Turkish businessmen complain about the lack of direct communication with the Georgian central government.
This statement was made by the Turkish Consul Yassin Temizkan at a meeting of the Georgian Business Ombudsman George Gakharia with Turkish businessmen at Intourist hotel in Batumi.
Officially, the meeting aimed to discuss the existing problems and ways of promotion of the business environment. The meeting was closed to media, therefore, it remains unknow what kind of problems were discussed in a meeting with Turkish businessmen.
According to the Business Ombudsman’s representative Otar Rikadze, the meeting was focused on overall problems, for example, problems related to the visa regime.
The Turkish Consul , who attended the meeting, notes that he wants Georgia’s economy to be strong and Turkish businessmen will be able to make their contribution to the development of Georgian economy, because, in his words, Turkey is interested in a strong partner.
“There are technical problems, but I would not focus on these problems today, mainly related to the central government. Because we do not have a direct relationship with the central government, we have decided to reach out to them at such meetings, “- the Turkish Consul told journalists.
Several months ago, Georgian businessmen spoke with “Commersant” about the government’s bureaucratic and biased approaches with respect to business and claimed about the impossibility of communication with government agencies.
In February 2014, when asked by “Commersant” at the presentation of the NGO Citizen, the former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili said that as a citizen, he would work actively to simplify communication between businesses and government agencies .
According to him, the communication problem ought not to exist today and the organization shouldrespond to it.