Georgian President: Government will move to Kutaisi
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili on Tuesday attended the ceremony for lying construction of the Government House in Kutaisi. Saakashvili said the government will move to Kutaisi next year.
"We will turn Kutaisi into the second capital of Georgia," he said at the opening of the opera house in Kutaisi." It's almost the geographic center of Georgia," he added.
He stressed that the initiative for the unloading of Tbilisi had declared Mayor Gigi Ugulava. Earlier it was expected that only the Georgian parliament will move to Kutaisi.
Saakashvili believes the parliament should be located in Kutaisi, as it is the easiest place to gather from all over the country.
Kutaisi is located in western Georgia on both banks of the Rioni River at an altitude of 125-300 meters above sea level. It is connected with Tbilisi with the 220 kilometers railway.
According to Saakashvili infrastructure and tourism environment is created in western Georgia.
The Kopitnari airport will soon be restored and six foreign flights will be carried out in a day, Saakashvili said. The airport was bombed during the 2008 conflict.
Saakashvili said the Georgian government after the "Rose Revolution" sharply differs from the previous one, which was not looking for innovation. The new government, according to the president, is formed based on six principles - it is a not-big, mobile, uncorrupt, innovative, efficient and focused on globalization.
"Our main ambition is to be the first among the reformers, which recognizes the World Bank," Saakashvili said.
Over the past year, Georgia has risen from 13th to 12th place among 174 countries in term of doing business.
"We want to be in the top ten countries on business conditions, as well as enter into the twenty non-corrupt countries," he said.