New Policy Briefs Published on Shared Intellectual Services and Light Manufacturing Sectors
We recently published two policy briefs about the shared intellectual services and light manufacturing sectors. Both documents were developed as part of the five-year USAID Georgia Economic Security Program, which is focused on improving the competitiveness of four priority sectors: light manufacturing, tourism, creative industries, and shared intellectual services.
Promoting Mining Investments to Enhance the Sector’s Sustainability
PMCG recently started working with the National Agency of Mines (NAM) of Georgia, which is in the process of modernizing in order to boost investments in the mining sector, thereby enhancing its sustainability. In this regard, we will provide support in the development of a communication strategy and corresponding communication materials for the NAM to increase the attractiveness of the country’s mineral potential and to reach out to potential investors and responsible mining companies.
Discussions with the Local Community Prior to Construction of a New Waste Disposal Facility
On July 27-28, we conducted focus group discussions with the local residents of Gurjaani municipality about the introduction of a new landfill site selection approach, and to present to them the importance and role of the new waste disposal facility.
Mid-term Evaluation of Projects in Support of Comprehensive Public Administration Reform in Ukraine
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.
Starting Georgia’s Digital Transformation Consortium
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).
Advancing Gender Balance in the Transportation System
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.
Enhancing Capacities of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Countries in the Design and Implementation of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
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.”
Enhancing the Public Financial Management (PFM) Capacity of Two Georgian Municipalities
We, under the Good Governance Initiative (GGI) program, recently started a new project, aiming to strengthen the public financial management (PFM) capacity of two Georgian municipalities, namely Rustavi and Zugdidi. This program will cover the implementation of program budgeting methodology in practice, enhance the budgeting process, and improve two important principles of the budgeting system – transparency and accountability - in these municipalities.
Leasing in Georgia: Challenges and Ways to Enhance the Sector
Interview with John Batty, Consultant at PMCG, as part of the project “Development of Alternative Financing for MSMEs,” within the Good Governance Fund (GGF) program, funded with UK aid from the UK Government.
On July 28, PMCG supported a workshop organized by the EU and the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia as part of the project “Support to Environmental Protection and Fight Against Climate Change in Georgia.”
PMCG, as part of an international consortium led by B&S Europe, will begin the implementation of another new EU-funded project entitled “EU for Human Rights: Mainstreaming Non-discrimination Concepts in Legislation” in North Macedonia. The project has an expected duration of one year.
On June 27, David Lezhava, Director at PMCG, and Lasha Mgeladze, Consultant at PMCG, participated in an event entitled “Modeling of Effective Investment Activity in Territorial Communities During the War and in the Post-War Period.”
We recently started working on a new project entitled “Development of Accounting Policy and Related Forms for the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and the Sub-Organizations Under its Control and Providing Training of Key Personnel of the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia,” aimed at introducing the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) to the Ministry of Education and Science (MES) and contributing to better accountability and transparency of its public finance spending.
We recently finished implementing performance management system (PMS) web-application in 23 municipalities of Georgia as part of the UNDP-funded project “Development of Performance Management Systems for Street Cleaning and Waste Management Services in 23 Municipalities of Georgia,” aimed at increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of two crucial municipal services.
In Georgia, the average cost of a room1 in a 3-star hotel was 173 GEL per night in July 2022, while the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 276 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse was 118 GEL per night.
The average cost of a room in a 5-star hotel in Georgia in July 2022 was 563 GEL per night. In Guria, the average price was 1001 GEL, followed by Tbilisi - 619 GEL, Adjara - 612 and Kakheti - 522.
In the past few months, significant increases in hotel prices have been evident due to a combination of factors, such as the partial recovery of international tourism, the rapid inflow of Russians, Belarusians, and Ukrainians since the beginning of the war, a higher domestic tourism demand among Georgians, and the increase in prices for essential goods for hotel services.
Macro Overview aims to review the recent trends and developments of the Georgian economy and sets the stage for what is to come in the approaching months.
