PMCG is implementing project for the Chamber of Control of Georgia
PMCG started implementing the “Needs Assessment and Mid-Term Strategy Development” project for the Chamber of Control of Georgia.
Start Date: March 2009End Date: May 2009Country: GeorgiaClient: Chamber of Commerce of Georgia
PMCG started implementing the “Needs Assessment and Mid-Term Strategy Development” project for the Chamber of Control of Georgia. The project goal is to define mid-term development strategy and develop a reform action plan for a three-year period. Project components include: internal structural and process analysis to diagnose gaps and areas to improve, impact of reforms and interventions carried out, available resource and best practice analysis, and strategic goal and objectives’ definition.
By the end of the project, PMCG will deliver the following documents:
Report on the current situation existing in the Chamber of Control of Georgia
Best practice analysis report
Matrix of the projects implementing / implemented in the Chamber of Control of Georgia and funded by the international donors
Donors’ proposed intervention matrix
Mid-term strategic development plan
Organization of Donors’ conference
PMCG together with GEA is implementing USAID funded Project
A consortium of PMCG and Georgian Evaluation Association (with PMCG leading) is implementing the USAID funded project ‘Strategic Planning for Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Affairs of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara (MoHLS)”
Start Date: March 2009End Date: June 2009Country: GeorgiaClient: Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Affairs of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara (MoHLS)Funder: USAID
Description of the Project:
The USAID/Public Administration Reform (PAR) program has been partnering with the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Affairs of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara (MoHLS) and providing technical assistance to improve the Ministry’s organizational capacity and effectiveness of operations. In this respect, PAR has already facilitated a number of performance management trainings for senior and middle level managers of the ministry. It should be mentioned that, based on the discussion with of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, it was decided to develop the strategic plan with the Ministry of Finance and Economics prior to the other line ministries of Adjara, as it defines the budget for other ministries and other governmental structures. PMCG and GEA consultants under PAR coverage have already started assisting the Ministry of Finance and Economics of Adjara to develop its 3-year strategy. The SP process in the Ministry of Finance and Economics is anticipated to be completed by 13 March 2009.
PMCG and GEA will develop following activities:
Develop a 3-Year Organizational Strategic Plan of MoHLS;
Develop action (work) plans and performance indicators for 2009 for each department of the MoHLS;
Conduct stakeholders meetings to get stakeholders input on the 3 year Organizational Strategic Plan;
Develop internal monitoring tools for implementing 3-year strategic plan and 2009 action (work) plans;
Train MoHLS managers in internal monitoring methodology;
Conduct monitoring of implementation of the strategic plan.
Aleksi Aleksishvili is invited by the World Bank to make presentation in Athens
On February 22-25, 2009 PMCG Chairman of the Board Mr. Aleksi Aleksishvili is invited by the World Bank to make a presentation on Economic Reforms and Financing Infrastructure at the Black Sea Conference on Regional Integration and Inclusive Growth.
The overall objective of the Conference is to promote better economic integration and provide joint learning opportunities for participants from the Black Sea countries on issues of strategic importance for the region. The event will explore issues of regional trade and economic integration, common challenges in promoting investment and growth, climate change and measures to ensure that the benefits of growth are shared broadly by the population.
Participants will include senior government officials, parliamentarians, private sector and civil society representatives from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, representatives from development partners, members of the Greek Government, and international and regional experts on economic and social issues.
Mr. Aleksishvili is presenting the presentation on Economic Reforms and Financing Infrastructure on the Black Sea Conference. The main focus was on implemented reforms and building infrastructure to stimulate economic growth, through projects financed from the budget as well as from foreign funds in Georgia.
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)
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
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)
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
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
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.
On February 26, under the USAID-funded Good Governance Initiative (GGI) in Georgia, we, as a subcontractor to Tetra Tech ARD, introduced our initiated monitoring and evaluation tool to members of the Healthcare and Social Issues Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, enabling them to carry out comprehensive quality monitoring and evaluation of the State Program on Universal Healthcare on an unprecedented scale.
PMCG is implementing an EU-funded project in consortium with ICE – International Consulting Expertise entitled “Improving quality of Prosecution and Criminal Investigation." The project aims to assist in advancing the reforms of the Prosecutor’s Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Georgia in line with international standards and commitments. In the course of the project, we have helped to deepen the knowledge and skills of employees of the Analytical Unit of the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia in their daily integral work on analytical data processing and improving published information to prepare materials and reports in a dynamic and interactive manner, using modern tools and methodologies.
With the purpose of enhancing good governance and sustainable development in the municipalities of Georgia, on February 1-5, together with the National Association of Local Authorities of Georgia (NALAG), we conducted an online training course for 168 representatives from all municipalities of Georgia, in order to introduce the concept of the Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES) as well as the application of the corresponding informational platform software, ensuring better measurement of the municipalities’ effectiveness, under the EU-funded project entitled “Networking for Efficiency and Development (N4ED).”
