March 6, 2014 – Economic upheaval and the importance of tackling unemployment, agricultural productivity, and development of small and medium enterprises in order to spur inclusive growth were the topics in focus at a recent policy discussion among World Bank Group (WBG) experts and the government of Georgia.
While the top concern in Georgia is believed to be the slow growth of job opportunities, it is also important to help boost agricultural productivity, since the sector employs more than 50 percent of the population in Georgia. Also important is the development of small and medium size enterprises, given nearly nine out of 10 jobs are in this sector, as was noted by Hans Timmer, Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia region, who participated in the forum.
The event was jointly organized by the government and the WBG in Tbilisi. Almost all cabinet members attended the meeting along with experts from the World Bank and International Finance Corporation (IFC). The WBG team and cabinet ministers discussed key development areas and future cooperation in the framework of the upcoming WBG Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) and the Socioeconomic Development Strategy-2020 outlined recently by the government.