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On April 6, ISET hosted a seminary by World Bank Senior Director on Gender Ms. Caren Grown, on Gender Equality as a Smart Development Policy in Georgia. Ms. Caren Grown was invited as part of the anti-corruption course jointly organized by ISET and the NHH (the Norwegian School of Economics).

Ms. Grown discussed the relationship between economic development and gender equality in global and Georgian contexts, and the remaining gaps in both. Gender equality was reviewed in three dimensions: human endowments (health and education), economic opportunities, and voice and agency. The main motto of the seminar was, as Ms. Grown mentioned several times, “difference does not mean that we are unequal”. While presenting, Ms. Grown often referred to Norwegian examples and comparisons in order to give a better idea to students how two countries such as Georgia and Norway stand in gender equality.

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).

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