PMCG and NAO Held Training Entitled Financial Scrutiny for Parliamentary Staff Supported by WFD

May, 2010

A three-day training on financial oversight sponsored by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and implemented by PMCG and National Audit Office (NAO) of UK was held in Telavi on May 26-28. Representatives of both PMCG and NAO together with the Parliamentary staff gathered to strengthen public servants’ skills to conduct an active financial examination of the Government. All of the participants of the training on Financial Scrutiny for Parliamentary Staff listened to the main topics, and were engaged in discussions, comparing Georgian reality to the best UK practices and participating in carefully designed practical exercises. At the end of the meeting all participants agreed to continue working toward the improvement of financial oversight skills. The training was a part of the 4 year capacity building programme that WFD is implementing in Georgia and it will be followed up by what is known as practicum in the next phase. The practicum will mainly focus on the following documents: 2009 Annual State Budget Execution Report prepared by the Ministry of Finance (MoF), the BDD document developed by the Government of Georgia (GoG) and Chamber of Control Report on 2009 State Budget execution. PMCG will support the Parliamentary staff in preparing oral and written briefs and comprehensive reports on these documents.
PMCG, together with EP (Greece) is Implementing a Project at the Revenue Service of the MOF Georgia

May, 2010

PMCG, as a subcontractor of European Profiles S.A (Greece), is implementing a project, that will help the Ministry of Finance of Georgia to meet the policy objectives in the Customs area, as outlined in the European Neighborhood Policy Action Plan (ENP AP), facilitating gradual harmonization of Georgian Customs regulations and practices with relevant EU standards and norms, thereby contributing to the increased transparency of the Public Finance Management (PFM) sector and to facilitating foreign trade.Start Date: May 2010End Date: December 2010Country: GeorgiaClient: Revenue Service of the Ministry of Finance of GeorgiaFunder: European Union Delegation to Georgia Description of the Project:The project provided assistance to the Ministry of Finance in assessing the administrative and operational capacity of the Revenue Service in the area of Customs policies, systems and procedures. The project will help the MoF to assess the existing capacities in the fields of: Legislation; Organization and Management Human Resource Management. Customs ethics Internal Audit Training Trade facilitation and relations with business Public relations and communication Customs cooperation Revenue collection Risk management Export controls Border and inland control Transit and movement of goods Customs valuation Post-clearance control and audit Investigation and enforcement Customs enforcement on Intellectual Property Rights Supply-chain security Infrastructure and equipment Customs laboratory Information and communication technology The work will be carried out in cooperation with the MoF to assess the organizational and operational capacity of the Revenue Service. The assessment will be done according to "Customs Blueprints" that are practical guidelines prepared by Customs Union of the European Commission and based on EU best practices.Following on from this assessment, detailed recommendations will be provided to the MoF and the Revenue Service. Overall, the project will provide: Assessment of the administrative and operational capacities of the Revenue Service in the area of Customs policies, systems and procedures according to "Customs Blueprints". Recommendations and tentative action plan for 2010/2011 to the MoF and Revenue Service in order to harmonize Georgia's Customs system with EU best practices.  
PMCG is Lobbying the Draft Law on Accounting and Audit

