On October 17, the APRC’s Rati Kochlamazashvili presented the results of a study of Value Added Tax (VAT) Exemption Impact for Increasing the Competitiveness of the Georgian Dairy Sector to dairy sector stakeholders, including farmers, dairy processors and associations, as well as representatives of government bodies and parliament. The presentation took place at the Business Association of Georgia (BAG) and the study was conducted with the financial support from the Land O’Lakes Venture 37 and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The objective of the study was to estimate the potential impact of VAT exemption on dairy products to increase the competitiveness of the Georgian dairy sector. The study assessed the potential impact of VAT exemption on the state budget, farmers and dairy products’ producers as well as consumers. The research team developed recommendations for VAT exemption policy implementation in order to contribute to the increase in competitiveness of Georgian dairy sector.

The country’s extensive mountainous regions are justly famous and a particular point of focus for travel writers and producers, but their touristic appeal is somewhat offset by the lack of development, especially when compared with the capital or other major cities. In recent years, the government has attempted to address this disparity, but a significant amount of work remains to be done.

This was the focus of a presentation given by the APRC’s Salome Gelashvili at the National Conference on Regional Development, held at the Holiday Inn hotel on September 18th. During her presentation, Salome examined the shortcomings in the development of the country’s mountainous regions, and how these might be best addressed.

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