Deloitte Awarded Subcontract to PMCG for the USAID Economic Prosperity Initiative (EPI) Project

Mar, 2011

PMCG has joined the USAID large-scale Economic Prosperity Initiative (EPI) project which is being implemented by a team of international and local consulting companies led by Deloitte. The project will improve enterprise, industry and country-level competitiveness by identifying and targeting key external and internal factors to enhance the growth rates and productivity of enterprises in the economy, thereby enhancing the economic well-being of workers in the economy. The project started in March 2011 and will last until the end of 2014. PMCG is implementing this project in cooperation with Deloitte Consulting LLP, the leading consortium member, J.E. Austin Associates, CNFA, Making Cents, FLAG International, SSG Advisors and several local companies. According to the subcontract, PMCG will provide technical assistance to the USAID EPI Program in areas of Economic Policy, Economic Governance Capacity and Country level Competitiveness. Activities for PMCG include as follows: Conduct analysis, participate in public private dialogues, contribute to, and advocate for, policy recommendations; Assist the project in establishing a core team of local specialists to assist the Government of Georgia with new reform priorities. These specialists will be grouped into areas such as Competitiveness Analysis and Reform Targeting; Regulatory / Licensing; Procurement and Privatization; Tax; Customs; Property Rights; Commercial Disputes; Finance, Banking and Insurance; IT System Development; Human/Institutional Capacity Development; Provision of Information; and Policy Analysis; Assist the project in identifying and capitalizing on opportunities to promote development of competitive private sector business activity in agricultural and non-agricultural value chains including tourism, ICT and other sectors; Support cross-cutting project activities, such as: Information and Knowledge Sharing to promote greater understanding within the public and private sector (including media) of government reforms and regulations Institutional Capacity Building to support achievement of improved economic governance in Georgia Public Private Partnerships to achieve EPI program goals.
PMCG Trains Ministry’s Staff in Public Finance and Procurement

Mar, 2011

PMCG is providing trainings to the Finance Department of the Ministry of Internally Displaced Persons from Occupied Territories, Accommodation and Refugees of Georgia to improve the overall financial management system through increased capacity. The project objective is to train staff members of the MRA Finance Department and Procurement Unit in the following topics: • Budget Code of Georgia;• Tax and Customs Legislation in Georgia;• Budget Classification of Georgia;• State Procurement System in Georgia. The project is supported by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC). The training program aims to meet the training needs of the Finance Department staff as identified in the Training Needs Assessment document. This document has been developed by PMCG experts as one of the deliverables of the previous technical assistance project within the FORECAST program funded by USAID in June 2010.
PMCG is Providing Services for Afghanistan in Trade Facilitation and Improvement of Doing Business Indicators

Mar, 2011

PMCG within the Trade and Accession Facilitation for Afghanistan (TAFA) project provided by USAID is supporting the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GIRoA) in generating economic growth, trade and investment by improving the conditions for international and cross-border trade and transit. The USAID supported TAFA project is implemented by the consortium led by Chemonics. The project will help GIRoA and the Afghan private sector to realize the advantages of greater regional and global trade linkages and export-oriented business development through assistance in four categories: Trade policy liberalization; Customs reform, Trade facilitation, and; Public outreach on trade-related issues. The project seeks to improve processes and reduce impediments in the following areas affecting Afghanistan’s trade and investment environment. In particular PMCG’s task includes, but is not limited to: Participation in TAFA activities, work with the government and other counterparts to review and improve Afghanistan’s performance on the Doing Business report; Local support to conduct a study tour in Georgia; Technical Assistance for Improvement of Customs Operations, supporting a counterpart (Customs Department) to create proper mechanisms for revenue projections, planning, and proper revenue collection systems, sharing Georgia’s experience of improving custom’s revenue projections and proper collections for each custom’s centers. PMCG provides services advising governments and development organizations on how to plan, shape, implement, and follow up the reforms related to doing business.
PMCG’s Consultants will upgrade their qualification in food safety issues (HACCP)

Mar, 2011

PMCG’s consultants will participate in the training program of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) in food safety issues. Two experts, Ekaterine Burkadze and Beka Biashvili went to Sweden for a month in order to upgrade their respective qualifications. The Swedish Board for Accreditation and Conformity Assessment (SWEDAC) is a Swedish public authority; its main duty is as the national accreditation body. SWEDAC is also a regulatory and surveillance authority. PMCG’s consultants will upgrade their qualifications in the following areas: New concepts and requirements covering food safety, International trade and Agricultural products; European Union Food Safety Systems; HACCP training; Food Labeling; Accreditation, Methodology and Procedures. PMCG is an independent management consulting company established in 2007 which has already successfully implemented more than 50 projects in the business sector, as well as in public sector consulting. (www.pmcg.ge; office@pmcg.ge).
PMCG is Assisting the Finance Department of the Georgia Red Cross Society (GRCS)

