DIRECTOR OF EU STUDIES CENTER: EXAMPLE OF THE WESTERN BALKANS SHOWS THAT IN RESPECT OF INTEGRATION INTO THE EU, OWN EFFORTS OF THE COUNTRIES ARE CRUCIAL
Kakha Gogolashvili, director of EU Studies Center at Rondeli Foundation, indicates that experience of the Western Balkans shows that in respect of integration into the EU, own efforts of the countries and their close cooperation are of crucial importance.
In his report, named “The Western Balkan Countries’ Integration into the EU and Georgia’s Perspective”, Gogolashvili points that “Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine will undoubtedly draw closer and create and deepen forms of regional cooperation on the Western Balkan model”.
IN 3 DAYS, LARI DROPPED AGAINST THE US DOLLAR BY 6.2%
The official exchange rate, set by National Bank of Georgia (NBG) for August 14, made up 2.6343 GEL/USD.
To remind, lari started dropping on Friday (August 10), when NBG set official rate of 2.5339 GEL/USD for the next day.
BUDGETARY OFFICE: IN JUNE, CONSOLIDATED BUDGET HAD POSITIVE BALANCE
Budgetary Office of Georgian Parliament reported that in June, the consolidated budget had positive balance.
According to the Office, operational balance of the consolidated budget (accumulation of the government) amounted in the reporting month to 293 million lari, while total balance – to 101.5 million lari.
AS OF JUNE 30, MORTGAGE LOANS, ISSUED TO LEGAL ENTITIES IN LARI, INCREASED BY 23% Y-O-Y, IN FOREIGN CURRENCY – BY 10.6%
National Bank of Georgia reported that volume of mortgage credits, issued to legal entities in national currency, amounted as of June 30 to 1.34 billion lari. The volume has increased by 5% quarter-on-quarter and by 23% year-on-year.
AS OF JUNE 30, MORTGAGE LOANS, ISSUED TO PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS IN LARI, INCREASED BY 69.2% Y-O-Y, IN FOREIGN CURRENCY – BY 15%
National Bank of Georgia reported that volume of mortgage credits, issued to private individuals in national currency, amounted as of June 30 to 2.56 billion lari. The volume has increased by 12.5% quarter-on-quarter and by 69.2% year-on-year.
AS OF JULY 1, SHORT-TERM CONSUMER LOANS INCREASED BY 15.6% Y-O-Y
National Bank of Georgia reported that volume of short-term consumer loans amounted as of June 30 to 628.24 million lari. The volume has decreased by 3.5% quarter-on-quarter, but increased by 15.6% year-on-year.
AS OF JULY 1, LONG-TERM CONSUMER LOANS INCREASED BY 10.5% Y-O-Y
National Bank of Georgia reported that volume of long-term consumer loans amounted as of June 30 to 3.08 billion lari. The volume has increased by 1.4% quarter-on-quarter and by 10.5% – year-on-year.
GEORGIAN CEMENT ASSOCIATION: 43% OF EXAMINED LOCAL PACKED CEMENT COMPLIED WITH EUROPEAN STANDARD
Georgian Cement Association reported that out of recently examined 21 samples of local packed cement, 9 products (i.e. 43% of checked volume), produced by 5 companies, satisfied to requirements of European standard EN197-1.
That means that after our examination, held in December 2017, quality of cement considerably improved, the Association declared.