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July 1 - 7, 2018

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economic & politics

    REZONANSI: “VERY FIRST PERSONNEL DECISION OF THE NEW PREMIER CAUSED SCANDAL”

    July 6, 2018 - Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze appointed as his chief of staff (the office is created after structural reorganization of the government) Giorgi Choladze, graduate of London School of Economics and Political Science, the newspaper reports.

    The article points that Choladze, during Bakhtadze’s stay in the office of the Finance Minister, was head of public relations and protocol department of the Ministry, while until Bakhtadze’s move to the government, was his adviser in Georgian Railway.


    REZONANSI: “BIG PERSONNEL PURGE IN RULING TEAM: WHICH GOVERNOR WILL LEAVE THE POST”

    July 5, 2018 - Cadres of ex-premier Giorgi Kvirikashvili are leaving branches of the power, the newspaper states. Thus, head of Ajara government Zurab Pataradze has resigned yesterday.


    BANKEBI DA FINANSEBI: “PENSION AGENCY WILL BE CREATED IN JULY”

    July 4, 2018 - Finance Minister Nikoloz Gagua declares that Pension Agency should be launched in July. This is the condition, agreed with the IMF, he notes.


    NETGAZETI.GE: “SECURITY COUNCIL URGES THE PARLIAMENT TO REACT ON CASE OF DEVRISHADZE’S COMPANY”

    July 4, 2018 - Following the scandal, raised because of supplies to the Defense Ministry and the Interior Ministry by company, owned by Petre Devrishadze, who was sentenced for spying, Georgia’s National Security Council urges the Parliament to become interested in circumstances of this case and to develop suggestions for purchases practice’s perfection, Netgazeti.Ge reports.

    The statement of the Council was preceded on July 3 by cancellation by the Interior Ministry of the contract with Devrishadze’s company for the sum of 105,000 lari, signed by results of the tender, the article says.


    BANKEBI DA FINANSEBI: “EMPHASIZING SOCIAL DIRECTIONS IS A MISTAKE, AS GEORGIA IS NOT THE COUNTRY OF PENSIONERS AND PATIENTS ONLY”

    July 4, 2018 - In his interview to the newspaper, businessman Temur Chkonia says that “two-digit economic growth rate is required in order that at least a little advance was visible in the country”. “Emphasizing social direction is a mistake for our country, long-term orientation has to be made at development of business and creation of new payers”, he declares.


    NETGAZETI.GE: “THE COURT RECOGNIZED AS UNCONSTITUTIONAL HANDOVER OF THE STATE PROPERTY TO PATRIARCHY ONLY”

    July 4, 2018 - Constitutional Court recognized as unconstitutional the norm, which allows handover of state property for free only to Georgian Orthodox Church, Netgazeti.Ge reports. The relevant decision was made on July 3.


    REZONANSI: “NEW VERSIONS OF TAX AND CUSTOMS CODES WILL BE READY IN AUTUMN”

    July 3, 2018 - Head of Revenue Service Giorgi Tabuashvili says that primary documents of Tax and Customs Codes will be ready in autumn.

    “Works on Customs Code are more advanced”, Tabuashvili declared in air of program Sakmis Kursi (Business Course) of Pirveli TV.


    TABULA: ““DESPITE YOUR DEEDS, YOU WILL NOT BE THERE SOON” – JAPARIDZE’S OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER”

    July 2, 2018 - Zurab Japaridze, presidential candidate from party Girchi, addressed Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze with open letter.

    Japaridze considers that despite of Bakhtadze’s deeds, he will not be in the office of the government head soon, however, he still leave a mark unlike his predecessor, Tabula says, publishing the text of the letter.


macroeconomics & budget

    TABULA: “WHETHER “DREAM” HAS TURNED ECONOMICO-POLITICAL PARADIGM BY SEVERAL DEGREES?”

