In the frames of the memorandum of understanding between ISET Policy Institute and Business Association of Georgia (BAG), ISET-PI offered a compressed four-day training to the staff of the association. Senior researchers of the policy institute, Maya Grigolia and Nino Doghonadze conducted the training in the macroeconomics 101. The topics of the training included: GDP, unemployment, inflation, economic growth, investment, monetary and fiscal policy, international trade and exchange rates, etc. The training took place at BAG office and 8 staff members participated. The process was very dynamic, interactive and interesting, enriched by the vast experience of the BAG staff. The training was successfully completed on May 11, 2015. Acquired knowledge will help BAG staff to solidify their arguments with economic rationale in the process of advocating for the business community. ISET is looking forward to deepening the fruitful cooperation with BAG.

On 3-7 February, 2014 a group of ISET-PI researchers were trained in Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA). The main goal of implementing RIA is to ensure that the benefits of a regulation exceed its costs for society as a whole.

Good RIA allows policy-makers to learn about the potential impact a new regulation may have in a detailed and systematic way, thus enabling them to make better informed decisions. The Economic Prosperity Initiative (EPI) organized the training, which was delivered by international leaders in regulatory reform Scott Jacobs and Cesar Cordova, directors of Jacobs, Cordova & Associates. Representatives of other NGOs and ministries were trained alongside the ISET-PI researchers.

ISET-PI has delivered advanced training course in Excel for ProCredit bank employees. There were four, one month long intensive trainings, each of 20 hours. The course syllabuses were discussed in advance with client to match needs to specific skills in Excel.

Thus, participants were actively involved, while material covered was very close to their everyday work. Training was conducted using problem solving approach. In parallel to planned training materials, participants were coming up with a different problems in excel at their work and on coming session these problems were discussed by instructor, providing participants with the best ways and approaches using the maximum capabilities of Excel. For the quality control, ISET-PI conducted instructor evaluations, which was extremely positive. Participants were very much content and happy with their new skills that made them more powerful and saw their work much easier.

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