thanked that country for providing assistance to Georgia's
Saakashvili was speaking on April 22 after visiting an air traffic
control system, installed in Black Sea port town of Poti by the Thales
Group, defence and civil aviation electronics company, part-owned by the
"I want to emphasize on those very good relations, which we have with
France," Saakashvili said at a ceremony in Poti in presence of French
Secretary of State for Transport Thierry Mariani.
He said that France "in the shortest period of time" replaced radar
systems in Tbilisi, damaged in the August war.
"We have huge plans of cooperation for Georgia's infrastructure
modernization. France has one of the best infrastructures in the world
and one of the best engineering experiences and France is probably the
largest supporter to Georgia's modernization in this regard,"
Thales has become a major provider of air traffic control systems to
Georgia. In December, 2008 Georgian state-owned air navigation service
provider, Sakaeronavigatsia Ltd., and Thales signed a contract for the
replacement of both primary and secondary radars at Tbilisi
international airport. Thales installed new radars in Tbilisi in summer,
2009 and provided RSM 970 radar in Poti.
Saakashvili said that the air traffic control system in Poti would serve
the new airport in the port town, which, he said, would go into
operation from 2012.