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Regulatory Impact Assessment to Establish Effective Employment Mechanism in Georgia

21-Aug-2017

Regulatory Impact Assessment to Establish Effective Employment Mechanism in Georgia

Overcoming unemployment, creating new job opportunities and supporting vocational education are all considered priority issues for the Georgian authorities which are planning the implementation of relevant regulations to address these issues. The program "Legal App...

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Promoting Tourist Destinations in the Regions of Georgia

18-Aug-2017

Promoting Tourist Destinations in the Regions of Georgia

PMCG, together with Ecorys Poland and Best Place – European Place Marketing Institute, has started working with the Georgian National Tourism Administration (GNTA) as part of a World Bank project, aiming to support the promotion of tourist destinations in Georgia, speci...

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Supporting Liberia in Planning and Implementing Excise Stamps Reform

04-Aug-2017

Supporting Liberia in Planning and Implementing Excise Stamps Reform

Through July-August, PMCG is holding meetings with representatives of Liberia’s Revenue Authority, the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), the business sector and other stakeholders to assist Liberian authorities in planning and carrying out excise stam...

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Competition for Post-graduate Researchers for Elaborating Policy Research Papers

02-Aug-2017

Competition for Post-graduate Researchers for Elaborating Policy Research Papers

PMC Research announced a competition for post-graduate researchers from institutions of higher education and other institutions in Georgia for elaborating policy research papers, under recently launched project - “Public Policy Discourse and Dialogue Platform”. The...

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Supervising Rehabilitation of Water Supply Systems in 18 Towns of Georgia

31-Jul-2017

Supervising Rehabilitation of Water Supply Systems in 18 Towns of Georgia

PMCG, in consortium with Temelsu, under the European Investment Bank (EIB) project supervises the construction and rehabilitation works in towns of Georgia - Tsnori, Telavi-Kurdgelauri, Akhmeta, Lagodekhi, Sagarejo, Dusheti, Tkibuli, Zestaponi and under defect nodific...

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Evaluation of four NGO implemented Programmes in Georgia

19-Jul-2017

Evaluation of four NGO implemented Programmes in Georgia

Currently Georgia has an enabling environment for civil society. There has been slow yet steady progress towards a more diversified civil society with stronger organisations appearing in the regions. There is now also a greater understanding among CSOs of the import...

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Enhancing Public Finance Management in South Africa

07-Jul-2017

Enhancing Public Finance Management in South Africa

Effective management of public finances encourages aggregate fiscal discipline, operational efficiency and strategic allocation of resources. All of these elements are critical to achieving the public policy objectives, described in South Africa’s 2030 National Developm...

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Discussing How to Fight Corruption

04-Jul-2017

Discussing How to Fight Corruption

On June 26, PMCG’s team members Sopio Khoshtaria and Shushanik Safaryan participated in the 2nd Regional Meeting of the “Anti-Corruption Professionals Network at the Black Sea”, in Kutaisi, Georgia. The event gathered anti-corruption practitioners, local government...

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Welcoming Our New Research Director

29-Jun-2017

Welcoming Our New Research Director

We are delighted to welcome Giorgi Khishtovani to our team, as our new Research Director. Giorgi brings with him eight years of sound experience in public, private and non-governmental sectors in Georgia and abroad, as a lecturer, trainer, consultant, researcher, and pr...

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Supporting Tajik CSOs to Engage in Budget Process

28-Jun-2017

Supporting Tajik CSOs to Engage in Budget Process

On June 13-16, PMCG gave a series of trainings on public financial management for civil society organizations (CSOs), working on social and economic issues, in Vardzob, Tajikistan.The series were part of the UK AID project Supporting Public Finance Reforms in Tajikistan...

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97: Remittances - January-June, 2017

26-Jul-2017

97: Remittances - January-June, 2017

  In the first half of 2017: Remittance inflows to Georgia amounted to $629 Mln Remittance outflows from Georgia amounted to $96.3 Mln Inflow from Russian Federation, United States, Italy, Greece, Israel, and Turkey amounts to 81% of total remittance inflows to Georgia...

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96: Construction - I Quarter, 2017

06-Jul-2017

96: Construction - I Quarter, 2017

  In the first quarter of 2017, compared to the corresponding period of 2016: Production value of the construction sector increased by 13%; Total turnover of the construction sector increased by 16%; Foreign direct investments in the construction sector increased by 18...

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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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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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