NGOs statement in response to the statement made by Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Georgia

This statement is to react on the report broadcasted on April 22, 2013 in the evening news of TV Channel 9 covering ongoing debates on Khudoni hydropower plant construction project in Svaneti.

We have drawn attention to the extremely indecent statement made by Mr, Kakha Kaladze, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, regarding non-governmental organizations which are critical towards construction of Khudoni HPP. Mr. Kaladze namely stated that: “the future of the country cannot be compromised in favor of any non-governmental organization and foreign funding they receive to suspend the projects”.    

We have been astonished by such an erroneous interpretation of the role the civil society plays in defining the policies and decision-making processes in general,  especially that it was made by such high-level governmental official as Mr. Kaladze who at the same time holds the position of first deputy Prime Minister of Georgia. The positions of the government and the civil society (or a part of it) may often be contradictory and this is natural for the democratic governance. Therefore, unjustified accusations and various conspiracy theories brought by Mr. Kaladze in response to NGOs’ criticism are absolutely intolerable. We regret if the Georgian Government intends to apply similar rhetoric with  the civil society in the future.  

Linking NGOs’ criticism with obscure financial interests is especially surprising from the side of Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources whereas senior officials of the very same ministry had private commercial interest in the energy sector until very recently; the Georgian society has not yet seen an unambiguous indication of them leaving shares in the energy companies.

Green Alternative 

Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association 

Transparency International – Georgia 

Human Rights Center 

Open Society Georgia Foundation 

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung representation in Georgia 

Svaneti Tourism Center 

Guram Tikanadze Svaneti Youth Center 

Newspaper “Samkhretis Karibche” 

Association for Civil Society Development of Georgia 

Kutaisi Information Center 


Teachers’ Union “Education and Universe“

Article 42 of the Constitution

Coalition “Public Defender”

Georgian Green Movement / Friends of Earth – Georgia

Economic Policy Research Center

Meokhi – 2010

Georgian Trade Union Confederation

Human Rights and Social Justice Research Center

Association for Protection of Farmers’ Rights

Caucasus Ecology Fund