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The “Livability Puzzle” of the Georgian Countryside
Tbilisi population has been steadily rising since 2014, though it’s important to question what has been happening in other regions?
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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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Tbilisi: a Growing City with Growing Needs
Giorgi Mzhavanadze of MPRC discussed the lari’s depreciation in November 2016. He analyzed the recent comments of Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili on national currency dynamics against the US dollar. Positive dynamics in exports, money inflows, and tourism did not overbalance increasing imports in November. As a result, the Georgian lari depreciated against almost all currencies of its trading partners; the US dollar (-5% MoM), the euro (-2.8% MoM), the Russian ruble (-2% MoM) and the Armenian dram (-4.3%). The national currency strengthened only against the Azerbaijani manat (+1.6% MoM) and the Turkish lira (+1.6% MoM). The National Bank of Georgia did not intervene in the FX market in November. Watch the video from Maestro TV to learn more.
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Tusheti Community Network Drives Development into the High Mountainous Regions of Georgia
This policy document was created through the project “Raising support and enhancing understanding of the Europeanization process in Georgia: information and communication campaign on EU-Georgia Association Agreement, including DCFTA” funded by the Romanian government. The document provides a summary of findings from a study implemented by the ISET Policy Institute in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and Policy and Management Consulting Group (PMCG) at the request of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development. As part of this study, we conducted a survey of relevant stakeholders including major businesses and business associations, government agencies, commercial banks, and donor and international organizations. It also incorporates the main results from a study of investment opportunities from non-EU countries and potential sectors of investment, which we conducted together with the German Economic Team Georgia. Both studies have been conducted in February-April 2016.
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“Friendship Bridge” – For or Against Gravitation?
Aiming to contextualize the challenges and opportunities faced by Georgian trout farmers, the ISET Policy Institute, in cooperation with CARE international and the Georgian Farmers Association (GFA) organized a trout sector stakeholders’ forum in Kutaisi on December 4th, 2015. The forum focused on the industry’s dynamics regarding input suppliers, farmers, cooperatives, market intermediaries, consumers, and exporters with the overall goals of improving productivity in the sector, connecting farmers with new business opportunities (by product and market diversification), exploring export markets, and developing and managing the Georgian trout sector.Attending the forum were representatives of international and domestic agricultural organizations, the ministry of Agriculture’s regional information and consulting centers, local government officials, and several stakeholders from the private sector.
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The New Silk Road Chain is Only as Strong as Its Weakest Link
On March 23-27, 2015, Levan Pavlenishvili, Research Fellow at ISET-PI, Energy Policy Research Center, attended Ph.D. Winter School on “Energy Systems and Markets” in Kvitfjell, Norway. The course covered topics of market design, operations and investment, risk modeling and pricing on energy, primarily on electricity markets. Methods used during the offered course were: computational equilibrium analysis, stochastic optimization and deterministic optimization. The course consisted of 30 hours of lectures and Levan acquired 2.5 ECTS credits for attending the winter school.Winter school was organized by Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), and Center for Sustainable Energy Studies (CenSES).
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