Saakashvili committing the failure of the year30.12.2010 | 14:58
Official Tbilisi is summing up the expiring year. According to the country's government, Georgia achieved enormous success in foreign policy, economy and democracy building. Perhaps, these achievements are true in the fantastic reality the Georgian authorities live in. GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed the actual situation in the republic with Director for Eurasia Institute Gulbaat Rtskhiladze.
Let us remind you that during a briefing that was to summarize the year of 2010, the president's press speaker Manana Mandzhgaladze characterized the last 365 days as utterly successful for Georgia in every aspect. Georgian government was optimistic enough for Mandzhgaladze to utter a word excessively characterizing the extent of the ruling regime's success - "a breakthrough". Representatives of the official Tbilisi were inspired by the performance in the field of tourism, some of the infrastructure projects and, of course, the visits of various world leaders to Georgia. "One should stress the resolution passed by the UN Parliamentary Assembly; important visits paid by Georgian president to various countries and the visits of the leaders of many countries to
Georgia", - Mandzhgaladze underlined.
However, well-known Georgian expert Gulbaat Rtskhiladze is sure that the country's government may be satisfied only with its own position. "Yes, we may talk about the government's success in the domestic policy arena. All the economy fields are divided among our political top. They should also be satisfied with the fact that their financial standing inside Georgia has been enhanced since the opposition has gone totally bankrupt", - the expert underlined.
He also added that such position is not going to last long: "These complacent sentiments are grounded only by the present position of the ruling top but they instinctively feel the danger of losing their governing positions. That's why I expect various provocative actions to be held next year, as well as the search of internal and external enemies".
Gulbaat Rtskhiladze is rather skeptic about characterizing the events of 2010 as a "breakthrough". "2010 was not a breakthrough year; it was the year of failures, or, rather, of one big failure. By the way, Georgian press has recently published information concerning the country's investment attractiveness revealed by former chairman of our National Bank. He said the total amount of foreign investments decreased more than three times compared to 2007. It was 2 million dollars at that time, while now it will hardly amount to 600 million. We're having regress each year, especially after the August war. Prices are going up. Utility rates grow daily, I mean, gas rate, garbage removal rate and etc.; water rate has jumped almost 100 percent. Inflation affects the cost of products, gasoline and many other things and the world market only makes prices in Georgia move up", - the head of Eurasia Institute said.
The expert also believes one should hardly expect any steps forward in the relationship between Russia and Georgia in 2011. His opinion is mostly reasoned by the fact that the revival of bilateral connections is not a number-one task for Moscow or Tbilisi. "Russia will pay less attention to the problem of Russian-Georgian relationship, so long as the situation is going to enter the pre-election stage next year. As for Georgia, the government's desire to mend relations with Russia is rather active but not sincere enough. Saakashvili has long since burnt all the bridges, which are very difficult to restore. The Georgian president enjoys no trust in Moscow. That's why I do not expect any significant breakthrough in Georgia-Russia relations next year", - Rtskhiladze said.
"Some contacts may be established only if the current anti-Russian frenzy among the Georgian authorities goes down and they will stand for a dialogue at least verbally. It should also be welcomed, anyway", - the expert added.
Making his forecast for the next year, Rtskhiladze remarked that he sees no grounds to consider the year of 2011 to be favourable for Georgia, for the main factor that would improve the situation - a radical change of the current line of policy - does not look real so far. "Generally speaking, this was an unhappy year and the coming year is not going to be a lucky one either if no global changes are made", - the expert foretells pessimistically.