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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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How Can Georgia Deal with its Plastic Waste?
ISET-PI's Executive Director Lasha Labadze summarized results of Real Estate market research data of June 2015 – June 2016. The report is produced on a monthly basis in partnership with TBC Bank and Jumpstart. TV1’s Business Contact programme invited representative of ISET-PI and TBC Bank to discuss the findings of the first joint report. The report analyses real estate data from Tbilisi based on two different sources: online advertisements and public registry data. About 130,000 unique online advertisements were analyzed during the year. The report discusses price dynamics by districts of Tbilisi, and by the type of real estate. In addition to descriptive statistics, the report presents the index of real estate which shows pure price effect of changes. The index is based on international methodology According to the main findings, the prices of residential as well as commercial property are declining, mainly due to seasonal factors and a slowdown in economic growth. Watch the video from TV 1 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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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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