We recently started a new project, the goal of which is to advance e-work market development in Georgia by assessing the e-work market demand among enterprises from the five biggest cities of Georgia, and helping to match this demand with the rural labor force of the selected municipalities under the EU-funded program “Improving Rural Development in Georgia (IRDG),” which is being implemented by UNDP.
The International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM), a leading global public financial management (PFM) organization uniting government entities, institutions, professional associations, university departments and high-level financial management professionals devoted to improving financial management, has organized a virtual training symposium entitled “Managing Through Crisis: COVID-19 and Governance,” which will take place on February 9-10. As part of the symposium, Mr. Aleksi Aleksishvili, CEO and Chairman at PMCG, will moderate the panel entitled “Budgeting in Uncertain Times,” which will bring together panelists from North America, Africa, the Caucasus, and the Balkans.
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic heavily disrupted the world, causing both a global health emergency and a global economic crisis. While almost every country and every sector have been affected, economies reliant on the service sector, and especially the tourism industry, such as Georgia, have suffered notably. Indeed, measures taken to contain the spread of the virus have had an especially negative impact on the economy. Preliminary estimates suggest a decline in Georgia’s real GDP in 2020 of 6.1%, the sharpest drop since 1994.In this issue, we provide forecasts for the performance of the Georgian economy for 2021, namely regarding its real GDP growth rate, sector-specific growth rates, and employment.
According to a survey of Georgian economists, the economic climate in the country for the first quarter of 2021 has been and will continue to be worse than the last quarter of 2020. Their assessment of the current situation was also significantly worse than the corresponding quarter of the previous year. The economists’ predictions for Georgia’s economic situation for the next six months were also negative. Specifically, their expectations for this period remain similarly bleak to those stated in the final quarter of 2020, and were considerably more pessimistic than the forecasts they made at the same time last year.
The number of international travelers declined by 94.5% in January compared to the same period of 2020, while the number of international visitors fell by 93.6% and the number of international tourists fell by 91.9%;
In January 2021, the year over year Hotel Price Index decreased by 33.8% in Adjara and by 28.5% in Samtskhe-Javakheti;
The number of ski-lift users in Georgia grew significantly, by an annual average rate of 21%, from the 2014-2015 season up to and including the 2018-2019 season. However, compared to the 2018-19 season, the number of ski-lift users dropped by 20% during the 2019-2020 season, due to the looming COVID-19 pandemic which effectively brought the season to an early finish. Thereafter, the 2020-2021 season has been cancelled outright due to the ongoing epidemiological crisis;
Sales per skiing day demonstrated significant growth from the 2014-2015 winter season up to and including the 2018-2019 winter season, growing by 33% annually on average in this period. It even registered modest growth (4%) in the 2019-2020 season.
In Georgia, the average cost of a room in a 3-star hotel was 118 GEL per night in January 2021, while the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 188 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse was 72 GEL per night.
In this issue, we overview trends in Ukraine’s labor market indicators through the past decade and compare the dynamics of unemployment rates of Eastern Partnership countries over the same period. In addition, we analyze the effects of COVID-19 on the key labor market indicators, as well as on average wages and number of vacancies posted in 2020.
In Georgia, the average cost of a room in a 3-star hotel was 123 GEL per night in December 2020, while the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 197 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse was 70 GEL per night.
Tourism across the world in 2020 was decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March 2020, the industry has been all but sidelined by various lockdowns including severe restrictions to international travel. To counter these difficulties, businesses in tourism-related industries were provided different support measures throughout 2020, and many of these have been extended into 2021;
The number of international travelers declined by 92.4% in December compared to the same period of 2019, while the number of international visitors fell by 90.8% and the number of international tourists fell by 86.3%;
The price changes in Adjara and Guria are the most representative of tourism’s decline. In December 2020, the year over year Hotel Price Index decreased by 41% in Guria, by 39% in Adjara and by 31.3% in Samtskhe-Javakheti.
International rankings and indicators help us to understand and assess how countries are performing in different areas. In this bulletin, Georgia’s positions in international rankings and their dynamics are reviewed based on recent data, and these are also compared to other Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Ukraine, and Belarus).
The spread of COVID-19 has resulted in a global pandemic, followed by an abrupt economic crisis due to the necessary measures taken to reduce infection and death rates. In this bulletin, we focus on the countries of the Black Sea region, specifically their preparedness for an economic crisis and their actual economic performance during the pandemic, before presenting forecasts for 2021.
In Q1-Q3 of 2020, total trade turnover in Ukraine amounted to 72.8 bln USD, which is a 6.9 bln (9%) decrease, compared to the corresponding period of 2019;
In Q1-Q3 of 2020, Ukrainian exports decreased by 6% compared to the corresponding period of 2019, while Ukrainian imports dropped by 11%;
In Q1-Q3 of 2020, Ukraine’s trade deficit amounted to 2.98 bln USD, which is 2.6 bln USD (47%) decrease compared to the corresponding period of 2019;
In Q1-Q3 of 2020, the main export partners were China, Poland and Russia, with shares in total export volume of 13.8%, 6.7% and 5.8% respectively. The main import partners were China (15.3% of total imports), Germany (10.2%) and Russia (8.8%).