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.
On June 15-16th, Oxfam organized and hosted the International Conference on Food Security and Nutrition in Tbilisi. ISET President Eric Livny was a panel member for the session on Food Security (FS) monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and discussed the major findings of a research piece entitled “Assessing Food Security Data Relevance and Collection Mechanisms in the South Caucasus” conducted by APRC at the end of 2015. He emphasized the importance of tailoring data collection to the needs of stakeholders and ensuring that (M&E) systems are not only created but properly utilized. He focused on the efficient allocation of resources and pointed out the importance of collaboration between various stakeholders in the field of FS.
We are proud to announce that Aram Grigorian (ISET class 2015) was accepted with full university funding to the prestigious Economics PhD program at Duke University. Aram received generous admission offers from other top schools, such as Johns Hopkins and Ohio State, which he had to decline. He also had to decline (at least for the time being) the possibility of a professional career as a rock guitarist. Aram’s main interests in economics are Mechanism Design and Game Theory. He first studied these subjects with professors Motty Perry and Avner Shaked. Upon graduating from ISET's MA program, Aram continued to explore them with guidance by Alex Gershkov (Hebrew University in Jerusalem) and Daniel Levy (Bar Iran University, Israel), who supervised his research and supported his applications as part of ISET’s “third year program”. (This program provides a framework for aspiring graduates to get ready for studies in top European and North American departments). In his e-mail to us, Aram wrote: “Support by ISET’s visiting and resident faculty is the main reason I have been accepted to top Ph.D. program in Economics. Thank you, ISET.”
In early February 2016, ISET opened its doors to a group of 7 economics students and faculty from one of Europe’s top schools of business and economics, HEC at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. During their two-week stay at ISET, members of the Swiss delegation attended a course in Mechanism Design, taught by ISET’s senior academic advisor, Professor Motty Perry (University of Warwick). Additionally, they took part in a research workshop, to present and discuss their own research, as well as that of ISET faculty and students. The workshop involved senior scholars from Israel, Switzerland and the UK.
ISET is happy to announce that Giorgi Nozadze was promoted to a new position at the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia (MoA). Giorgi graduated from ISET with the class of 2011. He started his professional career working in the risk management department of a commercial bank. In the summer of 2012 he was employed by the National Statistics Office of Georgia (GeoStat) as a database analyst. His cooperation with MoA started in January 2014 as a chief specialist in the Policy and Analysis Department. After a successful year of work, he was promoted to the head of the Statistics and Analysis Division and now he performs his duties equipped with the deep knowledge and experience.