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Tbilisi-Kutaisi: “We’ve got the most mobile government”2010-11-18 20:16
Yesterday, Mikheil Saakashvili laid the first foundation stone of the new government building in Kutaisi. According to the Georgian leader, in a year, first meetings of the Cabinet are going tobe held in the complex. Members of the country's government will be accompanied by Sakartvelo parliamentarians who are also going to move to West Georgia after the next elections. Saakashvili is sure that the redistribution of powers will help decrease the loading of the capital and will act as a booster for developing Imereti region.
"You've been thinking that only the parliament is going to move here but we are gradually, step by step, moving away from Tbilisi. Georgian government will work in Tbilisi but part of it is going to be transferred to Kutaisi. That will continue the project of turning Kutaisi into Georgia's "second capital", - Mishiko happily told to local residents yesterday. Decentralization of government is probably a good thing; the only question is why spreading the government office around the country.
The head of the Georgian state also told about the demands he is going to make on the Cabinet. Alongside with "innovativeness and globality", he is expecting the Georgian government to be efficient and to reduce administrative costs.
Let the global ambitions be on the Georgian leader's head. He has repeatedly praised his civil service for being mobile and for "constantly moving" around the county. Still, how can the separation of a single government body encourage efficiency, the "head" being at some distance from the "hands"? Rather, it will lead to decreasing the governors' work capacity, for the work of the service will be much more difficult to control, while the space for abusing one's power is going to grow.
The scatteration of executive power is primarily non-beneficial for the president himself, for it will be more difficult for him to hold control over the Cabinet's activities. It is sometimes very hard to follow the intricate path of ideas of Sakartvelo's head but he should be aware of it. It is hardly possible that the point at issue is the real delegation of powers from the center to the regions, which fact is confirmed by Parliamentary Secretary Gia Khuroshvili who said that the future complex is meant only for the government's visiting sessions and it is not planned to transfer its structures to Kutaisi.