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The Wheat Market in Georgia
On February 15th 2021, export quotas on wheat, rye, maize, and barley entered into force in Russia.
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To Prevent, to Repair, or to Start Over: Should Georgia Put ‘Maintenance’ Ahead of ‘Investment’ in Its Development Dictionary?
ISET’s Senior Researcher Maka Chitanava discussed the importance of a Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) for evidence-based policy making. RIA is a process of evidence-based policy making, which helps in complying with better regulation principles and designing better regulations. The role of an RIA is to provide a detailed and systematic appraisal of the potential impacts of a new regulation in order to assess whether the regulation is likely to achieve the desired objectives. Starting from 2017, the Parliament of Georgia intends to continue to work on RIA legislation. While talking with Maestro TV, Ms. Chitanava explained the necessary steps of implementing the RIA process, specifically when it should be carried out and what its benefits for society might be. In addition, she also reviewed RIA experience in Georgia. Watch the video from Maestro TV to learn more.
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COVID-19 in Georgia's Agriculture: a challenge, an opportunity or both?
ISET-PI’s Senior Researcher of the Energy and Environmental Policy Research Center, Levan Pavlenishvili, commented on the ruling of the Georgian Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC) on electricity tariffs live on Maestro TV. An expected increase in prices has not been confirmed, with only a minor increase in prices for the commercial sector. Levan Pavlenishvili stated that there were variables in tariff methodology that would have caused an increase of electricity prices, while other variables would have pushed the tariff towards a decrease. Watch the video from Maestro TV to learn more.
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May Certain Trends Brought By COVID-19 Be Worth Keeping Post-Pandemic?
A recent ruling of the Georgian Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC) dictates that most electricity tariffs will be kept at their current rates, with a minor increase for the supply of firms. The ruling has raised a number of questions in society due to high expectations of a possible increase in tariffs. ISET-PI’s Senior Researcher of the Energy and Environmental Policy Research Center, Levan Pavlenishvili, answered questions raised by the host and audience of Radio Freedom. Some of the questions raised were as follows: how does the tariff setting in electricity sector works? How complex is the tariff methodology and how does it work? What can be the impact of a tariff increase on general price levels in the country? Watch the video from Radio Tavisupleba to learn more.
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Enguri HPP Is Closing While Demand on Abkhazia’s Side Keeps Growing: Challenges and Opportunities for The Georgia’s Electricity Sector at the Beginning Of 2021
ISET Policy Institute’s researcher Ia Katsia was invited to TV 1 to talk about a possible Russian embargo on Georgian wine and mineral water exports. According to Russian Media sources, the Russian Duma is going to propose a ban on Georgian exports. Ia Katsia spoke about the possible effects of such an embargo and highlighted the importance of the Russian market as an export destination. She also discussed the most recent Russia ban on Georgian exports in 2006; at that time, wine and mineral water exports were concentrated on the CIS, and especially Russia. However, as of 2016, wine companies managed to diversify their export markets and added 46 new export destination countries for their products. She also mentioned the role of the Government in promoting Georgian wine and finding new markets. Watch the video from TV 1 to learn more.
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Improving the Mix and Match in the Labor Market: Can Education Management Information Systems help?
Eka Zerekidze graduated from Georgian Technical University. She has been working in the IT field for more than 20 years. Eka joined ISET in 2007. She holds the position of an IT Manager. She is in charge of websites management, database management, and supervises learning management system MOODLE and other IT resources. Eka is extremely detail-oriented and meticulous. She is able to solve any problem related to IT, computers and websites. She also provides help desk and IT training to ISET staff and students.     {tab=Contact Details} (+995) 322 507 177 (ext. 108)  [email protected] {/tabs}
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