Effective Policies Have Strengthened the Georgian Economy

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The Georgian Government’s local and foreign currency issuer ratings have been upgraded and the outlook remains stable.

Georgia’s foreign currency senior unsecured ratings have been upgraded to Ba2 from Ba3 and the local-currency bond and deposit ceilings were raised to Baa1 from Baa3. The foreign currency bond ceiling was raised to Baa3 from Ba1 and the foreign currency bank deposit ceiling was raised to Ba3 from B1. Finally, the short-term foreign-currency bond ceiling was raised to P-3 from Not Prime and the short-term foreign currency deposit ceiling was maintained at Not Prime.

“The Georgian economy’s resilience in the wake of the regional economic shock which began in 2014 demonstrates the increasing strength of the economy and institutions. Looking forward, ongoing economic reforms, supported by the International Monetary Fund, will mitigate some of Georgia’s underlying credit weaknesses, further boosting credit strength over time. However, material banking sector and external vulnerability risks continue to constrain the rating,” says Moody’s.

Whilst many of its neighbours were in or close to recession, Georgia’s GDP growth averaged 3.4 per cent between 2014 and 2016. We attribute this resilience to effective macroeconomic policy management and strong banking supervision that allowed banks to continue to finance the economy.

“Looking ahead we expect Georgia’s economy to strengthen and its resilience to shocks to continue to be enhanced as ongoing measures to diversify and reform the economy bear fruit,” says Moody’s.

Such measures include the ongoing process of diversification of trade and investment relationships, including relationships with the Association Agreement (AA) and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) with the European Union (EU). These agreements will provide Georgia with technical and financial support to further develop its already strong institutions and further deepen political and economic relations. Closer ties and alignment with EU norms will also boost competitiveness through measures to improve customs procedures, food quality, education systems, and labour codes.

Beyond its relations with the EU, Georgia has growing access to a diverse set of markets. This is a result of various recent and prospective trade agreements, such as those with a number of Commonwealth of Independent States members, Turkey, and potentially through the prospective free trade agreement with China. This will help to maintain FDI levels at close to 10 per cent of GDP and will likely increase exports and economic growth in the medium term.

“We also expect that past microeconomic reforms, which have helped to boost the economy’s shock absorption capacity, will continue to positively affect the economy,” says Moody’s.

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Bansko, Bulgaria - December, 6, 2015: Two Bansko cable car cabins and snow mountains peaks

HSBC Opens Warsaw China Desk

World Bank: Brexit Hides Greater Challenges to the European Union and the CEE Region

EU Triggers Article 7 Against Poland

CRACOW POLAND - JULY 23 2017: Another day in Cracow thousands of people protest against violation the constitutional law in Poland. Defense of the triad of division of power free election and independence of the highest court in Poland

EconMin: Bulgaria — Number One Outsourcing Destination And an Island of Stability in Europe

PE and VC Investment In CEE Is At an Eight-Year High

venture capital

Czech Land Prices Continue to Increase

farm land

Banca Transilvania Concludes Moldovan Deal

banca transilvania

Georgia to Develop Rural Fibre-Optic Network

Young man working on his laptop connect to wireless internet in rural area. Internet connection allows people to work anywhere from laptop. Notebook and nature background. Wireless technology concept.

NATO Opens New Moldova Office

NATO Moldova

High-Tech Park in Minsk is growing rapidly

Azerbaijan Showcases ICT Potential

BAKU AZERBAIJAN - SEPTEMBER 25: People goes by the seafront of Baku on September 25 2016. Baku is a capital and largest city of Azerbaijan.

Czech Republic Approves 2018 Budget

Ten czech crown coins money on black marble background

Erste Group: Public Debt Falling Across CEE

erste group

Growth Increase Offers Glimmer of Hope for Moldova

chisinau

Košice Business Matchmaking Event Brings in Hungarians

kosice, slovakia

Next Christmas in Belgrade? The EU’s Move into the Western Balkans

Belgrade, Serbia, July 22, 2017.Belgrade cityscape at sunset with national assembly, aerial view

Mayor: Armenia And Its Capital Yerevan Offer Safe Investment And Tourism To a Growing World

Poland’s Flying Circus

airport poland

Ex-Banker to Become Poland’s Next Prime Minister

Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey Launch New ‘Silk Rail’ Link

Stuck in Neutral: Georgia’s Constitutional Reforms

Tbilisi Parliament Georgia

WEF: Emerging Europe Ready for the Future

robotic machine tool in industrial manufacture plant,Smart factory industry 4.0 concept.

How Did We Get Here?

Amazing Panorama to City of Plovdiv from nebet tepe hill, Bulgaria

Estonia Posts EU’s Highest Inflation Rate in November

Rising food and grocery store prices is estonia and cost of living concept. Man counting food and consumer goods money with pen, paper and calculator at home. Budget of disadvantaged and low income family.

Romanian Car Maker Dacia Sees Sales Boom

Sables d Olonne France - May 07 2017 : Dacia Tour 2017 is a commercial operation organized by the car builder in order to present its cars throughout France - Close-up on cars

Jadranka Joksimović: Serbia Takes Its Candidacy of the EU Seriously

bigstock-Joint-Press-Conference-Of-Serb-155400338.jpg

Hungary Today: Potential and Challenge

Chain bridge on Danube river in Budapest city. Hungary. Urban landscape panorama with old buildings and domes of opera

The End of Poland’s Shale Gas Eldorado

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