Autumn Thoughts About Investments
22.11.2012 13:06Yesterday I went to Babushera to collect some tangerines. The day was sunny, it was very warm, in some places the ebony not collected yet was blazing on the tree without leaves, almost in every yard one can see the branches of tangerines lower down. It seems it is the time to rejoice, but in fact one will wail looking at the holiness and desertion of this part of Gulripsh region. Hardly ever one could meet an old car, every second house is empty, the asphalt is just in some spots, but the wild blackberry is growing almost everywhere.
Before the collapse of the USSR and the war this region was very wealthy- the land is good, the airport was near, the railway and the essential oil farm as well.There was Sukhum physical and technical institute which at that time was the biggest all over the Caucasus and the South of Russia and Dranda’s house construction factory, rest-houses. There were enough working places and having a good farm even getting the small Soviet salary, one could live not so badly.
For twenty postwar years in Babushera, and this is a big village, just some new buildings are built and they do not save the situation. If to develop with suvh a temp then for achieving the prewar level it will take one hundred or a hundred and fifty years. I think that the situation in many of other regions is not better, if not worse- Babushera is at least on the seaside and in summer here come rare lovers of living in wilderness.
The current desolation suggests that we do not have enough reserves for a sustainable development. So, we must look for them, without waiting in the misty future the state will stand on its feet and be able to finance agriculture from the budget. The inertia of Soviet thinking is still obsessed and prevents approaching the problem in a modern way.
The other day was another Russian-Abkhaz business forum to make a half-hearted, well, very shy attempt, trying to understand why so badly trigger business relations between our two countries. Meanwhile, the answer lies on the surface, and both sides know it well. Private foreign investments go to Abkhazia slowly and rarely, faltering at every step, because foreigners can not buy our land and property. And to invest their own money in the name of someone else's uncle is fraught.
Why not look for a creative solution to this problem? Let's introduce a mechanism for foreign investment point to depressed areas. In each of these areas to determine the place where you can build, let’s suggest, assembly plant, a factory for processing of agricultural products, etc. depending on the specific features of the area, and a tender for the development of the region. Who will offer the most promising project eligible or long-term lease on the 50-99 years, or even the right to buy back the constructed plant.
If 20-30 foreigners get property in Abkhazia and in return create sustainable jobs for our citizens, it will not undermine national security. But will give impulse to further development of Abkhazia.