On June 16, the Mayor of Kutaisi Shota Murghulia signed an agreement according to which Kutaisi becomes the first city in Georgia to join the European Union initiative “Mayors for Economic Growth” (M4EG).
The agreement was signed at a meeting attended by team leader of the project Peter Korsby, regional coordinator and communication manager Julia Dzingailo, country expert (Georgia) Zviad Archuadze, as well as the Deputy Mayor Konstantin Kavtaradze, other representatives of Kutaisi city hall and vice governors.
M4EG is a 4-year project funded by European Commission and is implemented by PMCG as part of a consortium led by Ecorys Nederland B.V. The initiative aims to support local authorities in Eastern Partnership countries to become active facilitators of economic growth and job creation.
The project assists local authorities by designing and implementing local economic development plans and strengthening technical skills and capacities to implement economic strategies in line with the principles of good governance and sound financial management.
To increase its sustainability, the initiative engages various stakeholders such as local authority associations, business associations, small and medium-sized enterprises and educational institutions.
Through taking part, participating countries establish cross-country partnerships that will also contribute to making local authorities more sustainable.