PMCG together with Ticon (Latvia) is implementing a project to support Georgia to launch DCFTA negotiations

Feb, 2010

PMCG, as a subcontractor of Ticon Development Consulting SIA, with its knowledge and experience in institutional building, will provide expertise and support to support the country's efforts to create the necessary conditions for the launch of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) negotiations. Start Date: February 2010End Date: October 2010Country: GeorgiaClient: Ticon Development Consulting SIAFunder: European Union Delegation to Georgia Description of the Project:The EU launched a preparatory process with Georgia aiming to support the country's efforts to create the necessary conditions for the launch of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) negotiations.The overall objective of the project is to support the Georgian line Ministries and/or other governmental bodies in the preparatory process of the DCFTA and to liaise with the Ministries and governmental bodies concerned. Specifically, this entails: Contributing to the assessment of the institutional capacity of Institutions playing a key role in the preparation/implementation of the DCFTA; Supporting the EC delegation in the identification of relevant areas of institutional support; Supporting the EC Delegation in the preparation/design of the Comprehensive Institution Building (CIB), comprising: Framework Document identifying the institutions to be strengthened and the key issues to be tackled. (set of) multi-annual "Institutional Reform Plan(s)" outlining the priorities to be pursued to fully upgrade the institution, the measures to be taken, the input to be provided. The project is being implemented by the consortium of European consulting companies: Ticon Development Consulting SIA and IBM Belgium. The consortium subcontracted PMCG for local support and to provide the following tasks: A gap analysis/assessment with the main findings of the institutional capacity of relevant institutions and on the shortcomings to be addressed; Contributing to mapping the key areas where assistance activities are needed, according to the Framework Document preparation; Supporting the Delegation and the relevant institutions in the elaboration of the "Institutional Reform Plan"; Organizing workshops; Issuing recommendations to the EU delegation on areas where institutional support is needed (in order to help Georgians in the possible future DCFTA) and on which future EC assistance could focus. Some brief details regarding the partner companies: IBM Business Consulting Services Belgium is a leading professional services firm offering consulting services to a range of clients, in both the private and the public sector, throughout the world. With consultants and professional staff in 174 countries around the world, IBM GBS is the world's largest consulting services organization. Ticon Development Consulting, based in Latvia and affiliated with Integra in Ireland, participates in technical assistance and economic co-operation projects for private sector investors. Ticon has been involved in several projects supporting the accession to, and implementation of, WTO obligations and commitments. Ticon has extensive experience and expertise in monitoring and evaluation with the European Commission, the Multilateral Development Banks and the United Nations.
PMCG consultants will conduct Professional Training Support to the Parliament of Georgia

Feb, 2010

The Westminster Foundation for Democracy supported Financial Oversight Development Project which launched capacity building activities in the Parliament of Georgia. In the process of this project, PMCG consultants will conduct professional training support for the Parliament of Georgia in public finance issues concentrating on budget oversight Start Date: January 2010End Date: December 2011Country: GeorgiaClient: Westminster Foundation Democracy (WFD) Funder: Department for International Development, UK (DFID) Description of the Project: Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) launched a long term Parliamentary Strengthening Programme in Georgia. In the framework of this programme WFD contracted PMCG to implement the Financial Oversight Development Project. As the first step of the project, PMCG has prepared a suitable training programme for MPs of Georgia and the staff members. The second, long term component includes professional training support to the Parliament. The Parliament staff members will be trained in public finance issues concentrating on budget oversight. In this step PMCG will provide the following services: Participating in the localization of the generic curriculum to the country’s specific needs; Delivering and evaluating trainings as required by the Parliament of Georgia and WFD programme manager, as well as preparing short reports of the events; Participating in the reviews of previous trainings, impact assessments and future need assessments; Developing revision to the curriculum and new material as may be required based on reviews and assessments; Participating in the sharing of curriculum and experience with other TWC countries through attending TWC workshops and being part of the TWC online community. This includes being part of a global network to encourage parliamentary capacity building; Participating in the project team led by WFD to plan annual programme delivery and looking at developing a sustainable mechanism for continuous training. WFD is 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 the range of institutions that make up civil society.
PMCG Together With GIPA Launched the USAID Funded Project: Improving the Public Policy Discourse in

Feb, 2010

Public Forum and Dialogue, the USAID funded project, was implemented jointly by the Policy and Management Consulting Group (PMCG) and the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (www.GIPA.ge). The 18-month project started in February 1, 2010, and is targeted toward creating a platform that would stimulate constructive and systematic debates and establishing a cooperative practice among different political and social groups of the Georgian society. Within the project framework, 10 policy discourses covering eight (8) core and two (2) ad hoc policy topics are expected to be organized. The project also considers setting up the Steering Committee that will serve as a decision making board. It will be responsible for defining policy topics and selecting the best policy briefs for further elaboration. At the current project development phase, there are seven (7) identified Steering Committee members: Ted Jonas (DLA Piper), Keti Khutishvili (OSGF), Mikheil Machavariani (Parliament of Georgia), Ia Antadze (Radio Freedom), Zurab Abashidze (Independent Expert), Mikheil Chachkhunashvili (GIPA), Zaza Broladze (PMCG). The next project phase schedules the identification of eight (8) policy topics by the Steering Committee by the end of February 2010. In March 2010, the first round of policy brief competition is forecast and the best experts were selected to develop the policy papers on the topics defined earlier. The policy discourses will now be organized after each policy paper is revised and approved by an outside expert.
PMCG Chairman Delivered Speech at Eurasia Emerging Markets Forum in Thun, Switzerland

