Press Release

Feb, 2009

PMCG and the International School of Economics (ISET) are implementing the Public Policy Discussion Panel and the Internet Forum Project (PPDR). The fourth roundtable meeting will be held on Thursday, February 19, 5:00 pm in the ISET building. The presenter, Vazha Petriashvili (Deputy Minister of Finance of Georgia) and moderator Aleksi Aleksishvili (PMCG) will discuss the “Overview of Georgian Fiscal Policy and Future Plans”.         The negative outcome of the global financial crisis for business, investors and employers is expected to be more destructive during 2009. Budget and tax policy should be modified according to the new challenges. It will be interesting to receive information on measures planned by the Georgian Government in response to the crisis. The main purpose of the roundtable will be to exchange ideas, to provide comments or critique and policy recommendations, from a broader group of stakeholders. The Public Policy Discussion Panel (PPDR) initiative is jointly funded by USAID SME Support Project and World Bank’s Public Information Center (PIC). The PPDP aims to facilitate regular discussion of public policy issues, assess the current economic situation and future economic development of Georgia, review the dynamics within particular sectors, proposals for policy reforms, etc. PPDP will thus help institutionalize information exchange and active public participation in the policymaking process processes. PPDP participants include independent experts, representatives of government, parliament, business, donors, international or local NGOs. Each meeting will feature one or two selected experts, who will share analytical materials such as a report or presentation. The roundtables will be open to all interested persons and organizations as well as the media. The venue will be the International School of Economics at TSU (ISET) building, a location that ensures neutrality, an academic approach to the process and the involvement of international students and faculty. The final product of each meeting, a policy paper and report, will be distributed to every participant and other interested parties. In addition, the presentation, workshop report and policy paper will be posted on our website (www.iset.ge, www.pmcg.ge), where they will be available for all registered users. An Internet forum open to registered users has been piloted at www.pmcg.ge.
PMCG established consortium with Oxford Policy Management (UK)

Jan, 2009

UK-based consulting company Oxford Policy Management (OPM) and PMCG have jointly submitted a proposal for European Commission funded project “Technical Assistance for Further Development of a National Health Promotion Strategy and a Prioritized National Health Promotion Action Plan, Georgia”. Oxford Policy Management (OPM) is a private consultancy company that has almost 30 years' experience in providing rigorous analysis, policy advice, management and training services to national governments, international aid agencies and other public sector organizations. It provides economic and social policy, management and training services to public sector organizations and international aid agencies. OPM adopts a participatory approach to solving policy problems, working in partnership with client organizations to improve knowledge and competence that support the organisation in taking action and in getting results. Through OPM's policy research and development, strategic advice and management capacity, consortium is able to link strategic vision to best operational practice. OPM's worldwide reputation for combining analytical rigour with practical know-how enables us to collaborate on client engagements with many of the leading names in policy development and the management of change, including global consultancy practices and major financial institutions. Numerous projects undertaken by OPM Health portfolio include the work on health sector reforms, supporting the whole policy cycle in health, from strategy and policy development, through to budgeting, programme planning, organisational reform, performance management, governance, PHC and Hospital sector rationalization, Public Health, including health promotion, disease prevention, and establishing healthy life style, health service delivery, capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation.
PMCG and WYG have signed the WB funded project in public finance

Dec, 2008

A consortium of PMCG and WYG International are jointly implementing the WB funded project ‘Preparation of the functional and technical design of the Public Financial Management System (PFMS) for the structural units of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia”. Start Date: January 2009End Date: July 2009Country: GeorgiaClient: Ministry of Finance of GeorgiaFunder: The World Bank Description of the Project: The project will be conducted by PMCG and WYG International consortium. WYG is an international multi-disciplinary consultant with over 3000 staff located in more than 30 offices providing a comprehensive and co-ordinated range of high quality socio economic, planning, environmental, engineering, surveying and management services to a diverse range of clients in the public and private sectors. The project originated at the beginning of 2006 when the Ministry of Finance of Georgia endorsed the Strategic Vision for Public Financial Management Reform. This document presents a diagnosis of the challenges faced by the Georgian Government in public financial management and provides directions for implementation of this vital reform. Strengthening budgeting, accounting and reporting mechanisms and practice is one of the key elements of this Strategic Vision. In order to realize this Vision, that intends to develop, procure and implement an integrated Public Financial Management System (PFMS). To assist in the PFMS functional and technical design and preparation of technical requirements, PMCG and WYG International consortium will provide advisory services covering all important aspects of the PFM cycle (i.e. budget preparation and execution, cash and debt management, loan management and restructuring, revenue planning model, treasury operations, public accounting, financial reporting, procurement, human resources management, payroll calculations, financial control and auditing) and related Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions.
PMCG established consortium with IMPAQ International, LLC (USA)

