HRM Tools for Officials of Newly-Created Municipalities

Sep, 2014

On 4-5 September, Policy and Management Consulting Group (PMCG) is conducting training courses about Human Resource Management (HRM) for senior officials from 14 newly-created local municipalities. The project “Training courses for senior civil servants in 14 newly-created municipalities” is being carried out under the USAID Georgia, Good Governance in Georgia (G3) Program. The training program aims to assist newly-created local municipalities to meet challenges by enhancing the skills and capacities of their officials. PMCG has already developed a training manual and issued relevant guidelines to introduce effective tools of HRM to representatives of municipalities.About 30 attendees will receive information about the Georgian law on public service and the modern trends in the field of recruiting, including: Guidelines and recommendations of how to build up relevant job description and vacancy announcement; How to conduct the process of applicants’ selection effectively; How to search for recommendations and; How to create an effective adaptation program. In addition to the theoretical sessions, PMCG trainers will introduce special practical exercises. In order to ensure the completeness of the achieved results, under the framework of this project a similar course about the State Procurement and Budgeting systems will be delivered to the representatives of 14 newly-created municipalities.
PMCG’s Public Sector Director Appointed as Head of Budget Office

Sep, 2014

Policy and Management Consulting Group (PMCG) congratulates Mr. George Jerenashvili, Public Sector Consulting Director at PMCG, upon his appointment to the position of head of the Parliament Budget Office of Georgia. For a period of around two years working as part of the PMCG team, Mr. Jerenashvili managed to streamline the public sector strategy of the company and numerous projects in the fields of tax system, revenue service, state procurement and others were successfully implemented under his leadership.Considering Mr. Jerenashvili’s sound experience, we think that the appointment of such a valuable professional will be of significant benefit to the public entity that has a crucial role in the efficient functioning of the Parliament of Georgia.We are confident that Mr. Jerenashvili will make an excellent impact in his new role and we wish him every success in this new challenge.
PMCG Hosts Official Delegation from Tajikistan

Aug, 2014

 On 17-22 August, Policy and Management Consulting Group (PMCG) is hosting a delegation from Tajikistan, comprising representatives of the executive office of the President, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Justice, National Land Committee, Gosregister (Public Registry), members of the Republic of Tajikistan and Tajikistan Land Reform and Farm Restructuring Project (LRFRP). The tour will provide participants with background information and on-the-ground demonstrations of land reform in Georgia, focused on introducing them to Georgia’s sound experience in agricultural land reform and its impact on the economic-social development of the country. During the first day of the visit our guests were given the opportunity to obtain general information about land reform in Georgia from representatives of the Association of Professionals on Land and Realty. The discussion emphasized the legislative aspects of the reform, including land ownership, land market, tenders, transactions and legislation regulating farmers’ activities. The guests were also introduced to the history of land reform in the country, covering the planning, execution and implementation process, as well as strategy development issues. Later, the management of Community Development – Farmers’ Servicing Center in Georgia discussed the benefits of the reform and the challenges that farmers faced regarding the existing system. Follow the link below for more detailed information:USAID Land Tenure and Property Rights Portal
PMCG Shares Successful Experience in Implementing Policy and Institutional Reforms

Aug, 2014

On August 4-7, Central Eurasia Leadership Alliance (CELA) hosted the first ever Global Network Summit in Tbilisi. Policy and Management Consulting Group (PMCG), represented by General Director Aleksi Aleksishvili was honored to participate in the Summit and share his and their successful experience in implementing policy and institutional reforms. Today, on August 7, in the framework of this significant event, Mr. Aleksishvili delivered a presentation and discussed PMCG’s sound experience based on Georgia’s successful reforms. He emphasized the importance of streamlining various components especially socio-economic, fiscal, tax and customs and administration. It is noteworthy that this experience was shared with a number of transitional countries such as Albania, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Moldova.“The fact that Georgia is hosting an international summit with its emphatic content and variety of guests has great importance. We are always open to share our positive experience and I’d like to thank CELA for this opportunity”, said Mr. Aleksishvili. The event brought together members of all four regional networks – Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF), CELA, Middle East Leadership Academy (MELA), South East Asia Leadership Academy (SEALA) and more than 1300 participants from USA, Lebanon, Kuwait, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Bahrain, Singapore, India, the Caucasus and Central Asia. In the framework of an intensive four-day Summit, participants were given a chance to get acquainted with Georgian culture and history, as well as the ongoing political and economic reforms, opinions of local experts and the experience of international business leaders. Representatives of supreme legislative and executive branches of the Government of Georgia, prominent scientists and business leaders also spoke at the Summit. Follow the link below for more detailed information:http://www.celaprogram.org/  
Strengthening Wine Producing Industry in Georgia

