Agriculture and Food Security
We recognize that one of the main challenges facing the Georgian agriculture sector, as well as individual producers and exporters in general, is compliance with food safety and quality standards. Through our consultancies, we strive to raise awareness and to facilitate wider implementation of best international food safety practices in Georgia. We support Georgian enterprises in their efforts to increase production quality and their overall competitiveness, to implement best international practices, and to enhance their export potential.
Agriculture and Food Security Advisory
We have worked with numerous small, medium, and large companies in the agriculture sector, including sugar, hazelnut, bread, dairy, and wine producers, as well as restaurant chains and bakeries, and supported all of them in optimizing their processes and achieving international standards in food safety. In doing so, we provide an initial review and gap analysis of production processes and related documentation, develop recommendations, conduct workshops and trainings, and support companies in putting in place new and improved procedures for food safety and quality as well as optimized production processes. We work closely with interested companies to support them in implementing Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) systems and in obtaining HACCP and ISO certification.
PMCG covers the following areas under the agriculture and food security and safety sector:
- Optimization of production processes;
- HACCP system implementation;
- ISO 22000:2005 food safety and quality standards certification;
- Food safety systems;
- Monitoring and quality control systems and manuals;
- Trainings on food safety procedures; and
- Providing support in the certification process.
Agriculture and Food Security Team
Agriculture and Food Security Team
Aleksi Aleksishvili, Chairman and CEO at Policy and Management Consulting Group (PMCG), has 20 years of working experience in the public finance and economic development policy sector as a high-level government official and the government adviser responsible for budget and financial policy, tax and customs policy reform, business climate improvement and doing business environment.
While working as Minister of Finance of Georgia between 2005 and 2007, he successfully conducted a series of reforms in the domains of public finance, tax and customs policy and administration as well as economic deregulation and liberalization domains. Notably, Georgia was ranked by the World Bank “Doing Business” survey as the world’s top reformer country in 2005-10. Similarly, Georgia also rose from 132nd place to 18th in the ranking of “Ease of Doing Business” by the World Bank between 2004 and 2007.
As Minister of Finance, Aleksishvili conducted reforms in public finance management and tax and customs. As a result of comprehensive policy reforms, Georgia’s GDP growth rate in 2005-2007 reached over 10% on average (2005 – 9.6%, 2006 – 9.4% and 2007 – 12.3%) while the country’s FDI increased from USD 250 million in 2004 to USD 2.1 billion in 2007.
Aleksishvili has accumulated exceptional knowledge of development challenges. As the Chairman of the United Nations Commission of Sustainable Development (2005-2006), he has addressed issues related to energy, climate change, air pollution and industrial development, successfully adopted by the Commission and UN General Assembly.
Aleksishvili is a member of the Caucasus and Central Asia Advisory Group (CCAG) of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Middle East and Central Asia Department (MCD). He has advised numerous governments of countries such as Albania, Mongolia, Kosovo, Mozambique, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan to enhance their respective business enabling environments by providing valuable assistance and delivering specialized experience of a transitional country.
Mr. David Lezhava is Public Policy Sector Director at PMCG, and has 20 years of professional working experience in the fields of public finance and economic development, regional development, social policy, and energy policy.
As Public Policy Sector Director, he is responsible for managing PMCG’s public policy project portfolio, fundraising and collaboration with partners, clients and international development organizations, as well as development and implementation of the company’s strategy.
Prior to joining PMCG’s management, Mr. Lezhava worked as a National Project Manager on UNDP’s project “Support to Rural Development in Georgia” where he ensured effective implementation of the project.
In addition, during his time as Deputy Minister of Finance of Georgia, he handled international relations, fiscal forecasting and analytical work, and public debt management process.
Mr. Lezhava enriched his expertise in coordinating relations between international organizations and the Georgian government, while working as Advisor to the Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund, in Washington D.C. where he represented the interests of Georgian authorities, facilitated IMF program implementation in Georgia, and reviewed IMF policy documents.
As a Chief Economist, Head of Research Division, and Member of the Monetary Policy Committee at the National Bank of Georgia, Mr. Lezhava led the creation of economic models for macroeconomic forecasts and played key role in monetary and foreign exchange (FX) policy decision making.
Along with his diverse experience, Mr. Lezhava has a strong academic background. He holds a master’s degree in Development Economics from Williams College (USA) and a candidate’s degree in Physics from The Academy of Science of Georgia. He is fluent in Georgian, English and Russian.
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