On November 26 2018, the third Phase of Reformeter started with an assessment of the implementation of the Agricultural Development Strategy. The Deputy Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia, Giorgi Khanishvili, and other employees of the Ministry, as well as representatives of NGOs and international organizations, took part in the event.

The study showed that at this stage 82.46% of the reforms have been implemented, 7.56% more than the previous estimate. The group of stakeholders evaluated the reforms with a score of 5.83 out of 10 maximum points, which is higher by 0.2 compared to the previous estimate. A slight decrease can be observed in the attitude towards the progress of the reforms, reaching 6.07 points.

On November 9, ISET hosted the presentation of the South Caucasus Regional Trade Study, which was carried out by Private Sector Development Research Center (PSDRC) through an SDC-funded project, “Facilitation of Trade in the South Caucasus”, implemented by the UNDP.

The study analyzed the integration of the South Caucasus countries into international markets, and how the strengthening of bilateral relations between Georgia and Armenia and Azerbaijan could contribute to the countries’ sustainable development, help to stimulate inclusive growth, overcome poverty and protect the environment.

The South Caucasus is a small but strategically important region at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. The region’s economies are deeply integrated into global markets through trade, capital and personal mobility, but have weaker intra-regional economic ties. The deepening integration of transport and energy infrastructure and intensive personal mobility are all factors pushing the countries of the region closer together, despite small intra-regional trade flows.

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