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Presenting New and Simplified Financial Reporting Standards to SMEs

23-Nov-2018

Presenting New and Simplified Financial Reporting Standards to SMEs

On November 21-22, an informative-consultative meeting of 4th category enterprise representatives took place in Batumi and Telavi. The event was intended to increase awareness of representatives of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) regarding new financial repor...

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Supporting Intellectual Property Rights Reform in Ukraine

20-Nov-2018

Supporting Intellectual Property Rights Reform in Ukraine

We are collaborating with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine (MoEDT) to implement reforms to the state management of intellectual property (IP) rights.The main aim of the project is to enhance Ukraine’s performance in managing IP and to develop a ...

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Better Skills for Better Jobs – Developing Employment and Vocational Education System in Georgia

16-Nov-2018

Better Skills for Better Jobs – Developing Employment and Vocational Education System in Georgia

On November 15, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia and the Government of Georgia summarized four years of cooperation aimed at developing the Employment and Vocational Education and Training (EVET) system in Georgia.The summary focused on highlighting the a...

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Sharing Georgia’s Successful Reforms with Ukrainian Delegation

14-Nov-2018

Sharing Georgia’s Successful Reforms with Ukrainian Delegation

On November 9, David Lezhava, Public Policy Sector Director at PMCG, delivered a presentation and shared Georgia’s experience of introducing economic reforms and innovations in the public sector to a delegation from Ukraine. “The focus was placed on the continuous and c...

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Chinese Academy for Fiscal Sciences Set for Cooperation with Tbilisi State University and Academy of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia

13-Nov-2018

Chinese Academy for Fiscal Sciences Set for Cooperation with Tbilisi State University and Academy of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia

On November 6, PMC Research organized a meeting between the Chinese Academy of Fiscal Sciences (CAFS) and Tbilisi State University (TSU), with the aim of introducing these two institutions to each other and discussing collaboration opportunities. As a result of the meet...

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PMCG Shortlisted to Support Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic to Improve Municipal Infrastructure

12-Nov-2018

PMCG Shortlisted to Support Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic to Improve Municipal Infrastructure

We are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), as part of a consortium led by HPC AG, to implement its Municipal Infrastructure Programme in the Republic of Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic.Our ...

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Hosting Delegation from China to Start Collaboration

08-Nov-2018

Hosting Delegation from China to Start Collaboration

On November 6-7, PMC Research hosted a delegation from China, comprising high-ranking officials from the Chinese Academy for Fiscal Sciences (CAFS). The aim of the visit was to discuss the prospects of future collaboration between the two institutions.During the meeting...

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Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan Make Significant Progress in the World Bank’s Doing Business Ranking 2019

05-Nov-2018

Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan Make Significant Progress in the World Bank’s Doing Business Ranking 2019

We congratulate the Governments of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan with their countries’ substantial improvements in the World Bank’s Doing Business Ranking 2019. Azerbaijan has moved from 57th place in 2018 to 25th place, and is among the ten economies to have made the ...

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Georgia Rises to 6th Place in the World Bank’s Doing Business Ranking 2019

02-Nov-2018

Georgia Rises to 6th Place in the World Bank’s Doing Business Ranking 2019

We are pleased to share the news that Georgia has recorded an impressive rise in the World Bank’s Doing Business Ranking 2019. We would like to congratulate the Government of Georgia (GoG) on this success. In addition, we are glad to have played a part in this progress ...

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Assessing Safety of Sioni and Algeti Dams

01-Nov-2018

Assessing Safety of Sioni and Algeti Dams

  We recently launched a new project aiming to assess two dams in the Kakheti and Kvemo Kartli regions of Georgia. PMCG, as part of a consortium led by Temelsu, will assist state-owned company Georgian Amelioration LTD, which is under the supervision of the Minist...

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Hotel Price Index (October, 2018)

21-Nov-2018

Hotel Price Index (October, 2018)

In October 2018, compared to October 2017, in Georgia the hotel price index increased by 7.2%; In October 2018, compared to October 2017, the daily rates for standard double hotel rooms increased the most in Adjara (22.7%) and Samtskhe-Javakheti (17.9%); In October 2018...

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Hotel Price Index (September, 2018)

15-Oct-2018

Hotel Price Index (September, 2018)

During October 2017 – September 2018 period, in Tbilisi the highest average prices of a room in a 3* and 4* hotels were recorded in December 2017, respectively 165 GEL and 293 GEL, the lowest prices were recorded in February 2018, respectively 124 GEL and 214 GEL. In September...

