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Saakashvili tries on Kobalia’s dress

2010-12-07 11:20

Saakashvili tries on Kobalia's dressGeorgian president Mikheil Saakashvili is taking control over national economy despaired to yield results from activities of his protégée, Veronica Kobalia, by announcing a new economic policy the Caucasian republic must adopt. At last the head of Sakartvelo publicly admits that the situation in the country is dispiriting. Yet he encourages entrepreneurs by saying that all mistakes and miscalculations will be soon neutralized. The tax grip on businessmen will ease up and they won't be taken to first-rate prisons any more. Besides, the customs infrastructure will be


reorganized in such a way as to facilitate the journey of imported goods to Georgia.

By all appearances the Georgian leader respects our newspaper and takes into consideration critical notes to the Ministry of economy and sustainable development. The fact that he made a public confession sounds like good news. The only thing to be done is stick to this new economic vector to prevent transformation of this good intention into Sisyphean toil. The patriotic speech to the glory of Georgian business that Mr. Saakashvili pronounced at the customs of Lilo marked enactment of the new Tax Code. The parliament was very slow examining it while the government assured: new amendments will let Georgian businessmen enjoy favorable conditions like in Hong Kong, Singapore, Switzerland or Ireland.

"The new code will reduce pressure of tax administration on entrepreneurs. The policy also suggests introduction of mechanism of remission of violations and preliminary warning, as well as establishment of the institution of ombudsman for the entrepreneurs to feel more secure", - the president specified.

Translating these wanton speech into the language of human beings, Georgia will soon live in a tax paradise. In the past, when a businessman violated norms, his company was sealed up, the tax police cleaned him out, and some were sent to serve sentences in specific places. Now even "repeaters" will have a chance to get better, and accrued fines won't lead to bankruptcies.

A special official monitoring all administrative processes will be a supervising angel in these divine forest. His task is to observe the law in a most strict manner and accept complaints from the discontent (if any, of course). The name of this omnipotent tax figure has not been disclosed yet. Here, by the way, the candidates are all-important. If they emerge from the current president's inner circle, entrepreneurs will face a risk of getting drowned by bungs, not high taxes that will be transferred to accounts of unhelpful officials from the political elite.

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