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Economic Press Monitor

August 9 - 15, 2020

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economic & politics

    BANKEBI DA FINANSEBI: “STEPHEN BIEGUN – THE US WILL SUPPORT GEORGIA IN DEVELOPING ALL MAIN SECTORS”

    August 14, 2020 - US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun declares that the US will support Georgia in developing all major sectors. Along with providing political assistance, the US will also support Georgia in terms of economic development, as well as achievement of energy independence, he notes.


    TABULA: “TRAINING DURING WHOLE LIFE AND CERTIFICATE, RECOGNIZED BY THE STATE”

    August 14, 2020 - Georgian Adult Education Network (GAEN), in cooperation with 9 member centers, won the right for implementation of vocational training program “Sewing of Light Garments”, the article reports.

    In case of successful passing of the program, the certificate recognized by the state will be issued.


    TABULA: “IRI: IF ELECTIONS WERE HELD ON SUNDAY – “DREAM” – 33%, “UNM” – 16%, “EUROPEANS/FR.DEM” – 5%”

    August 13, 2020 - Survey of International Republican Institute (IRI) shows that if Georgian parliamentary elections were held in next Sunday, ruling Georgian Dream would won support of 33%.

    Major oppositional United National Movement (UNM) would win 16%, European Georgia / Free Democrats (Europeans/Fr.Dem) – 5%, Tabula reports.


    TABULA: “IRI: FOR 46% OF POPULATION, MAJOR PROBLEM IS UNEMPLOYMENT, FOR 17% – HIGH PRICES”

    August 13, 2020 - Survey, conducted by International Republican Institute (IRI), shows that 46% of Georgian population consider that most important problem in the country are economic situation and unemployment.

    17% consider that major problem are economic situation and high prices, 10% name poverty, 6% consider that major problem is economic situation in general, Tabula reports.


    NETGAZETI.GE: “GEORGIA NEEDS INDEPENDENT COURT – THE DEPUTY UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF STATE”

    August 13, 2020 - US Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun says that the US continues work with Georgia in terms of economic, including on those reforms, which are important for sustainable development of the country and attraction of foreign investments.

    At the same time, Biegun indicates: “Georgia needs really independent court, which will be guarantor of creation of equal environment for business and will quickly solve its lawsuits”.


    TABULA: “TOURISM ADMINISTRATION: IN MESTIA, QUARANTINE SPACES WILL BE ARRANGED IN 18 HOTELS”

    August 11, 2020 - Georgian National Tourism Administration announced that in Mestia municipality (Zemo Svaneti region), quarantine spaces will be arranged in 18 hotels.

    At the same time, transfer of those tourists, who expressed desire, has started to quarantine spaces, arranged in areas nearby to Mestia municipality.


    BANKEBI DA FINANSEBI: “KAKHA OKRIASHVILI AND TSEZAR AND IAGO CHOCHELI CREATED PARTY”

    August 11, 2020 - Majoritarian MP Kakha Okriashvili and businessmen Tsezar and Iago Chocheli created party, the newspaper reports. The article notes that the new party, Progress and Freedom, is already registered as election subject.


    TABULA: ““FRONTERA”: THE GOVERNMENT QUIETLY INTRODUCES WHAT HAD TO BE INTRODUCED BY RUSSIAN INVASION IN 2008”

    August 11, 2020 - Last week, Georgia’s Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Natia Turnava declared that the state will pay one-time allowance of 1,200 lari to 84 former employees of Frontera Resources Georgia.

    Frontera Resources responded to this by the letter, which indicates that “Georgian government continued misinformation campaign against our company”.


    TABULA: “KANDELAKI: THE GOVERNMENT BLOCKED 16 TOURIST CHARTER FLIGHTS FROM SAFE COUNTRIES”

    August 10, 2020 - Natia Turnava, Georgia’s Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development, declared on August 7 that “300 tourists have arrived to Georgia”.

    In reply, member of oppositional European Georgia Giorgi Kandelaki pointed that Georgian government blocked recently 16 charter flights from Lithuania and Estonia.