May, 2010

  In accordance with the Law on Lobbying Activities, PMCG moved to lobby the Draft Law of Georgia on Accounting and Audit. The draft law has been elaborated by Georgian Federation of Professional Accountants and Auditors (GFPAA), with support from the World Bank (WB) and International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). Start Date: March 2010End Date: December 2010Country: GeorgiaClient: Georgian Federation of Professional Accountants and Auditors (GFPAA) The main purpose of the law is to: introduce international accounting and audit standards in Georgia; simplify and improve the accounting system for small and medium enterprises; form transparent business environment resulting from improved accountability; reduce the risk factors for bankruptcy based on transparency of financial reporting. The draft law aims to refine the legal framework for accounting, financial reporting and audit in Georgia, and to define the following: i) legal and institutional framework for accounting and reporting; ii) levels of financial reporting; and iii) rules and conditions for external audits. The draft law consists of 6 chapters: Accounting, Audit, Nominated professional organizations, Public supervision, and Transitional and Conclusive Provisions. The role of PMCG is to launch lobbying activities related to organizing relations with legislative and executive bodies and actively cooperating with decision makers, for the purpose of adopting the amendments in the legislation. Specifically, their role involves: lobbying/promoting the adoption of the law on Accounting and Audit by the Parliament; engaging in the debates and discussions of the law on Accounting and Audit of Georgia; closely cooperating with state and nongovernmental organizations and make a special campaign if necessary, in the regard of approving the draft law on Accounting and Audit; and to revealing and explaining the advantages and necessity of the draft law to the public. The Law on Lobbying Activities was adopted by the Parliament in 1998, although there have been fairly few provisions of applying it and very small number of registered lobbyists in Georgia since then. Therefore PMCG’s precedence can be regarded as a significant impetus for stirring up the official lobbying activities in the country.
Prospects of Georgia's Integration in the EU Customs Union

Apr, 2010

PMCG and ICC-Georgia will implement the project which will be targeted toward expediency issues for Georgia to integrate into the EU Customs Union. With the workshop conducted in Tbilisi, consultants from Turkey and Romania will develop policy recommendations for the Government of Georgia on the above-mentioned issue. PMCG together with ICC-Georgia is implementing a Project: Prospects of Georgia's Integration in the EU Customs Union PMCG and ICC-Georgia will implement the project which will be targeted toward expediency issues for Georgia to integrate into the EU Customs Union. With the workshop conducted in Tbilisi, consultants from Turkey and Romania will develop policy recommendations for the Government of Georgia on the above-mentioned issue. Start Date: May 2010End Date: August 2010Country: GeorgiaClient: German Marshall FundFunder: German Marshall Fund Description of the Project: The Black Sea Fund for Regional Cooperation, a project of the German Marshall Fund, is supporting the project focusing on expediency issues for Georgia to integrate into the EU Customs Union. PMCG and International Chamber of Commerce Georgia will implement the project and will carry it out in close cooperation with the Ministry of Finance and other state institutions and Georgian business associations. The project goal is to accelerate Georgia’s integration into the EU Customs Union. The following is the list of project objectives: Evaluate the benefits the country will gain through integrating into the EU Customs Union; Identify challenges of the integration into the EU Customs Union; Learn Turkish and Romanian best practices; Obtain recommendations from the international experts who personally participated in EU Customs Union joining processes in their countries; Assess and study difficulties that neighboring countries experienced during EU integration process and try to prevent them Prepare the grounds for the next activities which will: make a thorough analysis of the gaps in the regulations and standards of the Georgian customs legislation and detect divergences from the relevant EU practices prepare a detailed action plan for the government to join the EU Customs Union Analyze the areas closely related to the customs field such as: phyto-sanitary, veterinary issues etc. Increase public awareness about Georgia’s opportunity to join the EU Customs Union, including awareness among Georgian state institutions. The project will assist the Georgian Government to create a clear vision of the integration process into the EU Customs Union. Another significant impact will be donor community coordination within this field. A clear vision of the Georgian Government concerning the EU Customs Union will stimulate international donor organizations to support a large scale project which will prepare detailed gap analysis between the Georgian and EU customs legislation and an action plan on how to join the EU Customs Union. Few words about the partner institutions: The German Marshall Fund (http://www.gmfus.org) of the United States is a nonpartisan American public policy and grant-making institution dedicated to promoting greater cooperation and understanding between North America and Europe. The Black Sea Fund for Regional Cooperation, a Project of the German Marshall Fund, provides grants to local and national NGOs in the Wider Black Sea Region, to governmental entities, community groups, policy institutes, other associations to implement projects in the three programmatic areas of the Trust: civic participation, cross-border initiatives and Eastern Links. ICC-Georgia (www.icc.ge), the Georgian chapter of the International Chamber of Commerce, was established in 2002 and is 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 is announcing a Call for Policy Papers

