SUMMARY

Georgia's Untapped Urban Potential

Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. The country’s vision is to leverage its strategic location and develop its capital city Tbilisi as a transport and logistics hub. Photo credit: Daro Sulakauri/ADB.
Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. The country’s vision is to leverage its strategic location and develop its capital city Tbilisi as a transport and logistics hub. Photo credit: Daro Sulakauri/ADB.

Systematic and sustainable urban development will help support Georgia’s national strategy for unlocking its full growth potential through urban planning and balanced regional development.

Overview

Georgia, located in the Southern Caucasus at the crossroads of Europe and Asia is an important transit corridor for Central and West Asia and a vital point for regional trade. This summary of an ADB publication looks at how meeting urban development challenges can help support the country's national plan for inclusive growth, allowing it to fully benefit from its strategic geographic location.

In 2014, the Government of Georgia approved the Socio Economic Development Strategy of Georgia, (Georgia 2020), which sets out its plans for achieving inclusive and sustainable national economic growth through to 2020.

To support the Government in achieving its objectives, ADB organized an urban visioning and stakeholder consultation workshop in December 2014, at ADB's Georgia Resident Mission. This was actively attended by government officials, development partner representatives, civil society representatives, academia and urban experts, with the goal of assessing Georgia's national urban needs.


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Meet the expert

  • Ramola Naik Singru   
    Urban Development Specialist, Urban Development and Water Division, Central and West Asia Department, Asian Development Bank

    Ramola Naik Singru supports ADB's urban sector development with a focus on integrated development for Livable Cities. She co-led the preparation of the framework for National Urban Assessments and the Inclusive Cities toolkit under ADB's Urban Operational Plan 2012-2020, and co-led ADB's GrEEEn Cities Initiative in Southeast Asia to develop GrEEEn City Action Plans. Ms. Singru is interested in engaging with people to take ownership for shaping their cities, and exploring the interface between urban development, urban-rural linkages, and regional integration.

   Georgia, Urban development
   Last updated: October 2016

 




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