On Thursday March 21, ISET hosted the Governor of the National Bank of Georgia (NBG), Mr. Koba Gvenetadze, who delivered a profoundly informative lecture to the ISET Community. Mr. Gvenetadze covered important aspects of long-term development challenges facing the Georgian economy based on the accumulated experience of past development in the country. The main topic of the seminar was a general overview of macroeconomic considerations in Georgia, future perspectives, and coordination between fiscal and monetary policies. The discussion about the recent hike in excise taxes, the “larization” program and de-dollarization measures, has now been enlivened inside the ISET community.

On December 12-14, two ISET-PI researchers, Maka Chitanava and Giorgi Mzhavanadze, attended the Good Jobs for Inclusive Growth in Central Asia and South Caucasus study finalization conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This study was commissioned by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and implemented by eight Central Asian and South Caucasus countries.

The aim of the conference was to finalize the study’s report, and discuss policy options to achieve inclusive economic growth by promoting the creation of good jobs. Participants included country experts, international experts, and ADB staff. Country experts from national think tanks presented key findings of their work, trends related to inclusive growth, employment, labor market policies and ways for development partners to assist with creating better conditions for enabling inclusive growth in each country.

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