Welcoming Mikheil Janelidze, Senior Consultant in Foreign Trade Policy
Despite the difficulties presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to grow, both geographically by diversifying our portfolio, and in terms of personnel by adding new high-level professionals to our team. Indeed, we are delighted to announce that Mikheil Janelidze has joined our team as a Senior Consultant in Foreign Trade Policy.
PMCG Completes Project to Strengthen Communication of Public Defender (Ombudsman) of Georgia
We recently finished a project with the Public Defender (Ombudsman) of Georgia (PDO) focused on supporting the PDO to develop a communications strategy and action plan, and to improve its internal communications function.
Diagnosing Two Clusters of Two Regions of Georgia to Support Business Sophistication
PMC Research is studying the current situation in two clusters - the processing and preservation of fruits and vegetables cluster in Guria, and the poultry cluster in Kvemo Kartli - to analyze current business operations, to develop a cluster map and, finally, to elaborate both short-term objectives and a long-term vision for the development of the clusters.
PMCG Supporting Decentralization of Georgia’s Public Service Delivery in Environmental Protection and Agriculture
We have contributed to the implementation of the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure (MRDI) of Georgia’s decentralization strategy and action plan, aiming to increase the role of self-governing units in solving public affairs, providing self-governing units with appropriate material and financial resources, and establishing reliable, accountable, transparent and results-oriented self-government.
Strengthening Economic Potential of the Tourism Sector and Creative Industries in Georgia
We recently developed two policy briefs, one on the tourism sector and the other on creative industries in Georgia, as part of the USAID Georgia Economic Security Program (GESP).
The goal of this project was to identify key economic policy/regulatory challenges facing the tourism sector and creative industries, and to facilitate dialogue between private and public sectors including a wide spectrum of civil society and political representatives.
Supporting Public Defender of Georgia to Better Respond to Allegations of Freedom of Information Request Violations
We recently completed a project entitled “Supporting the Office of Public Defender of Georgia (PDO) to Streamline and Improve Internal Business Processes to Promptly and Effectively Analyze and Respond to the Appeals of Citizens of Georgia on Freedom of Information (FoI) Request Violations by the Public Institutions.”
PMCG at OSCE Event to Promote Lapis Lazuli Route, Connecting Caucasus and Central Asia
On October 21-23, PMCG’s representative Mr. Bondo Bolkvadze participated in a training course entitled "Simplification of border crossing procedures for transit cargo through the possible creation of a Single Logistics Center on the basis of the Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey Transport Corridor Agreement (Lapis Lazuli)," hosted by the OSCE Center in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
Enhancing the Open Government Capacity of Georgian Local Authorities
During October 8-11, we conducted a training course for 19 representatives of City Halls and Assemblies of various municipalities of Georgia (Telavi, Akhmeta, Gurjaani, Azhara, Eredvi, and Khashuri) in the course of a project entitled “Raising Awareness of the Local Government Staff from Selected Municipalities on Open Government Partnership (OGP) Platform and Increase their Capacity in Open Government in line with its Core Principles: Transparency, Accountability, Civic Engagement and Access to New Technologies.”
Supporting the Mobilization of Resources for the Benefit of Children in Kazakhstan
We have recently started working on a new project, assisting to ensure that the efforts being made to optimize the utilization of the public budget deliver the best possible impacts for children in Kazakhstan.
PMCG is implementing an EU-funded project in consortium with ICE – International Consulting Expertise entitled “Improving quality of Prosecution and Criminal Investigation." The project aims to assist in advancing the reforms of the Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Georgia in line with international standards and commitments. In the course of the project, we have helped to deepen the knowledge and skills of employees of the Analytical Unit of the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia in their daily integral work on analytical data processing and improving published information to prepare materials and reports in a dynamic and interactive manner, using modern tools and methodologies.
With the purpose of enhancing good governance and sustainable development in the municipalities of Georgia, on February 1-5, together with the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG), we conducted an online training course for 168 representatives from all municipalities of Georgia, in order to introduce the concept of the Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES) as well as the application of the corresponding informational platform software, ensuring better measurement of the municipalities’ effectiveness, under the EU-funded project entitled “Networking for Efficiency and Development (N4ED).”
We recently started a new project, the goal of which is to advance e-work market development in Georgia by assessing the e-work market demand among enterprises from the five biggest cities of Georgia, and helping to match this demand with the rural labor force of the selected municipalities under the EU-funded program “Improving Rural Development in Georgia (IRDG),” which is being implemented by UNDP.
The International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM), a leading global public financial management (PFM) organization uniting government entities, institutions, professional associations, university departments and high-level financial management professionals devoted to improving financial management, has organized a virtual training symposium entitled “Managing Through Crisis: COVID-19 and Governance,” which will take place on February 9-10. As part of the symposium, Mr. Aleksi Aleksishvili, CEO and Chairman at PMCG, will moderate the panel entitled “Budgeting in Uncertain Times,” which will bring together panelists from North America, Africa, the Caucasus, and the Balkans.
