Taking Stock of Ethnic Minority Participation in the Public Service
Origin of Funding: UNDP
The study aims to support interventions pursuant to both more balanced and inclusive ethnic representation in the public service, and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (indicator 16.7.1b). For this purpose, the research focuses on several goals including: studying the demographic characteristics of the public sector in Georgia; understanding the challenges faced by underrepresented groups (i.e. ethnic minorities) in gaining employment in the public agencies of Georgia; and exploring the challenges and gaps in the existing data collection and analysis methods and their compatibility with SDG 16.7.1b.
In the course of the research project, the following activities are being implemented:
Desk research to gain an understanding of the situation with regard to inclusivity in the Georgian public sector;
Secondary data analysis of existing administrative data on the demographic characteristics of the public service;
Key informant interviews to collect expert knowledge in the key research areas;
Focus group discussions with ethnic minorities to explore the challenges faced by ethnic minorities employed in the public service; and
Focus group discussions with HR representatives and/or high-level managers working in public institutions, with the purpose of establishing the general level of awareness among public sector employers regarding ethnic minority representation.
The PMC Research Center team recently co-authored the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) paper entitled Policy Responses to COVID-19 and the Green Transition: Emerging Good Practices in Eurasia.
We recently started working on a new project in Ukraine, conducting a summative evaluation of the Expert Deployment for Governance and Economic Growth (EDGE) project, as a contractor of the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine.
We recently started working on a new project aiming to promote high-quality international education and to provide secondary-level education to students from the six Eastern Partnership countries, funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
On December 16, PMC Research conducted a presentation and public discussion on the findings of its research entitled “Electricity Market Prices and Georgia’s Energy Security,” which was aimed at drawing attention to the issue of electricity prices, their importance in energy security, and electricity supply security.
The Employment Tracker is a new periodic publication developed by PMC Research Center, in collaboration with Jobs.ge.
The tracker produces valuable insights into the Georgian labor market as it lays out the trajectory of employment and salaries, most demanded job categories, and expectations of specific economic sectors regarding their employment plans. Using real-time data, the insights produced by the tracker can prove crucial to rapid analysis and decision-making process with regards to the labor market.
The publication illustrates a 6-month trend of individuals receiving salary and the number of vacancies posted on Jobs.ge. Additionally, in every quarter based on the BAG Index Survey results, the Employment Tracker will provide information on changes in the number of employees of the Business Association Georgia (BAG) member companies and their expectations regarding the changes in employment.
The number of international travelers increased by 249.2% in December 2021, compared to the same period of 2020, and declined by 73.3% compared to the same period in 2019. Meanwhile, the number of international visitors increased by 226.4% (2021/2020) and declined by 69.9% (2021/2019), and the number of international tourists increased by 239.1% (2021/2020) and declined by 53.7% (2021/2019).
At the beginning of 2021, the Hotel Price Index (HPI) was negative compared to both 2020 and 2019, however the monthly prices showed a significant YoY increase from June 2021 onwards and recovered considerably compared to 2019 levels.
In 2021, the average monthly prices of hotels exceeded both the pre-pandemic level (by 23.7%) and the 2020 level (by 39.1%). Looking at specific categories, the price increase has been most significant for 5-star hotels (by 12.1% compared to 2019 and by 51.4% compared to 2020), while for 3-star hotels the price increase has been least significant (by 4.8% compared to 2019 and by 20.1% compared to 2020).
In Georgia, the average cost of a room in a 3-star hotel was 135 GEL per night in December 2021, while the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 246 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse was 106 GEL per night.
The average cost of a room in a 5-star hotel in Georgia in December 2021 was 423 GEL per night. In Kakheti, the average price was 548 GEL, followed by Tbilisi - 524 GEL, Guria – 398 GEL and Adjara - 391 GEL.
Nearly two years since the outbreak of COVID-19, the spread of the virus itself, vaccination rates, and new variants, continue to shape the speed and strength of economic recovery. In the case of Ukraine, geopolitical and domestic political tensions are also important variables to have been hindering economic growth. In this issue, we provide an overview of the ongoing economic recovery in Ukraine and try to supply an economic forecast for the country for 2022, looking at the performance of each economic sector in the process.
This policy research paper aims to draw the attention of stakeholders in Georgia’s energy sector to the issue of prices, their importance in energy security, and electricity supply security. The paper firstly reviews the existing academic and policy literature and afterwards analyses the current structure of the wholesale electricity market in Georgia to identify different prices and payment schemes. This analysis of the Georgian regulatory framework, along with current data and tendencies, allows us to identify some fundamental issues that are inherent in the structure of the ongoing wholesale electricity market in Georgia. As a result, this policy research paper highlights some challenges that need resolving in order to strengthen the security of supply in the electricity market.