainable development.

    It was mentioned that targeted work for creation of fundamentally new international legal mechanism, which is to provide balance in the relations between producers, transporters and consumers of energy, is carried out under the U by the proposal of Turkmenistan.

    Our country consider transport sphere as an important directions of joint efforts of the members of the world community. The first global UN Forum on sustainable transport, which outlined the main directions of development of international relations in this sector, was held by the initiative of Turkmen side in Ashgabat in November 2016. Based on the decisions taken during the forum, Turkmenistan makes and develops new transit corridors together with different states. In this regards, the gratitude for support of this activity has been expressed to the Head of the Republic of Korea.

    Turkmenistan pays great attention to the environment protection emphasizing the subjects of protection and rational use of water resources in global and regional scale. Speaking of the position of our country in water range of issues in Central Asia, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that solution of relative problems has to be implemented on the base of international law taking into account the interests of all Central Asian countries under wide support of international organizations. This is the meaning of modern water diplomacy, about which Turkmenistan said at the World Water Forum in Tegu, South Korea in April 2015 for the first time.

    It was mentioned that energy, transport, water resources and ecology ae the subjects, which can be efficiently elaborated by the sides under the Forum on cooperation of Central Asian countries and the Republic of Korea. This forum, which was made by the initiative of Korean side more than 10 years ago, is an actual platform for the implementation of the projects of multilateral partnership in the region. Our country highly appreciates the contribution of the Republic of Korea to the development of regional cooperation in Central Asia, Turkmen leader highlighted.

     

    The state news agency of Turkmenistan 

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