ISET

Based at the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET), the ISET Policy Institute (ISET-PI) is one of the first university-based think tanks in the South Caucasus. ISET-PI complements the educational mission of ISET by delivering training, conducting research and analysis, expressing views on policy, and providing a professional platform for policy discussions and debates.

The ISET-PI is seeking Deputy Head for the Private Sector Development Research Center. The center has been tasked to study and formulate effective policy options for strengthening private sector and promoting market competitiveness; to contribute to public debate on the issues of regulatory environment that foster opportunities for private sector development and to facilitate private sector engagement in the policy discussions and formulation.

On December 14 2017, the second phase of ReforMeter started with an evaluation of Georgia’s agricultural development.

According to a Government Survey, 74.9% of the strategy has already been implemented. In the first phase, the same indicator was at 69.5%, although improvement of the Ministry of Agriculture organizational structure is still in process. The Ministry is currently implementing the following projects: gene-bank development for the conservation of agro-diversity and endemic species, scientific research on storage and processing methods, and the rational use of soil. In order to support agricultural cooperation, the following new projects were introduced: cooperative support programs in the viticulture sector, a State Program to Support Beekeeping Agricultural Co-operatives, and a program for the rational utilization of pasture and meadows. It was stated that the Agriculture Registry does not exist yet, the seed/planting material certification is still in process and a geo-information system, an analog to the Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS), does not exist either. The total area of irrigated land was increased by 2000 ha and drained land area sby 1900 ha as well. In addition, the creation of a modern DNA laboratory and the seed/planting material certification system is in process.

On 18th of October, ISET Policy Institute together with its partner organizations: Georgian Farmers’ Association (GFA), Civil Development Agency (CiDA), Export Development Association (EDA), and Association Atinati presented a new project: Food and Agriculture SME Support Initiative (FASSI).

The project's main objective is to strengthen the capacity of Business Support Organisations (BSOs) in the food and agriculture sectors so that they may more effectively assist their members to comply with the new regulations and gain access to the EU market.

As a first step towards achieving this goal, ISET PI carried out a needs assessment among 47 BSOs and 114 enterprises and conducted interviews with state entities. The results showed clearly that BSOs need to gain trust among their member companies and potential members. There is a definite need for clear communication, strong organizational structures and extensive knowledge of economic matters, including the DCFTA.

ISET Policy Institute started working on the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) on the selected topics under the Draft Law on Insolvency Proceedings. In this project, ISET is partnering with the Berlin Economist, the German consulting group.

The project aims to conduct a RIA in light of 2030 Agenda requirements on following important topics under the draft law on insolvency proceedings:

1. establishment of a new profession of Insolvency Practitioners, their rights, duties and authorization to take insolvency appointments;

2. rights of the creditors under insolvency regimes (including ranking of creditors and pertaining risks);

Gigla Mikautadze, the manager of ISET’s “ReforMeter” project, was invited by the International Monetary Fund to the annual meetings of the World Bank Group and the IMF which took a place in Washington D.C. October 9-14. The participants of the event discussed the current trends in the global economy, government policies and strategies for poverty reduction. Gigla Mikautadze, within the Civil Society Forum, presented the concept of ReforMeter to civil society activists from 27 countries and answered their questions.

The annual meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, parliamentarians, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organizations and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the global economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.

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