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Hotel Price Index (August, 2018)

17-Sep-2018

Hotel Price Index (August, 2018)

In August 2018, the hotel price index increased only by 0.01% compared to July 2018; In August 2018, the daily rates for standard double hotel rooms increased the most in Guria (7.6%), while the hotel prices decreased mostly in Samtskhe-Javakheti (-1.6%); In August 2018, the ...

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Awarded with 1st place in the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation's International Award

04-Nov-2016

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We are honored that our project supporting the Government of Adjara’s program budgeting within the USAID Good Governance in Georgia (G3) program, run by Management Systems International (MSI) has won 1st place in the Gabriel Al-Salem Foundation's International Award "Consulting Without Borders".

We would like to congratulate the project team for this acknowledgement. This again shows the value of applying international best practices to the local context. 

 

Background and Challenges:

Traditional, input-based budgets provide limited information on the outputs and outcomes of public spending, disclosing information by line items of spending only rather than clearly showing the planned programs, activities, outputs or outcomes. 

Most common practices applied in the regions of Georgia, such as the one-year plan for the budget, had weak links, if any, to government strategies and it was almost impossible for citizens to track the development of the government programs, especially multiyear activities. 

Input-based budgeting has not been treated as a planning document of a given government institution but rather a finance document only dealt with by the finance departments, with minimum input from the sector policy makers. This has been resulting in weak links to sector policies and planned activities. 

Methods and Activities:

We have worked with several regional governments of Georgia, such as the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, and municipalities of Batumi, Akhaltsikhe and Kutaisi to overcome challenges and to move toward more transparent and accountable systems of governance.

In most of the projects, our assistance started from the beginning – designing a high-level strategic direction document of the government. This document reflected all the priorities of the local governments and was based on the results of round-table discussions with the ministries, sub-agencies, sector specialists, CSOs, and other interested groups. 

Later, the government programs were translated into program budgeting forms, creating programs, sub-programs, activities, outputs, outcomes and relevant key performance indicators. To achieve sustainability, special attention was dedicated to on-the-job trainings, coaching and workshops, covering technical and methodological aspects and the best international practices of program budgeting. 

On one hand, wide coverage makes the process difficult, however, this was one of the key features in achieving success and changing the budgeting practice at each and every level of spending taxpayers’ money.

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Results:

As a result of a complex approach, combining the best international practices with the local context, the interest and engagement of stakeholders increased, and citizens gained more effective and transparent governments, disclosing activities, outputs and outcomes with respective key performance indicators, enabling effective monitoring and evaluation of budget execution.

Overall, these projects achieved:

 

  • Enhanced effectiveness of the governments in planning and executing programs
  • Increased level of transparency in public spending
  • Increased level of accountability
  • Increased level of citizen engagement in the budgeting process


"PMCG has been a reliable and trusted partner for the five-year Good Governance Initiative (GGI) project in Georgia. PMCG staff and local consultants have provided timely and critical inputs, supporting the Government of Georgia’s governance reform process in all branches of government with high-quality analytical services, based on their excellent local knowledge and experience. We look forward to continuing our working relationship with PMCG over the remaining years of the GGI program".

David B. Smith, GGI Chief of Party, Tetra Tech ARD


"Collaboration with PMCG experts and project team, obtaining qualified recommendations and sharing their experience was very important for the professional development of employees of the Ministry of Economy and Finance. We hope to have the chance to collaborate with PMCG again."
David Baladze, the Minister of Finance and Economy of GoARA


“This project has important implications for Georgia: it should increase the level of trust of the local population in government, ensuring that decisions on policy and expenditure are clearer to the population. It will also, in the long turn, lead to a more inclusive policy process, ensuring that programmes and budget are formed on the basis that they meet with the needs or approval of wider stakeholders”. 

Gabriel Al Salem Foundation Awards Committee



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All the described projects are implemented within the framework of the USAID Good Governance Initiative (GGI) and Good Governance in Georgia (G3) programs.

Follow the links below for detailed information about specific projects:
Strengthening Government of Autonomous Republic of Adjara Institutional Capacity for Program Budgeting
Assisting Kutaisi City Municipality in Elaboration of the Economic Development Strategy
Improving program budgeting capacity of Akhaltsikhe municipality
Strengthening Program Budgeting Capacity of Batumi Municipality

 

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