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Evaluating Small Projects Assistance (SPA) Program’s Impact on Local Community Development

26-Mar-2020

Evaluating Small Projects Assistance (SPA) Program’s Impact on Local Community Development

PMCG, together with PMC Research, recently launched a new project, aiming to assess Peace Corps Georgia’s Small Projects Assistance (SPA) program.The SPA program is a collaboration between USAID and Peace Corps Georgia, which has been running for nine years already, sup...

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Promoting Rural Economic Development in Georgia

20-Mar-2020

Promoting Rural Economic Development in Georgia

PMC Research recently launched a new project with the purpose of advancing the agricultural sector and rural SMEs in Georgia by enhancing their economic opportunities.More specifically, the project aims to identify which of the interventions of the Savings Banks Foundat...

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Conducting Evaluation to Enhance Rural Development in Keda Municipality

20-Mar-2020

Conducting Evaluation to Enhance Rural Development in Keda Municipality

We recently started working on a new project the aim of which is to assess the performance of the local action group (LAG) and LEADER process in Keda municipality. The Keda LAG was established as part of the project entitled “Optimizing the Potential of Local Assets for...

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Trainings to Support Implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement (AA)

16-Mar-2020

Trainings to Support Implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement (AA)

On March 11-12, a two-day training entitled “Border Control Procedures for Food/Feed of Non-Animal Origin” was staged for the Revenue Service of Georgia.The general objective of the training was to increase the compliance of Georgian legislation with EU norms related to...

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Expanding Our Activities in the Information Technology Sphere

13-Mar-2020

Expanding Our Activities in the Information Technology Sphere

We recently signed a memorandum of mutual cooperation with United Global Technology (UGT), an IT company with more than 20 years of experience, in order to actively introduce, develop and promote Georgian IT expertise on international markets.Serving more than 300 compa...

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Supporting the Peace Fund for Better Future to Enhance its Institutional Capacity

12-Mar-2020

Supporting the Peace Fund for Better Future to Enhance its Institutional Capacity

We recently launched a new project, the purpose of which is to create a robust operating and organizational foundation for the Peace Fund – a recently-established membership-based not-for-profit legal entity under the Government of Georgia’s peace initiative “A Step to ...

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Analyzing the Potential of Solar Energy Production on Enguri Reservoir

12-Mar-2020

Analyzing the Potential of Solar Energy Production on Enguri Reservoir

We recently started working on a new study with the purpose of assessing the viability of introducing new renewable energy production in Georgia.More specifically, we will examine the feasibility of developing a 50MW floating photovoltaic (PV) plant on the surface of En...

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New Study to Boost Economic Opportunities in Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region

06-Mar-2020

New Study to Boost Economic Opportunities in Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region

PMC Research recently started working on a new study aiming to introduce more economic opportunities, especially for women and vulnerable people, in deprived rural areas of Georgia.More specifically, the study will examine organic agricultural products and the rural tou...

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Evaluation of EU’s Support of Civil Society and Media in Jordan

27-Feb-2020

Evaluation of EU’s Support of Civil Society and Media in Jordan

We recently started a project entitled “Evaluation of Support to Civil Society and Media in Jordan,” the aim of which is to conduct a final evaluation of the support given by the EU to civil society and media in Jordan and related projects in this regard.   The...

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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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Hotel Price Index ( February, 2020 )

13-Mar-2020

Hotel Price Index ( February, 2020 )

In Georgia, the average cost of a room in a 3-star hotel was 115 GEL per night in February 2020. While the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 184 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse was 66 GEL per night.  

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Hotel Price Index ( January, 2020 )

06-Mar-2020

Hotel Price Index ( January, 2020 )

In Georgia, the average cost of a room in a 3-star hotel was 136 GEL per night in January 2020. 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 guesthouse was 75 GEL per night.  

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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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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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