Georgia: external trade down in January-July 2019

Georgia’s external trade decreased by 0.2% and reached $7.07 billion in January-July, says the National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat). The value of Georgian exports increased by 12.3%, to $2.10 billion, while the value of imports decreased by 4.7%, to $4.96 billion, said Geostat. In the reporting period Georgia’s trade deficit came out to $2.86…

Georgia: passenger air traffic up in H1 2019

Georgia’s three international airports serviced 2,489,823 passengers in January-June, up by 18.24% YoY, said the Georgian Civil Aviation Agency. The number of passengers who took regular or charter flights in Georgia increased in all three main airports of the country: Tbilisi Shota Rustaveli International Airport, Batumi Aleksandre Kartveli International Airport and Kutaisi David Aghmashenebeli International…

Georgia: winery announced winner of EU prize

The Georgian wine company Shilda was awarded the EU Sustainable Energy Award for the Eastern Partnership countries at an award ceremony in Brussels. Founded in 2014, the Shilda winery is located in Kakheti, the main area of wine growing in Georgia. Taking part in the Caucasus Energy Efficiency Program (Energycredit Georgia), supported by the European…

Georgia: Air Malta launches Malta-Tbilisi flights

Air Malta, the flag carrier airline of Malta, is launching Malta-Tbilisi flights starting from July 4, announces the Georgian Civil Aviation Agency (GCAA). Flights will be carried out every Thursday by an Airbus A320 type aircraft. “These seasonal regular flights will be carried out until September 18”, said a spokesperson from the GCAA. A GCAA…

Georgia: external trade up in January-May 2019

Georgia’s external trade amounted to $4.95 billion in January-May, up by 1% YoY, says the National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat). In the reporting period the value of Georgian exports increased by 14.2%, to $1.46 billion, while the value of imports decreased by 3.6%, to $3.49 billion. Georgia’s trade deficit came out to $2.02 billion,…

Georgia: passenger traffic at airports up in January-May 2019

Georgia’s three international airports serviced 1,912,352 passengers in January-May, up by 19% YoY, says the United Airports of Georgia. The number of passengers who took regular or charter flights in Georgia increased in all three main airports of the country: Tbilisi Shota Rustaveli International Airport, Batumi Aleksandre Kartveli International Airport and Kutaisi David Aghmashenebeli International…

Georgia: 20% of population under absolute poverty line

About 20.1% of Georgia’s population is under the absolute poverty line, shows the latest data of 2018 poverty indicators published by the National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat). Georgia’s population has slightly decreased, reaching 3,723,500 people as of January 1, says another data from Geostat. Most people under absolute poverty line live in the country’s…

Georgia: lari devaluation shot-term

The Georgian national currency, the lari, has depreciated in value against the US dollar and the euro in recent days, with $1 costing 2.7799 GEL, while 1 EUR costs 3.0954 GEL. Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze says that “it seems this is a short-term effect and this will be regulated in the nearest future”. Bakhtadze…

Georgia: Tbilisi welcomes 90 modern buses

Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi is continuing to modernize its public bus fleet by introducing 90 brand new, 10-meter long diesel operated buses. There are 27 seats in the new buses, which can take up to 82 passengers in total. The buses are equipped for people with disabilities and with modern systems such as heating, air…

Georgia: air passenger traffic up in January-April 2019

Georgia’s three international airports serviced 1,450,847 passengers in January-April, up by 20% YoY, says the United Airports of Georgia. The number of passengers who took regular or charter flights in Georgia increased in all three main airports of the country: Tbilisi Shota Rustaveli International Airport, Batumi Aleksandre Kartveli International Airport and Kutaisi David Aghmashenebeli International…