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Giorgi Kandelaki:
In 2017, agriculture decreased by every parameter

Verdict: FactCheck concludes that Giorgi Kandelaki’s statement is MOSTLY TRUE.   Resume: Despite the Government of Georgia’s significant interventions in the agriculture sector (funding for agriculture nearly doubled as compared to the past years), the real agriculture growth rate has still been declining since 2013 with agriculture having decreased (in value) in 2017. Furthermore, the agriculture […]

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Roman Gotsiridze:
In fact, this is one of the most bureaucratic budgets (the 2019 draft budget) in the world

Verdict:  FactCheck leaves Roman Gotsiridze’s statement WITHOUT A VERDICT.   Resume: In accordance with the data for 2016, the share of administrative (bureaucratic) expenses in the Georgian budget’s current expenditures constitutes 29.4%. Of these expenses, labour remuneration constitutes 16.6% and the purchase of goods and services constitutes 12.8%. Globally, the average share of administrative expenses […]

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Giorgi Kobulia:
Of the USD 3.5 billion deficit in trade, USD 2 billion is covered by tourism revenues

Verdict: FactCheck concludes that Giorgi Kobulia’s statement is TRUE.   Resume: The country’s current account deficit means that foreign currency outflows exceed foreign currency inflows which negatively affects the economy. It puts pressure on the national currency exchange rate and necessitates paying for the deficit from the financial account (investments, taking debt, cutting reserves). A high […]

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Irakli Kovzanadze:
In the first nine months of this year, Georgia’s economic growth reached 4.9% which exceeds the planned amount and as a result, we have a GEL 280 million surplus in budget revenues

Verdict:  FactCheck concludes that Irakli Kovzanadze’s statement is TRUE.   Resume: The 2018 state budget is based on an expected 4.5% economic growth rate whilst the average economic growth rate in the first nine months of the year reached 4.9%. Therefore, the nine-month plan for state budget revenues was executed in surplus. In the first […]

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Mamuka Bakhtadze:
Business has one of the lowest tax burdens in Georgia. This is because as concluded by the World Bank, the total tax rate in Georgia is only 9.9% and this makes us number three in the world in this component

Verdict:  FactCheck concludes that Mamuka Bakhtadze’s statement is TRUE.   Resume:  In accordance with the World Bank’s Doing Business survey, direct taxes (profit tax and property tax) in Georgia, which are paid directly by enterprises, constitute 9.9% of the commercial profits of enterprises. With these figures, Georgia is in the 3rd position in the world […]

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Ivane Machavariani:
Unemployment is at an historic minimum

Verdict:  FactCheck concludes that Ivane Machavariani’s statement is a LIE.   Resume: In 2016-2017, the number of employed people[1] in Georgia decreased. In accordance with the data of the National Statistics Office of Georgia, there were 1,733.8 thousand employed people in 2015. In 2016, that figure decreased to 1,717.3 thousand and it dropped further to […]

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Irakli Kobakhidze:
The GDP per capita today is USD 4,500. The United National Movement left us with a GDP per capita at USD 3,500

Verdict: FactCheck concludes that Irakli Kobakhidze’s statement is MOSTLY TRUE.   Resume: In 2012-2017, the real GDP per capita increased by 20.2%; that is, from GEL 6,343.4 to GEL 7,624. This figure, if denominated in the USD average exchange rate in 2010, shows that Georgia’s GDP per capita increased from USD 3,558.5 to USD 4,276.9.[1] The […]

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Zurab Tchiaberashvili:
The 2019 draft state budget has not envisioned an increase in assistance for socially vulnerable children. It was after the first round of the presidential election that the assistance increased

Verdict:  FactCheck concludes that Zurab Tchiaberashvili’s statement is TRUE.   Resume:  As per the initiative of the Government of Georgia, the GEL 10 supplement for socially vulnerable children will be increased to GEL 50 from the beginning of 2019. GEL 20 will be cash assistance and GEL 30 will be a food voucher. In the […]

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In the course of two years, only one MP, Viktor Japaridze, has been admitted to visit an inmate at prison on a non-working day when he visited Mirza Subeliani
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Otar Siradze:
In the last five years of the Georgian Dream’s rule, pension has increased twice, by GEL 10 in 2015 and by GEL 20 in 2016. Pension did not increase in 2018 and a GEL 20 increase is envisioned in the 2019 state budget which will not compensate for the rise of inflation
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