From Gary1960 on BLOE page
Message from T’bilisi…Fri 20:31
Guys I am in Georgia until next Monday - staying in central T’bilisi just off Rustaveli Avenue. I have to say there are some great people out here but there is also grinding poverty that would not look out of place in the third world. There are lots and lots of stray cats and dogs - but there are also a great many destitute and homeless people laying about on the streets. I met up with a Georgian tour guide and we went out to the far east of the Kakheti Region and it was mostly rural but again great levels of poverty, poor housing, terrible roads and general infrastructure run down and grubby. The tour guide told me that Georgia has “great natural resources” but the Government over the previous 30 years had stood idle and done nothing. Only in the last few years have things started to get better with some inwards investment and a more liberal government policy.
We went for dinner with one of his old school friends and their extended family. The daughter is 38 years old and earns just 11 euro equivalent a day - working 10 hours a day picking grapes. Georgia is desperate for inward investment and to be independent of energy needs from Russia and Azerbaijan. Currently they produce very little of their own oil or gas and are tied to costly imports.
When people on here start saying they hope Block Energy goes bust maybe they should stop and think what they are saying and that energy (especially the gas) could make a fundamental difference to the country as a whole.