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Economic Growth and Trade

USAID’s programs in Georgia aim to foster inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the country through improved economic governance, increased competitiveness and employment, responsible management of Georgia’s natural endowments, increased access to quality education, investments in energy and infrastructure, and support for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

While Georgia has significant economic advantages, a strategic regional geographic location, proximity to international markets, and vast natural resources, the country has faced some challenges in transitioning from a state-controlled to a market-based economy.  Recognizing the importance of overcoming these challenges, USAID’s activities in Georgia support the underlying systems that will sustain the country's growth and help Georgia prosper in the global marketplace.

Current programs:

New Economic Opportunities (NEO)
Apr 2011 – Dec 2015
Chemonics International

www.chemonics.com 
The NEO project is designed to improve rural incomes; reduce poverty levels; improve food security; address critical, small-scale infrastructure priorities in targeted communities; enable targeted IDP communities (old and new) to sustainably maintain their households; and assist communities distressed by natural or other disasters. The project will target 10 municipalities and will benefit at least 70,000 households that are considered vulnerable.

 

Restoring Efficiency to Agriculture Production (REAP) 
Sep 2013 – Sep 2018
CNFA

www.reap.ge
The purpose of the REAP project is to increase employment and income in rural areas by providing assistance to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in order to support improved agricultural productivity, marketing, and processing. The project will facilitate the entry of new agribusinesses and expand the operation of existing SMEs to create new jobs, improve the availability of high-quality inputs and machinery services for farmers, and strengthen markets for agricultural goods and services in Georgia. 

 

Developing Georgia's Agricultural Economics Capacity
Mar 2014 – Jun 2017
Partnership for Economics Education and Research (PEER)
www.iset.ge

This project builds upon a comprehensive assessment of teaching, training and research needs in the Georgian agricultural sector commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in late 2011. The project establishes a concentration in Agricultural Economics within the International School of Economics at Tbilisi University’s (ISET’s) Master’s Program in Economics. Selected second year ISET students will complete courses focused on agricultural market analysis, trade in agricultural goods, and agricultural policy. The project will also establish an Agricultural Policy Research Center (APRC) at ISET’s Policy Institute. This new center will develop and communicate relevant research, deliver on-demand consulting services,  training, policy evaluation, and analysis, thus contributing to the project’s sustainability.  The project’s aim is to create a pool of well-trained young economists capable of addressing a wide array of issues related to agricultural and rural development policy in Georgia and the region. Several cohorts of well-trained agricultural economists educated through this project will be employed by the Ministry of Agriculture, other public agencies, NGOs, businesses and international organizations concerned with agricultural policy and Georgia’s rural development.
 

Georgia Agricultural Policy Initiative (GAPI)
Jul 2013 – Jul 2017
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
GAPI assists the Georgian Ministry of Agriculture and the National Statistics Office of Georgia to develop an effective agriculture, information system that includes the creation of a policy unit with the capacity to conduct market outlook and agricultural policy analysis.  The unit analyzes and disseminates economic information needed by both public and private sector decision-makers in Georgia.

 

Strengthening Extension and Advisory Services Activity (SEAS) in Georgia
Oct 2013 – Apr 2016
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
www.meas-extension.org

The Strengthening Extension and Advisory Services Activity (SEAS) program supports the Georgian Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) in the development of a public agricultural extension and advisory service system.  SEAS provides technical advisors who work closely with the MOA in developing and implementing multi-year strategies to enhance the capacity of the Ministry’s leadership and relevant field employees to provide effective agricultural extension and advisory services.  The Activity contributes to USAID's higher level goal of improving agricultural productivity and rural incomes through more effective delivery of information on best management practices to farmers throughout the country.

 

Governing for Growth in Georgia (G4G) Activity
Aug 2014 – Aug 2019
Deloitte Consulting LLP

The purpose of the G4G activity is to improve Georgia’s economic governance and leadership in the areas of the business enabling environment, water resource management, an energy trading mechanism and Georgia’s Electricity Market Model of 2015. G4G will strengthen the capacity of Government of Georgia (GOG) institutions to develop, implement, and enforce reforms, and develop the capacity of private sector and civil society actors to engage the GOG on the development, implementation, and enforcement of reforms. Key to the success of G4G will be supporting inclusive and constructive dialogue among government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders.

 

Municipal Infrastructure and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project
Feb 2011 – Dec 2015
Government of Georgia – Municipal Development Fund (MDF)
www.mdf.ge/eng

This project aims to develop and rehabilitate municipal infrastructure in certain municipalities affected by the 2008 conflict; upgrade the homes constructed by the Government of Georgia for persons displaced during the 2008 conflict; and redevelop buildings for use as durable housing for IDPs from previous conflicts.

 

Farmer to Farmer program (F2F)
Sep 2013- Sep 2018

ACDI VOCA
www.acdivoca.org/site/ID/georgiaFtF
Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program provides voluntary technical assistance to farmers, farm groups, and agribusinesses in developing and transitional countries to promote sustainable improvements in food security and agricultural processing, production, and marketing.

 

Assessment of the Potential for a Public-Private                                       
Pa​r​t​n​ership or Sale in Relati​o​n to the LTD "Mechanizatori"

June 2015 – Dec 2015
​Agricultural Projects Management Agency (APMA)
APMA is a non-profit and non-commercial legal entity supervised by the Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia and supports the development of the agriculture sector in Georgia by managing agricultural related government-owned companies, coordinating state programs, and implementing modern technologies in the country. The purpose of this G2G award is to support APMA's collaboration with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) to conduct a rapid assessment of the potential for a Public-Private Partnership or sale in relation with APMA's daughter company "Mechanizatori,” which is a limited liability company that provides various machinery services on roughly two-thirds of all agricultural land in Georgia.

 

Improvement of Sakpatenti’s e-Governance System
Sep 2015 – March 2017

The National Intellectual Property
Center of Georgia Sakpatenti
The National Intellectual Property Center of Georgia Sakpatenti is a governmental agency, a legal entity of public law. The purpose of this G2G award is to improve Sakpatenti’s e-filing system to better serve businesses and simplify intellectual property rights (IPR) registration procedures. The new system will allow for online registration and processing of IPR objects; paperless communications between applicants, patent attorneys and Sakpatenti; and will contain a fully integrated online payments system. In addition, support will include the integration of the electronic office management system, the design of a new website, and the equipping of the Intellectual Property Academy with video conference facilities to host lectures, webinars and workshops in real-time.  

 

Development Credit Authority – Loan Portfolio Guarantee
Sep 2015 – Sep 2022
Bank Republic

www.republic.ge
USAID extended a Development Credit Authority (DCA) loan portfolio guarantee to Bank Republic to make commercial credit of up to $15 million available to private agribusinesses in Georgia, thereby stimulating economic growth.

Last updated: December 03, 2015

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