Feb, 2010

The first Eurasia Emerging Markets Forum took place from 23-25 January 2010 in Thun, Switzerland. The main goal of the forum is to address the pressing economic and social needs and concerns of the countries in the region. This forum was focused on the following themes:• Impact of Global Economic Crisis on Central Asia and Caucasus• Investment Climate and Prospects• Trade and Transport Integration• Importance of a Prosperous Central Asia and Caucasus• Regional Cooperation and Economic Integration Mr. Aleksi Aleksishvili, chairman of PMCG, was invited to participate in the forum as one of the presenters. His notes were connected to the topic "Trade and Transport Integration”. Mr. Aleksi Aleksishvili: The region of Caucasus and Central Asia has a crucial role in connecting the economies of Europe and Far-East Asia. The most important approach to increase the effectiveness of this route is cooperation among the countries in the region, openness of economies, development of infrastructure, setting up good governance, and combating corruption. "We hope that the forum will identify a set of actions that will allow the region to pursue the long term goals of sustainable growth and therefore increase prosperity for all across the region "noted Mr. Harider Kohli, Founder Director and Chief Executive of the Emerging Markets Forum.
Radio interview about the Georgian-Russian business relations

Feb, 2010

On January 8, 2010 Mr. Aleksi Aleksishvili, Chairman of PMCG, was invited as a guest speaker to the economic radio program "Sakme" on Radio "Palitra".€. The main topic of the program was the development prospects of the Georgian-Russian business relations. Questions asked during the program mainly related to Free Economic Index, reestablishing the economic and business relations to Russia, export possibilities for Georgian products and the government’ decision to support local markets through increasing the custom tax fees on imported products. For more information please view the following link:  http://www.interpressnews.ge/ge/index.php/permalink/122153.html
PMCG and USAID/IESC held workshop entitled Made In Georgia

Nov, 2009

A one day workshop on import substitution entitled Made in Georgia, sponsored by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by PMCG, was held at the Courtyard Marriott on November 3. Representatives of the Government, the private sector, donors and NGOs gathered to gauge the potential for introducing an import substitution program in Georgia. Earlier two USAID programs, the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Support Project and the Business Climate Reform Project, partnered with the American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia to survey local businesses to gauge the potential for an import substitution program. PMCG presented the survey results at the Made in Georgia workshop. All the participants of the Made in Georgia workshop had the opportunity to express their attitudes towards the issue and talk about specific ways to promote local production and achieve global market competitiveness in the long term, which means providing goods of a more competitive quality, price and supply stability. At the end of the meeting all participants agreed to continue working over the Made in Georgia concept. The main concept of the Made in Georgia workshop is not only import substitution, but support and expansion of the local production. But it's up to the business sector to suggest the fields in which further growth is possible. It’s up to them to define the pathway for overcoming the problems, Aleksi Aleksishvili noted. Import substitution can bring many benefits to the country, according to Mr. Conly. He added that import substitutes are meant to reduce imports, generate employment, develop new businesses, create new opportunities for exports, reduce foreign exchange demand, stimulate innovations, and make the country self-reliant in different fields.   Attached Documents  Export-Import Overview ENG Export-Import Overview GEO Presentation Eng Presentation Geo Survey Results Overview ENG Survey Results Overview GEO  
PMCG Launched Long-term Relations with Westminster Foundation for Democracy

Oct, 2009

PMCG is implementing the Westminster Foundation for Democracy supported Financial Oversight Development Project. This is the first step to work with the Foundation for preparation of the suitable training programme for Members of Parliament of Georgia and the staff members. Start Date: October 2009End Date: December 2009Country: GeorgiaClient: Westminster Foundation for DemocracyDevelopment Partner: Westminster Foundation for Democracy Description of the Project: Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) is 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 the range of institutions that make up civil society. WFD launched a long term Parliamentary Strengthening Programme in Georgia. In the framework of this programme WFD contracted PMCG to implement its Financial Oversight Development Project. Within the project, PMCG will prepare a comprehensive report for WFD with a detailed explanation of business processes in the state budgeting and the Parliament’s™ role in it. The purpose of the report is to help us to understand the quality of Parliamentary financial oversight in Georgia, so that a suitable training programme for Members of Parliament and the staff members can be designed and delivered. There are six sections in the report: Background information on Parliamentary financial oversight in Georgia Effectiveness of the financial oversight in the Parliament Capability of Parliamentary officials and MPs involved in the financial oversight Achieving permanent change Information about the partner organization Research methodology
PMCG together with GIPA is awarded USAID project to improve Public Policy Discourse in Georgia

