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Supporting Water Policy Reform in Georgia

17-Jul-2019

Supporting Water Policy Reform in Georgia

We are collaborating with the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure (MRDI) in order to enhance water and wastewater management system decentralization in Guria and Mtskheta-Mtianeti regions.More specifically, PMCG will collect primary and secondary data re...

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Analyzing the Diversification of the Rural Economy in Georgia

16-Jul-2019

Analyzing the Diversification of the Rural Economy in Georgia

At the end of June and the beginning of July, PMC Research conducted three presentations and public discussions on the outcomes of the policy brief “Diversification of Rural Economy in Georgia” in Mtskheta, Tkibuli, and Batumi.The main goal of the research was to study ...

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PMCG Contributes to Decentralization and Local Self-Governments in Georgia by Developing Guidebooks

16-Jul-2019

PMCG Contributes to Decentralization and Local Self-Governments in Georgia by Developing Guidebooks

We recently finished working with Georgian local self-governments (LSG) to enhance their institutional capacity, systems and resources to ensure more effective public service delivery and investment management. After analyzing existing processes for capital investment p...

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PMCG Nominated at Emerging Europe Awards 2019

08-Jul-2019

PMCG Nominated at Emerging Europe Awards 2019

We are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted by the Emerging Europe Awards in the category of Tourism Campaign of the Year.This year, 1,000 applications were made across 12 different categories, by 120 companies and organizations from the 23 countries of eme...

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Introducing our New Consultant, Giorgi Papava

25-Jun-2019

Introducing our New Consultant, Giorgi Papava

We are glad to announce the arrival of Giorgi Papava to our team, as our new Consultant in Economic Policy, Economic Governance and Public Finance Management (PFM). We welcome Mr. Papava, who brings with him sound experience in the field of economy, international t...

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Two Georgian Projects Presented at European Development Days (EDD) for First Time

20-Jun-2019

Two Georgian Projects Presented at European Development Days (EDD) for First Time

On June 18-19, we participated in, and presented two Georgian projects at, the European Development Days (EDD) 2019 in Brussels, the first time that projects from Georgia have been showcased at the forum in its 14-year history. The EDD, organized by the European Co...

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Supporting Parliamentary Committee to Enhance Legislative Drafting

19-Jun-2019

Supporting Parliamentary Committee to Enhance Legislative Drafting

We have recently started working on a new project, which is aimed at supporting the Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee of the Parliament of Georgia to adopt a legislative initiative entitled “Green Lines.” This initiative is designed to set standar...

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USAID Economic Security Program Launched to Facilitate Development of Business Sector in Georgia

19-Jun-2019

USAID Economic Security Program Launched to Facilitate Development of Business Sector in Georgia

On June 7, USAID Georgia Economic Security Program was officially launched. This five-year program aims to foster broad growth of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) outside of agriculture that show strong potential to create jobs, increase income, and support ...

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Analyzing Municipal Social Policy in Shida Kartli Region

18-Jun-2019

Analyzing Municipal Social Policy in Shida Kartli Region

On June 11, PMC Research conducted a presentation and public discussion on the outcomes of the research ”Municipal Social Policy Analysis in the Shida Kartli Region" in Gori. The main objectives of the study were to evaluate existing municipal social programs in Sh...

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PMCG Assisted the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) to Enhance State Funding for Biodiversity

12-Jun-2019

PMCG Assisted the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) to Enhance State Funding for Biodiversity

We recently finished assisting the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia (MEPA) in its aim to develop its capacity to achieve consistently increased budget allocations for the biodiversity agenda.PMCG has identified priority areas in biodiver...

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Hotel Price Index (May, 2019)

21-Jun-2019

Hotel Price Index (May, 2019)

In Georgia, the average cost of a room1 in a 3-star hotel was 128 GEL per night in May 2019. While the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 219 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse2 was 76 GEL per night. The average cost of a room in a ...

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Hotel Price Index (April, 2019)

27-May-2019

Hotel Price Index (April, 2019)

In Georgia, the average cost of a room in a 3-star hotel was 123 GEL per night in April 2019. While the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 215 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse was 70 GEL per night.The average cost of a room in a 5-...

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Hotel Price Index (March, 2019)

22-Apr-2019

Hotel Price Index (March, 2019)

In March 2019, in Georgia the hotel price index increased by 5.1% compared to February 2019. The prices of hotels in Tbilisi increased by 4.2%. In March 2019, compared to February 2019, the increase of hotel prices in Georgia, can be linked to increased number of tourists tr...

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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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