Georgian President Mikhael Saakashvili in Istanbul on 21 December 2006 at a meeting with Turkish business circles said that Georgia will ensure the electricity transportation from Russia and Azerbaijan to Turkey via its territory,Trendreports citing ITAR-TASS.
"Georgia has tremendous hydro-energy potential. We will ensure the electricity transportation from Russia and Azerbaijan to Turkey via its territory. Jointly with Turkey we will try to develop Georgian hydro-power, which is not exploited fully, said President Saakashvili.
Georgian Energy Minister Nika Gilauri announced that Georgia occupies one of the leading places in Europe for hydro-power potential. Only 11-12% of this potential is used, unfortunately. We are keen on development of this sector and signed a protocol on intention with Turkey on joint construction of 100MW hydro-power grid in Georgia. Said Mr. Gilauri.
During the meetings, the Georgian President said that in accordance with last year statistics, every fifth Georgian visited Turkey and every 12th Russia. Earlier Russia was our window to world, but now Turkey is, he said.
President Saakashvili also assured that next spring Georgia and Turkey will sign an agreement on free trade, which will release many products from duties.