GMCS GROUP is a privately owned strategic investment group with a network spread around the globe.
GMCS was founded in 1988 when it made its first direct equity investment in a US trading company. Our group has continuously grown and diversified its activities staying true to professional excellence.
Complementing our investment activities, five years later in New York we added a consulting practice dedicated to sustainable development. Today, our companies are united under the same dedication to quality and social responsibility.
GMCS team experts continue implementation of the Corporate Development Project.
During the mission in May a lot of attention was devoted to discussions of future development of Batumi Autotransport, strategic actions to improve service provision and customer care. A strategy discussion workshop for top management of the Company was mediated by the experts, its findings will be deployed in medium-term corporate development plan under preparation.
With support of the Consultant the Company carried out a customer survey to find out what areas of the service could be improved. Two focus groups were carried out, one on vehicles usability in particular for people with disabilities, and the other on travel information and communication measured to provide tourists to Batumi with sufficient pre-trip information and promote use of public transport by guests of the city – that focus group involved representatives of tourist information bureaus that operate in Batumi.
Prompted by discussion during the first focus group in February, Batumi Autotransport has recently launched cooperation with Moovit, a real-time journey planner mobile and web app to navigate public transit networks with GPS navigation to generate schedule and map data for Batumi.
In 2019 GMCS continues supporting corporate development of the Osh Water Company within Osh Water Supply and Wastewater Rehabilitation Project Phase II.
In the first half of the year Company operations were in strong focus: regulations for the maintenance of water and sewerage networks developed, an update of registration procedures of emergency situations drafted and a respective on-the-job training delivered.
GMCS continue the capacity building programme for the Company controllers within which a short gender equality training was delivered.
A highly informative and very productive meeting of the Company Advisory Committee convened representatives of Osh NGOs who defend consumers’ rights and support development of municipal services. Plans for the forthcoming information campaigns and approaches to support the city residents’ ability to pay water bills when water tariff increase raised a lively discussion.
The final version of the Public Service Agreement thoroughly discussed with the Client and upon non-objection of the EBRD was submitted for signature to Osh Mayor, signature of the Agreement pending.
Project realization to modernize the water supply in the City is well under way.
There have been a number of significant political developments in the region. Yodgor Fayzov as the new GBAO governor and Kishvar Shamirov as a new Mayor of the City of Khorog were appointed. During the site visit which took place from 2 to 7 December the Consultant team held a joint meeting with the new Mayor of City of Khorog to discuss the Project implementation. The Mayor pledged his full support.
Tender for Reconstruction of two pumping station was published on 5 December 2018. The Reconstruction of pumping station will considerably improve the quality and reliability of water supplies. The tender opening is scheduled for 28 January, 2019.