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Ifo World Economic Survey (Third Quarter of 2017)

04-Dec-2017

Ifo World Economic Survey (Third Quarter of 2017)

The ifo Institute is one of the leading economic research institutes in Europe, and publishes its World Economic Survey (WES) on a quarterly basis. The Ifo World Economic Survey is designed to give an accurate picture of the current economic situation and forecasts f...

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Trainings Conducted as part of the “Civil Society Organizations Supporting Free Trade with Europe” Project

14-Nov-2017

Trainings Conducted as part of the “Civil Society Organizations Supporting Free Trade with Europe” Project

In September and October 2017, PMC Research Center conducted trainings and stakeholder meetings about value chain analysis methods in seven regions of Georgia. More specifically, the trainings were carried out for civil society organizations (CSOs) in Kakheti, Kvemo Kar...

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Supporting Georgian National Communication Commission to Advance its Business Processes

11-Oct-2017

Supporting Georgian National Communication Commission to Advance its Business Processes

PMCG has started assisting the Georgian National Communication Commission (GNCC) to improve its business processes, under the USAID HICD 2020 Activity. For the GNCC, it is vital to have well-structured business processes to be able to fulfil its mandate, which incl...

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Reviewing Anaklia Deep Sea Port Baseline Action Plan

10-Oct-2017

Reviewing Anaklia Deep Sea Port Baseline Action Plan

PMCG, together with Antea Netherlands, recently started working on a project designed to study the Baseline Contamination Rectification Commitment Action Plan of Anaklia Deep Sea Port (ADSP) before giving it their seal of approval. Before the construction of Anakli...

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Product Selection for Value Chain Analysis Discussed in Adjara

29-Sep-2017

Product Selection for Value Chain Analysis Discussed in Adjara

On September 23, PMC Research hosted a working meeting to discuss and select the most valuable agricultural product for Adjara in order to conduct a value chain analysis (VCA), as part of the European Commission (EC) project “Regional Civil Society Organizations as Vect...

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PMCG Gathers EU Project Teams for Networking Event

27-Sep-2017

PMCG Gathers EU Project Teams for Networking Event

On September 22, PMCG staged a networking event, hosting Team Leaders and Deputy Team Leaders from all EU-funded projects in Georgia in which PMCG is a partner. In addition, representatives of the State Minister’s Office on European and Euro-Atlantic Integration (OSMEEA...

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Supervising Construction and Rehabilitation of Water Supply and Sewerage Systems in Georgian Towns

22-Sep-2017

Supervising Construction and Rehabilitation of Water Supply and Sewerage Systems in Georgian Towns

 PMCG, together with Hill International and Temelsu launched the Asian Development Bank (ADB) project, to supervise construction and rehabilitation works of water supply and sewerage systems in three Georgian towns – Bolnisi, Chiatura and Marneuli.The project team ...

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PMCG Consultant Shares Performance Improvement Experience at ISPI-EMEA 16th Annual Conference, Bologna, Italy

20-Sep-2017

PMCG Consultant Shares Performance Improvement Experience at ISPI-EMEA 16th Annual Conference, Bologna, Italy

Vano Tavadze, PMCG’s Senior Consultant in Institutional Capacity Building and Monitoring and Evaluation, participated in the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI)-EMEA 16th Annual Conference – Reshape Ecosystems, Re-Imagine Organizations, Reinvent Per...

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New Project to Support Rural Development in Khulo

19-Sep-2017

New Project to Support Rural Development in Khulo

 On September 15, the European Union launched a new development project entitled “Promotion of Rural Development and Diversification in Khulo Municipality”. The project is being implemented by Caritas Czech Republic in Georgia (CCRG) together with PMC Research...

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PMCG’s CEO Shares Expertise at 10th International Local Economic Development Forum

14-Sep-2017

PMCG’s CEO Shares Expertise at 10th International Local Economic Development Forum

On September 13, PMCG’s Chairman and CEO, Aleksi Aleksishvili, delivered a presentation to the 10th International Local Economic Development Forum (LED), organized by Tbilisi City Hall in cooperation with international organizations, including the Asian Development Bank...

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PUBLICATIONS

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99: Tourism- January-September, 2017

13-Nov-2017

99: Tourism- January-September, 2017

  In 2017, compared to the corresponding period of 2016: • In the first three quarters, the number of tourists increased by 29%; in the third quarter, the proportion of tourists making up total international travelers reached its peak at 52.1%.• In the first three quarters...

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98: Development of the Agricultural Sector- January-June, 2017

07-Sep-2017

98: Development of the Agricultural Sector- January-June, 2017

  In the agricultural sector: In the last eight years, total production output has fluctuated between 7.8% and10.3% of gross domestic product In the first quarter of 2017, foreign direct investment amounted to negative US$0.3 mln In the first half of 2017, the volume o...

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97: Remittances - January-June, 2017

26-Jul-2017

97: Remittances - January-June, 2017

  In the first half of 2017: Remittance inflows to Georgia amounted to $629 Mln Remittance outflows from Georgia amounted to $96.3 Mln Inflow from Russian Federation, United States, Italy, Greece, Israel, and Turkey amounts to 81% of total remittance inflows to Georgia...

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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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