“The importance of infrastructure
development is unequivocal that should be provided by the state and if the
issue is resolved, it will automatically boost the opening of new facilities by
commercial organizations and individuals. The main task is to fully service the
regions. For example, in Svaneti there is no normal connection to the internet, no gas , poor roads. Ex- President
Mikheil Saakashvili planned to carry out Kutaisi tunnel project, if it is not done, Svaneti
will remain the same and will be visited
by wandering tourists in the summer season, " Irakli Gurchiani, founder of
Toyota Center Tbilisi, says commenting on a statement by Verner Lipach, Central And West
Asia Department, Asian
Development Bank, about challenges faced by Georgia's investment environment.
Werner Lipach believes that Georgia’s investment environment is one of the best in the region, but there are still challenges such as infrastructure, energy issues and human resources.
"Mestia Development Plan envisages the creation of 200,000 beds, which will require a lot of staff, so people from other regions will be hired. But only after the main road will be built or tunnel from Kutaisi that will make Svaneti very attractive for tourists," ” Irakli Gurchiani explains.
Zurab Chkhaidze, founder of Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking Company (KTW Group), considers retraining of employees a major challenge.
“Georgia actually faces the problems in terms of human resources training. Georgia needs to realize that everything must be done to educate new staff, this should be not only the government’s challenge but the population’s social responsibility. In my opinion, the country’s main investment should be made in preparation of qualified staff. As for the infrastructure development, I think large amounts should be spent for this purpose this year. If we want to develop tourism and the region, we should start with infrastructure development, ”Zurab Chkhaidze stresses.