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ISET students visiting Stockholm have returned to Georgia after spending a week in Sweden as guests of the Stockholm School of Economics. While the students attended several lectures at a number of different universities, their time was not limited to studying alongside their Swedish counterparts: instead of a solely academic trip, the students were also taken to visit the Swedish Central Bank and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, which allowed them to compare the inner workings of one of Europe’s leading economies with their own country.

In addition, the visiting ISETers took part in a number of meetings focused on students’ professional and academic opportunities, wherein they were also introduced to Stockholm’s history. Arguably more importantly, however, was the opportunity to simply wander around Stockholm and experience Sweden’s culture first-hand. The students have enthusiastically reported their universally positive impressions of Sweden’s capital city and its people; most poignantly, they highlighted the importance of Georgia continuing its progress so that it may one day take its place as a full member of the European family.

On November 20, the study “Mapping of Emerging and Potential Clusters in Georgia” carried out by the ISET Policy Institute in cooperation with local and international partners was presented at the stakeholder forum ‘Promoting strong and competitive business in Georgia’ organized by the EU and the four UN agencies – UNDP, FAO, UNIDO and IOM, under their joint effort for strong and competitive private sector in Georgia. Over 100 representatives of private companies, business associations and international organizations took part in the forum to discuss business development trends in Georgia, as well as the competitive potential of the private sector on national and EU markets. The forum was attended by officials from the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Parliamentary Committee on Diaspora and Caucasus Issues.

The study has been commissioned by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. Under the overall guidance of the UNIDO Senior Industrial Development Officer ISET in partnership with two other organizations, TBSC and ABSO, has performed mapping of emerging and potential clusters in Georgia with a focus on manufacturing and agribusiness sectors.

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