The Georgian Validation Workshop of the National Report took place on 1 June 2015 at the Conference Hall of the Hotel Tiflis Palace, Tbilisi, Georgia. The event was attended by Klaudia Tvergyák on behalf of the coordinating institute, Bay Zoltán Nonprofit Ltd. for Applied Research from Hungary. Several representatives of the Georgian Ministries of Energy and Economy and Sustainable Development, Georgian scientific research institutions, non-governmental organizations working in the field Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy were present. Representatives of those SMEs who took part in the online survey leading to the National report were also invited to take place and provide input.
The report was processed by the Energy Efficiency and Environmental Protection Ltd. and was presented to the audience by Ms. Nelly Verulava, director of the company. It provided the complete picture of the state of economy and energy sectors of Georgia, showing the weaknesses and strengths to facilitate the realization of the objectives of the INNNOVER-EAST project in Georgia – that is, to bridge effectively the gap between research and business, between the European Union (EU) and targeted Eastern Partnership Countries (EPCs) in the field of energy efficiency, with special focus on identifying major bottlenecks of innovation.
After the report was introduced, some presentations were given on the respective topics by Mr. David Sharikadze, representative of Ministry of Energy (also the member of Advisory Board of INNOVER EAST); Mr. George Kintsurashvili, representative Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency and Mr. Avtandil Gogoberidze, representative of the new state programme titled: “Produce in Georgia”.
During the workshop discussions by officials of enterprises were launched and a lot of interesting ideas for the future were proposed that could be seen as some kind of support to the realization of INNOVER-EAST tasks in Georgia and also bringing real benefit to the country’s sustainable development.