To facilitate dialogue and discussion on the most important problems related to the development of an energy policy, particularly the development of an institutional framework and tariffs, in Georgia.
In addition to the inspection of Georgia’s Enguri Dam, the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership (GSEP) assisted in the organisation of a seminar on legislation and institutional issues.
The difficult transitional period from the former system of the USSR to a free market economy required that the Republic of Georgia’s leaders and executive managers of the energy sector learn a new industrial culture and acquire the basic concepts of the market system.
It was made clear in a GSEP report that the reconstruction of the Georgian energy sector required the precise determination of the legislative relations between the state and the energy production, transportation, and distribution companies. The report also stipulated the need for emergency, medium, and long-term energy development policies. Sakenergo (the Georgian utility) maintained the organisational structure in place during the former Soviet system, and its managerial and administrative responsibilities and chains of command were neither clearly defined nor up to the standards of similar organisations elsewhere.
Therefore, the GSEP, in conjunction with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), organised a seminar on “Regulation, Institutional Framework and Tariffs in the Electricity Sector”, which was held in Tbilisi, Georgia, on February 22-23, 1996. The purpose of the seminar was to facilitate dialogue and discussion on the most important problems related to the development of an energy policy, particularly the development of an institutional framework and tariffs. Participants in the seminar were Georgian, Armenian and Azeri high-ranking authorities, as well as specialists and high-level experts from member companies.
GSEP experts presented the history of electricity regulation in their nations, and the regulatory situations and tarriff structures in France, Canada and USA. A panel discussion was held on the problems and options Georgia was facing at that time.
This seminar mainly addressed high-ranking authorities and decision-makers who were engaged directly or indirectly in the process of privatisation, the determination of energy development policies, and the orientation of foreign investments. The seminar was greatly appreciated and deemed a success.