The Ministry of Infrastructure says
that in 11 months of 2019, GEL 1.6 billion was spent on the infrastructure
projects that has been the record high since the country became independent.
According to expert Zviad
Khorguashvili, the budget of the Ministry of Infrastructure is growing as the October
2020 parliamentary elections are approaching and this way the ruling party wants to attract sympathy votes.
infrastructure costs are excessive for Georgia as the country's economy is not
strong enough to allocate such amounts. It’s worth mentioning that most infrastructure projects are carried
out on borrowed money. The country is in anticipation of the very important and
very difficult parliamentary elections and all state structures are actively
working to show the voters the results of infrastructure spending, ”the expert explains.
In Khorguashvili’s words,
infrastructure works undoubtedly affect the economy’s development but temporary.
“The previous government was criticized for excessive infrastructure
projects but the current government not
only does not reduce, but increases these expenditures not for economic purposes but from a political point of view,” Zviad
Expert Gia Khukhashvili
believes that large amounts spent on the
infrastructure projects do not create
sources of additional income.
"The Georgian government
is proud of the rapid economic growth,
but in reality the economy is not growing and the figures are achieved through infrastructure projects
that have a temporary effect. They do
not create new sources of income and jobs, ” he says.
Khukhashvili adds that no one opposes
infrastructure projects, but they
require a large amounts of borrowed
money that should be paid out sometime.