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Supporting Georgian MSMEs to Attract Funds for Development

07-Aug-2019

Supporting Georgian MSMEs to Attract Funds for Development

We are collaborating with Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA) in order to promote innovative activities among micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Georgia and to enhance their participation in the digital economy.With this in mind, the Inno...

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Discussing Challenges and Opportunities of Migration Management

07-Aug-2019

Discussing Challenges and Opportunities of Migration Management

On July 30, PMCG and the Secretariat of the State Commission on Migration Issues (SCMI) hosted an event to present and discuss a new book entitled “Migration Management - From International Practice to Georgian Model.” The book’s author is George Jashi and has been publ...

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Introducing Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Systems (PMESs) in Georgian Municipalities

01-Aug-2019

Introducing Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Systems (PMESs) in Georgian Municipalities

During June and July, PMC Research visited Lagodekhi, Ambrolauri, Marneuli, Mtskheta, Gori, Akhaltsikhe, Zugdidi, Lanchkhuti, Batumi and Kutaisi municipalities as part of the EU project - “Networking for Efficiency and Development (N4ED) – a News Modality for Effective ...

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Advancing Communication Capacity of LAG Members

31-Jul-2019

Advancing Communication Capacity of LAG Members

On July 22-26, a training module was conducted for potential members of the local action group (LAG) Mestia in order to enhance their communication skills through social media. Since LAG members actively communicate with various groups, including local government offici...

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Collaborating with Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine to Implement IP Rights Reform

26-Jul-2019

Collaborating with Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine to Implement IP Rights Reform

PMCG, as part of a consortium led by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP UK (PwC), has successfully completed collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine (MoEDT) in order to implement intellectual property (IP) rights reform under a UK Government...

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Letter of Condolence

25-Jul-2019

Letter of Condolence

We are deeply saddened by the death of Mr. Roy Southworth, an outstanding professional in the field of international development and member of PMCG’s Board.His experience, wisdom and knowledge gave us the confidence and direction for PMCG to develop.As a country manager...

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Our Research on Status of SME Finance in Georgia Published by Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

24-Jul-2019

Our Research on Status of SME Finance in Georgia Published by Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

The Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) recently included PMC Research’s paper “Leveraging Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Finance Through Value Chains in Georgia” in its working papers.The main objective of the study was to examine the challenges facing small and...

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Welcoming Our New Consultant in Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Management

22-Jul-2019

Welcoming Our New Consultant in Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Management

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Zurab Jikia, a high-profile professional with sound experience in water infrastructure management, has joined our team.We extend a warm welcome to Mr. Jikia, whose areas of expertise include managing and coordinating components of pro...

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Supporting Water Policy Reform in Georgia

17-Jul-2019

Supporting Water Policy Reform in Georgia

We are collaborating with the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure (MRDI) in order to enhance water and wastewater management system decentralization in Guria and Mtskheta-Mtianeti regions.More specifically, PMCG will collect primary and secondary data re...

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Analyzing the Diversification of the Rural Economy in Georgia

16-Jul-2019

Analyzing the Diversification of the Rural Economy in Georgia

At the end of June and the beginning of July, PMC Research conducted three presentations and public discussions on the outcomes of the policy brief “Diversification of Rural Economy in Georgia” in Mtskheta, Tkibuli, and Batumi.The main goal of the research was to study ...

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Hotel Price Index (June, 2019)

22-Jul-2019

Hotel Price Index (June, 2019)

In Georgia, the average cost of a room in a 3-star hotel was 137 GEL per night in June 2019. While the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 232 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse was 76 GEL per night. The average cost of a room in a 5-...

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Hotel Price Index (May, 2019)

21-Jun-2019

Hotel Price Index (May, 2019)

In Georgia, the average cost of a room1 in a 3-star hotel was 128 GEL per night in May 2019. While the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 219 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse2 was 76 GEL per night. The average cost of a room in a ...

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Hotel Price Index (April, 2019)

27-May-2019

Hotel Price Index (April, 2019)

In Georgia, the average cost of a room in a 3-star hotel was 123 GEL per night in April 2019. While the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 215 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse was 70 GEL per night.The average cost of a room in a 5-...

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Mayors for Economic Growth

02-Jan-2017
Start Date:
January, 2017
End Date: December, 2020
Region: Eastern Europe
Country: Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan
Client:

Governments of Eastern Partnership Countries

Origin of Funding:

European Commission






 

 




Project Description:

 

The objective of the project Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG) is to support the local authorities (LAs) in the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries to become active facilitators for economic growth and job creation. The project will encourage and support LAs in EaP countries to design and implement Local Economic Development Plans (LEDPs) and strengthen the technical skills and capacities of LAs to implement economic strategies in line with the principles of good governance and sound financial management.

The project team will conduct the following activities:

  • Develop a content-wise concept of M4EG (including methodology for establishing the baseline, template for LEDPs, indicators, monitoring tools, oversight mechanism, etc.)
  • Support the European Commission (EC) and Partner Countries’ (PC) authorities to fine-tune the target definition and process of the M4EG initiative
  • Ensure buying in and ownership of all actors to guarantee the maximum sustainability of M4EG in the region by engaging with various stakeholders, such as LAs associations, business associations, SMEs, education institutions, etc.
  • Establish synergies with Covenant of Mayors (COM) in the field of energy efficiency/climate and other major initiatives
  • Raise awareness of, and promote sign up to and implementation of, the M4EG
  • Assist the cities in the implementation of their LEDPs, thus leading to sustainable economic growth for the municipalities


The central office of the project is established in Tbilisi which functions as a central secretariat for M4EG in the region and covers the countries targeted by this project.

The project will contribute to: partnership of the M4EG members, development of local investment projects, and supporting cities to move to more accountable, transparent and business-oriented local administration systems.

 

Background information:

With the purpose of overcoming a number of obstacles, in order to unlock the development potential of local authorities (LAs), the European Commission reaffirms the importance of LAs in partner countries in achieving development objectives. It therefore proposes more strategic engagement for their empowerment.

On the basis of the outcomes of the “Structured Dialogue on the involvement of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and LAs in EU Development Cooperation”, the European Commission Communication Agenda for Change recognises both actors as key players in its two pillars. It calls for strengthened "links with civil society organisations, social partners and LAs, through regular dialogue and use of best practices", in particular to “support the emergence of a local civil society which can effectively contribute to dialogue with public authorities and to oversee public authorities' work", and to “consider ways of mobilising LAs’ expertise, e.g. through networks of excellence or twinning exercises”. It also highlights the value of multi-actor partnerships including public actors, civil society, the private sector and local communities.

EU Urban Agenda, the EaP Municipal Development Flagship and the European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI) Multiannual Indicative Programme (MIP) 2014-2017 include the development and empowerment of local authorities as a priority. 

In addition, Agreements on a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) have been concluded with Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia as part of the Association Agreements (AAs). It is important to increase the visibility and awareness among the business population of the impact and opportunities deriving from the DCFTA. Though information may be available in the capital cities of these nations, it is less accessible in smaller cities, towns and remote areas. One of the purposes of the Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG) initiative is also to support municipalities in providing services to companies in cooperation with local BSOs to understand and benefit from the requirements and opportunities deriving from the DCFTA.



Follow the links below for related projects:


Support to the Center for Analysis and Communication of Economic Reforms under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Legislative, Institutional and Economic Reforms in the Fiscal Sector
Support to Policy Dialogue, Coordination and Reforms in Neighbourhood Investment Facility (NIF) Related Sectors in Armenia
Support to Public Finance Policy Reform (PFM)
Partnership for Budget Transparency: Civil Society Oversight of Public Spending



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