PMCG established consortium with Booz Allen Hamilton, USA and Geormedia, Estonia

May, 2009

A consortium of Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH), PMCG and Geomedia submitted an expression of interest in the Tbilisi City Development Strategy project. Together, the three companies applied for the WB supported project ˜Tbilisi City Development Strategy for Sustainable Development in Georgia™. The City Development Strategy (CDS) processes will assist Tbilisi to improve municipal management and governance, increase employment opportunities for the citizens, improve the business environment, support Tbilisi’s green city initiative and develop a vision and capital investment plan for the equitable growth of the city-region, supported by all stakeholders as a common vision. The worldwide company, Booz Allen Hamilton is currently the only global consulting firm with a corporate presence in Georgia, having established its branch office in Tbilisi in 2005. Through this branch office, we have implemented a variety of projects in Georgia, including supporting the development of the National Agency of Public Registry of Georgia, assistance with restructuring the Georgian Railway, providing procurement assistance to Millennium Challenge Georgia, and providing advisory support for organizational change to the Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation. Our Estonian partner, Geomedia Consulting, brings a wealth of experience in municipal and city planning from their home country. Their clients have included the Tallinn City Government the Tartu City Government, the Chancellery of the Estonian Parliament, the Estonian Ministry of the Interior, the Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs, and the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, among many others. This outstanding consortium BAH-PMCG-Geomedia boasts deep Georgian national and international expertise with municipal strategic planning to fully meet the goals of the Tbilisi City Development Strategy for Sustainable Development in Georgia.
PMCG and ECORYS Conducted Seminar for the Ministry of Justice of Georgia

May, 2009

    PMCG, together with Holland-based public policy consulting company Ecorys, are implementing the EU funded project, “Support to the Economic Department of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia”. In the frames of the project, on the 3rd of May at the hotel Bazaleti, Dusheti, a one day seminar was conducted on the preparation of Medium Term Action Plans (MTAP) and Strategic Directions Budgets. The seminar was conducted by an international expert from Ecorys and two local experts from PMCG. PMCG also provided additional staff to organize and support the seminar. The objective of the seminar was to give the clear understanding of the basic concepts of MTAP and Strategic Directions Budgeting to the senior staff of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and Structural Units under the Ministry. The seminar was divided into four sessions. The first and second sessions were focused on development of MTAP and Strategic Directions Budgets. The sessions were also describing the preparation of Key Performance Indicators for the Medium Term Action Plans and the Strategic Directions Budgets and provided several examples. These sessions concluded with questions and discussions. The third part of the seminar was a work group session, where the participants prepared draft Key Performance Indicators, based on the materials and theoretical sessions presented during the seminar. The project team reviewed each group’s draft output indicators to plan its follow up program of technical assistance and support.
PMCG Directors will obtain Project Management Institute Certificates

Apr, 2009

PMCG is investing in its employees, Giorgi Tabuashvili and Zaza Broladze - PMCG Managing Directors, paying their tuition fees to study at the Project Management College (PMC). The Project Management College was established by British Petroleum (BP) on behalf of its Oil and Gas Co-ventures in partnership with The George Washington University (GWU), Free University and ESI International. Full completion of the Project Management College curriculum will be rewarded with two globally recognized certifications: the "PM Professional" certificate, awarded by the Project Management Institute (PMI), and the "Master's Certificate in Project Management", awarded by The George Washington University (GWU). The Project Management College curriculum consists of seven core courses delivered over a period of 12 to 14 months: Managing Projects Risk Management Scheduling and Cost Control Project Leadership, Management and Communications Quality for Project Manager Project Management Applications PMP Exam Preparation
PMCG established consortium with KPMG

