The Committee, presided by the First Deputy Chair, Gela Samkharauli discussed the report on 6-month implementation of state budget 2018 introduced by the Deputy Finance Minister, Giorgi Kakauridze.
Certain parameters and data are already updated, he noted and the Ministry holds the 7-8 month data. “The economic growth index is higher than planed and achieves 5.5% for the last 7 months. In the end of September upon consideration of the budget for 2019, the parameters for 2018 will as well be updated and specified. As to inflation, it is planned within 3%. As of July, it constitutes 3.1% allowing to state that inflation remains within the planned index”.
Foreign sector is particularly important in the budget, including foreign trade, money transfers and tourism. The January-June mixed budget income constituted 105.2% - 5.441.800.4 GEL planned and 5.727.345.7 GEL achieved. The expenditure part constitutes 12 bl. 459 ml 500 k. GEL. The first part of the year envisaged 5 bl. 750 ml GEL, the cash incomes constitute 5 bl. 465.9 ml GEL – 95.1%. The reporter spoke about consumption by the Ministries: 89.1% by the Agrarian Ministry – 106.4 ml GEL consumed.
The Deputy Agrarian Minister, Giorgi Khanishvili spoke about program budget implementation noting that the situation on agricultural cooperative facilitation is harder where 6-month implementation constitutes 28%. “The cooperatives hold the high share in agriculture of many countries. In Georgia, despite our efforts, the outlined goal cannot be still achieved. We shall change our approach to the calls and planning”. He emphasized the problems in the highlands related to the pastures.
The Ministry shall attach higher attention to the windbreaks.
The Committee discussed legislative changes in this regards. G. Khanishvili noted that the Ministry intends to submit the Bills to the Parliament on windbreaks, forest management, biodiversity etc. “Desertification is intense, which reduces fertility and requires timely fulfillment of these projects”.
The Committee took note of the report.