Evaluating GIZ Program Dedicated to Private Sector Development and Technical Vocational Education
PMC Research is implementing a final evaluation survey to evaluate the results achieved within the program - Private Sector Development and Technical Vocational Education and Training South Caucasus – implemented by the South Caucasus Office of GIZ.
Presenting Research Outcomes: “Trade Facilitation Component of the Peace Initiative - A Step to a Better Future”
On November 26, PMC Research presented the results of its research entitled “Trade Facilitation Component of the Peace Initiative - A Step to a Better Future,” and held a subsequent discussion thereon.
PMC Research Elected as Fully-Fledged Member of Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) at Pre-presidency Conference in Zagreb
We can happily announce that PMC Research has become a fully-fledged member of the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) through which it will actively contribute to the work and development of the organization. It is both a great honor and responsibility for PMC Research which becomes the first member organization from the South Caucasus. Indeed, even among Eastern Partnership Countries (EAP) PMC Research is only the second organization to enroll as a member of the TEPSA. PMC Research’s admission to the TEPSA was confirmed at its pre-presidency conference.
EU-Supported Khulo Local Action Group Partake in Kazbegi Study Visit to Enhance Guesthouse Management Knowledge
During November 9-10, the EU-supported Khulo Local Action Group (LAG) organized a study visit to Kazbegi, in cooperation with the Kazbegi LAG to share experiences in the field of guesthouse management.
Increasing Institutional Capacity of Vocational Educational Institutions
The project aims to train college management teams in the accurate identification of colleges' goals and mission. It also sets out assist vocational education institutions (VEIs) in the assessment of existing resources, challenges and needs in order to develop sound project ideas that contribute to the colleges' institutuinal development and ability to respond to existing market demands.
Meeting with EBRD Regional Director to Discuss Collaboration Opportunities
On November 19, we hosted Catarina Bjorlin Hansen, Regional Director for the Caucasus at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), to review our partnership to date and to discuss future initiatives.
Introducing Performance Management Systems in 23 Municipalities of Georgia
We recently launched a new project aimed at developing and implementing performance management systems for two municipal services (cleaning of streets and other public areas; and municipal waste management) in 23 municipalities of Georgia.
Supporting the EU to Enhance the Impact of Strategic Communication Activities in Ukraine
PMCG, as part of a consortium led by B&S Europe, was recently awarded an EU Framework contract under Lot 3, the aim of which is to evaluate the results of the EU project – “Communicating Europe in Ukraine” (CEIU). The project is to be implemented by PMCG together with GOPA.
Facilitating Environmentally- Friendly Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems
We recently launched a project aiming to introduce environmentally- friendly and hygienically- sound integrated solid waste management systems in two regions of Georgia, namely – Kakheti and Samegrelo- Zemo Svaneti.
Contributing to the Increased Impact of Collaboration between the European Commission and CSOs Worldwide
PMCG, as part of a consortium led by B&S Europe, was recently selected to implement a project aiming to advance collaboration between the European Commission (EC) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) worldwide.
Bolnisi Municipality is one of the most active members of the Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG) initiative, supported by the European Union. In June 2017, the municipality joined the initiative and swiftly began the implementation of its Local Economic Development Plan, which had been commended by the World Bank’s technical experts.
On July 9, PMC Research presented the findings of its research entitled “Relations between China, the European Union and Georgia: Analysis of Economic and Political Relations” and subsequently held a discussion thereon.
We recently developed an investment catalogue for Kutaisi (aiming to stimulate domestic and foreign direct investments in the city) and an export catalogue for Imereti region (showcasing products of the region’s leading manufacturers).
We are pleased to announce that we recently became a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the world’s largest and most influential professional association, headquartered in US.
We are working in Zugdidi municipality to enhance the sanitary conditions of the local population in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti region by improving its solid waste management system. Our work in the region entails the construction of regional sanitary landfills and transfer stations, the closure of existing landfills, the extension and improvement of street sweeping, as well as waste collection and waste transport.
In Georgia, the average cost of a room1 in a 3-star hotel was 135 GEL per night in June 2020. While the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 223 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse2 was 73 GEL per night. The average cost of a room in a 5-star hotel in Georgia in June 2020 was 322 GEL per night. In Tbilisi, the average price was 471 GEL, followed by Kakheti - 327 GEL, Samtskhe-Javakheti - 279 GEL and Adjara – 273 GEL.
Using various assumptions, in Q3 of 2020, the maximum capacity of domestic tourism expenditures is to replace 33% of revenues from international tourism;
Using various assumptions, total revenues generated from tourism (both, domestic and international) in 2020 could amount to $1730 mln, which is 44.1% of the corresponding figure in 2019;
Domestic tourism in Georgia reopened on June 15th, while the reopening of borders is postponed to the near future;
The number of international travelers declined by 94.6% in May compared to the same period of 2019, while the number of inter- national visitors fell by 94.1% and the number of international tourists fell by 93.8%;
In June 2020, hotel prices do not provide an accurate guidance of the situation in accommodation market due to the fact that the market for accommodations is just starting to recover from the COVID-19-induced crisis.
It’s been five years after DCFTA was implemented and two years have passed since FTA with China. It is interesting to conduct ex-post analysis to find out how these FTAs affected Georgia’s economy. Goal of ex-post analysis will be to determine what qualitative and quantitative impacts are observed after Georgia signed DCFTA and FTA with China, on macro and sectoral levels. Also, the research paper will try to find if DCFTA and FTA with China resulted in welfare gains. To be more precise, the paper aims to determine whether the increase in trade was a result of trade creation or trade was diverted.Another aim is to analyze quantitative effects on imports and exports on different aggregation levels. For conclusion, research paper will analyze differences and similarities between DCFTA and FTA with China and based on these empirical findings, the research will identify possible threats and opportunities, which may come from future free trade agreements.
This policy brief attempts to understand China-Georgia relations. Georgia-China economic relations have received particular attention, yet there is a relative lack of research5 on how both Georgia and China see bilateral relations, and what possible factors could be limiting the depth of the partnership. Discussing this is important as Georgia is building closer ties with the EU in particular, and the Western institutions and states in general, while China’s suggested model of development stands opposite to Western liberal order.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, global FDI is expected to fall by 30-40% in 2020 (UNCTAD), while the decrease in Georgia is forecast at 19% (IMF);
Net FDI inflows have been decreasing in Georgia since 2017, based on both, yearly and Q1 data;
Net FDI inflows in Georgia experience volatility over time, due to large one-off investment projects;
Georgia has been leading among EaP countries in terms of the share of FDI in GDP in 2017 and 2018;
Net FDI inflows decreased by 41.7% in Q1 of 2020, compared to Q1 in 2019, mainly due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The Government of Georgia introduced various support measures in order to alleviate the burden of the COVID-19 crisis on tourism industry in the period between March and May of 2020.
The Government of Georgia, namely GNTA, operated 84 hotels during the lockdown, which served 19 002 Georgian citizens as a quarantine zone. The total cost of providing quarantine zones from the budget amounted 32.5 mln GEL.
The Government of Georgia, developed mandatory recommendations for prevention of the spread of COVID-19 on June 5th.
In May 2020, hotel prices do not provide an accurate guidance of the situation in accommodation market due to the fact that the market for accommodations is non-existent due to COVID-19 pandemic.
In Georgia, the average cost of a room in a 3-star hotel was 126 GEL per night in May 2020. While the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 214 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse was 71 GEL per night. The average cost of a room in a 5-star hotel in Georgia in May 2020 was 362 GEL per night. In Tbilisi, the average price was 534 GELfollowed by Kakheti - 325 GEL and Imereti – 95 GEL.