Macro overview highlights some of the key indicators in Georgian economy such as inflation, economic growth, and employment. It also explores external sector of the economy, overviewing trends in tourism, trade, remittances and FDI.
The publication consolidates and includes analytical pieces from the PMC Research Center’s periodic newsletters, such as economic outlook and indicators series, monthly tourism update, black sea bulletin, employment tracker. It also includes insights about the expectations of businesses and economists about the future of the Georgian economy from our Georgian economic climate and bag indexes.
In June 2022, the number of persons receiving a monthly salary increased by 4.3% compared to the corresponding period of 2021 and by 11.7% compared to the corresponding period of 2020.
According to the BAG Index Survey, overall, in Q2 of 2022, 29.9% of surveyed companies increased their number of employees, 5.6% recorded a decrease, and 64.5% reported no change.
In 2022, from January to June, the total number of vacancies published on jobs.ge amounted to 36,584, which was 51% higher compared to the corresponding period of 2021 and 123% higher compared to the corresponding period of 2020.
In 2022, from January to June, a total of 10,695 vacancies were published in the field of sales/procurement, which was 112% higher than the corresponding period of 2021 and 165% higher compared to the corresponding period of 2020.
Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, the border crossing statistics have revealed significant differences in the number of entries and exits by Russians, Belarusians, and Ukrainians. In May 2022, the gap between the number of entries and exits declined significantly with the number of exists increasing significantly for Ukrainians, while in the same month, for Russians and Belarusians, the number of exits exceeded the number of entries.
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, travel receipts from Russia have shown a significant increase, while in March 2022 receipts from Belarus experienced a drastic jump of 552% compared to February 2022 and this high level has been maintained for the following three months.
In Georgia, the average cost of a room in a 3-star hotel was 157 GEL per night in June 2022, while the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 245 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse was 110 GEL per night. The average cost of a room in a 5-star hotel in Georgia in May 2022 was 519 GEL per night. In Guria, the average price was 702 GEL, followed by Kakheti - 575, Tbilisi - 568 GEL and Adjara - 552.
Poverty alleviation remains one of the biggest challenges for the world, including Georgia. The COVID-19 crisis has worsen the problem as many households’ income shrank even further due to the crisis. For instance, according to a public opinion poll conducted by NDI in 2021, 37% of respondents indicated that poverty was the main issue they were facing. Against this background, we take a closer look at poverty in Georgia and discuss trends and changes therein over the last five years.
In this issue, we overview major economic indicators in the construction sector, construction permits, commercial bank mortgage loans for real estate purchases, and construction-related price indices. In addition to that, the results of the BAG business index survey regarding the sales, sales prices, employment, and factors hindering business activity in the construction sector are also provided.
According to a survey of Georgian economists, the economic climate in the country in the second quarter of 2022 has improved compared to the first quarter of 2022, as well as compared to the second quarter of 2021.
With respect to the covered period, the surveyed Georgian economists positively assessed Georgia’s present economic situation. Meanwhile, in the first quarter of 2022 and in the second quarter of 2021, the assessment of the economic situation for the respective quarters was negative. Thus, in the second quarter of 2022, their assessment of the present economic situation has significantly improved compared to both quarters.
The surveyed economists’ predictions for Georgia’s economic situation for the next six months were also positive. In fact, their expectations were much more optimistic compared to the predictions they made for the next six months in both the first quarter of 2022 and the second quarter of 2021.
In May 2022, the number of persons receiving a monthly salary increased by 5% compared to the corresponding period of 2021 and by 14.6% compared to the corresponding period of 2020.
From December 2021 to May 2022, the total number of vacancies published on jobs.ge amounted to 33,703, which was 67% higher compared to the corresponding period of 2020-2021 and 101% higher compared to the corresponding period of 2019-2020.
From December 2021 to May 2022, a total of 9,635 vacancies were published in the field of sales/procurement, which was 91% higher than the corresponding period of 2020-2021 and 128% higher compared to the corresponding period of 2019-2020.