Minister: Georgia to spend over half a billion dollars on infrastructure projects in 2013
Georgia, Tbilisi, Jan. 9 / Trend N.Kirtskhalia /
Some 910 million lari ($1=1.66 lari) will be spent on Georgia's infrastructure projects in 2013, Georgian Regional Development and Infrastructure Minister David Narmania told reporters on Wednesday.
"This year will be full of different projects," Narmania said.
He said of this amount, 501 million lari will be spent on road reconstruction and highway construction, 130 million lari - rehabilitation of water supply system in 25 municipalities and 180 million lari - the events of Municipal Development Fund in various regions.
As stated by Narmania, the ministry's real budget spending reached 720 million lari in 2012.
Projects aimed at improving governance are also planned this year. First is the development of a geographic information system covering all infrastructure projects and their status, the minister said.
"This will facilitate our project management. In 2013 we will complete the methodology of priority selection and efficiency and quality of these projects will be increased through strengthening the financial audit on the one hand, and control of National Bureau of Expertise named after Samkharauli over the quality of infrastructure projects, on the other. It is important to note that territorial reform will also be launched this year," Narmania said.
The minister went on to say that the ministry is actively collaborating with parliamentary committees on legal affairs and on self-government and an advisory board of non-governmental organisations was established which defined the strategy for 2013. He added that work on a package of legislative amendments will begin in February.