Apr, 2009

KPMG and PMCG have jointly proposed for the USAID supported project “Tbilisi municipality advisory assistance in designing and introducing the new accounting, budgeting and financial management system” PMCG and KPMG formally expressed their interest in the prospect of being considered as an Advisory Services Provider aiming to assist the Tbilisi municipality in designing and introducing the new accounting, budgeting and financial management system. KPMG brings extensive knowledge and experience of advisory services in designing and introducing the new accounting, budgeting and financial management system in compliance with local legislation requirements and international standards. Specifically, KPMG brings experience in designing and integrating accounting, budgeting and financial management systems and advisory services related to developing/improving accounting policies and procedures and self-sustainability assessments, performance measurement services in a number of public sectors. Also, KPMG will share its extensive experience in advisory services for improving accounting and reporting systems of public finance. In addition, PMCG brings a broad understanding of Georgian legislative requirements in the sphere of accounting, budgeting and financial management systems and public sector regulations.
PMCG together with Oxford Policy Management (UK) is implementing project in health sector

Apr, 2009

A consortium of PMCG and UK-based consulting company Oxford Policy Management (OPM) are implementing EC funded project ‘Technical Assistance for Further Development of a National Health Promotion Strategy and a Prioritized National Health Promotion Action Plan, Georgia’ Start Date: April 2009End Date: August 2009Country: GeorgiaClient: Georgia Health and Social Projects Implementation Center Funder: European Commission Description of the Project: The Government of Georgia (GoG), with the support of the European Committee has initiated the Primary Health Care Reform Support Project (PHCRSP). Activities planned under the project will be implemented over three years by Georgia Health and Social Projects Implementation Center (GHSPIC) in close collaboration with the departments and subordinated structures of the MoLHSA. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to improved population access to, and utilization of, quality primary health care services in selected regions of Georgia (The project will implement activities on a national as well as regional levels). The project has three main objectives namely (i) Quality improvement of the PHC (ii) Improvements in public health strategies for dealing with communicable and non-communicable diseases and promotion of healthy lifestyle and (iii) Strengthening capacity of MoLHSA to monitor PHC reform implementation.Objective (ii) concerns developing public health strategies for dealing with communicable and non-communicable diseases and includes the development of a health promotion strategy and action plan. The overall component includes the following activities: Further development of a Health Promotion Strategy The design of a medium term prioritized Health Promotion Implementation Plan Supporting the Government’s efforts in implementing health promotion activities Assisting MoLHSA in developing standardized tools and analysis framework for baseline and follow-up KAP surveys Strengthening regional public health structures and supporting the development of public health laboratory system. The final deliverable is the strategic health promotion document with implementation plan. The following should be produced during the assignment: Inception report - review of past activities and the current situation; Draft health promotion strategy (3 to 5 year period); Final version of comprehensive health promotion strategy and prioritized health promotion action plan (Action Plan will cover 3 to 5 year period including very specific and detail 2-year period); This project is implemented by a consortium led by PMCG and the Oxford Policy Management (OPM). These organizations bring substantial experience of Public Health and Health Promotion strategy elaboration in CIS, CEE and across the world together with knowledge of health system issues in Georgia, applied experience of developing action planning for the HP strategy, monitoring and evaluation systems and capacity building.
PMCG together with GEA is implementing another USAID funded Project in Adjara

Mar, 2009

A consortium of PMCG and Georgian Evaluation Association (with GEA leading) is implementing the USAID funded project ‘Strategic Planning for Ministry of Agriculture of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara (MoA) Start Date: March 2009End Date: August 2009Country: GeorgiaClient: Ministry of Agriculture of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara (MoA)Funder: USAID Description of the Project: The USAID/Public Administration Reform (PAR) program has been partnering with the Ministry of Agriculture of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara (MoA) 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 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: Developing a 3-Year organizational Strategic Plan; Developing action (work) plans and performance indicators 2009 for each department of the MoA; Conducting stakeholders meetings to get stakeholders input on the 3 year Organizational Strategy; Developing internal monitoring tools for implementing 3-year organizational strategic plan and 2009 action (work) plans; Train MoA managers in internal monitoring methodology; Conducting monitoring of implementation of the strategic plan.
Aleksi Aleksishvili is heading International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Georgia Commission