Aug, 2014

Policy and Management Consulting Group (PMCG) continues to support enterprises in transition countries to strengthen their positions on international markets.As an example, PMCG business development consultants recently finished working on an efficient business plan and a results-oriented financial model on construction and operation of a vineyard, wine and brandy factory for Bodbe LTD and its foreign investors. We supplied the company with a detailed description of the best examples of wine and brandy production processes, conducted deep analysis of the global, and regional and Georgian wine markets and provided Bodbe with information about the newest international trends. To thoroughly prepare our partner for negotiations with foreign investors, PMCG also supplied the company management with information about the advantages and exclusivity of the history and traditions of wine production in Georgia. As a result of this collaboration, Bodbe will start the construction and implementation of a vineyard and wine and brandy factories. Please follow the link below for detailed information about the project:Business Development Plan for Bodbe Wine and Brandy Production Company
PMCG Hosted Newly Elected Mayors and Gamgebelis

Jul, 2014

On Monday, July 28th, the Policy and Management Consulting Group (PMCG) hosted an information meeting for newly elected Mayors and Gamgebelis.USAID Georgia mission Director Stephen Haykin, as well as newly elected Tbilisi Mayor David Narmania, First Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure Tengiz Shergelashvili and PMCG’s Chief Executive Officer Aleksi Aleksishvili, opened the event. Eight newly elected Mayors (including: Kutaisi, Batumi, Zugdidi, and Rustavi) and 13 Gamgebelis participated in the meeting.The Mayors and Gamgebelis discussed opportunities to raise the productivity of their work and important aspects of the recently adopted Local Self-Governance Code.“Local Self-Governance Code gives us new authorities and responsibilities towards our citizens. Therefore, it is important that the newly elected Mayors and Gamgebelis know exactly what new legislation imposes, in order to lead activities more effectively. I appreciate USAID Georgi’s support in this direction. This organization assists us during this reform and I believe that this support will continue in the future also, as the reform has just began and will take several years before the full implementation”, said elected Mayor of Tbilisi, David Narmania. “The purpose of the meeting is to analyze major principles, directions, opportunities and challenges of the self-governance with the newly elected Mayors and Gamgebelis. I would like to thank USAID Georgia and the participants for supporting this project,” said Aleksi Aleksishvili, CEO at PMCG adding that “PMCG would like to have even a small contribution to the development of the decentralization and democracy process in Georgia”.The meeting was conducted as part of the project Training Courses for Senior Civil Servants in 14 Newly-Created Municipalities, supported by the USAID Good Governance Georgia (G3) program.Follow the link belows for detailed information:   USAID Georgia, G3 Program - Training Courses for Senior Civil Servants in 14 Newly-Created MunicipalitiesPMCG Introduces Effective Management Tools to Newly Created Self GovernancesPMCG Supports Newly Created Local Self GovernmentsGood Governance in Georgia (G3)
PMC Research Center Published Final Report about the State Procurement System of Georgia

Jul, 2014

The research paper “Analysis of the State Procurement Policy of Georgia” studies the strength and challenges of the existing state procurement system of Georgia. The research is based on the analysis of state procurement policy, conducted interviews with representatives of large procuring entities and suppliers of goods and services, with representatives of the State Procuring Agency. The research also analyzes 24 best practices of the 18 European Union countries’ electronic procurement systems to examine whether the existing procurement system complies with the European best practices. “The research is conducted in the framework of The East-West Management Institute’s (EWMI) Policy, Advocacy, and Civil Society Development in Georgia (G-PAC) Program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The report has been made possible through generous support of the American people via USAID. Please, follow the link below to view the document:  English   Georgian    
PMC Research Center Issued Final Report about the Fiscal Sustainability in Georgia

