State Representative of Colorado, Ms. Su Ryden Visited PMCG

Aug, 2011

Ms. Su Ryden, State Representative of Colorado, visited PMCG and met the management of the company on 28th of July. Ms. Ryden emphasized the need for cooperation between Georgia and US based companies and institutions. She committed to assist PMCG in establishing relations with different US business entities and academic institutions for further and long term cooperation. The purpose of her visit to Georgia was to meet representatives of different departments of the Parliament of Georgia. Ms. Ryden met the Deputy Chairperson of Parliament and discussed potential future cooperation between Georgia and US based institutions. Ms. Ryden is serving her second term in the Colorado House of Representatives. She is also a business owner and an active community supporter. Ms. Ryden serves on two legislative committees: Agriculture, Livestock & Natural Resources and Judiciary. She has owned Ryden & Associates Integrated Marketing since 1975, providing communication solutions for clients in many fields including banking, real estate, affordable housing and hospitality. Since its establishment, PMCG has established strong relationships with their United States counterparts and has many business partners, such as Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton, MSI, Pragma, Chemonics, etc. and participates in various projects of US Government and business institutions.
PMCG participates in IAEA’s MESSAGE training program

Aug, 2011

PMCG has joined the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) project supporting the development of the energy planning study for Georgia. PMCG’s representative is participating in a one month training program in Model for Energy Supply System Alternatives and their General Environmental impacts (MASSAGE) which is held at the head office of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. MASSAGE model is designed to set up optimization models of energy supply systems to assess capacity expansion and energy production policies to formulate optimal energy supply strategy for particular countries. PMCG is participating in this program together with the National Statistics Office of Georgia and Ministry of Energy and Natural Recourses of Georgia. All these institutions, including PMCG, are members of the state Task Force at the Ministry of Environment Protection and Natural Resources of Georgia which is working on the project Supporting the Development of a National Infrastructure for the potential application of nuclear energy in Georgia.  
PMCG Launched the EPI Pension Development Project

Jul, 2011

PMCG has launched a Pension Development project through the USAID supported Georgia Economic Prosperity Initiative (EPI) project. EPI decided to present the Government of Georgia with SWOT Analyses of World Bank Pillar II (mandatory) and Pillar III (voluntary) pension models based on Georgian macro and socio-economic indicators and analytical projections. PMCG is part of the USAID large-scale Economic Prosperity Initiative (EPI) project which is being implemented by the team of international and local consulting companies led by Deloitte. This comprehensive program aims to improve Georgia's overall economic competitiveness through assistance designed to: 1) expand and deepen the country's economic governance capacity; 2) improve agriculture sector productivity; and 3) strengthen targeted non-agricultural value chains that have the highest growth potential.   More information on this project is available on this link.  
Chairman of PMCG will Make a Presentation at the EU Delegation Headquarters in Brussels

Jun, 2011

Aleksi Aleksishvili, Chairman of PMCG, was invited to present and speak at the workshop on “Tax Reforms and Development” in the EU Delegation headquarters, Brussels. The workshop was aimed at providing participants with a practical understanding of taxation, tax reforms and revenue transition currently implemented in a number of developing countries and was directed at the Delegations' staff working in developing countries and dealing with fiscal policies and public finance reforms. The approach chosen for the workshop looks at situations of major tax reforms that may pursue different objectives and considers implications and interactions for various dimensions (e.g. tax structure, taxpayers, administration, political resistances, and macroeconomic projections). Participants of the workshop are the staff members of EU DGs DEVCO, TEXUD, and TRADE.Mr. Aleksishvili delivered presentations on tax reforms and tax transition, characteristics of modern tax system, tax policy and tax basis, public resources, tax effort, tariffs and trade policy, tax administration and organizational system reform. The workshop will be held in the European Commission HQ under the Methodological Support and Training in Aid Delivery Methods (ADM) Program.  
PMCG is Conducting the Institutional Needs Assessment of the Parliament of Georgia

Jun, 2011

PMCG is implementing a Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) supported project that assists the Parliament of Georgia in capacity building. The development of the Institutional Needs Assessment aims to identify and analyze different types of needs of the Parliament, issues, factors and gaps that affect the exercise of institutional functions and overall efficiency of operations. Areas covered by the needs assessment also encompass the institutional performance, transparency and external communications, and further development of the government’s oversight function. The objective of the assignment is to: Identify and analyze organizational, administrative, technological, regulatory gaps, issues related to human resource management, internal and external communications; Analyze institutional strengths and weaknesses, as well as opportunities and strengths of significance to unimpeded exercise of institutional functions and achievement of medium or long-term objectives; Identify and analyze social, economic, international and other types of factors that are beyond parliament’s control and that affect implementation of institutional functions; Develop a framework for the institutional medium-term strategic plan. PMCG’s consultants are conducting individual interviews with the leadership of the parliament, committee chairmen and deputies, heads of committee apparatus and heads of departments and other structural units. In addition, consultants are conducting a thorough desk study of documents, reports and observations related to the issues falling under the scope of the assessment. The project is supported by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD), the UK's leading democracy-building foundation established in 1992. Over the years, WFD has grown in strength and diversity, working to achieve sustainable political change in emerging democracies. Working with and through partner organizations, WFD seeks to strengthen the institutions of democracy, principally political parties (through the work of the UK political parties), parliaments and a range of institutions that make up civil society.  
PMCG and its Chairman, Aleksi Aleksishvili Advising the Government of Mozambique in Economic Reforms

