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Assisting the Government of Tajikistan to Strengthen Strategic Planning

31-Aug-2018

Assisting the Government of Tajikistan to Strengthen Strategic Planning

We are collaborating with the Government of Tajikistan to strengthen its strategic planning and policy coordination and to ensure better integration of its strategic decisions and current policies. Overall, the project aims to improve budget planning and execution, trea...

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All Set to Become USAID Prime Contractor

29-Aug-2018

All Set to Become USAID Prime Contractor

On August 13-14, we hosted Mr. Gary V. Kinney, Vice President at Kinney Advisory Services and former Senior Contracts Officer at USAID, to deliver a training course for our team members entitled “Doing Business with USAID.” As part of the two-day training, Mr. Kinney sh...

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Value Chain Analyses of Broccoli, Mandarins and Raspberries in the Regions of Georgia and their Potential on the EU Market

24-Aug-2018

Value Chain Analyses of Broccoli, Mandarins and Raspberries in the Regions of Georgia and their Potential on the EU Market

PMC Research recently finished working on value chain analyses of three agricultural products in three specific regions, namely broccoli in Kvemo Kartli region, mandarins in Adjara region, and raspberries in Mtskheta-Mtianeti region. The main goals of these studies...

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“The Georgian Example” – USAID Video about how Membership of Open Government Partnership Facilitated Significant Development

21-Aug-2018

“The Georgian Example” – USAID Video about how Membership of Open Government Partnership Facilitated Significant Development

On July 17-19, as a lead co-chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), Georgia hosted the 5th OGP Global Summit in Tbilisi.The event gathered high-level representatives of the public sector, civil society, private sector, parliament, academia, researchers, and jour...

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Analyzing the Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the South Caucasus

17-Aug-2018

Analyzing the Impact of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the South Caucasus

At the beginning of August, PMC Research started working on a Country Note on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in the South Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan) in order to study its impact on Central Asia and the South Caucasus (CASC). The main goal of the pr...

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The Role of Civil Society Organizations in the Implementation of the DCFTA

03-Aug-2018

The Role of Civil Society Organizations in the Implementation of the DCFTA

On July 25, Ms. Mariam Saghareishvili, Researcher at PMCG, participated in a working meeting about the DCFTA and the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in its implementation. The working meeting aimed to inform CSOs about the possibilities and requirements of t...

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PMC Research Awarded Again for its Transparency

24-Jul-2018

PMC Research Awarded Again for its Transparency

PMCG is excited and proud to announce that PMC Research was recently given a 5-star rating for transparency by international organization Transparify.  Such an award is the highest possible rating issued by Transparify, and reflects exemplary transparency in PMC R...

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New Simplified Financial Reporting Standard for MSMEs

05-Jul-2018

New Simplified Financial Reporting Standard for MSMEs

On June 26, the newly simplified Financial Reporting Standard for Category IV-Entities was adopted with the goal to improve the quality and transparency of corporate financial statements, according to the decree of the Head of Service for Accounting, Reporting and Audit...

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Discussing How to Fight Corruption in Armenia

04-Jul-2018

Discussing How to Fight Corruption in Armenia

On June 29, Mr. David Lezhava, Public Policy Sector Director at PMCG, participated in a conference entitled “The anti-corruption policies and measures”, which was co-hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria and the EU Delegation to Armenia. Mr. Lezhava’s presen...

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Study to Identify Challenges for SMEs Seeking Access to Finance

02-Jul-2018

Study to Identify Challenges for SMEs Seeking Access to Finance

PMC Research recently launched a new project entitled “Leveraging SME Finance through Value Chains in Georgia”, designed to study the challenges facing SMEs with a particular focus on access to finance in Georgia.On June 21, Goga Khishtovani, Director at PMC Research, p...

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Issue 106: Foreign Direct Investment, January-June 2018

18-Sep-2018

Issue 106: Foreign Direct Investment, January-June 2018

Analysis of the preliminary data on FDI for the first half of 2018 revealed the following general findings: The financial, energy, and construction sectors attracted the most FDI; Azerbaijan, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands were the largest investing countries for Geo...

