The Georgian government is now providing state-funded healthcare for roughly 90 percent of the country’s 4.5 million people. But economic experts in Tbilisi wonder whether the state’s efforts to provide universal healthcare are stressing the treasury.
A campaign slogan – “Mortgages at 10 Percent Interest!” – is featured on a billboard touting a leading contender in Kyrgyzstan’s October 4 parliamentary elections. For many in this Central Asian nation, which is grappling with high inflation and currency depreciation, the cheap-credit pledge seems too good to be true.
Once a mega-multimillion-dollar hub for car buyers from across Eurasia, Georgia’s famed used auto market is now running out of gas. Hit by sharp devaluations against the dollar and stricter import regulations, sales at the car bazaar are flagging.
Every year disability organization volunteers embark on a trip around Kyrgyzstan’s Lake Issyk-Kul, on foot and in wheelchairs, stopping off at schools along the way. They seek to promote understanding and acceptance for the disabled.