Issue 2, 2018. April-May

 

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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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 economists working at think tanks that are at the forefront of development policy.
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GEORGIAN AGRICULTURE MINISTER LAYS OUT STINK-BUG STRATEGY, INVESTMENT PLANS

Georgian Agriculture Minister Levan Davitashvili speaks about the measures in place to protect farmers and crops from the Asian Stink Bug this year and details the Ministry's plans to develop the country's agriculture sector and to adapt to its expanded environmental protection duties in 2018.
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THE GEORGIAN ECONOMY: A REVIEW OF 2017 AND THE VIEW LOOKING FORWARD

Now that the New Year festivities feel like a distant memory, it is a good time to reflect on what the economic data can tell us about the trends in 2017, and what that could mean for the future.
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HIGH TOURISM NUMBERS DRIVE CONSTRUCTION, INVESTMENT

The growing number of tourists travelling to Georgia is driving investment in construction projects: hotels and residential projects are underway in a number of areas around the country, with a focus on capital Tbilisi and popular resort destinations.
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KPMG'S CRANE INDEX

KPMG Georgia recently published its latest crane survey -- a study of how many construction cranes are located in any given area of Tbilisi. The study provides an interesting and insightful snapshot of the ongoing construction at any given time.
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HIGHWAYS, BYWAYS AND BRIDGES: GEORGIA'S PLEDGE TO BUILD

Under his four-point plan, Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has vowed to build connections -connections between villages, towns, provinces, neighboring countries and distant trading partners. Major projects are already underway and many more are slated to start this year.
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AN AMBITIOUS PLAN: GEORGIAN PLANS FINANCIAL MARKETS TO REDUCE FINANCIAL RISKS

The Georgian government is unrolling a sophisticated program to create new capital markets in the country, with major steps planned for 2018.
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NEW HOPE FOR IMPROVED URBAN TRANSPORT IN TBILISI

Residents of Tbilisi have been hammering for reform of the city's transportation system for years. Over the past several months, finally it appears that Tbilisi City Hall is listening -- and acting. Despite urban planning mistakes made in the past, the municipality has repeatedly stated that Tbilisi's infrastructure issues are a top priority.
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GEORGIAN FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS PROVIDED ECONOMIC BOOST

International and local donor programs are empowering women in communities around Georgia to enter the workforce. In response, women are creating new businesses and carving out new lives for themselves and their families.
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FROM ASTRONAUTS TO ENTREPRENEURS: PUTTING A FACE ON AMERICAN CULTURE

In 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Georgia brought distinguished Americans to speak, teach and visit with scores of Georgians around the country. Investor.ge spoke to Damian Wampler, cultural attaché at the Embassy, about the power of culture and speakers to educate, inspire and motivate.
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MEAGAN WARD: CREATE FREEDOM FOR YOURSELF

Detroit-based entrepreneur Meagan Ward visited Georgia as part of the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence international campaign. As a guest of the U.S. Embassy, she spoke with a diverse group of women about entrepreneurship and finding the power to create one's own path. Investor.ge spoke with Ward about her trip and her own success story.
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PRESERVATION OR INNOVATION? A DEBATE RAGES AS GEORGIAN CUISINE GOES GLOBAL

Georgia's rich cuisine is gaining popularity with foodies around the world. But at home, the debate about the future of the food-preservation or innovation-is far from decided.
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TBILISI NEIGHBORHOODS: AVLABARI

Investor.ge has teamed up with analyst and historian Emil Avdaliani to explore the history of Tbilisi's great neighborhoods. In this issue we will be exploring the Avlabari district.
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THE FORGOTTEN FATHER OF GEORGIA'S MODERN STATE

The first democratically elected leader of Georgia, Noe Jordania, was the voice of a generation of Georgians who grappled with great challenges and, against all odds, created an internationally recognized democracy.
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