Between July 17 and 18, Maka Chitanava, the Deputy Head of the EEPRC, attended the 3rd Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Think Tanks Development Forum in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Representatives from universities, think tanks, governments and business circles came from every CAREC member country. Discussions were held over future prospects for cooperation, and the development of a regional knowledge sharing network, as well as key political issues facing the region. Determining the main institutional problems of think tanks was also an integral part of the debates.

A number of reports released during late spring described and explained global achievements related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). First released was the World Bank’s “Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals 2018”, which shed light on trends on a regional level (Georgia is categorized as lower-middle income country). With the help of data collected from the World Development Indicators, the report presented pedagogical charts and colored maps to show the extent of progress (or lack thereof) on each of the seventeen SDGs with the help of carefully-chosen indicators. The main reasons for this comparison were to show global advancement and how it affects countries and their inhabitants. It will thus help the World Bank and its partners to elevate efforts in areas where they are the most needed. In the case of Georgia it was noted that, for example, Goal 7 (ensuring - in short - access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all). According to the report, of the total energy consumption in Georgia, 10-40% consists of renewables. This is a share that Georgia has in common with major emerging countries such as India and China as well as the neighboring country Armenia.

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