In a first for Georgia's education sector, the ISET MA Class of 2020 underwent its graduation ceremony entirely online. Guest speakers – including Minister of Education Mikheil Chkenkeli, ISET Governing Board Director Jean-Frederic Paulsen, and Deputy Swedish Ambassador Erik Illes – appeared over Zoom, followed by members of the Class of 2020 itself, and finishing with an address by Valedictorian Guram Lobzhanidze. Guram, though displaying the cheerful optimism that has become the mark of any ISETer, told the online audience that while he was under no illusions that the job market and economy had become unforgiving places, he had no doubt that the Class of 2020 would rise to the occasion and overcome the difficulties they will face. Their time at ISET has, of course, more than adequately prepared them for this.

The Regulatory Impact Assessment (RIA) has proved to be an effective policy-making tool, and has been integrated into policy and legislative processes in an increasing number of countries. Over the last few years, the Government of Georgia has embarked on the process of institutionalizing RIA as an integral part of policy-making. In coordination with other Donors, the USAID Good Governance Initiative (GGI) hired the ISET Policy Institute to provide support to the Ministry of Justice of Georgia (MOJ) in its efforts, culminating with the realization of the Government Decree on RIA (published on the 17th of January 2020).

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