Dec, 2008

U.S.-based research and consulting company IMPAQ International, LLC and PMCG have jointly proposed for Millennium Challenge Georgia (MCG) project ‘Data Quality Review’. IMPAQ is a U.S.-based research and consulting firm with extensive and highly successful experience in implementing projects in Turkey, Armenia and other countries in the region. IMPAQ is an internationally respected research firm that provides consulting services and technical assistance in the areas of monitoring and evaluation, social safety net programs, employment and training programs, poverty alleviation programs, privatization, and health programs throughout the world. IMPAQ staff has the unique capability to train policy makers in applied research and in design and implementation of social programs, particularly those that target assistance to the most vulnerable groups in society. The firm provides these services for multilateral organizations, government agencies and private sector enterprises. IMPAQ and PMCG have jointly proposed for the MCG funded project ‘Data Quality Review’. Consultants will review the quality of MCG program data, which provides important information for program management and decision-making and on progress achieved towards the program’s objectives and goal. This Data Quality Reviews (DQR) will cover all data collected during compact life. The objective of the assignment is to ensure that data collected for Program Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is of acceptable quality, reliability and consistency. Considering the complexity of MCG Program the reviews will be implemented through four rounds and will cover the following basic timelines: 1) First round - all data through the end of PY2; 2) Second round - all data through the end of PY3; 3) Third round - all data through the end of PY4; and 4) Fourth round - all data through the quarter 3 of PY5. The consultant shall carry out the four rounds and provide quality assurance for surveys and other data collection initiatives. The consultant is to review the data gathered for the Program as per four separate inputs to ensure that data reported are valid, reliable, timely, and precise as resources allow. This is to verify the quality and consistency of data across different Implementing Entities (IE) and other institutions engaged in surveys. The data quality reviews will also assist in identifying key issues or problematic areas regarding data quality and identifying mitigation measures to correct the problems.
PMCG together with GEA is implementing USAID funded Project

Dec, 2008

PMCG together with Georgian Evaluation Association is implementing USAID funded project ‘Strategic Planning for Ministry of Finance and Economics of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara (MoFEA)” Start Date: November 2008End Date: March 2009Country: GeorgiaClient: Ministry of Finance and Economics of the Autonomous Republic of AdjaraFunder: USAID Description of the Project: The Ministry of Finance and Economics of the Adjara Autonomous Republic is a part of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara. Its mandate is to form and implement effective economic policy to provide for stable economic growth of the Autonomous Republic. The MoFEA’s priority goals are to provide financial stability of the Adjara Autonomous Republic’s budget, improve the investment environment, develop regional infrastructure, create a more favorable entrepreneurial environment, increase investments in the regional economy, help create new jobs in the private business sector, reduce poverty and provide for the stable growth of the regional economy. USAID Public Administration Reform Program (PAR) has been partnering with the Ministry of Finance and Economics of Adjara Autonomous Republic and providing technical assistance to improve the Ministry’s organizational capacity and effectiveness of operations. By assisting with strategic planning, PAR intends to help the Ministry to consolidate its vision on organizational development and improve operations within its mandate and priority activity areas. PAR partners: PMCG and GEA will provide - through facilitation and consulting - technical assistance to the MoFEA in the organizational strategic planning activity. PMCG and GEA will create and deliver the following products: Summary report on the organizational status of the Ministry of Finance and Economics; Draft strategic plan document elaborated on the basis of the five-day Strategic Planning Workshop report; Draft 2009 Action Plans for each MoFEA department drafted by the workgroups consisting of PMCG/GEA experts and MoFEA personnel; Final drafts of MoFEA Strategic Plan and departments’ Action Plans; Summary reports of stakeholder roundtable meetings on draft strategic documents; Finalized MoFEA strategic Plan; Finalized MoFEA departments’ action plans; Internal monitoring tools and measurement criteria document.
PMCG and International School of Economics at TSU (ISET) launch an internet forum project

Dec, 2008

The internet forum will provide active assessments of the current economic situation and tendencies in Georgia, development of specific sectors, discussion of recent/future reforms, information exchange and active participation in existing processes.
PMCG is implementing UNDP funded project

