Integrated Solid Waste Management Programme II, Kakheti and Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Regions, Georgia: “An Accompanying Measures Consultancy Service”
Origin of Funding: KFW
PMCG recently started the implementation of an accompanying measures consultancy service, as part of the ISWM program II for two regions of Georgia, namely Kakheti and Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti. The program entails the construction of regional sanitary landfills and transfer stations, the closure of existing landfills, the extension and improvement of street sweeping, waste collection and waste transport, as well as pilot projects in recycling and composting.
PMCG will work mainly with local municipalities and provide consultancy services to improve the managerial capacities of both the municipalities and the SWMCG with regard to institutional and organizational as well as financial aspects, and implementing communication and public relations measures and other activities related to technical assistance.
PMCG’s team will provide the following services:
• Support in the extension and improvement of municipal waste services; • Institutional strengthening and capacity building of the SWMCG, the administrations of the cities and municipalities, and the public service companies in the project area; • Development and implementation of management information and financial management information systems; • Consulting services to ensure financial self-sustainability of the new solid waste management systems; and • Support in the implementation of the composting and recycling pilot projects as well as public relations and awareness-raising campaigns.
After the successful completion of the project, the SWMCG and the local municipalities will be able to properly operate and maintain the new facilities and equipment, and thus contribute to the long-term protection of natural resources. Ultimately, the overall purpose of the ISWM Program II is to establish environmentally and hygienically sound integrated solid waste management systems that are in accordance with EU standards, as agreed in the Association Agreement signed between Georgia and the EU in 2014.
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In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic heavily disrupted the world, causing both a global health emergency and a global economic crisis. While almost every country and every sector have been affected, economies reliant on the service sector, and especially the tourism industry, such as Georgia, have suffered notably. Indeed, measures taken to contain the spread of the virus have had an especially negative impact on the economy. Preliminary estimates suggest a decline in Georgia’s real GDP in 2020 of 6.1%, the sharpest drop since 1994.In this issue, we provide forecasts for the performance of the Georgian economy for 2021, namely regarding its real GDP growth rate, sector-specific growth rates, and employment.
According to a survey of Georgian economists, the economic climate in the country for the first quarter of 2021 has been and will continue to be worse than the last quarter of 2020. Their assessment of the current situation was also significantly worse than the corresponding quarter of the previous year. The economists’ predictions for Georgia’s economic situation for the next six months were also negative. Specifically, their expectations for this period remain similarly bleak to those stated in the final quarter of 2020, and were considerably more pessimistic than the forecasts they made at the same time last year.
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Sales per skiing day demonstrated significant growth from the 2014-2015 winter season up to and including the 2018-2019 winter season, growing by 33% annually on average in this period. It even registered modest growth (4%) in the 2019-2020 season.
In Georgia, the average cost of a room in a 3-star hotel was 118 GEL per night in January 2021, while the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 188 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse was 72 GEL per night.
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