During the past two years, Georgia's external trade turnover decreased significantly. It is especially true in case of exports. The article discusses export indicators, as well as the dynamics and structural changes during last couple of years.
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Regional Dialogue provides an important opportunity for reformers to come together on annual basis to exchange open government experiences, and share best practices and latest news with a special focus on the Asia-Pacific region. IDFI Director Giorgi Kldiashvili participated at 2016 Dialogue hosted by the Asian Development Bank at their headquarters in Manila, Philippines.
The UN Human Rights Council passed a resolution recognizing access to internet as a fundamental and basic human right. The resolution “affirms that the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online”.
IDFI Director Giorgi Kldiashvili took part in the World e-Parliament Conference 2016 held in Valparaiso, at the Parliament of Chile (28-30 June). The World e-Parliament Conference is the biennial forum of the parliamentary community on the use of information and communication technologies (ICT).
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).
The US Freedom of Information Act is a federal law that sets the standards for disclosure of documents and information held by public institutions. It defines the concept of public information and regulates the exceptions for the disclosure of information. This article by IDFI examines the latest amendments to the Freedom of Information Act that significantly improve the access to public information.
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.
2016 Global Partners Forum held on May 19-24 (in Washington) covered almost 75 countries, as there were representatives from different local or international NGOs, governments, private sector or academics. Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) was presented in the framework of Open Government Partnership by Saba Buadze. Buadze delivered his remarks and shared the experience of IDFI on the process of co-creation in the Open Government Partnership.