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Georgian lessons for the CIS

A thought-provoking article by bne.eu paints a comprehensive picture of Georgia’s recent history, it’s current state and future direction.

Mark Adomanis’ article, published Yestarday, helps the reader better understand the recent history of Georgia and its influence on the country’s chosen path, and allows them to understand the state of the region after several sides of the issue are considered.

“The tiny Caucasus republic of Georgia is arguably the former Soviet Union’s star reform pupil. It is close to the top of the World Bank’s “Doing Business” ranking, well ahead of many EU countries, and retains the enviable title of the “world’s fastest reformer”. Georgia has thrown itself into the arms of the EU project to such an extent that it withdrew from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). And it will have a chance to bask in its glory in mid-May when over 2,000 delegates will descend on its church-studded capital Tbilisi to attend the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) annual general meeting.”

“Georgia’s experience shows both how far the region has come since communism first collapsed and that, despite this progress, the task of transforming the post-Soviet world into a “normal” part of Europe, with efficient bureaucracies, dynamic economies and robust democratic political institutions, remains an amazingly complex and difficult one.”

“Georgia has, in some ways, provided a textbook of how to make changes that are so badly needed across the region. … However, in order to meaningfully converge with Western Europe, CIS countries including Georgia must also enhance their state capacities so that they are capable of effectively managing large-scale infrastructure projects. That’s not going to be easy, but it’s where the region needs to head.”

Read the full article here: www.bne.eu

Edited By AGENDA