PMCG established consortium with Booz Allen Hamilton, USA and Geormedia, Estonia
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
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
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:
Scheduling and Cost Control
Project Leadership, Management and Communications
Quality for Project Manager
Project Management Applications
PMP Exam Preparation
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
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
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
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
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 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, as part of a consortium led by B&S Europe under the EU’s SIEA Framework Contract Lot 3, together with Evoluxer S.L., has recently started working on a mid-term evaluation of ten projects, conducted by the EU during 2017-2020 concerning comprehensive reform of public administration in Ukraine.
On July 9, Georgia’s Digital Transformation Consortium, initiated by Georgia’s large- and medium-sized IT and consulting companies and serving as an open and collaborative platform based on a public-private partnership model, was signed by about 40 representatives of the IT industry, consultants, academics, and industry associations at Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA).
We are working to contribute to the promotion of equal-opportunity access to employment and relevant skills training for both women and men under the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) Bakuriani Municipal Services Project - Inclusion & Gender Consultancy.
We recently launched a new project, aiming to strengthen knowledge and capacities regarding the design and implementation of free trade agreements (FTAs) of all countries of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) program, which represents a partnership of 11 countries (Afghanistan, China, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan) and development partners working together to promote development through cooperation, leading to accelerated economic growth and poverty reduction, guided by the overarching vision of “Good Neighbors, Good Partners, and Good Prospects.”
In 2021, unemployment remains an unresolved obstacle for the Georgian economy and society’s most pressing problem. Over the years, diverse public opinion polls have indicated that unemployment is the most important issue at national level. For instance, in 2020, according to a public attitudes poll conducted by the National Democratic Institute, for 46% of respondents, the main challenge they were facing was unemployment.This issue focuses on changes in unemployment trends in Georgia in the period of 2017-2020 and provides an analysis of the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on unemployment in the country.
The wine industry in Georgia has experienced strong growth over the past decade in all key indicators such as exports, turnover, and employment and salaries (measured both in GEL and in USD). The financials of the sector have also looked impressive during this time.
The number of international travelers increased by 294.2% in June 2021 compared to the same period of 2020, and declined by 82.1% compared to the same period in 2019. Meanwhile, the number of international visitors increased by 286.8% (2021/2020) and declined by 79.8% (2021/2019), and the number of international tourists increased by 361.6% (2021/2020) and declined by 71.7% (2021/2019);
In June 2021, the number of visitors from Israel, Ukraine and Kazakhstan recovered to approximately 75% of their June 2019 levels;
During the period of 2018-2021, average hotel prices in Georgia peaked in 2018, gradually falling in 2019 before plummeting in 2020;
Prices of 5-star hotels experienced the highest volatility, while the prices of guesthouses were most stable;
In June 2021, the Hotel Price Index increased by 1.5% compared to the corresponding month of 2019, mainly driven by positive expectations about tourism’s recovery, as well as the low base effect due to the shock (Russian flight ban) in June 2019.
In Georgia, the average cost of a room in a 3-star hotel was 136 GEL per night in June 2021, while the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 243 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse was 81 GEL per night. The average cost of a room in a 5-star hotel in Georgia in June 2021 was 496 GEL per night. In Guria, the average price was 739 GEL, followed by Tbilisi - 644 GEL, Kakheti - 470 GEL and Adjara – 457 GEL.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent Great Lockdown have affected investment flows all over the globe, especially in emerging markets. According to UNCTAD, global Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) flows dropped by 35% in 2020, to $1 trillion, from $1.5 trillion in 2019. This is almost 20% below the 2009 levels after the global financial crisis. Moreover, the number of newly announced greenfield projects in developing countries declined by 42% in 2020 compared to 2019. To assess the impact of the crisis on the FDI flows in Ukraine, it is crucial to have a snapshot of the pre-crisis situation along with developments in 2020.
This bulletin focuses on remittance inflows into Georgia in 2020 and its development in 2021.
The social and economic stability of Georgia strongly relies on the money sent from emigrants to their families. Based on World Bank Data, in 2019, in terms of dependence on remittance inflows, Georgia ranked 21st in the world, with remittance inflows to GDP ratio. Moreover, the study conducted by the State Commission on Migration Issues revealed that in 2016 money sent by every second emigrant to their families accumulated half or 3/4 of family budget, and for the 15% of families remittance was the only source of income in Georgia.
The COVID-19 pandemic and imposed restrictions hindered economic activity in nearly every country, resulting in a negative effect on wages and employment for migrant workers and consequently, drying up of remittance inflows. In 2020 due to the emerged crises and uncertain situation, the World Bank projected shrinking remittance flows for low and middle-income countries by 7.2%3, while the IMF forecasted a 15%4 decline for Georgia. However, despite the crisis and pessimistic predictions in Georgia, the volume of remittance inflows in 2020 compared to 2019 has increased by 8.8% and reached the highest figure in the past decade - 1.9 BLN USD, amounting to 11.9%, expressed as a percentage to GDP.
According to this survey of Georgian economists, the economic climate in the country in the second quarter of 2021 is better than the first quarter of the same year. Georgian economists’ assessment of the current situation has improved, compared to the previous quarter and corresponding quarter of 2020, but nevertheless remained negative. The economists’ predictions for Georgia’s economic situation for the next six months were also negative. Their expectations for this period improved though, compared to their predictions in the first quarter of 2021, and were considerably more optimistic than the forecasts they made at the same time last year.
The number of international travelers increased by 141.6% in April 2021 compared to the same period of 2020, and declined by 86.8% compared to the same period in 2019. Meanwhile, the number of international visitors increased by 140.4% (2021/2020) and declined by 85.0% (2021/2019), and the number of international tourists increased by 182.2% (2021/2020) and declined by 78.2% (2021/2019);
The number of visitors to Georgia from Israel in April 2021 recovered to 70% of its April 2019 level, with its share in total visitors amounting to 12.2%;
Georgia’s four neighboring countries accounted for 71% of total visitors in 2019. None of these countries had vaccinated more than 20% of their population as of May 23, 2021;
Some countries that stand out for their high vaccination rates among Georgia's key source markets include Israel (63% of the population), United Arab Emirates (61%), the United Kingdom (56%), Hungary (52%), the United States (49%), and Finland (41%). Most EU countries have a rate of around 30-40%;
In April 2021, the Hotel Price Index decreased by 2.3% compared to the corresponding month of 2019, mainly driven by a price decline of 27.4% in Adjara.
In Georgia, the average cost of a room in a 3-star hotel was 132 GEL per night in May 2021, while the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 246 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse was 82 GEL per night. The average cost of a room in a 5-star hotel in Georgia in May 2021 was 402 GEL per night. In Guria, the average price was 600 GEL, followed by Tbilisi - 509 GEL, Kakheti - 432 GEL and Adjara – 391 GEL.
The research objectives are to examine the challenges that exist in the civil servants’ professional development system, in general, explore barriers specifically associated with the shift to online learning, assess the readiness of civil servants for online training, and develop recommendations to increase the effectiveness of remote teaching.The research methodology is based on a mixed-method design and combines qualitative and quantitative approaches: analysis of the existing documents, interviews with key informants, focus group discussions, and a computer-assisted telephone survey that is representative for professional civil servants working in the councils and town halls across the country. In order to provide in-depth analysis of the issue, the research draws on the perspectives of multiple stakeholders, including civil servants as well as representatives of the Civil Service Bureau, international organizations, and training centers.