Jul, 2014

The research “Analysis of the medium term fiscal policy sustainability in Georgia” assesses the fiscal sustainability of the country in medium and long-term periods. A stable development oriented fiscal policy is crucial for the sustainable economic development of a country. A slowdown in the economic growth rate, an increase in fiscal deficits and a public debt in Georgia have raised concerns about the sustainability of its fiscal policy. Therefore, the need for adjustment of fiscal policy over a medium term was highlighted. “The research is conducted in the framework of The East-West Management Institute’s (EWMI) Policy, Advocacy, and Civil Society Development in Georgia (G-PAC) Program, funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The report is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the USAID. The content is the responsibility of the PMC Research Center and do not necessarily reflects the view of USAID, the United States Government, or EWMI”.Please, follow the link below to view the document:Final Report
PMC Research Center Presents Procurement Research Findings

Jun, 2014

On Tuesday, June 24, at the Sheraton Metechi Palace hotel, PMC Research Center (PMC RC) delivered a presentation and public discussion on “Analysis of the State Procurement System of Georgia”. The research had been conducted with the support of the USAID program - Policy, Advocacy, and Civil Society Development in Georgia (G-PAC), which is implemented by the East West Management Institute (EWMI).The research provides an analysis of the state procurement policy of Georgia, advantages and challenges of the state procurement system and its compliance with the best international practices. Special recommendations were developed based on the research’s findings. Results and recommendations were discussed during the public discussion.“Very often, the problem is the low quality of the purchased goods and services. In order to further improve the state procurement system of Georgia, PMC RC developed 20 recommendations including the following: the obligation of conducting electronic tender should become broader and, for example, include the funds of the president, government and reserve funds of Tbilisi City Hall. The opportunity for a direct, simplified contract being awarded to companies with high-budget projects should be limited”, argued Besik Namchavadze, Senior Researcher at PMC RC on the recommendations developed in the framework of the research.Namchavadze also emphasized that “the most commonly purchased products should be standardized and the capacity for the preparation of the technical requirement for procuring goods and services should be enhanced. The relevant agencies should be given adequate time for tender preparation, in order procurement plans not to require changes for many times. Active involvement of civil society institutions in the process is necessary”.According to PMC RC, carrying out the mentioned recommendations in practice will decrease the probability of procuring entities not acquiring goods and services of the required quality. Recommendations were also developed regarding technical issues, and it was agreed that all mentioned recommendations will ensure that tenders become more effective.  
Program Budgeting Manual Presented

Jun, 2014

On June 18, in the framework of the Good Governance in Georgia (G3) USAID organized a presentation on preparing a program budget. Stephen M. Haykin, USAID's mission director in the Caucasus opened the event. Officials of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara (GoARA), the Georgian government and PMCG participated in the presentation. The event focused on sharing the positive experience with the representatives of the government was a conclusion of sorts to the project - “Strengthening Government of Autonomous Republic of Adjara Institutional Capacity for Program Budgeting” which was implemented by PMCG, under the USAID G3 program that aimed to increase the program capacity of the GoARA, including all agencies of the government. As one of the major components of the project, our consultants provided technical assistance to formulate and implement the program budget for 2014 in all GoARA agencies. At the first stage, we facilitated participatory processes of medium term planning and program budgeting, that helped to define the main priorities of the institutions and identify the appropriate steps for the next several years. An analytical report of GoARA Program Budgeting Processes, providing a broad description of the processes of developing mid-term priorities, draft programs and sub-programs of the government’s agencies was created. After round table discussions and analysis with GoARA, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Finance of Georgia, PMCG consultants developed a Program Budgeting Manual. “The Program Budgeting Manual contributes to represent budget in the form of programs and activities”, explained Irakli Khmaladze, consultant at PMCG adding that “the manual is an efficient tool to clearly see all the planned goals, as well as to evaluate achieved ones”. Detailed information  
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