Dr. Tamar Khuntsaria of the European Union Studies Association and an Associate Professor of the University of Georgia visited ISET to talk to the institute’s students about relations between the European Union and Georgia, with a focus on trade and economic issues.

Dr. Khuntsaria began by explaining the process through which the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area was signed between Georgia and the EU as part of the Association Agreement between the two. She described how the DCFTA removes customs tariffs and quotas, and liberalizes trade in goods and services over a broad spectrum of economic-related issues, including food safety, intellectual property rights and financial matters.

Between October 4th and 5th, ISET’s Irakli Kochlamazashvili attended the Fifth Panel of the Eastern Partnership on Agriculture and Rural Development, which took place in Yerevan, Armenia.

The Panel is organized regularly and gathers the representatives of governments, academia, and civil society from Eastern Partnership countries to share experiences and discuss the important agricultural and rural development issues.

This year’s meeting was dedicated to agricultural research and innovation, and more than 15 countries’ representatives discussed the impact of digitalization on the agricultural sector. Presentations focused on national e-agriculture strategies, innovations in agriculture, precision-farming tools, best practices of transferring the knowledge to farmers (and challenges facing Eastern Partnership countries), etc.

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