Georgia: The Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia presented the report on the implementation of the 2020-2021 Action Plan for the 5-year Decentralization Strategy to contributors.
The contributor coordination meeting was chaired by the Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, Mzia Giorgobiani.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the European Union Delegation to Georgia (EU), the German International Cooperation Agency (GIZ), the Austrian Development Agency and the Swiss Development Agency.
In addition to the information on the activities and achievements of the Action Plan, the representatives of the Development Support Organizations were presented with the draft Action Plan for the Decentralization Strategy 2022-2023.
The Action Plan of the Decentralization Strategy for 2022-2023 has been developed in accordance with the status of implementation of the activities of the Action Plan of the past years and to ensure their continuation.
Support for the implementation of the decentralization strategy and readiness for future cooperation was reaffirmed by the development partners at the meeting.
In December 2019, the Government of Georgia adopted the Decentralisation Strategy 2020-2025. The main aim of this Strategy is to promote the devolution of state competencies to municipalities and contribute to the realization of provisions of the new constitution of Georgia on subsidiarity of powers and balanced territorial development.
The three main objectives of this Strategy are:
- Increase local self-governments’ role in managing a substantial share of public affairs;
- Ensure adequate materials and financial resources for local self-government; and
- Develop reliable, accountable, transparent and results-oriented local self-government.
The successful execution of this Strategy is an important benchmark for Georgia’s approximation toward the European standard for good governance and procedural democracy.