August 27,2014

“Energy security risks in Georgia and strategies for mitigation”

On August 27, 2014 Public Policy Research and Training Center (PPRTC) presented its first policy research paper focused on energy issues in Georgia - “Energy security risks in Georgia and strategies for mitigation”, prepared by Prof. Murman Margvelashvili, Director of ISU Institute for Energy and Sustainable Development. 

The research aims at offering decision-makers a basis for methodological discussion of energy security issues that will enable systematic discussion of energy threats and development of appropriate protection measures.

Study results reveal that energy security discussions do not analyze energy challenges and dangers. This leads to the fact, that decision-making process insufficiently considers energy security risks caused by various factors and therefore lacks appropriate strategies for their mitigation. According to author, country has a serious reserve of low-cost and zero cost activities of security policy that can significantly improve energetic security of the country in medium and long-term perspective. In order to implement these activities it is necessary to ensure public involvement and willingness and openness of the sector. It is important to start targeted energy security research projects, intensify work for joining the European energy union and speed up reforms of the sector, including personal training. Research also suggests practical and methodological recommendations for eliminating energy security risks in Georgia.

The presentation was hosted by the Head of Administration of ISU, Prof. Davit Aprasidze and Mr. Jason Swantek, Public Policy Advisor at East-West Management Institute G-PAC program. The speakers emphasized the role of policy research for decision makers. The last part of the event was dedicated to the discussion between the author of the report, field experts and government representatives.

Representatives of different governmental and non-governmental organizations, such as Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation, National Security Council of Georgia, and other international organizations working in this field attended the event.
Public Policy Research and Training Center (PPRTC) continues to organize similar presentations and discussions on further important issues of public policy.