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Business Management and Marketing Trainings for First Rural Development Grant Winners in Khulo Municipality

13-Feb-2020

Business Management and Marketing Trainings for First Rural Development Grant Winners in Khulo Municipality

From July 2019 to January 2020, business management and marketing trainings were held for beneficiaries of the first rural development grant competition at the European Neighborhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development (ENPARD) Khulo office.   The pu...

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Strengthening Public Defender of Georgia’s Outreach Function

12-Feb-2020

Strengthening Public Defender of Georgia’s Outreach Function

The project is being implemented as part of the USAID/Georgia Human and Institutional Capacity Development 2020 Activity (HICD 2020). The main goal of the project is to strengthen the effectiveness of the Public Defender (Ombudsman) of Georgia’s outreach.   Thr...

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Supporting Liberia’s Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) by Sharing Experience of Successful Reforms in Georgia

11-Feb-2020

Supporting Liberia’s Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC) by Sharing Experience of Successful Reforms in Georgia

On 3-7 February, PMCG hosted a study tour for representatives of Liberia’s Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC), which was conducted with the financial support of the African Development Bank.   The aim of the study tour was to share Georgia’s p...

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Trainings in Financial Accounting for the Winner of Rural Development Grant Competition in Khulo Municipality

04-Feb-2020

Trainings in Financial Accounting for the Winner of Rural Development Grant Competition in Khulo Municipality

On 28-29 January, trainings in financial accounting were provided to winners of the first Rural Development (RD) grant competition held in Khulo municipality. The aim of the trainings was to enhance beneficiaries’ knowledge of business accounting management. At this ...

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Optimizing Georgian Parliamentary Research Center’s Organizational Structure

31-Jan-2020

Optimizing Georgian Parliamentary Research Center’s Organizational Structure

We have recently started working with the Georgian Parliamentary Research Center (GPRC) to assist with the development of a streamlined management system and to increase its operational effectiveness. This activity is part of a project being implemented under the USA...

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Sharing Results of Research - "Russia’s Disinformation Campaigns in Georgia: A Study of State and Civil Society Response” - with Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

23-Jan-2020

Sharing Results of Research - "Russia’s Disinformation Campaigns in Georgia: A Study of State and Civil Society Response” - with Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia

On 22 January, a presentation of the research paper entitled "Russia’s Disinformation Campaigns in Georgia: A Study of State and Civil Society Response” was held at the Levan Mikeladze Diplomatic Training and Research Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Geor...

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Supporting Growth of Rural SMEs in Georgia and Armenia

19-Dec-2019

Supporting Growth of Rural SMEs in Georgia and Armenia

  We recently completed a research project, aimed at identifying constraints affecting the development of rural small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Georgia and Armenia, and ascertaining how these can be overcome. PMC Research focused  on the evaluation of...

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Training in Practical Marketing for First Rural Development Grant Competition Beneficiaries in Khulo Municipality

15-Dec-2019

Training in Practical Marketing for First Rural Development Grant Competition Beneficiaries in Khulo Municipality

On December 12-15, practical marketing training was conducted for 20 guesthouse owners in Khulo municipality, aimed at enhancing their knowledge and introducing the marketing tools necessary for the development of their respective businesses. The 4-day course served ...

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Working with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport to Implement Newly-Adopted Law on Vocational Education and Training

13-Dec-2019

Working with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport to Implement Newly-Adopted Law on Vocational Education and Training

We are collaborating with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport (MoESCS), under a UNDP project designed to support the Ministry in the implementation of the newly-adopted law on vocational education and training (VET). The new law was adopted in April...

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Presenting Research Outcomes: “Russia's Disinformation Campaigns in Georgia: A Study of State and Civil Society Response”

13-Dec-2019

Presenting Research Outcomes: “Russia's Disinformation Campaigns in Georgia: A Study of State and Civil Society Response”

On December 12, PMC Research presented the outcomes of its research entitled “Russia’s Disinformation Campaigns in Georgia: A Study of State and Civil Society Response” and subsequently held a discussion thereon. The purpose of the research was to study the nature an...

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Hotel Price Index ( December , 2019 )

27-Jan-2020

Hotel Price Index ( December , 2019 )

In Georgia, the average cost of a room1 in a 3-star hotel was 140 GEL per night in December 2019. While the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 213 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse2 was 69 GEL per night.  

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Hotel Price Index (October, 2019)

16-Dec-2019

Hotel Price Index (October, 2019)

In October 2019, in Georgia the hotel price index3 decreased by 5.9% compared to September 2019. The 3-star, 4-star and 5-star hotel price index decreased by 5.9%, while for guesthouses, the price index decreased by 6.2%.  

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Hotel Price Index (September, 2019)

28-Oct-2019

Hotel Price Index (September, 2019)

In Georgia, the average cost of a room1 in a 3-star hotel was 145 GEL per night in September 2019. While the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 227 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse2 was 73 GEL per night.  

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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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