Elene Kvanchilashvili

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Irakli Kovzanadze - Regulation is not an element of our work

A ccording to a new government program, published on 20 November, one of the priorities for Georgia's economic development is the promotion of public-private partnerships through increasing the role of the private sector in the economy and using public resources efficiently.In order to achieve this goal, one of the instruments envisaged is the creation of a sovereign investment fund to be formed on the basis of the partnership fund that is currently operating. The aim of the sovereign...

The Khudoni Hydro Power Plant

For almost three decades now one and the same question has been heard in Georgia – should the Khudoni hydro power plant (HPP) be built or not? Even though by all estimates the country will receive significant economic benefits from its construction, which will directly affect the population of Svaneti where the HPP is to be built, environmentalists and the residents of 14 Svanetian villages are against this investment. Those are the villages which will be flooded with water after the...

Government Order #36

According to Government Order № 36, family doctors and nurses will receive 0.86 GEL per patient from a state fund for any outpatient services they provide. This financing will cover drawing up medical histories; conducting patient examinations and evaluating his/her physical condition; diagnosing illnesses based on tests; administering treatment; and monitoring the patient until they have made a full recovery. In the event of lab tests being required, doctors and nurses will receive an...

Hey! Minister! Leave Them Kids Alone!

At 5 a.m. on 12 March 2013, after considering the conclusion of a monitoring group for ten hours, the Authorization Council of the National Center for Education Quality Enhancement (NSEQE) took the decision to strip the Agrarian University of Georgia of its authorization. This means that this institution of higher education no longer has the right to teach. What...

Monopoly and Cartels Targeted

The market economy is often criticized as much for generating competition as it is for engendering monopolies. When, for example, fierce competition leads to volatility and starkly different prices for the same product or service, legislators call that an “anarchic market.” If companies work together to tackle that problem and maintain price stability, legislators do not accept that either. Government, in either case, favors regulation. Companies, as a rule, never let people know whether the...

Hitting the Snooze Button Again

Employment is a source of stability, security, self-realization and often a matter of personal survival. Consequently, the new political manifesto of the United National Movement ruling party – “More Benefit to People” – envisages creating new jobs through direct foreign investments, increased tourism and new infrastructure development projects such as the...

Citizen of Denmark vs. Parliament of Georgia

Denmark citizen Heike Cronquist was interested in buying agricultural land in Georgia and starting an agribusiness there. She found the land and found a seller too. But it turned out that she did not have the right to purchase such land under the Law Of Georgia On Ownership of Agricultural Land, namely, according to Article 4 of this law. A disputed norm, which...

New Initiative: Alternative Service of Loan Control

In July, the Georgian Parliament debated a controversial draft law which, if enacted, would expand the authority of the National Bureau of Enforcement to register and monitor loans. Under provisions of the draft law, beginning in September, the competencies of the Enforcement Bureau would include the right to register a loan agreement and thereafter to supervise the parties’ compliance with terms of that agreement. The use of this service would be compulsory only if both the borrower and the...

Shadows Vanish at Noon

The headlines proclaimed “VANO MERABISHVILI NAMED NEW PRIME MINISTER OF GEORGIA,” but the full story reads like the Russian potboiler SHADOWS VANISH AT NOON. Sometimes it is difficult to escape the impression that existing Georgian political reality is following the script of some novel or movie of the Soviet-stagnation genre. In the midst of an active election...

Kakha Bendukidze: There is no alternative

Successful reforms implemented in Georgia have been a matter of immense interest for many countries in recent years. Several books have been published, touting Georgia as a reform model for other countries. Just recently, the book “Fighting Corruption in Public Services: Chronicling Georgia’s Reforms” was launched by the World Bank. In this interview, Tabula speaks...

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