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Presentation on the Competitiveness of the Hospital Sector in Tbilisi

25-Mar-2019

Presentation on the Competitiveness of the Hospital Sector in Tbilisi

On March 18, Giorgi Khishtovani, Director at PMC Research, presented the outcomes of the applied research "Analyzing Competitiveness of the Hospital Sector and its Value Chain in the City of Tbilisi – Using Smart Specialisation Methodology Components.”The main objective...

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Assisting Tajikistan to Strengthen its Strategic Planning

18-Mar-2019

Assisting Tajikistan to Strengthen its Strategic Planning

From March 6 to March 15, PMCG conducted two-day workshops on strategic planning in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in order to increase the capacity of approximately 70 representatives of ministries, state agencies and universities of Tajikistan. The workshops were based on the S...

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Promoting Rural Development in Mestia

11-Mar-2019

Promoting Rural Development in Mestia

PMC Research, within the European Neighborhood Program for Agriculture and Rural Development III (ENPARD III), is working together with Care Austria to promote rural development in the municipality of Mestia in Georgia.The main objective of the project is to address the...

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Analyzing Private Sector in Municipalities of Two Georgian Regions

07-Mar-2019

Analyzing Private Sector in Municipalities of Two Georgian Regions

On February 22, Giorgi Khishtovani, Director at PMC Research presented the outcomes of the study "Regional Market Assessment in Georgia by using the components of Smart Specialization."The main objective of this research was to map and analyze the private sector in Tbil...

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Assisting the Ministry of Finance of Georgia (MoF) to Establish Framework of Fiscal Risk Monitoring

06-Mar-2019

Assisting the Ministry of Finance of Georgia (MoF) to Establish Framework of Fiscal Risk Monitoring

We are collaborating with the Ministry of Finance of Georgia (MoF) to establish a regular process and framework for the monitoring and reporting of fiscal risks.More specifically, we will prepare procedural guidelines for every stage of monitoring, review the existing s...

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Supporting the Budget and Finance Committee of the Parliament of Georgia to Enhance Communication with Citizens

05-Mar-2019

Supporting the Budget and Finance Committee of the Parliament of Georgia to Enhance Communication with Citizens

We recently finished assisting the Budget and Finance Committee of the Parliament of Georgia in developing strategic development, action and communication plans for 2018-2019. The main objectives of the project were to support the committee to define its goals and plan ...

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Supporting Georgian Government and Parliament to Deepen Integration with the EU

26-Feb-2019

Supporting Georgian Government and Parliament to Deepen Integration with the EU

For the next three years, we will be working with the Government of Georgia (GoG) and the Parliament of Georgia under the EU-funded project “Facility for the Implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement II.”The main objective of the project is to advance the i...

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Discussing Monitoring and Evaluation Practices in the Government of Georgia

25-Feb-2019

Discussing Monitoring and Evaluation Practices in the Government of Georgia

On February 19, PMC Research conducted a presentation and discussion about the findings of the policy brief “Review of Monitoring and Evaluation Practices in the Georgian Government.” The main objective of the research was to study the extent to which the measurement of...

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Discussing Enhancement of Parliamentary Oversight in Security Sector

14-Feb-2019

Discussing Enhancement of Parliamentary Oversight in Security Sector

On February 11-12, an international conference entitled “Parliament and the Security Sector: New Challenges, Stronger Oversight” was held as part of the EU’s technical assistance project "Support to the Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector in Georgia.”The Amba...

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PMCG Helps to Enhance Access to Water for Over 17,000 Customers in 18 Georgian Towns

12-Feb-2019

PMCG Helps to Enhance Access to Water for Over 17,000 Customers in 18 Georgian Towns

We recently finished assisting the United Water Supply Company of Georgia (UWSCG) by enhancing the water supply systems in different regions of Georgia. The main objective of the project was to supervise the construction, rehabilitation and renovation of the water suppl...

