Construction of a new deep-water port in Anaklia will play an important role in the development of Georgia – Minister of Economy George Kvirikashvili states.
According to him, a contest for expression of interest has been announced and a “short list” includes two large consortiums. The winner of the tender will be revealed in September, and the construction work will begin in 2016. “This is an important project for Georgia. It can seriously change the whole transport infrastructure of the country and will increase its transport capacity. The port will be able to create a large number of jobs not only in the surrounding region, but also throughout Georgia. This port will play a big role in the economic development of the country,”- the Minister notes.
In his words, today the scale of the project of the port in Anaklia has changed, as it takes into account the interest of China to use transit potential of Georgia. “At the first stage the capacity of the country’s transit corridor will be doubled, and after the implementation of all three phases of the project, it will reach 20 million tons per year. A relevant research will be carried out regarding the further development of the port and if extension is deemed appropriate, it will be recorded in the form of obligations to investors, “- the Minister adds.