Working with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport to Implement Newly-Adopted Law on Vocational Education and Training
We are collaborating with the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport (MoESCS), under a UNDP project designed to support the Ministry in the implementation of the newly-adopted law on vocational education and training (VET).
Supporting ICGFM Conference Dedicated to Public Financial Management on Sectoral Service Delivery
On December 2-4, the International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM) hosted the 2019 Winter Training Conference at the International Monetary Fund’s Washington office where the focus was on Public Financial Management (PFM) Impact on Sectoral Service Delivery.
Meeting with Governor and Five Mayors to Present Design for a Regional Landfill in Kvemo Kartli
PMCG and its international partner – the Engineering Company (HPC) - held a meeting with Kvemo Kartli’s Governor and the mayors of five municipalities (Tetri Tskaro, Marneuli, Dmanisi, Bolnisi and Tsalka) and the project beneficiary – Solid Waste Management Company of Georgia - to present project’s concept design, which has been elaborated according to European directives.
Evaluating Progress of Penitentiary and Probation Reforms
We recently started working on a European Commission project focused on monitoring and assessing the implementation of the Strategy and 2019-2020 action Plan for the Development of Penitentiary and Crime Prevention Systems in Georgia.
Evaluating GIZ Program Dedicated to Private Sector Development and Technical Vocational Education
PMC Research is implementing a final evaluation survey to evaluate the results achieved within the program - Private Sector Development and Technical Vocational Education and Training South Caucasus – implemented by the South Caucasus Office of GIZ.
Presenting Research Outcomes: “Trade Facilitation Component of the Peace Initiative - A Step to a Better Future”
On November 26, PMC Research presented the results of its research entitled “Trade Facilitation Component of the Peace Initiative - A Step to a Better Future,” and held a subsequent discussion thereon.
PMC Research Elected as Fully-Fledged Member of Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) at Pre-presidency Conference in Zagreb
We can happily announce that PMC Research has become a fully-fledged member of the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) through which it will actively contribute to the work and development of the organization. It is both a great honor and responsibility for PMC Research which becomes the first member organization from the South Caucasus. Indeed, even among Eastern Partnership Countries (EAP) PMC Research is only the second organization to enroll as a member of the TEPSA. PMC Research’s admission to the TEPSA was confirmed at its pre-presidency conference.
We have started a new project designed to provide an independent evaluation of the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agriculture and Rural Development’s (ENPARD) work in Moldova. This project is funded by the EU and is being implemented by PMCG as part of a consortium led by ADE.
Pinpointing the key structural reform priorities to support economic transitions in the countries of the South Caucasus and Central Asia (CCA countries), was one of the main topics discussed on September 18 at the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) brainstorming session.
We are continuing to actively work on the implementation of excise stamps reform with the Government of Liberia’s institutions, particularly the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) and the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), to strive towards a policy environment that is predictable, transparent, fair and conducive thereby enhancing domestic revenue mobilization.
On September 10, a working meeting was conducted in the course of the “Mayors for Economic Growth (M4EG)” initiative with the State Representative of Imereti region and the representatives of local self-government of the region’s 12 municipalities with the purpose of expanding cooperation between the municipalities to boost local economic development.
We have successfully collaborated with the State Custom Service (SCS) of Ukraine to facilitate more transparent and efficient trading. PMCG was subcontracted by the implementing partner Chemonics International to collaborate with the State Custom Service (SCS) of Ukraine in order to contribute to the trade facilitation through creating business Intelligence module (BIM) and auditing automated system of analysis and risk management (ASUR).
The spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19 has resulted in global pandemics, which was followed by an abrupt economic crisis, as economies stood still in order to overcome the threat to people’s lives. In this bulletin, we overview the readiness to the healthcare and economic crisis, the evolution of the pandemic and characteristics of the lockdown for the six countries in the Black Sea Region.
The paper reviews developmental implications of labour migration from Central Asia, analyses policy gaps in development-oriented migration management and offers recommendations to facilitate impactful engagement of local authorities in migration governance.
This paper is written by Dr. Giorgi Khishtovani, Director at PMC Research, with contribution from Maya Komakhidze, researcher at PMC Research.
