GEE Dialogue with Experts

On April 8, 2017 Governance in Emerging Economies held its 1st Experts in Dialog workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia. Hosted by the Tbilisi State University, the workshop gathered high-ranking state officials, academics and policy consultants on economic policy and industrial development around a table in a discussion of the current challenges and prospects for industrial policy in Georgia. The workshop proved to be a fruitful platform to share knowledge, exchange views and perspectives, build research networks and strengthen effective cooperation with local academics and policy-makers.

 

In the course of the workshop, after a warm welcome from our partners (Temur Beridze and Davit Sikharulidze), GEE took a chance to introduce the research activities of the project (presented by the team leader Christian Timm) and to outline the governance and state performance framework which is a central concept for the research group (presented by GEE academic director Joachim Ahrens). In the first round of talks, the floor was given to academics, who introduced their research findings on the necessity of industrial policy in Georgia and challenges for its implementation (Giorgi Gaganidze, TSU and Mikheil Tokmazishvili, TSU). In the second round of discussion, local policy-makers spoke out on the successes and bottlenecks in making industrial policy in Georgia work (Otar Antia, Head of Department of Entrepreneurship Development Enterprise and Nugzar Kachukhashvilli, Head of Industrial Development Group). The workshop was concluded by a round-table discussion on the prospects of industrial policy in Georgia and emerging opportunities for further close collaboration of the Governance in Emerging Markets team with Georgian policy-makers (discussion moderated by GEE academic director Herman Hoen and Professor Temur Beridze, TSU). 

Please click here for the program.