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Factcheck – Roman Gotsiridze: “According to the government-proposed pension indexing rule, a GEL 400 pension will be in place in six-seven years.”

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Verdict:  FactCheck concludes that Roman Gotsiridze’s statement is TRUE.…

Healthy oceans: keeping Asia and the Pacific afloat

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Memories of idyllic beaches and sonorous waves may seem far away while we remain at home. Yet, we need not look far to appreciate the enduring history of the ocean in Asia and the Pacific. For generations, the region has thrived on our seas. Our namesake bears a nod to the Pacific Ocean, a body…

The Implications of COVID-19 on the Georgian Power Market

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The consequences of COVID-19 on tourism and in the industrial and service sectors have been discussed broadly recently. However, little has been said about the current and future implications on the Georgian power sector. The worldwide pandemic has already had, and is still expected to have, quite significant implications on both the demand and supply…

The Responses to the Coronavirus Pandemic: The Rationale and Some Observations

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The Rationale -- Towards the end of March 2020, I sent out a call to the members of the European Health Policy Group and the Anglo-American Health Policy Network, inviting people to write 1,200 words on the response of their region or country thus far to the coronavirus pandemic.…

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‘Little mistakes’ in Georgia’s Covid-19 Anti-crisis plan

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The objective of the exercise was not to assess the relevancy of the plan and/or recommend alternative ways to rescue the troubled economy, but to check that the numbers add up and government spending directed towards revival of the economy and supporting vulnerable groups of the population is close to what they announced during the…

Dealing with Stress after the COVID-19 Coronavirus

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As the COVID-19 virus pandemic impacts peoples' lives worldwide, society is shutting down in an effort to contain it. Many were already highly stressed before the viral pandemic; now things are worse. People find themselves isolated at home, anxious and seemingly powerless. We ask: “What can we do in these challenging times to restore sanity…

Taking Stock of Georgia’s Larization Policy Since 2016: What Worked, What Didn’t, and What Needs to Change

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In the past several months the world has been rocked by profound economic and social turbulence. The COVID-19 epidemic has forced many countries around the world into widespread emergency lockdowns. Economic activity plunged dramatically in February-March 2020, with rapid indicators showing strong contractions in retail, restaurant business, and passenger transport. The scale of the imminent…

Open letter to finance ministers

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Global business, workers and civil society unite in call for emergency debt relief to enable developing countries to combat the COVID-19 pandemic…

Is 2020 the new 2008? – markets show that yes

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The world economy has received huge hits as the coronavirus spread around the world. It originally started spreading in the Wuhan region in China several months ago, and soon it was able to affect almost every country around the globe.…

Nation of Georgia Is America’s Proven Ally in Fighting Common Challenges

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The South Caucasus nation of Georgia has become an important partner for the United States on a range of critical global issues.…

Asia-Pacific response to COVID-19 and climate emergency must build a resilient and sustainable future

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The unprecedented public health emergency triggered by the COVID -19 pandemic and its multi-faceted impact on people’s lives around the world is taking a heavy toll on Asia and the Pacific.…

Sheraton: Giving Back To the Community

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Dating back to the early 1990s, the Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace has a long history of standing by the people of Georgia and serving as a safe haven for local and international communities.…

Blunting the Impact and Hard Choices: Early Lessons from China”

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  The impact of the coronavirus is having a profound and serious impact on the global economy and has sent policymakers looking for ways to respond. China's experience so far shows that the right policies make a difference in fighting the disease and mitigating its impact—but some of these policies come with difficult economic tradeoffs.…

Georgia deserves membership in NATO

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Renewed hostilities in Ukraine in recent days once again underscore what is at stake for the Black Sea region as a focal point for competing geo-political powers. The Black Sea serves as a buffer along Europe’s southern flank, helping to protect Europe, NATO and vital U.S. interests from hostile powers.…

The most powerful (yet overlooked) Naruto ‘Jutsu’

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If you were a high school student in the mid-2000s there’s a high chance you would have seen at one time or another some of your classmates re-creating ‘chakra’ signs, discussing the epic fight between Naruto characters Gaara and Rock Lee, or practising the impressing running techniques of a true ninja. Ever since Masashi Kishimoto…

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