On December 17, Salome Gelashvili, the Deputy Head of the APRC, presented a policy paper entitled “Challenges of Executing Technical Regulation of Dairy Products” to representatives of the dairy sector. The meeting was organized in the framework of the Supporting Food and Agriculture Business Support Organizations in DCFTA and SME Policy Implementation project.

The study was based on the analysis of statistical data of the dairy sector, as well as interviews with dairy producers, representatives of the National Food Agency, NGOs, business support organizations and experts, and online surveys targeted at the consumers of dairy products. The major challenges identified by the study included:

On December 10-11, ISET’s APRC team organized a comprehensive stakeholder dialogue to discuss the interim results of the RIA on draft Law on Windbreaks. The two-day workshop gathered representatives of the Agrarian Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture, municipalities, the private sector (principally in the form of farmers), international donors (IFAD, GIZ) and various NGOs.

First, the research team presented the approach that was used to consider the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the RIA process. This presentation featured how the main principles of Agenda 2030 (such as the concepts of ‘leave no one behind’, shared responsibility, accountability, universality and integrated approaches) were considered in the different steps of the RIA. The linkages of the draft law with different SDGs were also outlined and discussed with the audience.

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