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Issue 105: External Trade, January-June 2018

03-Aug-2018

Issue 105: External Trade, January-June 2018

The first half of 2018 produced some interesting figures regarding Georgia’s external trade. Even though the existing data is only preliminary, the analysis thereof unveils some curious results. Georgia’s exports and imports reached their highest point for the observed period of ...

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Issue 104: External Factors Affecting the Value of Georgian…

10-Jul-2018

Issue 104: External Factors Affecting the Value of Georgian Lari Exchange Rate

For the period of 2014 to 2017, in every first quarter of each year compared to the first quarter of the previous year, the nominal exchange rate of the Georgian Lari (GEL) against the US Dollar (USD) depreciated. This trend stopped this year though as in the first quarter of 201...

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Mongolia Business Plus Initiative (BPI)

18-Jul-2012
Start Date: July 2012
End Date:
July 2013
Region: East Asia
Country: Mongolia
Client: Chemonics International Inc.
Origin of funding: USAID

 

 

 

 





Project description:

PMCG, in cooperation with Chemonics International Inc., provided technical assistance to the Mongolia Business Plus Initiative (BPI), USAID project. The main goal of the project was to improve Mongolia’s business environment. PMCG’s participation focused on at least three indicator areas under the World Bank Doing Business survey, supporting Mongolia‘s aspirations to improve its business environment, legal framework, and institutional systems. The technical assistance provided was one of several instruments utilized by the BPI project to achieve significant results in the various areas of interventions under its three focus areas: Licensing and Permissive System; Tax System, and Customs Administration. Assistance from PMCG was based on the experience and successful reforms of certain countries in the regions of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, as well as Georgia.

The assistance was divided in three phases:

Phase I - In Mongolia – provided high level technical assistance to help BPI in bringing key policy makers in the public and private sectors toward a single vision for the country to eliminate legal and regulatory burdens to private sector development (i.e. red-tape), including improved electronic information sharing by government agencies, in preparation of the September National Competitiveness and Business Enabling Environment Forum 2012: Cutting Unnecessary ‘Red Tape.’ Additionally, support is provided in conducting technical analyses and review forecasts on proposed tax amendments and conducting first assessments on construction permits, including a path forward to foster significant improvement in this indicator within one year.

Phase II – In Georgia – Organized a Doing Business Study Tour for a key delegation of public and private sector representatives from Mongolia in the areas of trade facilitation – including risk management, paying taxes and construction permits.

Phase III – In Mongolia – Provided short-term specialized assistance in the area of paying taxes (including legal and regulatory reforms needed to significantly reduce the compliance costs for SME); trade facilitation (including full implementation of the customs risk management system); and construction permits.

More precisely, during the first phase PMCG implemented the following activities:

  • Hold one-on-one policy dialogue meetings with at least 6 high level Mongolian government officials currently, or soon to be, in a position to influence policy decisions. The meetings will provide an opportunity to discuss how short-term reforms that are affordable, achievable, with high impact are important for Mongolia today. These meetings are essential for the upcoming country leadership to understand the justification and the urgency for the reforms at the present stage of Mongolia’s development. These meetings will also provide a good indication of who does and does not support the proposed reforms.
  • Hold similar one-on-one meetings with at least 6 key representatives of the Mongolian business sector to familiarize them with the “Year One Business Enabling Environment Road Map” initiative to encourage private sector support for potential reforms. These meetings will aim to show the private sector what role they can play to support the new country leadership in fostering affordable, achievable and high impact reforms in the short term.
  • Hold a press conference in collaboration with the Press Institute and the Economic Journalists Club on key highlights of the Georgian reforms, and their applicability to Mongolia’s current situation.
  • Present experiences as a key architect of reforms in Georgia, which strengthened that country’s competitiveness and improved its business enabling environment, during the September National Competitiveness and Business Enabling Environment Forum.

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