We, the signatory organizations, believe that it necessary to respond to the statement made by the Minister of Internal Affairs, according to which, the Ministry will no longer publish monthly crime statistics.
The Georgian Parliament took the commitment to make its website accessible to people with disabilities within the framework of the Open Parliament Action Plan 2015-2016.
The incompleteness and inconsistency with which the Ministry of Internal Affairs has been publishing crime data raises questions that the Ministry is purposefully trying to keep the public in the dark about the actual levels of crime in the country. In addition, the data that is published has often been contradictory, which damages public trust towards official statistics on crime.
The Georgian diaspora living in the Russian Federation is the largest source of remittances for Georgia. Since 2014, this volume of remittances from Russia has decreased significantly, while imports have increased. This has a negative effect on the Georgian economy, including the stability of the national currency.
On May 4, 2016, Georgia was elected co-chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) after serving as a member of the OGP Steering Committee since August 2013. As the co-chair, starting October 1, Georgia will head the Steering Committee together with its current chair – France. The following year, Georgia will itself take over as the OGP chair country and take an active part in developing OGP’s main directions and strategies.
According to the Doing Business 2017 report, Georgia is ranked 16th among 190 nations. In the previous year’s report (2016), Georgia held the 24th position among 189 countries. Georgia has improved its positions in many categories, particularly in terms of institutional structure and regulatory environment. However, major weaknesses remain, such as lack of support for research and education by the government and the private sector, and limited use of innovation in business.
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) has filed a constitutional complaint to the Constitutional Court. IDFI believes that the existing regulation of access to court decisions contradict the Constitution of Georgia.
On November 16, 2017, the Government of Tbilisi adopted Tbilisi OGP Action Plan 2017. In May 2016 the working group for development, promotion and monitoring of implementation of the Action Plan within the framework of “Open Government Partnership” was created. The working group is composed of representatives from various NGOs and international programs, including: OSGF, IDFI, “Transparency International Georgia, USAID Program on “Good Governance Initiative in Georgia” and “Delegation of the European Union to Georgia” program.
Disclosing procurement-related documents is the first step towards building a transparent public procurement system. However, making the data included in these documents machine-readable is equally, if not more, important, since otherwise it is nearly impossible to process procurement related data on a large scale.
|8 January 2020|