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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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Discussing Opportunities and Challenges of the EU-Georgia DCFTA at Georgian Farmers Congress

21-Jun-2018

Discussing Opportunities and Challenges of the EU-Georgia DCFTA at Georgian Farmers Congress

On June 15, PMC Research participated in the Georgian Farmers Congress, an event designed to support dialogue between farmers and state bodies, a crucial aspect in the development of Georgia’s agricultural sector. Giorgi Khishtovani, Director at PMC Research, prese...

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Welcoming Our New Public Policy Sector Director

20-Jun-2018

Welcoming Our New Public Policy Sector Director

We are delighted to welcome David Lezhava to our team, as our new Public Policy Sector Director. Mr. Lezhava brings with him 20 years of sound experience in the fields of public finance and economic development, regional development, social policy and energy policy...

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Value Chain Analysis of Broccoli, Tangerine, and Raspberry in Georgia and Their Potential on the EU Value Chain Analysis of Broccoli, Tangerines and Raspberries in Georgia and their EU Market Potential

19-Jun-2018

Value Chain Analysis of Broccoli, Tangerine, and Raspberry in Georgia and Their Potential on the EU Value Chain Analysis of Broccoli, Tangerines and Raspberries in Georgia and their EU Market Potential

At the beginning of June, PMC Research hosted three public discussions and presentations in Marneuli, Mtskheta and Misaktsieli about the value chain analyses of three agricultural products, namely broccoli, tangerines and raspberries. The studies into these product...

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Discussing Georgia’s Sectoral Integration with the EU at 15th Batumi International Conference

16-Jun-2018

Discussing Georgia’s Sectoral Integration with the EU at 15th Batumi International Conference

On June 15, PMCG’s CEO and Chairman Aleksi Aleksishvili participated in the 15th Batumi International Conference “Georgia’s European Way.”Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia, Mikheil Janelidze, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Irak...

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Hosting Networking Lunch with UK Trade Mission to Georgia

06-Jun-2018

Hosting Networking Lunch with UK Trade Mission to Georgia

On June 4, we hosted a networking lunch with the UK’s trade mission to Georgia.The meeting served as an excellent opportunity for public and private institutions from Georgia and the UK to meet, establish connections and discuss possible collaboration. The trade mission...

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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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Issue 103: Gross Domestic Product, 2017

28-May-2018

Issue 103: Gross Domestic Product, 2017

According to preliminary data, the Georgian economy is characterized by a 5.0% growth in 2017, which is the highest annual real growth rate for the country since 2012. A trend analysis of GDP is useful in comprehending the indicator relative to previous years. Furthermore, a sect...

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Improving Deregulation and Fiscal Efficiency in Albania

07-Sep-2016
Start Date:
September, 2016
End Date: February, 2017
Region: Eastern Europe
Country: Albania
Client:

Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism, Trade and Entrepreneurship in Albania

Origin of Funding:

IFC/World Bank






 

 




Project Description:

 

The main objective of the project is to improve the overall economic and the doing business environment in the Republic of Albania, in line with the objectives of the Government, towards trade facilitation, deregulation, improvement and easing of procedural and bureaucratic issues.

More specifically, the project aims to improve the delivery of government services towards enterprises, and to increase formality throughout all sectors, and payment of taxes, through the ease and elimination of procedural bottlenecks.

PMCG’s team will contribute to the enhancement of these fields by conducting the following activities:

A. Business Enabling Environment:

  • Conduct general assessment of the current situation to identify the regulatory framework and environment creating impediments for economic growth
  • Conduct face-to-face interviews, meetings and discussions with all key stakeholders in the Government of Albania, private and international organizations
  • Conduct workshops and discussions to identify policy priorities
  • Develop recommendations on improving business enabling environment
  • Develop an action plan and roadmap for reforms
  • Support the Government of Albania in drafting terms of references for international development programs in economic development and business enabling environment


B. Tax and Customs Administration:

  • Conduct assessment of the institutional framework and develop a gap analysis
  • Conduct an evaluation of the present set of business processes, procedures, paperwork, institutional information, and advice on improving institutional performance of tax and customs administration
  • Provide advice and illustrate international experience in tax and customs administration
  • Provide policy advice to the economic development and fiscal departments reform, with a focus on tax and customs reform
  • Provide recommendations and a roadmap of reforms


C. Service delivery at National Business Center (NBC)

  • Conduct assessment of the legal framework
  • Conduct assessment of the institutional framework
  • Conduct direct interviews, meetings and discussions with NBC
  • Develop a gap analysis and identify areas for improvement
  • Develop the general roadmap for the reforms, recommendations to support the formation of a one-stop-shop for public services, in particular for the NBC
  • Together with the Government of Albania, select and agree on the pilot sectors/services to be covered in the analysis and provide recommendations on improving administration (e.g. construction licensing and permitting)


The collaboration is expected to result in improved business enabling and investment environment, reflected in increased FDI and efficiency of fiscal institutions, and improved business enabling regulatory framework for public service delivery and improved World Bank Doing Business Indicators. 

Background information:

 

The Integrated Planning System (IPS) 2 Project will support the Government of Albania in further strengthening the implementation of the system, which links strategic policy planning with budget planning and public financial management more broadly.

In particular, among others objectives, the project aims to maximize the efficiency of PFM reform by strengthening results focusing on public financial management as well as policy planning, monitoring and evaluation.

Furthermore, public service architecture needs to undergo significant institutional reform in both the public and private sectors. As a result, private business expects modern government services to be of the same quality that they experience in the private sector.


Follow the links below for related projects:
Support to Public Finance Policy Reform (PFM)
Support to Approximation of Georgian VAT Rules with EU VAT Legislation
Transferring V4 and Georgia Reform Experience to Facilitate Economic Development in Belarus
Governing for Growth in Georgia (G4G)
USAID Kosovo Partnership for Development (PFD) – Enhancing Macro-Economic Stability and PFM at the Central and Local Level
Simplification of Tax Code

 

 

 

 

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