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Macroeconomic Review Q3 2017: Georgia’s exports are on the rise, but the devastation of hazelnut harvest may exacerbate regional inequalities in the country

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The FINANCIAL -- Highlights of this issue:…

The Long, Hot Summer: Why We Witnessed a Spike in Forest Fires, and What Can Be Done About It (man-made fires)

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The FINANCIAL -- Forest fires pose a threat to human life and property. As we discussed in one of the previous ISET Economist blogs, most countries throughout the world, Georgia included, suffered from an unusually high number of forest fires during the summer of 2017.…

Data Source: The Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia

AGRIndex – October Review

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The FINANCIAL -- The AGRIndex increased with moderate +1.4% in October 2017 compared to the September 2017 and the biggest share of this increase came from the gain in VEGETABLE (+11.2%) prices. DAIRY (+2.7%) products and FRUIT (+0.1%) became also expensive in m/m terms, while MEAT (-0.5%) lost prices in October for the first time…

Figure 1: Georgian consumer confidence index, 2012-2107

SEPTEMBER 2017: MARMORATED STINKBUG DEVASTATES GEORGIA’S HAZELNUT CROPS AND EATS INTO CONSUMER CONFIDENCE

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The FINANCIAL -- For several consecutive years, we have been observing a seasonal spike in Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) coinciding in time with young wine festivals (rtveli) and post-harvest euphoria in rural Georgia. Not this year. In September 2017, CCI lost 2.6 points, going down from -16.4 to -19. Both CCI components, the present situation…

KHACHAPURI INDEX ON THE RISE

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The FINANCIAL -- The average cost of cooking one standard portion of Imeretian khachapuri increased up to 3.63 GEL in September 2017. This is 5.4% higher m/m (compared to August 2017), and 6% higher y/y (compared to September 2016). …

Many Sandros can stop out-migration from the regions

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The FINANCIAL -- If you are big city dweller but have sometimes caught yourself daydreaming about living in a peaceful and picturesque town or village, you’re not alone. Recent studies suggest that more millennials than ever from the developed world are saying goodbye to their beloved urban centers and moving outside their cities. This trend…

Data source: The Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia

AGRIndex: For current dairy prices, each milking cow can be a “Milking Cow”

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The FINANCIAL -- In September 2017 DAIRY prices increased by 9.9% compared to August 2017 and this was the biggest month-to-month increase in the last 12 months, while compared to September 2016 the price increase was 9.3%.…

August 2017 Electricity Market Review – Transit opportunity and its challenges

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The FINANCIAL -- In August 2017, Georgian power plants generated 1,035 mln. kWh of electricity. This corresponds to an 8% increase in total generation in comparison with the previous year (in 2016, total generation in August was 957 mln. kWh), mainly due to a 31% increase in TPP, and an 8% increase in regulatory HPP…

THOSE WHO SEEK ALWAYS FIND!

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The FINANCIAL -- In September 2017, the average cost of cooking one standard Imeretian khachapuri varied across Georgian cities, from 3.33 GEL (the minimum observed in Tbilisi), to 3.85 GEL (the maximum observed in Telavi). The average price was 3.63 GEL, which is 5.5% higher compared to the previous month (August 2017), and 6% higher…

AUGUST 2017: Georgian consumer continues to recover over on strong tourism performance

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The FINANCIAL -- Georgian Consumer Confidence (CCI) continued to improve in August 2017, gaining almost 5 index points over the previous month (July 2017) and more than 12 points over August 2016.…

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