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Opinions are exaggerated about the capabilities of the port of Anaklia — Shota Gulbani

The development of Anaklia Port is of both economic and strategic importance. The decision made by the Prime Minister today to announce the tender is part of the commitment made by the government to the development of the port of Anaklia in 2021 — said Beka Liluashvili, Advisor to the Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, in an interview with GTnews.

«The importance of the development of the port of Anaklia is not disputed and controversial, so the state will do its best to help the investor to develop the port and bring economic benefits to the country,» — said Liluashvili

He said how commercially profitable the project will be in this process will show. However, more than a commercial port, it is more of strategic importance and this is the starting point for the country.

Experts in the field are cautiously optimistic about the government’s re-inclusion of Anaklia Port in the agenda, as Shota Gulban told GTnews that the country needs to develop maritime infrastructure, there is no doubt about that. However, how profitable Anaklia is commercially is really debatable.

«The former port investor failed to fulfill its obligation precisely because it was difficult to attract large shipping companies, not because it lacked experience, but because even from Asia, you have to drop it twice and it is naturally costly, so in my opinion «Anaklia has been deported more than it has a real opportunity,» said the expert.

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