Economic Development and Private Sector Growth
The most reliable and sustainable way of improving the wellbeing of households, creating jobs, and driving economic growth is through well-balanced economic policy. When the desire to create conditions for economic growth is genuine, there is a strong political will for reforms, and we are well-positioned here to provide tried and tested methods. Governments must be able to effectively analyze and choose between various policy options. Therefore, we take a holistic approach to economic development policy, using teams of highly-qualified economists and former government officials with hands-on experience across a range of technical areas. This, combined with our proven track record of extensive experience of working in transition countries, ensures an analytical yet practical outlook.
We provide tailored solutions to our clients in the following fields of economic development and private sector growth:
- Macroeconomic policy;
- Trade policy;
- Doing business reform;
- Green growth;
- SME development;
- Value chain analysis;
- Cluster development;
- Intellectual property rights (IPR); and
- Frameworks for public-private partnership (PPP).
We acknowledge the significance of having a strong private sector and work diligently to provide relevant support in various areas through leveraging best practices and increasing operational efficiencies to ensure better overall performance of business entities. We have a proven history of working with private sector representatives – from start-ups to already-established small-, medium- and large-scale companies.
PMCG has successfully provided support to companies from various sectors of the economy in the implementation of best international practices and in the improvement of their overall export potential. Whether you are looking to improve your financial performance, or to advance your organizational strategy, or to achieve strategic goals, along with improving your operational efficiency, PMCG and its high-quality team of experts with cutting-edge solutions is the right choice for you. In addition to conventional consulting services, the highly experienced team of PMCG experts are capable of providing assistance to improve sustainable profile of companies through the elaboration of corporate social responsibility strategies.
PMCG covers the following areas under the private sector:
- Financial consulting;
- Management consulting;
- Strategy consulting and business processes optimization;
- Tax advice;
- Energy Audit
- CSR Practices
- EHS and Environmental Audit;
- Sales and Marketing;
- M&A Consulting;
- Export Assistance Service; and
- Elaboration of IT Architecture
- Integration of ERP Systems.
Economic Development Advisory Team
Economic Development Advisory Team
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.
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.
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