On May 22, ISET hosted a panel discussion on the importance of properly defining problems, a measure which serves as a first step of impact assessment and existing practices in Georgia. This was the first meeting of a series of RIA evening talks organized in the scope of an EU funded project, “Legislative Impact Assessment, Drafting and Representation”.

The panel was comprised of key RIA experts, donor organization and state representatives, who all shared their experiences with the audience. In attendance were Professor Norberto Pignatti, the head of the Energy and Environmental Policy Research Center of the ISET Policy Institute; Ms Maka Chitanava, Senior Researcher at the Environmental Policy Research Center of the ISET Policy Institute; Ms Gvantsa Meunargia, the Head of the Strategic Development Division, Analytical Department, Ministry of Justice; Mr David Gvenetadze, RIA & M&E Advisor, USAID Project Governing for Growth (G4G) in Georgia; and Ms. Liana Akhobadze, Legal Advisor of Agenda 2030 Component, Rule of Law Programme, GIZ.

From May 14-18, Pati Mamardashvili visited the Geisenheim University in Germany to attend seminars and give lectures to students. Pati’s visit was aimed at reinforcing cooperation between ISET’s Agricultural Economics Concentration and Geisenheim University.

Both teaching and research at Geisenheim Univerisity are practice-oriented and focus on viticulture, wine production, and wine business. During the visit, Pati had the pleasure to attend several seminars held by Peter Hayes – a well-known wine industry strategist and advisor. The talks addressed leadership in the wine industry, supply strategies, grower-buyer relationships, and a number of other topics.

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