July 18 saw one of the most important events of the year for ISET be held at the Republic Event Hall, as the ReforMeter project – which has evaluated all government reforms over the last two years – was presented and discussed in-depth by the core team and a panel of experts.

The opening remarks were made by Nato Beruashvili of USAID (one of the principle financial backers of ReforMeter), and Jean-Frederic Paulsen, Chairman of ISET’s Governing Board as well as the institute’s former interim director, who has helped oversee the implementation of the project since its inception in 2017 as a key part of its Steering Committee.

These were followed by a presentation from Gigla Mikautadze, ReforMeter’s Project Manager, who explained in detail every stage of the project, which was split into three distinct phases. Phase III concluded in June of this year, marking an overall upward trend in the progress of all government-implemented reforms. The results of each reform were independently evaluated by both the government and stakeholders.

After Gigla Mikautadze concluded his presentation, Giorgi Isakadze of the Business Media Group moderated a panel discussion, the panel being composed of Tamar Sulukhia, ISET’s Director; Soso Pkhakadze, President of the Business Association of Georgia; Keti Bochorishvili, former Vice Minister of Economics and current CEO of Anaklia City; Aleksi Aleksishvili, CEO of the Policy and Management Consulting Group; and Giorgi Oniani, Deputy Executive Director of Transparency International Georgia.

While the panelists welcomed the progress made over the last two years, they warned against the danger of complacency, as well as the risk of the findings being used to justify political ends; this is particularly poignant due to Georgia’s recent political turbulence.

The discussion was followed by an award-giving ceremony, as well as interviews with the Georgian media.

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