October 30 - November 1, 2018 Pati Mamardashvili traveled to Tashkent to present at the “Social science knowledge and sustainable agricultural development along the Silk Road” conference after being invited to participate as a keynote speaker. She shared the experience of ISET as a reform model for higher education in the post-Soviet world.

In her talk, Pati presented ISET as sustainable regional model for delivering a world-class education, as well as independent research and policy analysis. Recent achievements as well as the main challenges facing ISET were addressed, after which Pati presented the work areas of the ISET Policy Institute and gave some examples of how the APRC contributes to the ongoing policy debate on agricultural development in Georgia.

On October 26-27, the APRC attended the second workshop on mainstreaming Agenda 2030 requirements in the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) on Windbreaks Draft Law, organized by REC Caucasus with support from international donors. The objective of the workshop was to discuss the results of stakeholder consultations conducted in the framework of RIA by the APRC team, as well as to consider Agenda 2030 principles in the RIA implementation process. A GIZ representative presented the RIA+ concept in light of the Agenda 2030 requirements, and discussed the importance of such concepts as “leave no one behind” and “integrative approaches”. GIZ’s presentation was followed by a presentation from the head of the Agrarian Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, who went through the draft law in details and received feedback from the workshop’s participants.

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