On July 14-15, the members of the Open Governance Council of the Supreme Council of Ajara and its Consultative Group held a workshop. On the meeting, the initiatives presented for the development of the 2022-2024 OGP Action Plan of the Supreme Council were discussed.
The Chairperson of the Open Governance Council of the Supreme Council, Davit Gabaidze, the Project Manager of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Giorgi Bobghiashvili, and the Open Governance direction Head of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), Davit Maisuradze opened the workshop. Representatives of the Parliament of Georgia, Secretary General, Ketevan Kvinikadze and Deputy Secretary General, Giorgi Tskhvediani attended the meeting and shared with the representatives of the Supreme Council of Ajara the experience of the Parliament of Georgia regarding the development of action plans for the open governance partnership.
Initiatives for the 2022-2024 open governance action plan were presented by the member organizations of the Consultative Group – the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), the Institute of Democracy, the Green Sector, the Batumi Center for Independent Living, and the Center for Civic Engagement – Batumi (NCCE). Members of the Supreme Council and staff of the Supreme Council also presented initiatives for the new action plan. At the workshop, the three winning ideas in the competition of initiatives – “Idea for the openness of the Supreme Council” – the mobile application SCAapp, the competition “I know the Constitution” and vote for the draft law, the authors of which are school students, were discussed. The mentioned ideas will be taken into account in the new action plan.
The submitted initiatives and recommendations are aimed at increasing public participation in the legislative and supervisory activities of the Supreme Council, raising awareness of citizen engagement mechanisms, and increasing the transparency of the Supreme Council’s activities.
The initiatives discussed at the working meeting were discussed and combined in the form of eight commitments, which will be finalized and approved by the Open Governance Councilandlater approved by the Bureau of the Supreme Council of Ajara.
The workshop of the Open Governance Council of the Supreme Council of Ajara and its Consultative Group was held within the scopes of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) “Consolidating Parliamentary Democracy in Georgia.”
The project is closely cooperating with the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) to promote Open Governance Principles at the Parliament of Georgia and the Supreme Council of Ajara (SCA).