Mar, 2011

  PMCG is assisting the Finance Department of the Georgia Red Cross Society (GRCS) in developing and strengthening the accounting and financial management capacities. The goal is to strengthen the capacity of the Finance Department of the GRCS in order to develop its financial systems to internationally accepted standards of accounting. The objectives are as follows: To strengthen accounting and financial management capacity of the GRSC; To streamline accounting and financial systems and procedures; To establish institutional mechanism for implementation of effective financial system; To assist the GRCS Finance Department to develop a Financial Management Policies and Procedures Manual to better reflect financial management needs; To ensure conformity of the financial and general management systems and procedures with international requirements; To enhance knowledge, competence and technical skills of the GRCS staff on the best financial and accounting practices. The project is implementing under the USAID, World Learning/Georgia, and FORECAST Program. PMCG (www.pmcg.ge) is an independent management and policy consulting company established in 2007. We have already successfully implemented more than 50 projects in the business sector, as well as in public sector consulting. In the space of 3 years, PMCG implemented projects supported by various local and international institutions: WB, UNDP, EU, USAID, JICA, and DFID.
PMCG is implementing Food Safety Systems in Agara Sugar Company

Feb, 2011

PMCG and “Agara Sugar Company”, the only sugar processing enterprise in Georgia, signed the cooperation agreement according to which, PMCG’s certified auditor-consultants will:• Provide consultations on food safety systems (HACCP);• Conduct trainings for staff and prepare Food Safety Group;• Implement Food Safety Systems in the company.“Agara Sugar Company”, Ltd. was established in 2010, but the factory has been operating since 1932 and there are now more than 500 employees in the factory. The company is the only sugar processing enterprise in Georgia, producing white sugar according to international standards. “Agara Sugar Company”, Ltd, performs in accordance with ISO 9001:2000, International quality management standard. PMCG is the independent management consulting company- established in 2007 which has already successfully implemented more than 50 projects in the business sector, as well as in public sector consulting.
PMCG is implementing Food Safety and Quality Standards in the hazelnuts exporter enterprise (ISO 22000)

Feb, 2011

PMCG continues its cooperation with “Ecopex” Ltd, a hazelnut exporting enterprise. PMCG’s international auditor- consultants are implementing ISO 22000:2005 (Food Safety and Quality Standards) and cooperation includes the following stages:• Create procedures within the company and implementing them in accordance with the international standard’s requirements; • Prepare the quality control group in the company;• Prepare the HACCP group;• Implement pre-certification audit and prepare the company for certification. “Ecopex”, Ltd, was founded in 2006, and aside from nuts processing, it has its own nuts’ fields in the Kakheti and Samegrelo regions of Georgia. for the European market is important to “Ecopex” Who export to numerous countries including Germany, Holland, Czech Republic, Poland, and Estonia. while the company is involved in negotiations with the US market. PMCG is an independent management consulting company established in 2007 which has already successfully implemented more than 50 projects in the business sector, as well as in public sector consulting.
PMCG’s New Initiative for SMEs in Food Sector Processing

Jan, 2011

 On January 27, 2011, Mr. Niko Tevdorashvili, PMCG’s Projects Coordinator, was invited by the Georgian Public Broadcaster to appear on the TV program “Our Morning”. The main topic of the program was the Food Safety Systems- and the implementation of HACCP or ISO 22000 standards in food processing enterprises. PMCG offers to conduct a free of charge “Zero Level Audit” in enterprises .Every Friday from 4pm to 6pm our consultants will conduct free informational meetings about the HACCP system and its requirements. For more information, please see following link:   {youtube}RFN-5fk_yTI{/youtube}  
Chairman of PMCG on Inflation in the Popular Talk-show ‘Accents"

Jan, 2011

On January 23, 2011 Mr. Aleksi Aleksishvili, Chairman of PMCG, was invited to appear on the talk-show ‘Accents’ by the Georgian Public Broadcaster. The main topic of the program was inflation and other economic challenges in Georgia. For more information, please see following link: {youtube}34HVlyVzDbI{/youtube}
Food Safety Systems – Free of charge Zero Level Audit

Jan, 2011

PMCG is offering Certification of Food Safety Systems- as part of the implementation of HACCP or ISO 22000 standards in your company. According to the Law on Food Safety and Quality, any type of food processing company, including distributing companies, are obliged to implement Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points Systems (HACCP) in their enterprises. About PMCG: Our Certified Auditors/Consultants - accredited by International Certification Bodies- give us capacity to quickly implement HACCP System to a high standard; Cooperation with different International Certification Bodies gives us the ability to offer you a wide range of services at the lowest prices; We have 10 years of experience in implementation of HACCP system. PMCG’s Auditor-Consultants have successfully implemented many projects in different sectors including with the following companies: “Agara Sugar Management”, Ltd. “Sante”, Ltd. “M Group”, Ltd. “Eniseli”, Ltd. “Food Service”, Ltd. “LGM”, Ltd. “Bio Redec”, Ltd. “Nut Company”, etc. For those who are interested, our consultants will conduct a free of charge “Zero Level Audit” in your company (analyzing the current situation in the company according to the HACCP system), which will help you to define: Requirements for certification; What time will be needed for certification? What financial resources will require certification? Which certification body will be most desirable? Every Friday from 4pm to 6pm our consultants will conduct free informational meetings about the HACCP system and its requirements. Along with the information provided, during this time you can also receive consultations free of charge.
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