On June 15 2018, Farmers’ Congress took place at hotel Betsy’s in Tbilisi. The congress discussed the opportunities and challenges of the EU-Georgia Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), focusing on small and medium size farmers and agricultural cooperatives. The discussion was moderated by ISET’s Rati Kochlamazashvili, while Pati Mamardashvili (of ISET-PI’s Agricultural Research Center) served on a panel discussing the current challenges that agricultural enterprises are facing over the course of the DCFTA’s implementation.

The event was organized by ‘Bridge - Innovation and Development (BRIDGE)’ and ‘International Organization People in Need (PIN)’ within the framework of the EU-funded ‘Civil Society Organizations Supporting Free Trade with European Union’ program.

On May 29th, the APRC’s Salome Gelashvili spoke at the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - Tbilisi Implementation Conference hosted by the Parliament of Georgia and held at the Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel from May 28th to 29th. She participated in a panel discussion on data for sustainable development.

During her speech, Salome discussed the role of academia in measuring Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and emphasized the importance of tailoring SDGs to the countries’ local conditions, as well as selecting relevant indicators for tracking progress towards established targets. She also highlighted the need to collect data on a regular basis, improve coordination between various agencies involved in data collection processes, and fine-tune the national SDG matrix.

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