Public Financial Management and Administration (PFMA) Activity
Africa and Middle East,
Client: DAI Global
Origin of Funding: DAI Global
PMCG, as a subcontractor to DAI Global, is implementing this USAID-funded 5-year program, which aims to improve public financial management (PFM) through boosting the revenue raising system, streamlining the budget management process, optimizing public expenditure management, and assisting in cross-cutting PFM reform.
PMCG is working on the optimization of public expenditure management by supporting improvements to public procurement management through enhancing the organizational system by improving its structure, operation, and workforce, and developing and integrating the procurement system, the inventory system, and the GFMIS.
Objective I. Public Procurement Process Institutionalization:
Conduct a detailed analysis of Jordan Online E-Procurement System’s (JONEPS) functionality and elaborate the specific needs, process maps, and technical specifications for further development of the system;
Support the system development process by providing tailored trainings for technical staff;
Provide recommendations on legislative amendments or regulatory updates;
Identify the procuring entities with the most appropriate procurement knowledge based on preliminary meetings and consultations (e.g. line ministries and large municipalities);
Pilot e-procurement in target organizations and roll-out electronic procurement processes in stages along with capacity-building and training activities for both public and private sector representatives; and
Support the newly-established Procurement Policies Committee by providing topic-specific workshops, on-the-job training events, and learning summits about public procurement best practices, data analysis, open contracting, and elaboration of policy recommendations and procurement guidelines, among other topics. We will also support the unit in setting performance indicators and monitoring the performance of decentralized procuring entities.
With respect to the last point, the project team will work with the Government Procurement Department (GPD) and other Jordanian institutions to design and roll-out a broad-based training program for procurement officers in Jordan, auditors, investigators, and private sector users. The project team will work collaboratively with Jordan’s partners to develop a curriculum, identify potential master trainers, train the trainers, and roll-out training to high-priority line ministries and government agencies.
Objective II. Inventory Management Improvement:
The project team will work closely with the GPD, the MoF, and the Ministry of Transportation (MoT). As an initial step, we will form joint working teams with our GoJ counterparts to analyze the general inventory management framework, its technical features, and the existing electronic systems. In the design phase, we will recommend IT system improvements, regulatory or legal changes as needed, organizational improvements, and process improvements.
To enhance control and oversight over the inventory management function, the project team will coordinate with the MoT, the Audit Bureau, internal audit units, as well as governmental and non-governmental institutions involved in public procurement and the inventory framework. Our support will include on-the-job training with a focus on data analysis, interpretation of results, and the elaboration of policy recommendations for further improvement of inventory management and the development of early warning indicators for fraud, waste, and abuse.
PMCG is launching a new EU-funded project entitled “Support to Security Sector Oversight Bodies in Georgia” as part of an international consortium led by B&S Europe, in the course of the “EU for Security, Accountability and Fight against Crime in Georgia (SAFE)” program. With an expected duration of three years, the project aims to consolidate and strengthen the role and activities of independent oversight bodies in Georgia in line with best EU and international practices.
We are continuing to contribute to regional infrastructure development, which is essential to any country’s overall economic development. With this in mind, recently, we launched a new project, working together with the United Water Supply Company of Georgia (UWSCG) to provide construction supervision services with respect to rehabilitation and construction works in the water supply system in the city of Telavi in Georgia.
At PMCG, we know that supporting young people in their development is key to securing an effective and sustainable future for the country as a whole. Moreover, we are certain that youth play a crucial role in ensuring progress, especially in developing countries. Accordingly, we have long been empowering young people by assisting them to obtain high-quality education, and we continue to do so.
Between July 27 and August 8, a mission from PMCG headed by Mr. Vakhtang Lashkaradze and Mr. Givi Nadiradze, with the purpose of enhancing trade facilitation through advancing border management and customs policies, visited Uzbekistan where they participated in 18 separate meetings with various departments of the State Customs Committee of Uzbekistan, as well as leading representatives of the private sector. In addition, they visited all types of customs checkpoints in Tashkent and the surrounding region, and conducted capacity-building training sessions as well.
We recently launched a summative evaluation of the 5-year Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support (CUTIS) Project, aiming to share results achieved by the project with key stakeholders, and enhance future possible programming in the economic growth sector by recommending how to strengthen the involvement of Ukrainian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in trade and investment.
