IDFI continues the series of articles on Georgia’s visa liberalization process. The article discusses possible scenarios of finalizing the visa liberalization process. It also elaborates on the feasibility of granting Georgia visa-free travel before the October Parliamentary elections in Georgia.
IDFI was named by Transparify among the world’s most financially transparency think tanks along with 6 other Georgian non-governmental organizations. Transparify published its 2016 report on June 28. The report examines the financial transparency of 200 think tanks in 47 countries. Transparify analyzed funding information disclosed by these organizations and rated them on a 5 star rating system (with 5 being highly transparent).
On May 17, 2016 World Bank published a World Development Report. IDFI presents a detailed overview of the sections of the report that discusses various indicators of Georgia.
The article reviews the World’s First Anticorruption Summit held in London on May 12. From Georgia, the Summit was attended by Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Minister of Justice Tea Tsulukiani.
IDFI issues an articles on visa liberalization. The article reviews procedures of visa liberalization process between Georgia and EU as well as the reasons of possible delay of finalizing this process.
IDFI has recently conducted an investigation into the National Center for Teacher Professional Development’s procurement of flights for volunteers participating in its Teach and Learn with Georgia program. Our findings indicate that that there were several irregularities in nine electronic tenders dating back to 2013 and totaling GEL 571,714. As a result, the government may have been significantly overcharged for these flight tickets.
The article briefly discusses EU's new strategy in the field of transportation infrastructure and presents the description of the most interesting European corridor for Georgia.
The latest monitoring was conducted in May 1-15, 2016. This time, we monitored the websites of the Government Administration and 16mMinistries, and looked for public information from 2015 and the first quarter of 2016. The study examines the practice of proactive disclosure of mandatory public information and compares the results with those of the previous 2014 monitoring.
IDFI requested public information from the President’s Administration on state awards and found that the Georgian Presidents had issued 11,595 awards in 2003-2015, including 5,525 Orders of Honor, 2,541 - Medals of Honor, and 1,160 Medals of Military Courage. The largest number of awards was issued in the final years of Mikheil Saakashvili’s presidency, 2,681 in 2012 and 1,926 in 2013.
IDFI published a study titled Offshore Companies in Georgia - Risks and Recommendations, which identifies the following risks offshore companies pose to Georgia: lack of accountability, Russian influence on Georgian economy, possibilities for money laundering, political pressure on business and tax evasion. The study ends with IDFI’s specific recommendations to the Chief Prosecutor's Office, the Parliament and the Government.
|16 January 2019|