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Namakhvani HPP – Threat or Opportunity?
In recent months, the Namakhvani hydro power plant has become one of the most discussed topics in Georgian society.
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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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COVID-19 Strikes Again: How the Pandemic is Affecting Georgia’s Energy Security
ISET-PI’s research assistant Irakli Shalikashvili was interviewed by Maestro TV’s Business Contact programme about the deposit insurance draft law in Georgia. According to Irakli, deposit insurance seems to be a positive development and, if managed correctly, can increase savings and investment in the country. The key is to ensure that the system is properly managed. If a given country cannot guarantee strong banking regulations or a carefully designed deposit insurance with safeguards against risks in addition to a strong financial supervisory body to manage banks and assist failed banks, then introducing explicit deposit insurance will only be a recipe for disaster. Instead of solving the problem of bank runs, it will invite a host of hazardous problems. Watch the video from Maestro TV to learn more.
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Seasonal Effects and COVID Lockdown Combined Close the Generation-Consumption Gap in April
The average cost of cooking one standard Imeretian Khachapuri in November 2016 stood at 3.46 GEL, which is 1.9% higher month-on-month (compared to October 2016). The Khachapuri Index is down by 5.6% year-on-year (compared to November 2015), suggesting annual deflation as measured by the index. Khachapuri’s main ingredient is Imeretian cheese, and naturally, its price is the main driver of our Khachapuri Index. In November 2016, cheese was the main contributor of the year-on-year decrease in Khachapuri prices; cheese price dropped by 6.5% compared to the same month of the last year.
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The Implications of COVID-19 on the Georgian Power Market
The average cost of cooking one standard Imeretian Khachapuri varied across Georgian cities in November 2016, from 3.34 GEL, the minimum, observed in Batumi, to 3.55 GEL, the maximum, observed in Telavi. The average price was 3.46 GEL, which is 1.9% higher month-on-month (compared to October 2016). The Khachapuri Index is down up by 5.6% year-on-year (compared to November 2015), suggesting annual deflation as measured by the index.
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The Generation-Consumption Gap Keeps Increasing. What Could or Should Be Done About It?
Teimuraz Gogsadze, a graduate of ISET's Class of 2011, joined the International Taxation Division of the Tax Policy Department at the Ministry of Finance of Georgia in May 2011. He worked on such interesting projects as the double taxation avoidance agreement and agreements on mutual administrative assistance in customs matters, gaining invaluable experience at the Ministry of Finance. Having spent almost a year at the Ministry and inspired by the experience regarding taxation matters, Teimuraz decided to continue his studies with a PhD program. In April 2012, he joined the PhD program in Economics at the University of Leicester, where his supervisors were Professors Sanjit Dhami and Ali al-Nowaihi.
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