    July 5, 2018 - The article points that real economic growth of 6.1%, fixed in January-May, is record-breaking for the last 6 years. It has objective base and is caused by three main reasons, the author notes.


    FORBES GEORGIA: “NUMBER OF SELF-EMPLOYED IN GEORGIA AND IN THE WORLD”

    July 3, 2018 - According to Sakstat, out of total number of employed in Georgia, self-employed in 2017 made up 51.7% that was by 1.5 percentage points less than indicator of 2016.

    In Turkey, this indicator made up 32.4%, Russia – 7.5%.


    FORBES GEORGIA: ““MILLIONAIRE” PAYERS IN GEORGIA”

    July 2, 2018 - According to Revenue Service, there were 1,104 entities in 2016, which paid taxes of over 1 million lari in the budget of Georgia.

    In 2016, there were 7,180 entities, which total incomes exceeded 1 million lari.


conflict and court

    NETGAZETI.GE: “STATE SECURITY SERVICE: FUNDS FOR ARRANGEMENT OF SEWERAGE SYSTEM IN MANGLISI WERE MISAPPROPRIATED BY THE CITY HALL’S EMPLOYEES”

    July 6, 2018 - Officers of State Security Service’s Anti-Corruption Agency instituted legal proceedings against head and chief specialist of supervision service of Tetritskaro municipality (Kvemo Kartli region), Netgazeti.Ge reports.

    Besides, criminal proceeding on charge of large plunder by previous concert is launched against director of the municipality’s contractor, LLC Pudze, and director of LLC Imedi, construction subcontractor of the latter.


transport & communications

    REZONANSI: “IN TBILISI, GROWTH OF PARKING FEE IS INEVITABLE”

    July 6, 2018 - In Tbilisi, parking fee will be increased, the newspaper states, referring to the master plan of land use in the capital, which the City Hall already submitted to Sakrebulo (city council) for approval. In particular, zoning will be carried out and hourly payment established.


    REZONANSI: “GEORGIA PREPARES FOR BAN OF CARS, MANUFACTURED BEFORE 2005”

    July 3, 2018 - Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze declares that import of old cars should be necessarily forbidden. Decision of this kind could be painful, but there is no other way of air quality improvement in the capital, he explains.


    FORBES GEORGIA: “5G AND GEORGIA”

    July 2, 2018 - In his interview to the magazine, former commercial director of mobile operator Geocell Ivane Machavariani says that if “the government of Georgia has the right vision and it will see advantages of 5G [mobile Internet of the 5th generation] for development of economy, we have a chance to become leaders of the region”. “We have rather liberal laws and our economic policy is more liberal, than in the countries of Central Europe”, he specifies.


construction

    BANKEBI DA FINANSEBI: “ACCORDING TO THE GENERAL PLAN, INTERESTS OF PART OF REAL ESTATE OWNERS COULD SUFFER”

    July 6, 2018 - Adoption of the master plan of land use in Tbilisi can lead in some cases to deterioration of construction conditions, the newspaper reports, referring to Public Broadcaster. Anyway, adoption of the plan will have influence on rights of owners of real estate, located in affected areas.


    BANKEBI DA FINANSEBI: “ACCORDING TO THE GENERAL PLAN, PARK HAS TO BE ARRANGED ON THE TERRITORY OF ELIAVA MARKET”

    July 5, 2018 - On July 4, the City Hall of Tbilisi submitted the master plan of land use for approval to Sakrebulo (City Council) of the capital.

    The plan considers Eliava market and the adjacent territory (Didube district) as potential zone for arrangement of the park of city importance, the newspaper reports.


    REZONANSI: “AREAS IN TBILISI, WHERE CONSTRUCTION WILL BE FORBIDDEN”

    July 5, 2018 - City Institute completed work on master plan of land use in Tbilisi and coordinated the ready work with the City Hall.

    Director general of City Institute Mamuka Salukvadze says that “in Tbilisi, there are several important territories, which demand systematization and regulation”.


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