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Enhancing Role of CSOs in Georgia in Regional Economic Development Process

23-Jun-2017

Enhancing Role of CSOs in Georgia in Regional Economic Development Process

PMC Research, in cooperation with People in Need (PIN), the Rural Communities Development Agency (RCDA), and Association ATINATI, is working under the European Commission project - Regional Civil Society Organizations as Vectors of Rural Economic Development - to promot...

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Promoting Rural Development in Khulo Municipality

20-Jun-2017

Promoting Rural Development in Khulo Municipality

PMC Research, as part of a European Commission project, has started working together with Caritas Czech Republic and the Croatian Rural Development Network to promote rural development and diversification in the municipality of Khulo in Georgia. In order to ensure the e...

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Kutaisi City Hall Joins Mayors for Economic Growth Initiative

19-Jun-2017

Kutaisi City Hall Joins Mayors for Economic Growth Initiative

On June 16, the Mayor of Kutaisi Shota Murghulia signed an agreement according to which Kutaisi becomes the first city in Georgia to join the European Union initiative “Mayors for Economic Growth” (M4EG). The agreement was signed at a meeting attended by team leade...

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Welcoming Our New Junior Researcher at PMC Research

08-Jun-2017

Welcoming Our New Junior Researcher at PMC Research

We are pleased to welcome Andro Tvaliashvili to our team as our new Junior Researcher, replacing Irakli Barbakadze who has moved on to the National Bank of Georgia. Andro will be involved in putting together the periodic newsletter “Economic Outlook and Indicators”...

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Equipping Georgia to Become Transport and Logistics Hub

08-Jun-2017

Equipping Georgia to Become Transport and Logistics Hub

On June 6, PMCG hosted a meeting with the team of the World Bank (WB) project entitled “Preparation of Feasibility Study and Detailed Design for the Upgrading of Rustavi-Red Bridge and Rustavi-Sadakhlo Roads”. The project team presented the draft of a feasibility study ...

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Zaza Broladze Moves to PMCG’s Governing Board

06-Jun-2017

Zaza Broladze Moves to PMCG’s Governing Board

After making the decision in February this year, Zaza Broladze will complete his move from Deputy CEO to the Governing Board of PMCG this month. As a Non-Executive Director, Zaza will have more opportunity to encourage and support PMCG’s strategic development and innova...

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PMCG to Greet 10th Anniversary with Reinvigoration

02-Jun-2017

PMCG to Greet 10th Anniversary with Reinvigoration

This autumn, PMCG will be 10 years old. As we quickly expand geographically as well as in terms of expertise, we have decided that the time is right to rearrange PMCG’s organizational and management structure. We are committed to ensuring that we follow our mission – de...

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Strengthening Quality Management at Georgia’s National Intellectual Property Center

31-May-2017

Strengthening Quality Management at Georgia’s National Intellectual Property Center

Intellectual property protection is a crucial part of a knowledge-based economy, and is at the core of the country’s economic, social, and cultural growth.With this in mind, USAID HICD 2020 Activity contracted PMCG to support Sakpatenti - Georgia’s National Intellectual...

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Traffic Forecast Study of Georgia’s East-West Highway

29-May-2017

Traffic Forecast Study of Georgia’s East-West Highway

PMCG has recently launched a study to assess the traffic demand of the East-West Highway (EWH) of Georgia, together with Analysis and Consulting Team (ACT). The research is being conducted under the World Bank funded "Georgia East West Highway Corridor Development ...

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Improving Financial Governance in Montenegro

24-May-2017

Improving Financial Governance in Montenegro

Montenegro is developing a functional market economy and is implementing reforms in order to create a favorable and attractive investment climate, necessary for economic growth. The country has developed the Economic Reform Program (ERP) – the key strategic document for...

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Issue 95: Business Sector - I Quarter, 2017

22-Jun-2017

Issue 95: Business Sector - I Quarter, 2017

  In the first quarter of 2017, compared to the corresponding period of 2016: The production value of the business sector significantly increased (16%); A 19.1% increase in total turnover was observed; The number of persons employed in the business sector increased (4...

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Issue 94: External Trade, January-April, 2017

07-Jun-2017

Issue 94: External Trade, January-April, 2017

  In January-April 2017, compared to the corresponding period of last year:• Both, export (29.7%) and import (12.7%) volumes increased;• Turkey was the leading trade partner of Georgia (14.6% of total trade turnover); • The proportion of EU countries in total trade turnover...

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Issue 93: Visa Requirements Map

11-May-2017

Issue 93: Visa Requirements Map

   The map provides information about the visa requirements for Georgian visitors in abroad. It also gives information which type of visa foreign visitors need to enter to Georgia. Moreover, the other visa related information by country is also provided on the map. ...

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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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