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Saakashvili to take care of everyone except Georgians2011-02-22 16:51
Saakashvili's whimsical stories on Georgia's progress have been a significant contribution to Georgian folklore. There is not the slightest doubt that Mishiko's stretch of imagination he demonstrates in his speeches quite regularly would have made legendary baron Munchausen eat his triangular hat. Last week the Georgian president came up with another jewel to add in his collection proposing to transform the country into the region's transport and trading center that would provide goods to "all Black Sea region, entire Caucasus and Central Asia".
"Speaking about Singaporization we mean that Georgia must become the region's terminal and transshipment center. Then our food security will be better protected. Good that we don't suffer from deficit, but prices are going up and when we enter the global trading center, the price growth will be to our benefit, and we will not be viewed as beggars", - Georgian leader said reassuringly.
Everyone knows that Sakartvelo leader is not afraid of difficulties setting most ambitious goals. Once he was got down to solving territorial problems in his country too fervently and because of it his name became part of geopolitical history of Caucasus. Lives of nearly 400 Georgians were the price of this "achievement". So it's clear that aspiring to the role of a giant transport hub Mishiko will spare no effort. The fact that he will need money is obvious since the port of Singapore is the world's largest port with a 30-million TEU or over 600 million netto tons per year. The figures are 30 times higher than in all ports of Georgia. That is why Singapore's GDP per capita is nearly 20 times higher.
On the whole, any index demonstrates Georgia's weakness. Still the states are similar on two things. Firstly, it's the population size, nearly 5 mln people with Singapore surpassing Georgia by 600 thousand. If Saakashvili succeeds in implementing his demography plan, this difference will be evened by 2015. The second thing is that both Tbilisi and Singapore are big food importers. Due to different reasons though. Georgia's inability to provide citizens with food is a consequence of the catastrophic state of is agro-industrial complex, while the Asian tiger simply has no land for enhancing agriculture being one of the world's smallest states.