Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) held a workshop for students of Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. The topic of the meeting was Open Government Partnership and commitments, which should be implemented within the framework of Georgia’s Action Plan 2014-2015. The workshop was attended by students of Journalism and Mass communication faculty. The meeting was held within the framework of the project fund by USAID Good Governance in Georgia (G3) Program.
Giorgi Kldiashvili, the director of IDFI spoke with students about the importance, goals and challenges of the Partnership. He explained to them what kind of commitments have been taken by Georgia and which state agencies are responsible for implementing these commitments.
Giorgi Kldiashvili covered all the commitments of previous Action Plan, which have already been carried out. He defined liabilities, which should be accomplished by the end of 2015 and explained how they are related with citizens.
Students have paid special attention to the commitment about online asset declarations of public officials. They expressed their interest toward the ways of checking reliability of the information that officials publish about their property.
The main topic of the discussion with students was citizens’ participation. e.g. in state budget planning. Giorgi Kldiashvili explained to participants the meaning of civil society and how citizens can have influence on the government with their participation and activism.