Georgia to Develop Rural Fibre-Optic Network

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The Georgian government has promised to develop a fibre-optic internet network in its more remote regions. Minister of the Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitri Kumsiashvili said that bringing reliable, high-speed internet to predominantly rural areas is one of the most important projects currently being undertaken by Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency.

According to the minister, construction of the network will begin in the high mountain region of Georgia, Svaneti and Racha-Lechkhumi. Additionally, the project will cover 70 per cent of the Guria region.

‘We have undertaken to bring the internet to this part of the country because until now the private sector has no interest in doing so,” said Mr Kumsiashvili. “People living there need access to the internet in order to facilitate economic development. Once they have internet, the government will be able to provide better services and bring them economic development. The optic infrastructure will be built by the government, but we now encourage the private sector to develop local, high-speed networks.”

Another project, Internet for Development, carried out in partnership with the private sector, will facilitate the participation of Georgian citizens in the digitalisation process. It includes training for local farmers and entrepreneurs running small and medium sized business, encouraging them to use information technology, domestic and international platforms, and to create websites for their products and services.

According to Freedom House, just 45 per cent of the Georgian population has access to the internet in 2016, with the most significant challenges being in the regions. According to the Georgian National Communication Committee, the highest concentration of internet access is in the capital Tbilisi.

In June 2016, Georgia signed a UN resolution which recognised internet access a fundamental human right. In doing so, the Georgian government committed itself to developing an internet network and allowing unrestricted access to it.

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EconMin: Bulgaria — Number One Outsourcing Destination And an Island of Stability in Europe

P&O Maritime Enters Ukrainian Market

Logistics and transportation of International Container Cargo ship and cargo plane in the ocean at twilight sky Freight Transportation Shipping

IMF: Institutions Key to Sustainable Growth

IMF

Macedonia — Stepping Out Of the Shadow Of the Balkans

Growth Continues for State-Owned Azerbaijan Airlines

Azerbaijan Baku - September 16 2015: View of the Heydar Aliyev International Airport sign in Baku Azerbaijan. The airport is the home of Azerbaijan Airlines the national flag carrier.

CEE Playing Catch Up on R&D Spending

science, r&d

The Peculiar Growth of Poland

KRAKOW POLAND - JUNE 2017: logo of Galeria Krakowska shopping center.

Bulgarian Capital Pulls Above Its Weight

sofia

World Bank: Western Balkans Need to Speed Up Growth For Faster Convergence

world bank

China Agrees to Build High-Tech Business Park in Serbia

BELGRADE SERBIA - SEPTEMBER 29 2016: View on the city center and the junction of Rivers Sava and Danube in Belgrade Serbia.

Latvian Deputy Prime Minister Highlights Riga’s Potential

riga

Montenegro Accelerates Legal Reform

montenegro law reform

Ametek opened a new factory in Subotica

Georgia’s Sweetest Export Targets EU & Japan Expansion

Kiwi fruits growing on the branch on autumn

Poland Stays Cool on Euro Adoption

Euro cash and Zloty on one photo.

Romanian President Appoints Country’s First Female PM

viorica dancila prime minister of romania

CEE Must Improve Infrastructure and Logistics

Aerial view of Gliwice Sosnica motorway junction. There are international traffic in four directions

Ex-Banker to Become Poland’s Next Prime Minister

Fitch And the World Bank: Economic Growth To Remain Solid Within CEE In 2016

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