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The Ambassador of Norway to Azerbaijan & Georgia, Bård Ivar Svendsen, was invited to speak to visiting Norwegian students who partook in a four-day visit to Tbilisi to attend an anti-corruption course jointly organized by ISET and NHH (the Norwegian School of Economics).

HE Svendsen drew attention to Georgia’s favorable investment climate, with an increasing number of foreign entities becoming interested in doing business in Georgia, which has consistently risen through the rankings of the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index.

The ambassador put particular emphasis on Georgia’s excellence in combating corruption, and said that Georgia has outshone its neighbors with its many tangible results. He attributed Georgia’s success in this regard to the national mentality, which he claims is markedly different to those of other countries of the Caucasus; he also stated that this has led Georgia and Georgian society to become ‘more democratic’ than other nations of the region.

Giga Bokeria, the leader of the European Georgia opposition party, visited ISET to deliver a lecture on anti-corruption reforms in Georgia carried out by the United National Movement government of 2003-2012. Bokeria, a UNM member until 2017, played an integral role in the Rose Revolution, which ousted the late Eduard Shevardnadze, under whose tenure Georgia had become wracked by institutional corruption.

Bokeria was invited to speak to visiting Norwegian students who partook in a four-day visit to Tbilisi to attend an anti-corruption course jointly organized by ISET and NHH (the Norwegian School of Economics).

ISET would like to congratulate two of its resident faculty members, Karine Torosyan and Norberto Pignatti, and ISET-PI Senior Researcher Maka Chitanava, on the publication of their joint paper. Entitled “Toothless reforms? The remarkable stability of female labor force participation in a top-reforming country”, the article has recently been published on the IZA Discussion Papers Series, from the Institute of Labor Economics, Bonn (the IZA Discussion Paper Series is ranked 11th worldwide for economics by IDEAS/RePEc); and the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group Working Paper Series, one of the two Working Paper Series of the prestigious Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics (BFI), University of Chicago.

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