6 Develop a global partnership for development

Where we are?

UNDP Georgia youth
Georgian and Romanian youth at the international festival in Borjomi. June 2011. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP

Georgia has a rather liberal trade regime. The country’s legislation does not apply any quantitative restrictions, restrictions of licensing requirements or other nontariff barriers.

After joining the WTO in June 2000, Georgia started to harmonize its customs regimes with the commitments negotiated with the WTO. Georgia’s joining the WTO resulted in the abolishment of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment by the USA and, furthermore, granted the country Most Favoured Nation status. Later, the country was granted the General System of Preferences (GSP) beneficiary status.
The European Union lifted the status of non-market economy country for Georgia thus cancelling certain trade restrictions previously hindering the country. Furthermore, the EU expanded the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) beneficiary status of Georgia, granted in 1995 to GSP+ that entitles 7,200 types of products with Georgian origin to enter the European Union market with zero customs tariff. The negotiations are underway to reintroduce Georgian products (including wine and mineral water) on the Russian market.

In April 2011 Georgia became the 135th country to officially adhere to the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness (PD) and the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA).

1.35 years
remaining
until 2015

1990 2015
Targets for MDG8
  1. Develop further an open, rule-based, predictable, non-discriminatory trading and financial system
    • Developing countries gain greater access to the markets of developed countries
    • Least developed countries benefit most from tariff reductions, especially on their agricultural products
  2. Address the special needs of least developed countries
    • Net Official development assistance (ODA), total and to the least developed countries, as percentage of OECD/DAC donors' gross national income
    • Proportion of total bilateral, sector-allocable ODA of OECD/DAC donors to basic social services (basic education, primary health care, nutrition, safe water and sanitation)
    • Proportion of bilateral official development assistance of OECD/DAC donors that is untied
    • Market access
    • Debt sustainability
  3. Address the special needs of landlocked developing countries and small island developing States
    • Official development assistance (ODA) received in landlocked developing countries as a proportion of their gross national income
    • ODA received in small island developing States as a proportion of their gross national incomes
    • Proportion of bilateral official development assistance of OECD/DAC donors that is untied
    • Market access
    • Debt sustainability
  4. Deal comprehensively with the debt problems of developing countries
    • Total number of countries that have reached their HIPC decision points and number that have reached their HIPC completion points (cumulative)
    • Debt relief committed under HIPC and MDRI Initiatives
    • Debt service as a percentage of exports of goods and services
  5. In cooperation with pharmaceutical companies, provide access to affordable essential drugs in developing countries
    • Proportion of population with access to affordable essential drugs on a sustainable basis
  6. In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications
    • Telephone lines per 100 population
    • Cellular subscribers per 100 population
    • Internet users per 100 population