Lasika - a project of a large port city, which was supposed to be built on the Black Sea coast of Georgia between Anaklia and Kulevi in the immediate vicinity of the border with Abkhazia.
It was expected that the port had become a major trading and economic center of West Georgia. First of its construction the former President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili announced at a meeting with a population of Zugdidi on December 4, 2011.
Former authorities, representatives of Saakashvili's party "United National Movement", planned to build a new city Lasika and Lasika port at the coast of the Black Sea.
Following parliamentary elections in October 1, 2012, when the coalition of the Georgian billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili "Georgian Dream" won, the new authorities did not consider it appropriate to build a new town and port.
"If the port project Lasika was not being suspended then next year would be in operation two berths for unloading ships within 100 thousand displacements. By the time could be the peak of the export of goods from Afghanistan. If we made good use of this moment, the Georgian economy grew least twice", - said Saakashvili earlier.
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili believed that suspending construction project of Lasika port, the country had lost a chance for economic growth and thousands of jobs, the residents of the region could get high-paid jobs and inclusions of the port to the American scheme of export goods.
According to Saakashvili in 10 years Lasika could become the second-largest city after Tbilisi with a population of half a million people. Construction was planned to begin in May 2012, but the start of construction ceremony, which was attended by Saakashvili, took place on 25 September 2012. According to major plan infrastructure work supposed to be completed in 2012-2013, and in 2015 had to be completed part of the city.
At the end of October 2012 the new government decided to cancel the construction of Lasika project that was implemented by the former authorities.
However, a year later, it was announced the decision to build a seaport near the town of Anaklia that can pass 110 million tons of cargo per year, which repeats the idea of building Lasika.
Expression of interest for the construction of new multifunctional port in Anaklia (Western Georgia) will start from next week – was announced by the press office of the Prime Minister of Georgia.
Council of Economic Advisers to the Prime Minister of Georgia at today's meeting made the decision after the Partnership Fund completed a study with the aim of selecting the best location for the port and among 10 places on the Black Sea coast gave advantage to Anaklia, since this place has the potential of receiving vessels with large cargo intensity.
"Compared to alternative locations Anaklia's advantage is that the dock has the prospect of expansion and development, and good access to the deep sea canyon".
The construction of infrastructure of such scale the prime minister of Georgia called "significant" for the country, which, according to him, "brings Georgia's transit potential to a qualitatively new level".
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