David Songulashvili: now, it’s time for rapid steps and effective actions
The Chair of the Sector Economy and Economic Policy Committee, David Songulashvili responded to the initiatives planned by the Government for the economic development and improvement of the social policy announced today by the Prime Minister, Irakli Garibashvili.
“Now, we shall gradually resume the ordinary activity regime from the post-electoral milieu and keep the reforming and positive changes to effectively manage the pandemic and facilitate the rapid economic development and respective economic growth. Now, it’s time for rapid steps and effective actions, which at the same time are quite limited. Hence, I believe that the initiatives announced by the Prime Minister aiming at the improvement of the social policy and economic development are important and noteworthy”, - he stated, underlining the orientation to the long-term progress and sustainable development.
“First of all, I would like to support the paradigm change, envisaging 360 degrees of modification in the social policy. At the first glance, it seems quite simple to replace social aid with employment. It’s crystal clear that it is what our population needs. The Government and the population, civil sector, business and political actors shall gradually learn to be oriented to the long-term progress and sustainable development. We need to end the political populism and manipulation with the poverty of our citizens, which often includes the promises of constant social improvements. Let me reiterate that this approach is timely, though the realization will be complicated, requiring the efficiency of the Government. I believe, Mr. Davitashvili’s team will succeed in this task by active engagement of our Committee”, - D. Songulashvili added.
He stressed the pace of economic growth and economic reforms included in the 10-year development plan.
“The Governmental initiative is related to the stricter regulations on online casinos. Unfortunately, this idea was initially perceived as an attempt to halt the sector operation. Strict control on gambling is a key characteristic of every developed economy and we shall take this path – stricter regulations, increased taxes and restricted commercials. However, it does not mean that casinos and online betting will stop operation. In terms of stricter regulations, we shall share the European experience and find the golden average between the business interests and interests of the population without the prejudice to the companies or creation of the financial problems for the citizens. I am optimistic about the economic growth, which we shall maintain. As to the initiatives and new programs announced by the Prime Minister, they will be introduced to the Parliament in the nearest future. We expect the new plans and our Committee intends to be engaged in the economic reforming in the legislative and oversight terms. Besides, we will hold the meetings and keep communication with various sectors, business companies and other parties concerned to ensure maximal engagement of the society in this process”, - he stated.