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Introducing Environmentally Friendly Communal Infrastructure in Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region

22-May-2018

Introducing Environmentally Friendly Communal Infrastructure in Mtskheta-Mtianeti Region

We are working with the United Water Supply Company of Georgia (UWSCG) to introduce environmentally friendly communal infrastructure in the Mtskheta-Mtianeti region of Georgia. PMCG, as part of a consortium led by P2M Berlin, is collaborating with the UWSCG to improve c...

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PMCG and PMC Research Open Call for Policy Papers

16-May-2018

PMCG and PMC Research Open Call for Policy Papers

PMC Research has launched a project entitled “Public Policy Discourse and Dialogue Platform – 2018” targeted at creating a platform to stimulate constructive and systematic policy debates and to establish cooperative practice among different political and social groups ...

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Supporting Central Asian Countries to Enhance Tourism Sector

14-May-2018

Supporting Central Asian Countries to Enhance Tourism Sector

We are collaborating with five Central Asian countries to develop their respective tourism industries, a forward step that will ultimately contribute to their economic development and growth.This cooperation is part of USAID’s Competitive Trade and Jobs (CTJ) Activity i...

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Hosting Sri Lankan Delegation to Share Positive Experience of Introducing Economic Reforms

03-May-2018

Hosting Sri Lankan Delegation to Share Positive Experience of Introducing Economic Reforms

On April 23-25, PMCG hosted an official delegation from Vavuniya, Sri Lanka to share Georgia’s successful experience of implementing economic reforms in e-governance and public service. The study tour comprised presentations about steps toward, and ways of, introdu...

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Parliamentary Oversight in Georgia: Plans and Prospects

16-Apr-2018

Parliamentary Oversight in Georgia: Plans and Prospects

On April 13, a presentation of the project “EU Support to Parliamentary Oversight of the Security Sector” was held at the Parliament of Georgia.The Ambassador of the European Union to Georgia, H.E. Janos Herman, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia, Mr. Irakli Kobakhid...

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Contributing to the Development of Simplified Financial Accounting and Reporting Standards for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

03-Apr-2018

Contributing to the Development of Simplified Financial Accounting and Reporting Standards for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

Some of the prerequisites of strong and transparent micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are a favorable business environment, competence, skills, entrepreneurial culture and access to finance.Limited access to finance remains one of the main obstacles to growth ...

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Sharing Experience of Transforming Economies with George Washington University Students

27-Mar-2018

Sharing Experience of Transforming Economies with George Washington University Students

We had the pleasure of hosting a delegation from George Washington University (GWU) with whom we shared PMCG’s experience in transforming economies and changing institutions on March 14.Aleksi Aleksishvili, CEO and Chairman at PMCG, delivered a presentation to around 20...

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EU-funded Projects Aiming to Show Everyone is Employable

22-Mar-2018

EU-funded Projects Aiming to Show Everyone is Employable

On March 15, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, together with its partner institutions - the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Labor,Health and Social Affairs - presented the results and achievements of four EU-funded grant scheme proje...

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Facilitating business linkages between SMEs and MNCs in Georgia

21-Mar-2018

Facilitating business linkages between SMEs and MNCs in Georgia

The official launch of a new pilot project - Supporting the Growth of Georgia’s Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises under the Good Governance Fund (GGF) was held on March 14.The initiative aims to strengthen linkages between small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and...

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Discussing Destination Marketing Management Priorities with Destination Management Organizations from Imereti and Kakheti

07-Mar-2018

Discussing Destination Marketing Management Priorities with Destination Management Organizations from Imereti and Kakheti

On March 1, we hosted some Destination Management Organizations (DMOs) from Imereti and Kakheti with whom we discussed destination marketing management priorities. The working meeting was held as part of the World Bank project - Tourism Marketing, Promotion, Online Cove...

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Issue 102: Higher and Vocational Education, 2013-2017

03-May-2018

Issue 102: Higher and Vocational Education, 2013-2017

High-quality education is one of the main determinants of economic growth. According to the “Government Program 2016-2020”, education is one of the main priorities for the Government of Georgia. Since 2013, the allocated budget of the Ministry of Education and Sciences of Georgia...

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101: Georgia in International Rankings

05-Mar-2018

101: Georgia in International Rankings

Positions in international rankings are an important indicator of how a country is performing with regard to its economic, social and political environment. In this bulletin, Georgia’s positions in international rankings and their dynamics will be reviewed based on recent data. ...

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100: Georgian Economy - Overview, 2007-2017

16-Jan-2018

100: Georgian Economy - Overview, 2007-2017

The 100th edition of Economic Outlook and Indicators happily coincides with PMCG’s 10-year anniversary. Through the last decade, Georgia’s economic indicators have fluctuated substantially. In this edition, we present the dynamics of development for this period, and also analyze ...

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Competitive Trade and Jobs (CTJ) Activity in Central Asia

15-Nov-2016
Start Date:
October, 2016
End Date: September, 2021
Region: Central Asia
Country: Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Client:

Governments of Central Asia

Origin of Funding:

USAID






 

 




Project Description:

 

PMCG, in association with DAI International, is working on a USAID-funded program entitled Competitive Trade and Jobs (CTJ) Activity in Central Asia.

The project covers Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan and aims to increase the competitiveness of Central Asian economies in order to increase exports in horticulture and improve transport and logistics sectors that operate regionally, to reduce the time and cost of trading across borders, and to create or maintain jobs.

The project is divided into four components and PMCG is working under the first component one: Increasing Competitiveness and Trade Readiness, Facilitating Trade, and Building on the Central Asian Trade Forum.

In particular, PMCG is working on trade facilitation through improving border management and customs policies in order to move goods more efficiently and less expensively at and beyond the border. In addition to the high cost and time required to trade because of currently weak transport and logistics, exporters/importers across the region have noted a lack of information and harmonization of customs procedures, including the excessive burden of documentation, as a root cause of delays and high costs.

Activities here focus on streamlining processes, facilitating movement across borders, and streamlining corridors. Trade facilitation measures designed to reduce time and cost at the border would improve trade flows allowing the countries of Central Asia to benefit from increased trade.

More specifically, PMCG is implementing the following activities:

  • Developing a trade facilitation action plan to reduce the time and cost of crossing borders along key transport corridors, with special emphasis on relevant ministries (legislative, regulations, procedures, institutional capacity building)
  • Identifying and prioritizing non-tariff barriers (NTBs) to trade along key corridors
  • Facilitating dialogue between governments and private sector trade and business associations relating to border issues that hinder trade
  • Developing a private sector dialogue mechanism with government entities that determine customs rules and regulations
  • Providing training to businesses in the targeted sectors to comply with customs regulations or other requirements as required by trade agreements
  • Facilitating the creation or further enhancement of national trade facilitation and transport bodies
  • Developing an action plan to address constraints with host governments and private sector
  • Analyzing gaps in the development of a national single window in coordination with other donors, and implementing activities where USAID would have a comparative advantage

 

Follow the links below for related projects:
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