In 2020, the Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic has had a significant impact on the world economy, including the Georgian economy. The economic recession caused by the pandemic has necessitated changes in both the revenue and expenditure sections of the state budget.
On August 2nd, 2018, the Georgian National Communication Commission (the Commission) established NNLE Media Academy (Media Academy) and granted it the mandate of promoting media literacy in Georgia.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, most countries have declared a state of emergency, introduced quarantine regime and imposed accompanying restrictions. The state of emergency boosts governments’ authority and empowers them to invoke measures that could not be raised under common circumstances.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the world has faced unprecedented challenge. States try to adopt different measures to address the crisis, specifically, they create platforms, publish databases, establish and use artificial intelligence for efficiently managing the processes.
Open Government Partnership (OGP) is one of the largest international initiatives, which aims to increase transparency and accountability of the government. Within this initiative governments, court, legislative or municipal authorities voluntarily execute reforms for improving good governance.
The state of emergency established in Georgia due to the pandemic of Covid-19, highlighted the need for remote functioning of state institutions. During the state of emergency, to ensure efficient and continuous operation of the staff of the Supreme Council of Ajara, a series of training sessions on remote management and communications skills for the staff members have begun.
Coronavirus pandemic and socio-economic as well as political crisis associated with it has become one of the defining and biggest challenges of our time. In order to prevent the spread of the virus, most states continue to live in a lockdown. Although strict quarantine regulations and restraints to normal economic, civil or political activities in frames of the state of emergency reduce infection rates, “this virus will be with us for a long time” World Health Organization (WHO) .
Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), as the member of the Open Governance Inter-Agency Coordination Council, and together with the other representatives of the civil society, presented the draft version of commitments to the Secretariat of the Open Governance Inter-Agency Coordination Council. These commitments were distributed to the relevant state agencies.
The novel coronavirus (Covid-19) is spreading rapidly around the world. In times of a global health crisis of this kind, getting accurate information about government activities, relevant legal acts, social services, public spending on various government efforts to respond to existing challenges and new initiatives to support socially vulnerable groups becomes ever more important. In order to effectively fight against the pandemic, states should fully internalize the past experience and take every step necessary to ensure open and proactive access to the information on Covid-19 related projects and activities.
The virus, known worldwide as COVID-19 originated in the city of Wuhan, China, and quickly spread all over Asia, Europe, and North America. As of today, over 1 million cases have confirmed, and this number continues to rise.