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Introducing Short-Cycle Educational Programs in Georgia

05-Dec-2018

Introducing Short-Cycle Educational Programs in Georgia

On December 5, a stakeholder workshop was held under the UK Government’s Good Governance Fund (GGF) in order to support the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia (MoESCS) in the implementation of SCEPs in Georgian education system.VET program...

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Discussing the Challenges Facing SMEs Seeking Access to Finance

29-Nov-2018

Discussing the Challenges Facing SMEs Seeking Access to Finance

On November 29, Giorgi Khishtovani, Director at PMC Research, presented the main findings and recommendations of –research entitled “Leveraging SME Finance through Value Chains in Georgia” in Astana, Kazakhstan.The research is focused on studying the challenges facing S...

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Presenting New and Simplified Financial Reporting Standards to SMEs

23-Nov-2018

Presenting New and Simplified Financial Reporting Standards to SMEs

On November 21-22, an informative-consultative meeting of 4th category enterprise representatives took place in Batumi and Telavi. The event was intended to increase awareness of representatives of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) regarding new financial repor...

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Supporting Intellectual Property Rights Reform in Ukraine

20-Nov-2018

Supporting Intellectual Property Rights Reform in Ukraine

We are collaborating with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine (MoEDT) to implement reforms to the state management of intellectual property (IP) rights.The main aim of the project is to enhance Ukraine’s performance in managing IP and to develop a ...

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Better Skills for Better Jobs – Developing Employment and Vocational Education System in Georgia

16-Nov-2018

Better Skills for Better Jobs – Developing Employment and Vocational Education System in Georgia

On November 15, the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia and the Government of Georgia summarized four years of cooperation aimed at developing the Employment and Vocational Education and Training (EVET) system in Georgia.The summary focused on highlighting the a...

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Sharing Georgia’s Successful Reforms with Ukrainian Delegation

14-Nov-2018

Sharing Georgia’s Successful Reforms with Ukrainian Delegation

On November 9, David Lezhava, Public Policy Sector Director at PMCG, delivered a presentation and shared Georgia’s experience of introducing economic reforms and innovations in the public sector to a delegation from Ukraine. “The focus was placed on the continuous and c...

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Chinese Academy for Fiscal Sciences Set for Cooperation with Tbilisi State University and Academy of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia

13-Nov-2018

Chinese Academy for Fiscal Sciences Set for Cooperation with Tbilisi State University and Academy of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia

On November 6, PMC Research organized a meeting between the Chinese Academy of Fiscal Sciences (CAFS) and Tbilisi State University (TSU), with the aim of introducing these two institutions to each other and discussing collaboration opportunities. As a result of the meet...

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PMCG Shortlisted to Support Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic to Improve Municipal Infrastructure

12-Nov-2018

PMCG Shortlisted to Support Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic to Improve Municipal Infrastructure

We are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), as part of a consortium led by HPC AG, to implement its Municipal Infrastructure Programme in the Republic of Tajikistan and the Kyrgyz Republic.Our ...

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Hosting Delegation from China to Start Collaboration

08-Nov-2018

Hosting Delegation from China to Start Collaboration

On November 6-7, PMC Research hosted a delegation from China, comprising high-ranking officials from the Chinese Academy for Fiscal Sciences (CAFS). The aim of the visit was to discuss the prospects of future collaboration between the two institutions.During the meeting...

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Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan Make Significant Progress in the World Bank’s Doing Business Ranking 2019

05-Nov-2018

Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan Make Significant Progress in the World Bank’s Doing Business Ranking 2019

We congratulate the Governments of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan with their countries’ substantial improvements in the World Bank’s Doing Business Ranking 2019. Azerbaijan has moved from 57th place in 2018 to 25th place, and is among the ten economies to have made the ...

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Issue 107: Georgia in International Rankings in 2018

12-Dec-2018

Issue 107: Georgia in International Rankings in 2018

Georgia was ranked 66th among 140 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index1 in 2018. During 2010-2018 Georgia’s position in the ranking was improving, except one year. In 2018, compared to 2017, Georgia’s position in the ranking improved by 1 place...

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Issue 106: Foreign Direct Investment, January-June 2018

18-Sep-2018

Issue 106: Foreign Direct Investment, January-June 2018

Analysis of the preliminary data on FDI for the first half of 2018 revealed the following general findings: The financial, energy, and construction sectors attracted the most FDI; Azerbaijan, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands were the largest investing countries for Geo...

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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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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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