Poverty alleviation remains one of the biggest challenges for the world, including Georgia. Methods applied to determine the poverty rate vary from country to country, so in order to gain a broad understanding of the current situation regarding poverty in Georgia at the international level, it is important to take into account a variety of indicators. In 2020, GDP per capita in Georgia amounted to 4279 USD, ranking it 122nd in the world and 3rd among Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries. Meanwhile, the Human Capital Index (HCI) calculates the contributions of health and education to worker productivity with Georgia scoring 0.57 in 2020, ranking 85th out of 174 countries world and having the lowest score among EaP countries.Multidimensional poverty encompasses various forms of deprivation experienced by poor people such as poor health, lack of education, inadequate living standards, poor quality of work and the threat of violence. In 2019, 3.8% of the population in Georgia was multidimensionally poor, ranking 57th out of 120 countries in the world and first among EaP countries. The Gini Index measures income distribution within a society. In 2021, Georgia scored 36.4 on the Gini Index, ranking 76th out of 165 countries and having the highest inequality rate among EaP countries. In terms of life expectancy, in 2020 average life expectancy in Georgia was 74.2 years, ranking it 101st in the world and 3rd among EaP countries. Taking into account these indicators, Georgia, on an international level, is an upper-middle-income country with moderate rates of inequality and life expectancy. Due to its poor educational and healthcare systems, Georgia has been unable to mobilize its human capital to achieve a higher level of economic development.
Total trade turnover in Ukraine amounted to 61.2 bln USD, marking an increase of 14.07 bln USD (29.9%) compared to the corresponding period of 2020;
Ukrainian exports increased by 7.01 bln USD (30.6%) compared to the corresponding period of 2020, while Ukrainian imports increased by 7.06 bln USD (29.2%);
Compared to the corresponding prepandemic period of 2019, Ukrainian exports increased by 5.5 bln USD (22.3%), while its imports increased by 3.01 bln USD (10.7%);
Ukraine’s trade deficit amounted to 1.3 bln USD, which represents a 0.02 bln USD (1.5%) decrease compared to the corresponding period of 2020;
Ukraine’s main trade partners were China, Poland, and Germany, with shares in total trade volume of 14.5%, 7.6% and 6.5%, respectively. Ukraine’s main export partners were China (14.3% of total exports), Poland (7.9%), and Turkey (6%). Meanwhile, its main import partners were China (14.6% of total imports), Germany (8.9%), and Russia (9.1%);
54.4% of Ukrainian exports were concentrated among its top ten partners, while imports were slightly less diversified with the top ten partners responsible for 63.7% of total imports;
Compared with the corresponding period of 2020, a 24.3% decrease in trade turnover with Russia was observed, while significant 33% and 40.6% increases were recorded in the cases of China and the EU.
The poultry sector in Georgia enjoyed stable growth between 2007 and 2020 (i.e. since the global outbreak of bird flu had abated in 2006). The sector is the only agricultural sector to contribute VAT payments to the Georgian economy. The sector, as well as most other sectors of the economy, has been affected by the country’s move toward approximation with European standards, especially in recent years. This issue is largely based on the "Poultry Cluster Diagnostic Study in Kvemo Kartli Region," published by PMC Research Center, for United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) under the “EU Innovative Action for Private Sector Competitiveness in Georgia (EU IPSC).” Find the full publication here: https://bit.ly/3kSILkL
The number of international travelers increased by 538.3% in August 2021, compared to the same period of 2020, and declined by 77.3% compared to the same period in 2019. Meanwhile, the number of international visitors increased by 510.5% (2021/2020) and declined by 75.5% (2021/2019), and the number of international tourists increased by 615.2% (2021/2020) and declined by 67.2% (2021/2019);
Tourists coming to Georgia have customarily originated from a small concentrated selection of countries. Specifically, in 2019, 71.4% of all international visitors to Georgia came from its four neighboring countries. However, in August 2021, the corresponding proportion amounted to just 40.8%, mostly due to an increase in the number of visits from Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan;
Targeting tourism markets with potential for expansion could be a fruitful approach in Georgia’s economic recovery as the pandemic eventually subsides. In particular, China, with an average growth rate in its number of visitors to Georgia of 54% over 2015-2019, and Kazakhstan, with a corresponding indicator at 36%, stand out as promising markets.
In Georgia, the average cost of a room in a 3-star hotel was 151 GEL per night in August 2021, while the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 268 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse was 95 GEL per night. The average cost of a room in a 5-star hotel in Georgia in August 2021 was 514 GEL per night. In Guria, the average price was 807 GEL, followed by Tbilisi - 604 GEL, Adjara - 570 GEL and Kakheti – 546 GEL.