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.
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.
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.
On October 10, 2019 Dr Ricardo Giucci, Managing Director of Berlin Economics, took part in the event hosted by the German Business Association (DWV) in Armenia, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Armenia in the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Eastern Business Association in Stuttgart.
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.
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.
On 23rd of January 2019 the semi-annual information meeting about high-level government consultation in Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova and Georgia was held at the Federal Ministry for Economy and Energy (BMWi).
On October 19th, Woldemar Walter, Advisor to the German Economic Team Moldova, gave a lecture in the context of the conference ‘MACRO 2018’ on the influence of foreign direct investment (FDI) on the Moldovan economy, population and government.
As Woldemar Walter conclusively explained in his presentation, in Moldova, foreign direct investment, which is relatively low by international standards, has a major impact on the economy, the people and the government. For example, companies with foreign capital account for about 23% of total Moldovan value added and a high and growing share of exports.