On 13th of January, 2016, 16th meeting of the Open Government Georgia Forum took place. Representatives of public institutions, non-governmental and international organizations attended the gathering, among them were: Director of IDFI, Giorgi Kldiashvili and Parliamentary Secretary of IDFI, Davit Maisuradze. Speakers of the forum were Zurab Sanikidze, Head of the Analytical Department at the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, Ketevan Tsanava, Legal Advisor at the Ministry of Justice of Georgia and Giorgi Kldiashvili, Director of IDFI.
Deadline, for implementation of the Open Government Georgia Action Plan 2014-2015, finished by the end of December. Thus, each responsible entity present at the meeting summed up the progress of the initiatives they were responsible for. The above-mentioned information was presented by the following entities: Public Service Hall, Data Exchange Agency, Pubic Service Development Agency, MIA National Archives of Georgia, “112”, Center of Electoral Systems Development, Reforms and Trainings of the Election Administration of Georgia, State Procurement Agency, etc.
Importance of having an effective communication strategy was brought up at the meeting. In particular, the entities must note that carried out commitments are a result of the Open Government Action Plan; such practice will raise the popularity of OGP. In this regard, the MIA Archive was applauded.
Open Government Georgia Secretary presented the Forum with the detailed instruction for necessary procedures in the process of elaboration the new – third Open Government Georgia Action Plan. Forum agreed that Open Government Georgia Secretary will outline the required phases and deadlines for development of the new action plan, which later will be presented to the Forum for approval.
The Forum also discussed the commitments, which may be included in the Action Plan, e.g. corporative accountability, transparency of the industries, consumer protection, etc. Moreover, Forum discussed involvement of other public entities in its membership.
Georgia needs to present Open Government Georgia 3rd Action Pan to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) by the end of June 2016.