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PUBLICATIONS

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Black Sea Bulletin: Exchange Rates - 2018

11-Mar-2019

Black Sea Bulletin: Exchange Rates - 2018

In this bulletin, we discuss exchange rate dynamics in the countries of the Black Sea region during the period of 2014-2018. In particular, the exchange rates of these countries’ currencies against the USD and EUR and the nominal exchange rates of the Georgian Lari against curren...

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Black Sea Bulletin: External Trade - 2017

10-May-2018

Black Sea Bulletin: External Trade - 2017

In the first issue of the publication the main focus of discussion is individual and inter-regional external trade, helping us to identify the economic ties among the involved countries.

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Mayors for Economic Growth

02-Jan-2017
Start Date:
January, 2017
End Date: December, 2020
Region: Eastern Europe
Country: Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan
Client:

Governments of Eastern Partnership Countries

Origin of Funding:

European Commission






 

 




Project Description:

 

The objective of the project Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG) is to support the local authorities (LAs) in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries to become active facilitators for economic growth and job creation. The project will encourage and support LAs in EaP countries to design and implement Local Economic Development Plans (LEDPs) and strengthen the technical skills and capacities of LAs to implement economic strategies in line with the principles of good governance and sound financial management.

The project team will conduct the following activities:

  • Develop a content-wise concept of M4EG (including methodology for establishing the baseline, template for LEDPs, indicators, monitoring tools, oversight mechanism, etc.)
  • Support the European Commission (EC) and Partner Countries’ (PC) authorities to fine-tune the target definition and process of the M4EG initiative
  • Ensure buying in and ownership of all actors to guarantee the maximum sustainability of M4EG in the region by engaging with various stakeholders, such as LAs associations, business associations, SMEs, education institutions, etc.
  • Establish synergies with Covenant of Mayors (COM) in the field of energy efficiency/climate and other major initiatives
  • Raise awareness of, and promote sign up to and implementation of, the M4EG
  • Assist the cities in the implementation of their LEDPs, thus leading to sustainable economic growth for the municipalities


The central office of the project is established in Tbilisi which functions as a central secretariat for M4EG in the region and covers the countries targeted by this project.

The project will contribute to: partnership of the M4EG members, development of local investment projects, and supporting cities to move to more accountable, transparent and business-oriented local administration systems.

 

Background information:

With the purpose of overcoming a number of obstacles, in order to unlock the development potential of local authorities (LAs), the European Commission reaffirms the importance of LAs in partner countries in achieving development objectives. It therefore proposes more strategic engagement for their empowerment.

On the basis of the outcomes of the “Structured Dialogue on the involvement of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and LAs in EU Development Cooperation”, the European Commission Communication Agenda for Change recognises both actors as key players in its two pillars. It calls for strengthened "links with civil society organisations, social partners and LAs, through regular dialogue and use of best practices", in particular to “support the emergence of a local civil society which can effectively contribute to dialogue with public authorities and to oversee public authorities' work", and to “consider ways of mobilising LAs’ expertise, e.g. through networks of excellence or twinning exercises”. It also highlights the value of multi-actor partnerships including public actors, civil society, the private sector and local communities.

EU Urban Agenda, the EaP Municipal Development Flagship and the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) Multiannual Indicative Programme (MIP) 2014-2017 include the development and empowerment of local authorities as a priority. 

In addition, Agreements on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) have been concluded with Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia as part of the Association Agreements (AAs). It is important to increase the visibility and awareness among the business population of the impact and opportunities deriving from the DCFTA. Though information may be available in the capital cities of these nations, it is less accessible in smaller cities, towns and remote areas. One of the purposes of the Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG) initiative is also to support municipalities in providing services to companies in cooperation with local BSOs to understand and benefit from the requirements and opportunities deriving from the DCFTA.



Follow the links below for related projects:


Support to the Center for Analysis and Communication of Economic Reforms under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Legislative, Institutional and Economic Reforms in the Fiscal Sector
Support to Policy Dialogue, Coordination and Reforms in Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) Related Sectors in Armenia
Support to Public Finance Policy Reform (PFM)
Partnership for Budget Transparency: Civil Society Oversight of Public Spending



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