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Nika Gilauri: no mercy for unemployment

2009-02-04 15:32

5/3/5/1535.jpegFebruary 2: Nika Gilauri proposed as a candidate for Prime Minister by the president stated to the journalists after the end of the parliament's bureau meeting that his main priority would be the struggle against unemployment.

Gilauri also noted: implementation of the recently launched "No poverty In United Georgia" program will continue though slightly modified under the circumstances of the global economic crisis.

"I personally will not have ten, five or two priorities, there is only one priority - the struggle against unemployment, creation and maintenance of jobs"- the future Prime minister is quoted by


"World Economic Situation and Prospects - 2009" research by the UN was of no comfort to Georgia. The country has the highest unemployment rate among other ex USSR states: 13.3%.

However Georgia has been known for extreme joblessness throughout all post-Soviet period. Saakashvili is constantly promising to stop unemployment and other social problems "in the near future". The situation on the contrary becomes plainly absurd. For instance mentally ill people were proposed to make a living on their own - that is to maintain their medical institutions. In March 2006 London was going to host the exhibition of works of art produced by Asatiani Mental Hospital patients (it is unknown whether this exhibition took place but there was such an intention) in order to attract sponsorship for this and other similar hospitals of Georgia.

It is interesting to recall Saakashvili's confession made in early 2008, before the extraordinary elections - i.e. five years after the start of his governance. Probably the president said it because of mass protest actions in Tbilisi in November 2007. He called unemployment the greatest challenge to the county and referred all prior failures to bad ministers.

Saakashvili said: "If in 2004 I was surrounded by people that were beside me during the Rose Revolution now this is going to be a professional team of people who know what to do. My new government will be oriented on liquidation of poverty, creation of new jobs and maximum reduction of unemployment".

In 2009 the new presidential program "No Poverty in United Georgia" was launched. 200 000 new jobs were planned with the help of foreign investments. By 2012 unemployment is believed to be completely done with. The democratic prosperity expected in the near future was enthusiastically described by the head of the state at the opening ceremony of TVS-bank's regional office in Batumi (Ajaria). The president did not spare bright colors.

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