Issue 3, 2018. June-July

 

INVESTMENT NEWS

Investor.ge provides a brief update on investments and changes in government policy that could impact the business environment. The information in this issue was taken from agenda.ge, a government- supported website, and other sources.
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INNOVATORS AND DISRUPTORS: IDEAS TO BRING CHANGE

Investor.ge is starting a new column on the entrepreneurs pushing Georgia's development forward. For our second interview, we spoke with Giorgi Bezhitashvili and his start-up partner Josuah Rechtsteiner about their app to cut medical bills, which they plan to launch in the U.S. market.
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THE BEST MINDS IN THE BUSINESS: FAMOUS ECONOMISTS WEIGH IN ON GEORGIA

Investor.ge is piloting a new column: questions with internationally renowned economists. We are reaching out to economists from all over the world who have written popular and well-regarded books on the issues that are important to the Georgian economy and to developing economies, and to economists working at think tanks that are at the forefront of development policy.
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BIG GEORGIAN BRANDS LOOK TO LARI BONDS FOR EXPANSION

The decision of two major Georgian consumer goods companies to seek lari-financed bonds to fund expansion projects is a signal that the Georgian financial markets are developing beyond banks.
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EXPLAINER: GEORGIA'S NEW PENSION SYSTEM

The Georgian government has asked Parliament to consider a draft law to reform the country's universal pension form and create a pension fund. Investor.ge's Nino Bakradze asks pension specialists and other experts on the reform about how it will affect pensioners, employers and the self-employed.
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FAKE CEMENT IS A PROBLEM IN GEORGIA: HOW TO SPOT COUNTERFEITS

Paul Rodzianko, the Chairman of the Georgian Cement Association, overviews Georgia's counterfeit cement problem and explains how consumers can be sure they are purchasing the real thing.
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TBILISI OVERHAULING MASTER PLAN, TACKLING TRAFFIC

Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze's team has an ambitious program, including a revamped master plan for the city and chanGing the mentality of Tbilisi drivers. Investor.ge spoke with Deputy Mayor Irakli Khmaladze about making Tbilisi a green city, the parking problem and sustainable renovations to the Old City.
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GEORGIA PLANS RECYCLING PROGRAMS TO TACKLE GROWING WASTE

Georgia suffers a myriad of problems dealing with waste but new deadlines on EU-mandated reforms could boost the level of recycling in the country and help create new business opportunities in waste management.
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TBILISI'S NIGHT ECONOMY: A NEW MAYOR AND A NEW PLAN TO BOOST JOBS

Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze has created a night mayor post to help make the city a 24-hour town for tourists and locals alike. The plan, inspired by successes in cities in Australia, the U.S. and the UK, aims to attract investment, inspire business and bolster the city's economy.
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SUMMER FUN

A Cultural Calendar of Events, Performances, Exhibitions and Festivals in Georgia
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SWOT: GEORGIA'S TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY SECTOR

Investor.ge is introducing a new platform for members to learn more about each other. It is dedicated to showcasing our members' opinions and concerns about the issues that are important for them. The second feature in this series is the tourism and hospitality sector and we asked AmCham companies involved in the field about growth, challenges and prospects for the sector.
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IN NUMBERS

Georgia's Growing Tourism Sector
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CHACHA STARS IN TBILISI'S GROWING COCKTAIL CULTURE

Georgia's infamous chacha is earning rave reviews as the star ingredient in Tbilisi's budding cocktail culture.
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GEORGIA CELEBRATES THE CENTENARY OF THE GEORGIAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC

A military parade, high-ranking political guests, celebrations abroad, nationwide concerts and a savvy social media campaign: Georgia has been preparing for months to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Georgia (1918-1921).
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