It is always a cause for celebration whenever a member of the ISET community – be they student or faculty – achieves new success, but this month has borne witness to some unprecedented good news. Professor Daniel Levy, who has visited ISET as a visiting professor every year since 2011 and is one of the institute's most loyal friends, has been elected as the 26th President of the Israeli Economics Association. It is only regrettable that Daniel is not able to visit ISET this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the community is unable to congratulate him in person. It is a testament to Daniel's tireless work ethic that he is taking on his new responsibilities since he is retaining his positions as the William Gittes Chair in Economics at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, as well as his Visiting Professorships at ISET and Atlanta's Emory University, and his Senior Research Fellowship at the Rimini Center for Economic Analysis.

On September 11, ISET Policy Institute's Agriculture and Rural Policy Research Center (APRC) presented the main results of the Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) on the High Mountainous Region Designation of Energy Development and Access to the project's stakeholders. This was done as part of a workshop organized by the USAID Energy Program, which was attended by representatives of the Ministry of the Economy and Sustainable Development, USAID's Energy Program, the private sector, and a number of NGOs. The workshop was facilitated by Daniel Potash, Chief of Party of the USAID Energy Program.

The main objective of the workshop was to share the results of the assessment and receive feedback from the stakeholders. The study examined the current situation regarding energy access in Georgia's mountainous regions and explored the potential for adopting various alternative energy sources. It also assessed the costs and benefits of adopting technologies for respective alternative energy sources and provided recommendations for designing targeted interventions to ensure access to energy in alpine regions.

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