Nov, 2008

PMCG won UNDP funded project ‘Study of the data management practices at municipal and regional level”. Start Date: November 2008End Date: March 2009Country: GeorgiaClient: UNDP Office in GeorgiaFunder: UNDP Description of the Project: The objective of the study is to analyze data collection and management processes and practice in municipalities, at Regional Office of the Governor and relevant ministries; analyzing data sharing practice between central, municipal and regional level including screening legal environment and institutional/administrative systems; identifying major obstacles in data management system that hinder the improvement of the efficiency of municipal socio-economic planning and service delivery as well as coordination of regional development; study should lead to elaboration of package of recommendation that can improve data management systems at municipal and regional level. Improved regional governance: Increased capacity of the regional government to coordinate and facilitate the formulation and implementation of the regional development strategy and plans; Improved local governance: Improved capacity of municipality officials to streamline administrative procedures and systems for efficient delivery of public services; Secure policy mainstreaming of the project’s experience: Policy experience of the project is documented. Attempts taken in ensuring that the experience of the project is utilized by other districts in the country, as well as by policy makers at the national level. Types of Services Provided: To screen existing practices of data collection, analysis and storing mechanism at national, regional and municipal level; To analyze types of data required for efficient municipal socio-economic planning and service delivery, as well as coordination of regional development; To undertake research and find out best practices supported\practiced within Georgia or other countries; To define clear steps in making improvements at regional and municipal level (including but not limited to human resources/hardware management) and recommend the concrete activities to be undertaken by the Kvemo Kartli project.
PMCG registered at the World Bank database of consulting companies

Oct, 2008

PMCG has registered at DACON which is a database of consulting companies maintained by the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB). The DACON database includes companies working on development projects worldwide and will help PMCG to increase its profile for potential clients. At DACON, everyone can browse companies and access their registration profiles and information about their past projects; search for companies by country, sector, size and keywords. Information on PMCG can be easily found via the following link:  http://www.dgmarket.com/dacon/DaconSearch.do
PMCG together with ECORYS is implementing the project for the Ministry of Justice of Georgia

Oct, 2008

Holland-based public policy consulting company ECORYS and PMCG have jointly proposed for the project “Support to the Economic Department of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia”. Start Date: November 2008End Date: August 2010Country: GeorgiaClient: Ministry of Justice (MOJ)Development Partner: Delegation of the European Commission to Georgia and Armenia Description of the Project: ECORYS is the most advanced public policy consulting company in Holland. It is an international group of companies specializing in economic and social development. It works with clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to apply its expertise to improve the economic and social conditions to the various countries. ECORYS™ slogan-sound analysis, inspiring ideas-indicates clearly company’s™ ability to translate the results of rigorous analysis and the latest research into creative, practical advice. To an already strong track record in applied economic research and consulting ECORYS has added services in programme management, communication, ICT applications and legal advice. The ECORYS Group has 20 operating companies and over 560 staff to serve the interests of clients. PMCG, together with ECORYS, is implementing the project that will provide support and assistance to the staff of the Economic Department and the service delivery departments in budget preparation, execution and reporting. This project, Support to the Economic Department of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, Project number 165436, is part of a targeted program of assistance in financial management reform in five key line ministries, that is, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Culture. The Support to the Economic Department of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia Project will focus on delivering three key outputs. These are: (i) Improved Medium Term Action Plans (MTAP’s™); (ii) Improved output based budgets and financial management reports; (iii) Development of output based budgeting and financial management reports modules for MoJ’s™ ORIS Manager 2 system. The project will provide support and assistance to the staff of the Economic Department and the service delivery departments in budget preparation, execution and reporting. The project will assist the Ministry to address most of these challenges: Output 1 of the project will provide significant technical assistance and support to the Ministry during two budget cycles in reviewing its planning documents in general and its Medium Term Action Plan (MTAP) in particular; Output 2 of the project will support the staff of the service delivery departments and the Economic Department as they work to improve the Ministry’s™ key performance indicator. Particular attention will be paid to performance indicators relating to quality of services delivered. The project will also assist in the development of output based budgets and reports rather than the traditional organizational structure budgets; Output 3 will develop an outputs based budgeting and reporting module for inclusion in the Ministry’s ORIS Manager 2 system; Output 3 will improve the quality of and facilitate the preparation of Medium Term Action Plans, reports of actual and budgeted services delivery levels and the expenditure incurred in the delivery of those services; The project does not have the resources to support the development of a credible internal audit system in the Ministry. The Project believes that the Office of the Inspector General does not have the training, equipment, experience or culture required to deliver basic internal audit programs within the timeframe of the project.
PMCG Management attended 2008 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank

Oct, 2008

On 13-14October, 2008 PMCG Chairman of Board Mr. Aleksi Aleksishvili and Public Sector Consulting Managing Director Mr. Zaza Broladze participated in IMF/WB annual meeting in Washington DC. MPCG representatives discussed the current and potential projects with delegations of developing and transitional countries in which. PMCG has been successfully implementing projects funded by international organizations. The projects generally foresee introduction of successfully lead Georgian structural reforms in these countries. PMCG’s management also had meetings with leading consulting representatives companies in Washington and New York and discussed the future cooperation plans in the region.
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