Mar, 2009

ICC Georgia Customs Trade and Transportation Commission held its first meeting headed by Mr. Aleksi Aleksishvili. The goal of the commission is to facilitate international trade for ICC-Georgia members and increase understanding of customs legislation, and to moderate between ICC-Georgia members and the government to solve problems within the system. At the meeting the group defined major problems being encountered by transporters and businesses in general and discussed several solutions to be communicated to the decision makers and to government officials. ICC-Georgia, the Georgian chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce, was established in 2002. Since taking office in early 2008, ICC-Georgia's new board of directors has been extremely active and dedicated to improving the business and investment climate in the country. Today ICC-Georgia unites leading companies and business associations within Georgia. A dynamic and energetic business organization in the country, it represents a wide array of business sectors and backgrounds. PMCG has been an active member of ICC-Georgia since June 2008. Head of the Supervisory Board of PMCG, Aleksi Aleksishvili was elected as a Head of ICC Georgia Customs Trade and Transportation Commission.
PMCG is involved in the USAID funded project in Kyrgyzstan

Mar, 2009

PMCG is providing consulting services in tax policy and tax administration to the State Committee on Taxes and Collections (SCTC) of the Kyrgyz Republic. Start Date: March 2009End Date: July 2009Country: Kyrgyzstan Client: State Committee on Taxes and Collections (SCTC) of the Kyrgyz Republic Funder: USAID Business Environment Improvement Program (BEI) Description of the Project: The goal of the USAID BEI Project is to promote entrepreneurship and economic development by reducing the legal, regulatory, and administrative burden for SMEs by working with governments to streamline legal and regulatory processes and facilitate informed and effective dialogue between the private and public sectors. Constructive, multi-party engagement in the reform process will result in better SME policies, deregulation at the local, national and regional level, proper implementation of laws and regulations and stronger business associations, leading to an improved business environment for SMEs and to more diversified economic growth. The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic (GoKR) is to improve the business environment by concentrating on tax reforms to increase stability and predictability in tax policy, decrease tax burdens, and simplify and remove bureaucratic barriers in the tax system. USAID BEI in KR is facilitating improvements in tax policy and tax administration (among other areas) that will improve the Kyrgyz Republic’s indicators under the World Bank Doing Business (WBDB) survey. In accordance with the USAID BEI work plan and with agreement of the KR Government, BEI has contracted PMCG to provide consulting services in tax policy and tax administration. BEI has identified PMCG Founder and Head of the Supervisory board, Mr. Aleksi Aleksishvili as most suited to provide expert consultation on several work products regarding analysis of tax policy and tax administration issues, improvements to tax legislation and other recommendations for improving the WBDB “Paying Taxes” indicator. Specific work products to be developed in conjunction with BEI and PMCG include: Inventory of all tax administration procedures, NLAs and provisions of the latest KR Tax Code affecting the “Paying Taxes” indicator, including but not limited to tax inspections, risk assessment system implementation, one-stop-shop business registration, and tax contracts; Presentation on international best practice (Western Countries, CIS reformers, and Georgia in particular) in areas related to the WBDB “Paying Taxes” indicator, with specific recommendations on applicability and implementation of duplicate reforms in the Kyrgyz Republic; Recommendations on amendments to the KR Tax Code based on best international practice and improvements indicated by WBDB methodology for the "Paying Taxes" indicator, and for improving sections on application for a tax contract; Action plan with recommendations on tax inspections, risk assessment system implementation, and one-stop-shop business registration at the district level.
PMCG together with GEA is working on strategy planning document for Ministry of Justice of Georgia

Mar, 2009

Consortium of PMCG and Georgian Evaluation Association (with GEA leading) is implementing USAID funded project ‘Strategic Planning for Ministry of Justice of Georgia’
PMCG is implementing project for the Chamber of Control of Georgia

Mar, 2009

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 Project Description: 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
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