Jun, 2011

PMCG chairman, Mr. Aleksishvili has been contracted as an Economic Reforms Adviser in the USAID Support Program for Economic and Enterprise Development (SPEED) Program in revising Mozambique’s Business Environment Strategy. The objective of the work is to review Mozambique’s Business Enabling Environment Strategy and provide advices for updating and revising the strategy in the context of international best practices. The US consulting companies, DAI and Nathans Associates are the main USAID contractors implementing the SPEED project. The Strategy should impact private sector development in Mozambique and also affect the country’s performance exhibited in the Doing Business (DB) ranking and other international private sector competitiveness indicators. The consultancy will cover the following tasks: Review both Mozambique’s Business Enabling Environment Strategy along with recent work conducted by SPEED on improving Mozambique’s business environment; Meet with key stakeholders in government and the private sector; Provide experience from Georgia in improving the business enabling environment; Offer recommendations for modifying Mozambique’s Business Environment Strategy; Offer recommendations on the process for implementing business environment improvements; Present Georgia’s experience and recommendations for Mozambique at a public forum. SPEED is a USAID financed four-year project in Mozambique implemented by DAI and Nathan’s Associates, Inc. The USD 14 million-project, SPEED started in 2011 and should serve to improve Mozambique’s economic performance, competitiveness and business environment.  
PMCG Leadership is Invited as a Doing Business Reform Adviser in Kosovo

Jun, 2011

Aleksi Aleksishvili, Chairman of PMCG, has been invited as a Doing Business Reform Adviser in Kosovo by the USAID Business Enabling Environment Program (BEEP). This three year project aims to improve the free market legal environment for business through effective implementation of reformed laws and regulations, and enhanced publication and accessibly of legal and economic information by national and local governments leading to increased knowledge and understanding by citizens of the legal framework. Chemonics is the main USAID contractor implementing BEEP project. PMCG are responsible for reviewing the Doing Business recommendations for Kosovo developed by BEEP staff as well as the BEEP presentation for the international retreat; providing feedback and recommendations for government counterparts and BEEP delivered through the group and individual meetings with government officials and project staff.
Mr. Aleksi Aleksishvili was elected as First Vice Chairman of ICC Georgia

May, 2011

ICC Georgia held its third annual General Assembly at the Sheraton Metechi Palace, where Mr. Aleksishvili was elected as the First Vice Chairman of ICC Georgia. The Assembly also elected three new board members. The International Chamber of Commerce of Georgia is one of the most influential business associations, which unites more than one hundred small, medium and large business organizations operating successfully in Georgia. The Georgian chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce was officially established in 2002. ICC Georgia is a representative body that safeguards business interests of members and assists them in reaching success in a competitive market. The International Chamber of Commerce is a world business organization with thousands of member companies and associations in around 130 countries. ICC works closely with UN, International World Trade Organizations, G8 and other Governmental Organizations.  
PMCG is implementing Food Safety and Quality Standards (ISO 22000) in the restaurant chain “TeremOK”

May, 2011

PMCG and restaurant chain “TeremOK” signed the cooperation agreement in the scope of Georgia Regional Development Fund (GRDF), launched by Small Enterprise Assistance Funds (SEAF). PMCG’s international advisors and consultants are implementing ISO 22000:2005 (Food Safety and Quality Standards). Cooperation includes the following stages:• Creating documents in accordance with the international standards and their implementation;• Preparing the quality control group in the company;• Preparing HACCP group;• Implementing prior-certification audit and prepare the company for certification. “TeremOK” a fast-growing restaurant chain represented by 8 restaurants was founded in 2004. The company has about 100 employees and by the end of the year they plan to open several new facilities as well. SEAF Management, LLC is a global investment firm, which established operations in Georgia in January 2007 to manage the Georgia Regional Development Fund (GRDF). GRDF was founded and capitalized by the Millennium Challenge Georgia (MCG) with funding from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). PMCG is an independent management consulting company- established in 2007 and has already successfully implemented more than 50 projects in the Business Sector, as well as in Public Sector Consulting (Advisory).  
PMCG Together with Partners Organized Workshop on GAP Assessment and Institutional Reform Plan

Apr, 2011

On the 25th of March, 2011 PMCG in association with Ticon (Latvia) and IBM Consulting (UK) organized a workshop on the Comprehensive Institution Building Gap Assessments and Institutional Reform Plans for the GAC (Georgian Accreditation Centre) and GEOSTM (Georgian National Agency for Standards, Technical Regulations and Metrology). The Workshop summarized project implemented by IBM, Ticon and PMCG - Support to the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement Preparatory Process in Georgia. Within this project a gap assessment of these Institutions was carried out, together with an "Institutional Reform Plan", which sets the priorities and "Action Plan" for future assistance. A Memorandum of Understanding for the "Comprehensive Institution Building" programme (CIB) was signed between the European Commission and the Government of Georgia, to strengthen institutions having a key role to play in the Association Agreement and DCFTA process. GAC and GEOSTM will receive support under the "trade cluster" of the CIB. Please see more information on this link
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