Georgia Drafts Development Plan for Javakhk

TBILISI (Armenpress)–Georgian authorities have drafted a comprehensive strategic plan for development of southern Samtskhe-Javakhk province that has a predominately Armenian population.

Gia Nodia–director of Peace–Democracy and Development Institute in Tbilisi–a co-author of the plan–was quoted by the Georgian Prime News agency saying that the plan allows for overcoming political and economic problems that may emerge after the pull out of the Russian military base–located in the province–that gives jobs to several thousand local inhabitants. Nodia said the plan may start this year–provided that sponsors from UN and OSCE help implement the ideas of the plan.

The strategy envisages business development and integration of the region with the rest of Georgia–teaching of Georgian language and retransmission of Georgian TV channels for the region.

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