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Capacity Development Activity for the Parliament Research Center
10-Dec-2023
On December 6, we held a methodological seminar with representatives of the Regional Policy and Self-Government Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, the Parliament Research Center, and the Mountainous Regions Strategic Development Coordinating Council of Administration of the Government of Georgia as part of the “Capacity Development Activity for the Parliament Research Center” project, which is being implemented by the Parliament of Georgia with financial support from the Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia.
EU-supported Tourism and Food Industry Clusters Established in Oni Municipality
25-Jan-2023
In November and December of 2022, as part of the project “Economic Development of Oni Municipality via Business Clusters Creation and Investment Attraction” implemented under the European Union (EU) initiative “Mayors for Economic Growth,” tourism and food industry clusters were registered in Oni Municipality. In particular, the tourism cluster was founded by 18 enterprises including guesthouses, restaurants, crafts people, and tourism service providers. The tourism cluster has the following goals: Improving the attractiveness of Oni Municipality to tourists; Diversifying tourism services and offers; Supporting the development of sustainable tourism; Improving the tourism infrastructure; Enhancing human resources by developing knowledge and capacities; Improving access to finance; Improving access to inputs; Developing inter-sectoral linkages; and Providing information and services to cluster members. “The creation of a tourism cluster will support the realization of Oni Municipality’s potential in the fields of balneological and health, adventure, ethnocultural, gastronomy, and cultural tourism. This will positively affect the competitiveness of SMEs, support job creation, attract investments, and improve the social and economic conditions in the municipality,” said Manana Bolkvadze, manager of the tourism cluster. Meanwhile, the food industry cluster was founded by 15 enterprises, representing a variety of trades including beekeeping, cattle-breeding and fruit-growing. The food industry cluster has the following goals: Increasing the popularity and sales of food products produced in Oni Municipality; Improving labor force capacities; Supporting the development of bio enterprises; Improving access to finance; Improving local intersectoral linkages; and Providing information and services to cluster members.   “Forming a food industry cluster is an important step in the acceleration of the sector’s development, as the cluster will support improvements with regard to SMEs’ competitiveness, job creation, and access to finance, while also stimulating the development of the innovative capacities of entrepreneurs and contributing the to economic prosperity of the Oni Municipality,” said Tengiz Akobia, manager of the food industry cluster. 
3rd Meeting of the ICT Sector Public-private Partnership (PPP) Platform
27-Dec-2022
On December 20, we, in the course of the USAID Economic Governance Program, in partnership with the Vocational Skills Agency, held the 3rd meeting of a public-private partnership (PPP) platform on information and communications technology (ICT). The meeting was part of the “Piloting New Public and Private Sectors’ Collaboration Mechanism for VET Program Development” project.  
Developing Statutes for Tourism and Food Industry Clusters
17-Oct-2022
On September 30 and October 1, we held workshops with representatives of the tourism and food industry sectors from Oni Municipality, as part of the project “Economic Development of Oni Municipality via Business Clusters Creation and Investment Attraction” implemented under the European Union (EU) initiative “Mayors for Economic Growth.”  
Caught in Between: Georgia’s European Aspirations Under Russian Influence
03-Oct-2022
PMC Research Center (PMC RC) recently contributed to the Trans European Policy Studies Association’s (TEPSA) book entitled Russia and the Future of Europe, which examines how EU Member States and countries in the EU’s neighborhood  relate to Russia.
Board Elections of Upper Svaneti Local Action Group (LAG)
20-Sep-2022
On September 16–17, the Upper Svaneti Local Action Group (LAG) with the support of PMC Research Center (PMC RC) held its 4th annual general assembly, at which new board members of the organization were elected.  
Contributing to the 6th Annual CAREC Think Tank Development Forum (CTTDF)
19-Sep-2022
On September 15-16, PMC RC participated in the 6th annual CAREC Think Tank Development Forum (CTTDF), organized under the theme “Recalibrating Growth Dynamics for Inclusive and Sustainable Economies” in Baku, Azerbaijan.  
Supporting Skills Development of Rural Populations
14-Sep-2022
PMC Research Center (PMC RC), with support from the EU and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the European Neighborhood Programme for Agricultural and Rural Development (ENPARD), recently started a new project entitled “Development of Skills for Rural Vulnerable Groups,” aimed at helping disadvantaged rural populations to find suitable employment by acquiring skills and knowledge currently in-demand on the local labor market
ICT Sector Public-private Partnership (PPP) Platform Meeting
30-Jul-2022
On July 26, we, in partnership with the Vocational Skills Agency and with the support of the USAID Economic Governance Program, held the second meeting of a public-private partnership (PPP) platform on information and communications technology (ICT), aimed at addressing the skills mismatch in this sector. The meeting was part of the project “Piloting New Public and Private Sectors’ Collaboration Mechanism for VET Program Development.”  
Supporting Rural SMEs in their Digital Transformation
08-Jul-2022
On July 1-3, PMC Research Center (PMC RC), with support from the EU and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the European Neighborhood Programme for Agricultural and Rural Development (ENPARD), conducted digital transformation training for local SMEs in Khulo Municipality as part of a project entitled “Development of Digital Transformation Support for Rural SMEs,” funded by UNDP. 
Launching the Public-private Partnership (PPP) Platform in Information and Communications Technology
20-Jun-2022
On June 2, we, in partnership with the Vocational Skills Agency and with the support of the USAID Economic Governance Program, officially launched a public-private partnership (PPP) platform in information and communications technology (ICT), aimed at addressing the skills mismatch in the sector.
Assessment of the Effectiveness of Sanctions Against Russia
17-May-2022
On May 5, PMC Research Center in collaboration with the Georgian Center for Strategy and Development (GCSD) conducted a presentation and panel discussion entitled “Assessment of the Effectiveness of Sanctions Against Russia.”
Supporting Ethnic Minority Participation in the Civil Service
11-May-2022
On May 3, we participated in an event entitled “Diversified and Inclusive Civil Service” and presented the findings of the “Taking Stock of Ethnic Minority Participation in the Public Service” research, aimed at assessing the representation of ethnic minorities, in particular Azeri- and Armenian-speaking groups in the civil service and identifying barriers that limit their active engagement in this sector.
Contributing to the Trans European Policy Studies Association’s (TEPSA) “European Council Experts' Debrief” Publication
15-Apr-2022
The PMC Research Center (PMC RC) team recently contributed to the Trans European Policy Studies Association’s (TEPSA) publication entitled “European Council Experts' Debrief,” (EUCO Debrief) which focuses on a number of important topics discussed at the European Council, such as security & defense, energy, economic issues, and the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).
Barriers to Completion of PhD Studies in Georgia
14-Apr-2022
On April 7, PMC Research Center (PMC RC) held a presentation and panel discussion on the findings of its research entitled “Barriers to Completion of PhD Studies in Georgia,” the aim of which was to improve understanding of the challenges faced by doctoral students who are on academic leave and to offer corresponding policy recommendations.