“I can say that we are
ready to support the Anakli port project if your solution is commercially
Jürgen Rigterink, First Vice
President at the EBRD, says.
According to Rigterink, he has already met with
Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia and discussed the project.
“I was on a visit to Armenia,
met with businessmen and government officials, who showed their interest in the Anaklia project as it has a great
importance not only for Georgia, but for the entire region, ”he notes.
President can’t specify in what
form the Eurobank will participate in
the project, since it is not yet clear what the government and investors will decide.
“The best shot is our
support not to be needed at all, as we
are a development bank which supports the
projects that for one reason or another cannot be implemented by the private sector. I told the Prime
Minister that if the project fails to be carried out with private capital, we are ready to support it, ” Jürgen
As reported, the final decision
on investing in the project should be
made before October 15. If investors refuse to finance the construction, the
government can announce a new tender for
the construction of the port.
Apart from that, Anaklia
Development Consortium should find a replacement for the American company
Conti, which was involved in the project but announced its withdrawal from the