Vocational education and training (VET) plays an important role in promoting selfemployment and increasing the competitiveness of the entrepreneurship of SMEs. The purpose of this policy brief is to analyze the existing challenges in the vocational education system hampering growth in the competitiveness of SMEs and to develop appropriate recommendations thereon. View the full text here.
During the past decade, Georgia reformed its health sector and achieved a decline in child and infant mortality, a reduction in expenditure of inpatient services, an improvement in accessibility, equity and affordability of healthcare services. However, healthcare still remained unaffordable for almost half of the population, and people were spending a large share of their income on out-of-pocket expenses in comparison to other low-and medium-income countries.
Society was always facing material security issue. Conventional approach, market mechanisms were unable to solve all the problems, so the state took responsibility for it. As a result, new challenges raised, that were exacerbated by the latest demographic trends and put under risk future sustainability of the state pensions system. The threat became a basis for the new reforms, including introduction of private pension savings.
PMC Research Centre presents economic analyses to the Labor Code of Georgia. The analysis is based on international empirical studies, experiences of other countries, and the survey of business leaders’ attitudes to the initiated amendments to the Labor Code of Georgia. The aim of the report is to analyze expected economic effects of mentioned changes.
Within the scope of the research, existing municipal social programs have been evaluated, the core challenges were identified, and the recommendations were elaborated for the local and central authorities.