We are proud to share that our affiliated consultant of many years, Mr. David Lelashvili, has published Understanding Development: How do Countries Develop?, a book that investigates development as a whole, the prospects of less-developed countries modernizing, the best paths for countries to take towards development, and the ways in which traditional societies evolve into more advanced societies of the type found in modern and developed countries.
According to a survey of Georgian economists, the economic climate in the country for the first quarter of 2021 has been and will continue to be worse than the last quarter of 2020. Their assessment of the current situation was also significantly worse than the corresponding quarter of the previous year. The economists’ predictions for Georgia’s economic situation for the next six months were also negative. Specifically, their expectations for this period remain similarly bleak to those stated in the final quarter of 2020, and were considerably more pessimistic than the forecasts they made at the same time last year.
The number of international travelers declined by 94.5% in January compared to the same period of 2020, while the number of international visitors fell by 93.6% and the number of international tourists fell by 91.9%;
In January 2021, the year over year Hotel Price Index decreased by 33.8% in Adjara and by 28.5% in Samtskhe-Javakheti;
The number of ski-lift users in Georgia grew significantly, by an annual average rate of 21%, from the 2014-2015 season up to and including the 2018-2019 season. However, compared to the 2018-19 season, the number of ski-lift users dropped by 20% during the 2019-2020 season, due to the looming COVID-19 pandemic which effectively brought the season to an early finish. Thereafter, the 2020-2021 season has been cancelled outright due to the ongoing epidemiological crisis;
Sales per skiing day demonstrated significant growth from the 2014-2015 winter season up to and including the 2018-2019 winter season, growing by 33% annually on average in this period. It even registered modest growth (4%) in the 2019-2020 season.
In Georgia, the average cost of a room in a 3-star hotel was 118 GEL per night in January 2021, while the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 188 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse was 72 GEL per night.
In this issue, we overview trends in Ukraine’s labor market indicators through the past decade and compare the dynamics of unemployment rates of Eastern Partnership countries over the same period. In addition, we analyze the effects of COVID-19 on the key labor market indicators, as well as on average wages and number of vacancies posted in 2020.
In Georgia, the average cost of a room in a 3-star hotel was 123 GEL per night in December 2020, while the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 197 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse was 70 GEL per night.
Tourism across the world in 2020 was decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March 2020, the industry has been all but sidelined by various lockdowns including severe restrictions to international travel. To counter these difficulties, businesses in tourism-related industries were provided different support measures throughout 2020, and many of these have been extended into 2021;
The number of international travelers declined by 92.4% in December compared to the same period of 2019, while the number of international visitors fell by 90.8% and the number of international tourists fell by 86.3%;
The price changes in Adjara and Guria are the most representative of tourism’s decline. In December 2020, the year over year Hotel Price Index decreased by 41% in Guria, by 39% in Adjara and by 31.3% in Samtskhe-Javakheti.
International rankings and indicators help us to understand and assess how countries are performing in different areas. In this bulletin, Georgia’s positions in international rankings and their dynamics are reviewed based on recent data, and these are also compared to other Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Ukraine, and Belarus).
The spread of COVID-19 has resulted in a global pandemic, followed by an abrupt economic crisis due to the necessary measures taken to reduce infection and death rates. In this bulletin, we focus on the countries of the Black Sea region, specifically their preparedness for an economic crisis and their actual economic performance during the pandemic, before presenting forecasts for 2021.
In Q1-Q3 of 2020, total trade turnover in Ukraine amounted to 72.8 bln USD, which is a 6.9 bln (9%) decrease, compared to the corresponding period of 2019;
In Q1-Q3 of 2020, Ukrainian exports decreased by 6% compared to the corresponding period of 2019, while Ukrainian imports dropped by 11%;
In Q1-Q3 of 2020, Ukraine’s trade deficit amounted to 2.98 bln USD, which is 2.6 bln USD (47%) decrease compared to the corresponding period of 2019;
In Q1-Q3 of 2020, the main export partners were China, Poland and Russia, with shares in total export volume of 13.8%, 6.7% and 5.8% respectively. The main import partners were China (15.3% of total imports), Germany (10.2%) and Russia (8.8%).
The number of international travelers declined by 93.1% in November compared to the same period of 2019, while the number of international visitors fell by 91.6% and the number of international tourists fell by 88.3%;
The price changes in Adjara and Guria are the most representative of tourism’s decline. In November 2020, the year over year Hotel Price Index decreased by 45.8% in Guria and by 28.5% in Adjara. Hotel prices in other regions do not provide an accurate guidance of the situation in accommodation market due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
The number of visits by domestic visitors in the third quarter of 2020 (Q3 of 2020) has declined by 5.6%, compared to the same period of 2019;
The number of visits with the purpose of visiting friends or relatives has declined the most in Q3 of 2020, compared to the corresponding figure in 2019, having declined by 19.8%. Whereas, the number of visits with the purpose of visiting another house (cottage, etc.) has increased by 45.4% in Q3 of 2020, compared to Q3 of 2019. Perhaps, the main reason for these changes in the structure of the visit purpose is existing fears of traveling caused by the ongoing pandemic.