The biannual information meeting on high-level government advice in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Uzbekistan and Armenia was held – divided into two blocks – on 18 and 24 June, with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The event was opened by Andreas Nicolin, Deputy Head of Department and moderated by Yildiz Götze, Head of Division.
Since the event was held online for the first time, the number of participants significantly increased, the first part could be followed by 55 and the second part by about 40 participants, some of whom dialed in from abroad. The German Economic Team presented the current economic monitors for the countries Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova in the first part of the event and for Georgia, Armenia and Uzbekistan in the second block.
Besides the economic monitors, which provide an overview of the development of macroeconomic indicators in the countries, special topics were also discussed. For example, Mr. Radeke spoke about the effects of the Russian tax manoeuvre on Belarus and about the consultancy by the German Economic Team on decentralisation in Moldova. In the case of Georgia, Dr Hans Gutbrod gave an insight into current developments on the issue of ownership of agricultural land by foreigners. Trade with the EU and FDI attraction were special topics in the bloc on Armenia and SME and energy policy in the part regarding Uzbekistan. The current situation with regard to the Corona pandemic was also addressed. .
Following the country presentations, participants from ministries and German institutions, as well as from embassies and interest groups, had the opportunity to ask questions.
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