After coming to power in 2012, the leaders of the Georgian Dream coalition pledged to investigate suspected shady deals connected to former President Mikheil Saakashvili’s privatization campaign. But there has been little progress since then, and some observers even suggest that incumbent authorities are succumbing to the same tendency as their predecessors in appearing to prioritize foreign investment over individual property rights.
Property rights issues are particularly acute in areas along Georgia’s Black Sea coast, such as Samegrelo, where the government wants to develop some 1,000 hectares of land near the coastal village of Anaklia as a deep-sea port and logistics hub. China’s state-controlled Power Construction Corporation is widely expected to win the tender. Construction should begin this summer.
One family of farmers fears that their property could be swept up in the project.
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