According to the former head of
the Roads Department of the Ministry of Infrastructure Giorgi Seturidze, the
active involvement of large, as well as foreign companies in the state tenders is not illegal and does not show the lack
of competition in the construction industry.
“If the state spends a billion
on infrastructure, it naturally has the right to put forward its own
conditions,” the ex-official says.
In Giorgi Seturidze’s words, to
receive an order for a large project implementation, the construction company
must have the appropriate experience, and if it has not it that still does not
mean there is no competition.
“Our tender amounts are
very low compared with neighboring
countries that excludes shadow factors or
they are insignificant. Moreover, all projects are carried out in accordance
with international standards and norms, ” Seturidze notes.
As for the reasons why Georgian
companies are not actively growing and developing, the ex-official believes
this is because the government agencies
refuse to use the mechanism to promote local business not to be accused of lobbying.
“There are a few large local companies in
Georgia that can carry out serious and
large-scale projects, but often they don’t take part in tenders due to the lack of financial turnover, ” the former
head of the Roads Department stresses.