Presenting the Shortfalls of Deliberative Democracy in Mestia Municipality
On December 17, PMC Research conducted an online presentation of a research report entitled “Shortfalls of Deliberative Democracy in Rural Georgia: Analysis of the General Assembly of a Settlement in Mestia Municipality,” prepared by PMC Research as part of the project “Public Policy Discourse and Dialogue Platform” project, with the support of PMCG.
Strengthening Human Resources Capacity to Improve Solid Waste Management in Georgia
On December 7-10, we gave a series of trainings on human resources management (HRM) for the Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia in the course of the Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) Programme II, which is funded by KfW, and is being implemented by PMCG as part of a consortium led by Fichtner.
Promoting Vocational Education at Skills Week Georgia
On December 7, Dr. Giorgi Khishtovani, Director at PMC Research, and Ms. Irina Tserodze, Education and Skills Development Consultant at PMCG, facilitated an online conference in the course of Skills Week Georgia, covering various topics including vocational education challenges in the context of Covid-19, local and global trends in skills development and employment, challenges with regard to workforce development and teaching difficulties, as well as presenting potential solutions and future prospects.
Hosting the ICGFM’s Discussion on Strengthening PFM Processes in Global Post-pandemic Economic Recovery
On November 24, PMCG led an online panel at the second in a series of Community of Practice in Public Financial Management (PFM) events entitled “How to Accelerate Recovery – Post Covid-19,” organized by the International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM).
Supporting the Maldives to Strengthen Public Financial Management (PFM) and Domestic Revenue Mobilization (DRM) Systems
We recently became part of a new five-year program in the Maldives, run by DAI Global and funded by USAID. The project aims to enhance the quality, efficiency and transparency of managing government budget processes and public investments by strengthening public financial management (PFM) and domestic revenue mobilization (DRM) systems.
Researching Good Practices and Moderation of Virtual Events at Municipal Level During COVID-19 Pandemic
We recently started working on a GIZ project designed to share experience and innovative solutions efficiently across regions in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, so that cities in GIZ’s Connective Cities Network can better prepare for the effects of the pandemic. Moreover, it aims to boost the effectiveness of their responses to local outbreaks.
PMCG Opens the Central Asia Trade Forum (CATF) on its 10th Anniversary
On November 16, Mr. Mikheil Janelidze, Senior Consultant in Foreign Trade Policy at PMCG, virtually opened the Central Asia Trade Forum (CATF) promoting regional trade and connectivity. The annual event, which is being held for the tenth time, runs until November 20. This event is being hosted by the USAID-funded 5-year program “Competitive Trade and Jobs (CTJ) in Central Asia," which is led by DAI Global.
Meet Irina Tserodze, Our New Senior Consultant in Education and Skills Development
We are delighted to welcome Ms. Irina Tserodze to our team as a senior consultant in the field of education and skills development, bringing with her a proven track record of more than 15 years in the public and private sector.
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.
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.
According to this survey of Georgian economists, the economic climate in the country in the third quarter of 2021 has improved compared to the second quarter of the same year. Georgian economists’ assessments of the current situation have generally improved, compared to the previous quarter and the corresponding quarter of 2020, but nevertheless remain negative. The economists’ predictions for Georgia’s economic situation for the next six months were also negative. Indeed, their expectations for this period deteriorated slightly, compared to their predictions in the second quarter of 2021 and the forecasts they made in the third quarter of last year.
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to represent a major economic shock, causing considerable inflation volatility. The pandemic has been responsible for a substantial decline in inflation rates over the course of 2020 globally. However, this trend underwent a significant reversal in the first half of 2021. In this issue, we overview inflation trends in Ukraine prior to and during the COVID-19 crisis.
This quarterly report provides an analysis of economic trends, as well as denoting the challenges and opportunities (in local, regional, and global contexts) across selected value chains within six sectors to improve evidence-based decision-making through the provision of quality information and analytics. The specific sectors are tourism, creative industries, light manufacturing, shared intellectual services, waste management and recycling, along with cross-cutting sectors. The analysis tracks trends from the first quarter of 2021.Please find the full publication in English and the executive summary of the report in Georgian.
This quarterly report provides an analysis of economic trends, as well as denoting the challenges and opportunities (in local, regional, and global contexts) in the selected value chains within six sectors to improve evidence-based decision-making by providing quality information and analytics. These specific sectors are tourism, creative industries, light manufacturing, shared intellectual services, waste management, and recycling, along with cross-cutting sectors. The analysis tracks trends from 2016 to December 31, 2020.Please find the full publication in English and the executive summary of the report in Georgian.
This quarterly report provides an analysis of economic trends, as well as denoting the challenges and opportunities (in local, regional, and global contexts) in the selected value chains within six sectors to improve evidence-based decision-making by providing quality information and analytics. These specific sectors are tourism, creative industries, light manufacturing, shared intellectual services, waste management and recycling, along with cross-cutting sectors. The analysis tracks trends from 2014 to the third quarter of 2020. The following is a synopsis of the findings for this quarter: Tourism (accommodation, catering, adventure tourism, gastronomic tourism, and cultural tourism); Creative industries (media content production and post-production, and artisan); Light manufacturing (furniture, packaging, construction materials, personal and protective equipment (PPE), and wooden toys); and Solid waste management and recycling.
Please find the full publication in English and the executive summary of the report in Georgian.