The International Monetary Fund (IMF) published a full document on the Eighth Review of Georgia’s economic reform program supported by a four-year extended arrangement under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF). One of the clauses touches upon the activity of the Partnership Fund.
According to the new document, the IMF will continue to limit the operations of the Partnership Fund in line with previous program commitments. The mentioned clause is already included in the IMF’s program for several years.
Another issue that is mentioned in the report is the performance of “Quasi-fiscal" operations by state-owned companies. These are activities when the state-owned company offers specific services to the population at unpurifiable price or even for free. These include passenger transportation by the railway, trade with natural gas by the Oil and Gas Corporation, and more. The Government of Georgian says they will not oblige state-owned companies to engage in new "quasi-fiscal" schemes.
Reform of the Partnership Fund and the state-owned enterprise sector is part of Georgia's commitments to the IMF. According to the IMF, it is necessary to increase the efficiency of these organizations in order to reduce their future fiscal pressure.
According to the Ministry of Finance, state-owned enterprises in 2019 suffered a total loss of 237 million GEL, and in 2018, their loss was 816 million GEL. Most state-owned enterprises have not yet released their 2020 financial results. According to Georgian Railway’s financial report, the company lost 164 GEL last year.
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