Apr, 2010

PMCG together with the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA), within the USAID funded Improved program 'Public Policy Discourse in Georgia' are pleased to announce a Call for Policy Papers. For full text of this announcement please see the attached documentation. Attached Documents Announcement on Policy Briefs_GEO Announcement on Policy Briefs_ENG
PMCG is Lobbying the Draft Law on Accounting and Audit

Mar, 2010

Alex Aleksishvili, chairman of PMCG, according to the Law on Lobbying Activities was registered as a representative in the Parliament of Georgia on the draft Law on Accounting and Audit on April 19, 2010. The draft law has been elaborated by the Georgian Federation of Professional Accountants and Auditors (GFPAA), with support from the World Bank (WB) and International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). Start Date: March 2010End Date: December 2010Country: GeorgiaClient: Georgian Federation of Professional Accountants and Auditors (GFPAA) The main purpose of the law is to: introduce international accounting and audit standards in Georgia; simplify and improve the accounting system for small and medium enterprises; form transparent business environment resulting from improved accountability; reduce the risk factors for bankruptcy based on transparency of financial reporting. The draft law aims to refine the legal framework for accounting, financial reporting and audit in Georgia, and to define the following: i) legal and institutional framework for accounting and reporting; ii) levels of financial reporting; and iii) rules and conditions for external audits. The draft law consists of 6 chapters: Accounting, Audit, Nominated professional organizations, Public supervision, and Transitional and Conclusive Provisions. The role of PMCG is to launch lobbying activities related to organizing relations with legislative and executive bodies and actively cooperating with decision makers, for the purpose of adopting the amendments in the legislation. Specifically, their role involves: lobby/promote the adoption of the law on Accounting and Audit by the Parliament; engage in the debates and discussions of the law on Accounting and Audit of Georgia; Closely cooperate with state and nongovernmental organizations and launch a special campaign if necessary, approving the draft law on Accounting and Audit; and to reveal and explain the advantages and necessity of the draft law to the public. The Law on Lobbying Activities was adopted by the Parliament in 1998, although there have been few instances of it being applied and only a very small number of registered lobbyists in Georgia since then. Therefore, PMCG's precedence can be regarded as a significant impetus for stirring up the official lobbying activities in the country.
PMCG is announcing a Call for Policy Papers

Mar, 2010

PMCG together with the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA), within the USAID funded program 'Public Policy Discourse in Georgia' are pleased to announce a Call for Policy Papers. For full text of this announcement please see the attached documentation. For full text of this announcement please see attached documentation Attached Documents  Announcement on Policy Briefs (GEO) Announcement on Policy Briefs (ENG)
PMCG together with Ticon (Latvia) is implementing a project to support Georgia to launch DCFTA negotiations

Feb, 2010

PMCG, as a subcontractor of Ticon Development Consulting SIA, with its knowledge and experience in institutional building, will provide expertise and support to support the country's efforts to create the necessary conditions for the launch of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) negotiations. Start Date: February 2010End Date: October 2010Country: GeorgiaClient: Ticon Development Consulting SIAFunder: European Union Delegation to Georgia Description of the Project:The EU launched a preparatory process with Georgia aiming to support the country's efforts to create the necessary conditions for the launch of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) negotiations.The overall objective of the project is to support the Georgian line Ministries and/or other governmental bodies in the preparatory process of the DCFTA and to liaise with the Ministries and governmental bodies concerned. Specifically, this entails: Contributing to the assessment of the institutional capacity of Institutions playing a key role in the preparation/implementation of the DCFTA; Supporting the EC delegation in the identification of relevant areas of institutional support; Supporting the EC Delegation in the preparation/design of the Comprehensive Institution Building (CIB), comprising: Framework Document identifying the institutions to be strengthened and the key issues to be tackled. (set of) multi-annual "Institutional Reform Plan(s)" outlining the priorities to be pursued to fully upgrade the institution, the measures to be taken, the input to be provided. The project is being implemented by the consortium of European consulting companies: Ticon Development Consulting SIA and IBM Belgium. The consortium subcontracted PMCG for local support and to provide the following tasks: A gap analysis/assessment with the main findings of the institutional capacity of relevant institutions and on the shortcomings to be addressed; Contributing to mapping the key areas where assistance activities are needed, according to the Framework Document preparation; Supporting the Delegation and the relevant institutions in the elaboration of the "Institutional Reform Plan"; Organizing workshops; Issuing recommendations to the EU delegation on areas where institutional support is needed (in order to help Georgians in the possible future DCFTA) and on which future EC assistance could focus. Some brief details regarding the partner companies: IBM Business Consulting Services Belgium is a leading professional services firm offering consulting services to a range of clients, in both the private and the public sector, throughout the world. With consultants and professional staff in 174 countries around the world, IBM GBS is the world's largest consulting services organization. Ticon Development Consulting, based in Latvia and affiliated with Integra in Ireland, participates in technical assistance and economic co-operation projects for private sector investors. Ticon has been involved in several projects supporting the accession to, and implementation of, WTO obligations and commitments. Ticon has extensive experience and expertise in monitoring and evaluation with the European Commission, the Multilateral Development Banks and the United Nations.
PMCG consultants will conduct Professional Training Support to the Parliament of Georgia

