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Assisting the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia to Introduce Performance Evaluation Systems

21-Feb-2018

Assisting the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia to Introduce Performance Evaluation Systems

We are working with the the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia (MRDI) to develop a performance evaluation framework, as part of a consortium led by Tetra Tech ARD, within the USAID-funded Good Governance Initiative (GGI). The newly adopt...

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Enhancing Access to Justice Services in Azerbaijan

20-Feb-2018

Enhancing Access to Justice Services in Azerbaijan

We have started working with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Azerbaijan to improve access to, and delivery of, justice services through improved management of sector resources, by preparing a Sector Expenditure and Efficiency Review (SEER).The SEER is necessa...

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Supporting Tajikistan to Strengthen its Strategic Planning

15-Feb-2018

Supporting Tajikistan to Strengthen its Strategic Planning

We recently launched a project supporting the Department of Strategic Planning and Reforms of Tajikistan to strengthen its strategic planning and policy coordination and to ensure better integration of strategic decisions and current policies. PMCG will provide ins...

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Three New Grants to Support Georgian Municipalities to Promote Local Economic Growth

14-Feb-2018

Three New Grants to Support Georgian Municipalities to Promote Local Economic Growth

On February 7, three Georgian municipalities – Bolnisi, Gori, and Tbilisi - were selected to receive a total of around 1.4 mln euro of grant funding from the European Commission (EC). The decision followed a call for proposals from the local administrations of East...

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Georgia Ranked 5th in Open Budget Index Rankings

02-Feb-2018

Georgia Ranked 5th in Open Budget Index Rankings

Georgia has risen to 5th place in the Open Budget Index Rankings 2017 recently released by the International Budget Partnership. This achievement is a credit to the Government of Georgia, and numerous other parties. Indeed, PMCG has certainly made a notable contribution...

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Georgia as a Transit Hub and its Increasing Potential in the Implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative

25-Jan-2018

Georgia as a Transit Hub and its Increasing Potential in the Implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative

On January 25, at 10:30 am, PMC Research hosted a presentation and public discussion of the research findings “Georgia as a Transit Hub and its Increasing Potential in the Implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative”. The research aimed to highlight Georgia’s potenti...

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Meet Our New Executive Director

17-Jan-2018

Meet Our New Executive Director

We are delighted to welcome Tamar Japaridze to our team as our new Executive Director after the position was vacated by Olia Watt who moves on with our best wishes to the Georgian National Communications Commission (GNCC).Tamar brings with her an impressive 17 years of ...

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Contributing to Improving Tax Policy Analysis in Ethiopia and Ghana

16-Jan-2018

Contributing to Improving Tax Policy Analysis in Ethiopia and Ghana

We have recently launched a project with the purpose of conducting an external evaluation of the pilot program “Improving Tax Policy Analysis and Development in Partner Countries (TaxDev)”, which is being delivered by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS).The project is...

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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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PUBLICATIONS

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100: Georgian Economy - Overview, 2007-2017

16-Jan-2018

100: Georgian Economy - Overview, 2007-2017

The 100th edition of Economic Outlook and Indicators happily coincides with PMCG’s 10-year anniversary. Through the last decade, Georgia’s economic indicators have fluctuated substantially. In this edition, we present the dynamics of development for this period, and also analyze ...

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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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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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