By the end of the second quarter of 2020, loans and deposits, expressed as a percentage of GDP, increased by 3.6 and 4.9 percentage points, respectively, compared to the beginning of the year;
By the end of the second quarter of 2020, bank assets, expressed as a percentage of GDP, increased to 98.4%;
By the end of July of 2020, the volume of loans was increased by 19%, compared to July of 2019;
The average interest rates on loans in January-July of 2020 denominated in national currencies were 0.9 percentage points higher than in January-July of 2019, while the average interest rates on loans denominated in foreign currencies were 0.8 percentage points less;
By the end of July of 2020, the volume of deposits in Georgia was increased by 21%, compared to July of 2019;
The average interest rates on deposits in January-July of 2020 denominated in national currencies were 1.2 percentage points higher than in January-July of 2019, while the average interest rates on deposits denominated in foreign currencies were 0.4 percentage points less;
In January-July of 2020 trade had the highest share of total loans with 29.5%;
In January-July of 2020, share of construction in total loans increased by 3.6 percentage points, while share of financial intermediation decreased by 8.2 percentage points, compared to the corresponding period of 2019;
According to the World Bank, Georgia’s ratio of non-performing loans to total loans decreased in 2019, compared to 2018, by 0.8 percentage points and dropped to 1.9%;
By the end of July of 2020 the rates of dollarization on loans and deposits were increased by 0.3 and 8 percentage points, compared to the corresponding period of 2019. The rates rose to 56.9% and 61.3%, respectively.
The number of international travelers declined by 96.4% in August compared to the same period of 2019, while the number of international visitors fell by 96% and the number of international tourists fell by 95.4%;
In the first 8 months of 2020, revenues from travel amounted to $483 mln, which is 78% lower than the same period in 2019;
In Q2 2020, compared to Q2 2019, turnover of accommodations declined by 66%, and turnover of food facilities declined by 37%;
In August 2020, compared to August 2019, yearly Hotel Price Index decreased by 32.1% in Guria and 21.7% in Adjara;
In August 2020, compared to August 2019, the average price of guesthouses in Guria decreased by 58%, while the average price of 3-star hotels decreased by 35%;
In August 2020, compared to August 2019, the average price of 4-star hotels decreased by 38%, while the average price of 5-star hotels decreased by 25%. The average prices of guesthouses and 3-star hotels registered a more modest decline.
In Georgia, the average cost of a room in a 3-star hotel was 128 GEL per night in August 2020. While the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 229 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse was 74 GEL per night. The average cost of a room in a 5-star hotel in Georgia in August 2020 was 367 GEL per night. In Guria, the average price was 776 GEL, followed by Tbilisi - 426 GEL, Kakheti - 360 GEL and Adjara – 346 GEL.
The aim of this document is to identify the key economic policy/regulatory challenges in Georgia’s tourism value chain and to facilitate dialogue between private and public sectors including a wide spectrum of civil society and political representatives.
The number of international travelers declined by 95.6% in July compared to the same period of 2019, while the number of international visitors fell by 94.8% and the number of international tourists fell by 93.5%;
In July 2020, compared to July 2019, the average prices of 5-star hotels decreased by 23%, which is the highest decline among the categories of the hotels;
In July 2020, the hotel prices have decreased in 8 regions (out of 11), compared to July 2019. The most hit regions are Guria (-38.1%), Adjara (-26.4%) and Samtskhe-Javakheti (-23.5%);
Due to distorted price data, the declines in hotel prices illustrated by our analysis are underestimated. Moreover, the analysis in July can be deemed conclusive just for Guria, Adjara and Samtskhe-Javakheti.
In Georgia, the average cost of a room in a 3-star hotel was 135 GEL per night in July 2020. While the average cost of a room in a 4-star hotel in Georgia was 223 GEL per night and the average cost of a room in a guesthouse was 73 GEL per night.
This study reviews each activity defined in the 2019-2020 action plan, which aims to develop the infrastructural part of the penitentiary system, and evaluates its implementation against pre-defined indicators.
In the first half of 2020, external trade turnover in Georgia amounted to 5.054 bln USD, which is 18% less than corresponding period of 2019;
Georgian exports amounted to 1.5 bln in January-June 2020, which is 16% less than in January-June of 2019. Moreover, Georgian imports deteriorated even more by reaching 3.5 bln USD, which is 19% less than in the first half of 2019;
In the first half of 2020, Georgian trade deficit decreased by 0.55 bln USD (21%), compared to the first half of 2019;
There are more EU member states amongst Georgia’s top 10 export partners in the first half of 2020, compared to the first half of 2019;
In the period of January-June 2020, total trade turnover with the EU and Russia decreased by 22% and 16% respectively, but increased with China by 10% compared to the corresponding period of last year;
Georgia’s main trading partners in the first half of 2020 were Turkey, Russia and China. Their shares in Georgia’s total trade turnover were 14%, 12% and 10% respectively;
77.4% of Georgian exports are concentrated amongst the top ten partners. Moreover, top ten import partners occupy 69.4% of total imports.