The TPPR Methodology prepared by IDFI is envisioned to be a universal methodology for assessing public procurement legislations (PPLs) with the ultimate goal of identifying the strengths and weaknesses of legal frameworks and their enforcement.
Access to public information in Georgia, especially in open and machine-readable form, remains a challenge. The basis for this is, to some extent, the absence of relevant legislative base and standards.
As the Open Government Partnership is gaining momentum around the globe, more and more areas of policy are being incorporated through action plan commitments. Public procurement is one such area. While there very few star commitments related to public procurement to date, this could very well change.
In 2017, the Government of Georgia granted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 737,000 GEL (Ordinance N1616, 03.08.17) with the right to use the funds for procuring services related to project design, expertise and sustainability research of building located at Leonidze str. #3.
IDFI is pleased to share its e-Newsletter called - TPPRnews that contains updates on the latest developments and research in the public procurement sphere around the globe. TPPRnews is issued with the support from the Open Society Institute Budapest Foundation and the Hivos.
In 1995-2017, the amount of financial assistance provided to Georgia's public institutions freely comprises a total of 2,4 billion US dollars. The largest share of free financial assistance was provided to Georgia by the Unites States, while among international organizations it was the European Union. In 1995-2017, state agencies received targeted financial assistance and grants from various donor organizations–221,34 million US dollars.
IDFI's study on expenditures of the contingency fund of the Government of Georgia revealed the following tendencies: From 2013 to 2017, a total of more than 595 million GEL was spent from the contingency fund of GoG. In this period, the most funds were spent in 2016 – more than 172 million GEL; The size of the contingency fund increased by a minimum of 80% on an annual basis when compared to the planned budget; etc.
On July 2019, Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) organized a fishbowl discussion related to public procurement at the 5th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia – July 17-18.
Every year contingency funds are created to cover unforeseen expenses within the framework of the national budget of Georgia. Given its nature, the resources of the contingency funds should be used in emergency situations, such as natural, epidemic, ecological and other kinds of disasters.
In 2015-2017, a total of 1,191 patients were provided funding for overseas treatment from the state budget, with 14.4 million GEL spent; In 2015-2017, the largest share of patients (35%) funded for overseas treatment were seeking treatment for oncological problems; In 2015-2017, on average the largest amount of funds (18 867,5 GEL) was allocated to treatment of patients of liver and kidney pathology (transplants), while the smallest amount of funds was spent on the treatment of ophthalmology.