    REZONANSI: “WHICH MINISTERS WILL BE PUT ON THE LIST AND WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE, IF “DREAM” WINS ELECTIONS AGAIN”

    August 10, 2020 - In case, ruling Georgian Dream wins parliamentary elections (in this autumn) and manages to gather the majority, certain changes in the Cabinet are expected all the same, the newspaper states.

    In in this regard, the article brings comment of political scientists Ramaz Sakvarelidze and Nika Chitadze.


macroeconomics & budget

    BANKEBI DA FINANSEBI: “IN 6 MONTHS, OVER 58M LARI ENTERED THE BUDGET FROM STATE PROPERTY SALE”

    August 14, 2020 - In 6 months of this year, over 58 million lari entered Georgian state budget from state property sale. The annual plan of privatization is fulfilled by 64.6%.


    BATUMELEBI: “BATUMI REVENUES ARE CUT BY 26.6M – SEQUESTERED BUDGET WILL BE APPROVED BY SAKREBULO”

    August 13, 2020 - Plan for 2020 defined revenues of Batumi budget as 172.35 million lari, but after amendments, the volume is cut by 26.6 million lari, to 145.7 million lari. Sakrebulo (city council) will consider draft amendments to the city budget at extraordinary sitting on August 13.


    TABULA: “CITY HALL ANNOUNCED 830,500-LARI TENDER FOR REHABILITATION OF TBILISI ARBORETUM”

    August 12, 2020 - Tbilisi City Hall announced tender for design services, intended for rehabilitation of Tbilisi arboretum. Acceptance of bids expires on August 12.


    BANKEBI DA FINANSEBI: “SINCE WHEN 200-LARI ONE-TIME ALLOWANCE FOR CHILDREN UP TO 17 YEARS WILL BE ISSUED”

    August 10, 2020 - Ekaterina Tikaradze, Georgia’s Minister of IDPs from Occupied Territories, Labor, Healthcare and Social Protection, declared that one-time allowance of 200 lari per child of 17 years and blow will be issued during September 1-15, the newspaper reports.

    According to Tikaradze, special web portal will be launched, where it will be possible to upload documents required for receiving the allowance.


energy, oil & gas

    BANKEBI DA FINANSEBI: “ILHAM ALIYEV: EUROPE WILL RECEIVE AZERBAIJANI GAS VIA GEORGIA IN SEVERAL MONTHS”

    August 12, 2020 - In several months, construction of 3 connected gas pipelines will be completed and delivery of Azerbaijani gas to the European space will take place, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev told local media. That will allow to operate Shah Deniz field with full load, he noted.


companies

    BANKEBI DA FINANSEBI: “GEORGIAN OLIVE OIL SUBSTITUTED IMPORTED ONE BY 22%”

    August 12, 2020 - Giorgi Svanidze, founder of company Kartuli Zetiskhili (Georgian Olives), indicates that just a few years ago, olives in Georgia were by 100% imported.

    “Step by step, we managed to master part of the market and this indicator at the moment makes up already 20-22%”, Svanidze said on air of Public Broadcaster.


transport & communications

    TABULA: “CHARTER FLIGHTS APPOINTED IN DIRECTIONS OF ISTANBUL, KIEV AND MINSK”

    August 14, 2020 - Tabula reports about appointment of the next charter flights from Tbilisi airport. Referring to Georgian Civil Aviation Agency, the article specifies that the flights will be made on August 16-30 in directions of Istanbul, Minsk and Kiev.


agriculture & food

    BANKEBI DA FINANSEBI: “THIS YEAR, BY 20-30% MORE CORN AREA IS SOWN – FARMERS EXPECT GOOD HARVEST OF CORN”

    August 11, 2020 - Georgia’s First Deputy Minister of Environmental Protection and Agriculture Giorgi Khanishvili reported that this year, by 20-30% more corn area is sown.

    Khanishvili said this during his visit to Abasha municipality (Samegrelo region), where he examined crops of corn.


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