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.
PMCG together with Michael Parry Consulting (UK) is implementing project at the Ministry of Finance

Jul, 2009

Michael Parry Consulting (MPC) and PMCG are implementing the project at the Treasury Service of the Ministry of Finance, "??Assistance to the Treasury Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia in the development of a detailed work plan for transition to International Public Sector Accounting Standards"?.
PMCG and WYG International Conducted a 2 Day Conference in Batumi

Jul, 2009

To finalize the Public Sector Financial Management Reform Support Programme implemented by PMCG together with WYG international, a 2 day Conference was conducted on the key final recommendations of PFMS in Batumi on 18-19 July 2009. The primary purpose of this project was to assist the Ministry of Finance (MoF) in implementing the strategic directions set for the modernization of the Public Financial Management (PFM) system in Georgia by developing the applications, hardware and communications functional requirements for the implementation of an integrated Public Finance Management System (PFMS) based on the best practices. The seminar described the work which was done by PMCG and WYG consultants, in terms of presenting the key recommendations, explaining the reason for each one and identifying the recommended application software and/or technology associated with each, where applicable. The seminar presented the key recommendations of: PFMS Operational Concept Document Information systems that support PFMS Communications systems to support PFMS The stakeholder organizations presented on the Conference were: The Ministry of Finance of Georgia; The Treasury Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia Regional Treasuries The Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia; The General Inspection of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia; The Chamber of Control of Georgia The National Bank of Georgia The Association of Young Lawyers The Institutional Building Development Project Implementation Unit in Georgia The U.S.A. Treasury The Economic Policy Research Center (EPRC) Transparency International Other Non-Governmental Organizations  
Policy and Management Consulting Group conducted seminar on ISO 9001:2008

Jun, 2009

Policy and Management Consulting Group conducted seminar on ISO 9001:2008 â?? Quality management system on 19th of June, 2009.
Workshop over Health Promotion Strategy

Jun, 2009

    PMCG, along with UK-based consulting company Oxford Policy Management (OPM), conducted first workshop on health promotion strategy. Since April 2009, a consortium of PMCG and UK-based consulting company Oxford Policy Management has been implementing the EC funded project “Technical Assistance for Further Development of a National Health Promotion Strategy and a Prioritized National Health Promotion Action Plan, Georgia". This project brought about the notion of a comprehensive health promotion strategy and prioritized health promotion action plan which will subsequently be developed. Working group for creating health promotion strategy was created and first meeting was held on 11 June 2009. The workshop was led by International Public Health consultant Mr. Philip Milner. Among the participants in the workshop were representatives of Ministry of Health Labor and Social Affairs, international organizations, local NGOs and other organizations involved in the health sector. During the workshop participants were presented and agreed on a strategy aim, principles, strategy objectives and specific actions for health promotion. The next step will be the preparation of the first draft of a health promotion strategy.  
PMCG is Preparing Country Profile for Georgia

May, 2009

PMCG is implementing Japan International Cooperation Agency’s€(JICA) project “The Country Profile for Georgia”. Start Date: May 2009End Date: October 2009Country: GeorgiaClient: Japan International Cooperation Agency Funder: Japan International Cooperation Agency Description of the Project: In line with this foreign policy of the Government of Japan, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), official development assistance (ODA) organization of Japan, has decided to facilitate identification and implementation of development projects in the South Caucasus. To enable and strengthen such facilitation of Japanese ODA, JICA has contracted PMCG to collect data and information on Georgia, analyze/assess those data and information and prepare a draft which will be input to or the basis of the final Country Profile for each Caucasian Country. The Country Profile for Georgia will include assessments on, among others: general information of the country (area, population, socio-economic situations, and others); recent economic/social/political development; economic prospects; government structure, particularly involving in development projects and the assessments of their capability; government debt-servicing position; government development strategy and plan; major sectors profile; development projects planned and their status in major sectors; and others.
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