Feb, 2010

The Westminster Foundation for Democracy supported Financial Oversight Development Project which launched capacity building activities in the Parliament of Georgia. In the process of this project, PMCG consultants will conduct professional training support for the Parliament of Georgia in public finance issues concentrating on budget oversight Start Date: January 2010End Date: December 2011Country: GeorgiaClient: Westminster Foundation Democracy (WFD) Funder: Department for International Development, UK (DFID) Description of the Project: Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) launched a long term Parliamentary Strengthening Programme in Georgia. In the framework of this programme WFD contracted PMCG to implement the Financial Oversight Development Project. As the first step of the project, PMCG has prepared a suitable training programme for MPs of Georgia and the staff members. The second, long term component includes professional training support to the Parliament. The Parliament staff members will be trained in public finance issues concentrating on budget oversight. In this step PMCG will provide the following services: Participating in the localization of the generic curriculum to the country’s specific needs; Delivering and evaluating trainings as required by the Parliament of Georgia and WFD programme manager, as well as preparing short reports of the events; Participating in the reviews of previous trainings, impact assessments and future need assessments; Developing revision to the curriculum and new material as may be required based on reviews and assessments; Participating in the sharing of curriculum and experience with other TWC countries through attending TWC workshops and being part of the TWC online community. This includes being part of a global network to encourage parliamentary capacity building; Participating in the project team led by WFD to plan annual programme delivery and looking at developing a sustainable mechanism for continuous training. 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.
PMCG Together With GIPA Launched the USAID Funded Project: Improving the Public Policy Discourse in

Feb, 2010

Public Forum and Dialogue, the USAID funded project, was implemented jointly by the Policy and Management Consulting Group (PMCG) and the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (www.GIPA.ge). The 18-month project started in February 1, 2010, and is targeted toward creating a platform that would stimulate constructive and systematic debates and establishing a cooperative practice among different political and social groups of the Georgian society. Within the project framework, 10 policy discourses covering eight (8) core and two (2) ad hoc policy topics are expected to be organized. The project also considers setting up the Steering Committee that will serve as a decision making board. It will be responsible for defining policy topics and selecting the best policy briefs for further elaboration. At the current project development phase, there are seven (7) identified Steering Committee members: Ted Jonas (DLA Piper), Keti Khutishvili (OSGF), Mikheil Machavariani (Parliament of Georgia), Ia Antadze (Radio Freedom), Zurab Abashidze (Independent Expert), Mikheil Chachkhunashvili (GIPA), Zaza Broladze (PMCG). The next project phase schedules the identification of eight (8) policy topics by the Steering Committee by the end of February 2010. In March 2010, the first round of policy brief competition is forecast and the best experts were selected to develop the policy papers on the topics defined earlier. The policy discourses will now be organized after each policy paper is revised and approved by an outside expert.
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