Workshops at University of Georgia and at GIPA

DSCN0174Following workshops about OGP related issues have been held at University of Georgia and at Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) by IDFI representatives.

On October, 21st the director of IDFI- Giorgi Kldiashvili gave a speech to the students of University of Georgia and spoke about significant importance and challenges of OGP emphasized commitments obligations undertaken by the national action plan 2014-2015.

Students draw the special attention to the specific commitment which depicts the launch of a monitoring system of public officials’ asset declarations and were deeply interested in mechanisms how it would work in practice.

The same content discussion with students of Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA) was held on October, 29.  Giorgi Kldiashvili and Levan Avalishvili went into detail all the implemented stages of the action plan 2012-2013 as well as underlined new commitments and principles declared in the action plan of 2014-2015.

Students discussed substantial impact of freedom of information on society, covered the types of information that should be accessible for every citizen by noting to what extent it should or should not be confidential.

“The freedom of information is essential part of Government accountability”: Giorgi Kldiashvili stated.

“Any given government authorities are obliged to ensure openness of their activities as well as must regard citizen’s direct participation in the decision-making process. Citizens should know to which direction and how public funds are spent. In light of this, OGP is an incentive for government to improve accountability and for citizens to participate into the process. Moreover, the main principle of OGP stands on cooperation between government and civil society”: said the director of IDFI.

The workshops are supported by USAID within the framework of Good Governance in Georgia (G-3) program.

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