Oct, 2009

A consortium of PMCG and Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) (lead company) will implement the USAID supported project “Improved Public Policy Discourse”. Start Date: November 2009End Date: July 2011Country: GeorgiaClient: USAID CaucasusDevelopment Partner: USAID Caucasus Description of the Project: USAID Caucasus office has awarded the PMCG/GIPA consortium with the Improved Public Policy Discourse project which will start in November 2009. The principal strategic focus of the project’s activity is to increase the quality and quantity of the discourse of public policy alternatives in Georgia and to foster a more pluralistic and higher quality exchange of ideas and to promote more active engagement of Georgian citizens in public policy discussions. Project may need to address capacity-enhancing measures, but the main focus should be on tangible and measurable accomplishments consistent with the purpose of this program “quality discourse on public policy issues in a manner that minimizes politicization”. The goal of these interventions is to engage the GOG, think tanks, and research or civil society institutions in public policy discussions based on unbiased, fact-based information obtained through high quality research and analysis, and to communicate this information to the public. The end result would be to maximize the involvement and expertise of Georgian organizations and institutions, and to foster relationships and partnerships among these entities in the process of public policy discourse. The following is a list of illustrative activities that might be considered: Increasing interaction between policy researchers/analysts and policy-makers; Building working partnerships among think tanks, media, government, and civil society organizations; Producing fact-based content that examines, explains, debates, and informs public policy discussion; Utilizing policy experts and analytical studies in content creation; Creating user-friendly interpretations of research data; Organizing moderated policy discussions for policy-makers and the public; and Linking research institutions and media outlets to jointly produce and disseminate information. The main services will be: To develop quality assurance system for Policy Products (Policy Papers and/or Policy Briefs); To develop a system of policy dissemination by utilizing traditional (TV, radio, newspaper) as well as modern technologies (internet forum); To further enhance the existing Policy Forum practice (already set up within the "Public Policy Discussion Panel and the Internet Forum"€ program framework) through expanding discussed policy issues and target audience; To foster partnership among Georgian state and non-governmental actors while being enrolled in public policy discourse.
Michael Parry Consulting together with PMCG organized a workshop in the Ministry of Finance of Georg

Sep, 2009

For the purpose of discussing and commenting on the first report the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) was dedicated to the analysis and appraisal of the existing accounting and reporting methodology and the review of regulations, prepared by Michael Parry Consulting together with PMCG, and a workshop was conducted for the Treasury Service of the Ministry of finance of Georgia on 15th September 2009. The overall objective of the project is to assist the Treasury Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia to conduct a study on the accounting system with the objective of implementing the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS). The workshop was divided in two main parts: the overview and summary of the Value Added of IPSAS (report1); and discussing the decision making issues related to and dependent on government of Georgia. The workshop identified several problems and proposed several solutions with comprehensive arguments supporting them. The topics of discussion included IPSAS coverage, the consolidation issues, compatibility with GFS 2001 and other key concerns related to the implementation process of IPSAS. The workshop also commented on the implementation plan durations, starting and finalizing dates and, as a result, the plan was amended to better fit the feasibility of the implementation and requirements of the ministry. The participants who presented at the workshop and were actively involved in the discussions were: Deputy Head of Treasury: Nino Tchelishvili Deputy Head of Treasury: Giorigi Barbakadze Deputy Head of Financial Policy Department: Fridon Aslanikashvili Head of accounting and reporting department: Zurab Tolordava Head of accounting Methodology division: Lela Pataraia  
PMCG Has Prepared Sector Study for JICA

Sep, 2009

PMCG has implemented the “Health and Transport Sectors Study” project supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Start Date: July 2009End Date: August 2009Country: GeorgiaClient: ExeideaFunding Agency: Japan International Cooperation Agency Project Description: Within the framework of the project entitled "Study for Reconstruction Needs Assessment of Georgia", funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, the Exeidea, a Japanese consulting company, contracted out PMCG to conduct the research and draft reports on the health and transport sectors.PMCG’s work scope covered, but was not limited to: Gathering statistical data and draft the health and transport sectors brief; Identifying the healthcare capacity of Georgia in terms of doctor, nurse, bed availability per population by region or suggesting other measures to present the needs for the improvement of healthcare in rural and mountainous regions of Georgia; Describing the bottlenecks and solution for the privatization of healthcare and assess the possibility of loan assistance to revitalize the sector; Analyzing the capacity of the airport and seaport sectors, including the sector overview in terms of existing infrastructure, operations, and concerned agencies; identifying the main issues and the main needs (investment gaps) of the sector; summarizing the activities of major donors who are assisting the sector; and providing a list of on-going projects. Providing general advice to the JICA Study Team on where information can be collected to carry out various sector analyses.
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