German Economic Team – Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Uzbekistan

Source of Funding: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Period: 2017 – 2021

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The German Economic Team advises the governments of Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia and Uzbekistan regarding the design of economic policy reform processes and a sustainable development of the economic framework. As part of the project we also work in other countries, especially Armenia, on selected topics.

In a continuous dialogue with high-level decision makers of the project countries, we identify current problems in economic policy and then provide concrete policy recommendations based on independent analysis.

In addition, GET supports German institutions in the political, administrative and business sectors with its know-how and detailed knowledge of the countries’ economies.

17. Information meeting on high-level government advice

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.

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Regulation of cryptocurrencies and economic relevance of crypto mining – Presentation at the American University of Armenia

On December 2, upon the invitation of Berlin Economics, Jens Münzer from the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) gave a talk on the regulation of cryptocurrencies at the American University of Armenia, exemplified by German legislation. The Armenian government wants to boost the IT sector and has opened a free economic zone with a centre for crypto mining. There are initiatives in Armenia to regulate cryptocurrencies only lightly, which would entail significant risks for the banking sector and the country’s reputation. Against this background, regulation of cryptocurrencies is of particular significance in Armenia.

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Regulation of cryptocurrencies – Seminar in the Central Bank of Armenia

Despite the increased global interest in cryptocurrencies, there exists no international consensus on how to regulate them. Berlin Economics invited Jens Münzer from the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) to give a presentation on the topic of regulation of cryptocurrencies, exemplified by German legislation. On December 2, the seminar was held in the Central Bank of Armenia with ca. 35 attendees from the CBA. Many interposed questions and a vivid discussion clearly demonstrated keen interest and current relevance of the topic.

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GET Georgia presents the second issue of the Financial Sector Monitor Georgia

During a trip to Tbilisi, Dr. Alexander Lehmann, financial sector expert of the German Economic Team (GET) Georgia, presented the second issue of the Financial Sector Monitor.

This product is consistently done in several countries in the region and reveals that the Georgian financial sector is a major asset in the investment environment. The publication analyses the sector in a regional context. It sketches the sector’s potential to further support growth and innovation in Georgia and to provide wider access to credit for households and enterprises. It also highlights the strengths and weaknesses of the banking sector for Georgia’s future development.

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Presentation of the 1st issue of the Economic Monitor Armenia in Yerevan

On September 26, Dr. Ricardo Giucci, Managing Director of Berlin Economics, presented the first Economic Monitor on Armenia in Yerevan. Afterwards, Björn Vogler, consultant at Berlin Economics, presented the results of a new study on foreign direct investment (FDI) in Armenia. Mr. Giucci and Mr. Vogler were accompanied by Boris Schneider, project manager for Armenia. The event was organised in cooperation with the German Embassy and the German Business Association (DWV) in Armenia. Numerous German businesspeople from Armenia as well as government officials and EU representatives took part in the event.

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Presentation of study on the comparative effect of the DCFTA on Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia

On the 8th of July Dr. Ricardo Giucci, Managing Director of Berlin Economics, during an event at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), carried out a study by Berlin Economics on the economic effects of the deep and comprehensive free trade agreements (“DCFTA”) on Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. He was accompanied by Woldemar Walter, Coordinator of the German Economic Team Moldova.

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