Economy
29 May, 2014
29 May, 2014
The state of the art Cloud Open Source technology is locally available in Georgia and at a much cheaper price than abroad. The National Agency of Public Registry, an arm of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia worked out and installed its own Cloud product and is ready to implement this service at its initial phase in other state structures. Later, this service is planned to become available to the private sector as well.
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29 May, 2014
29 May, 2014
In spite of diverse political vectors of Georgia and Russia, the latter continues to lift its ban on Georgian agriculture products step-by-step.
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29 May, 2014
29 May, 2014
The World Bank approved USD 50 million of the International Development Association (IDA) for the financing of the Irrigation and Land Market Development Project in Georgia, the local office of the World Bank in Georgia informed Georgian Journal on 23 May. The project objective is to improve the delivery of irrigation and drainage services in selected areas of the country, and develop improved policies and procedures as a basis for a national program of land registration. The project includes three components as following: Irrigation and Drainage Improvement, Land Market Development, and Project Management.
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29 May, 2014
29 May, 2014
According to 9-year statistics of financial crimes, municipalities are the top grafters. As the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) informed Georgian Journal on 20 May, it inquired about the financial crime statistics at the Investigation Service of the Ministry of Finances and although the structure did not provide them with full information, the available information states the following: there were 171 bribery cases revealed within the period of March 2004 to April of 2014 and 201 persons were pursued legally; in the same period 2 145 cases of embezzlement and squander were also put under investigation. 124 facts of power abuse were disclosed and investigated within 2005-2013, while 113 individuals were pursued as criminals to this end.
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26 May, 2014
26 May, 2014
“Export of alcohol into Russia can only be conducted through the Larsi checkpoint.”
The natural disaster in Dariali Gorge has completely disrupted our country’s peaceful rhythm.
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22 May, 2014
22 May, 2014
Georgian businesses ask for better competition and competence terms in electronic state procurement. They say the lack of competence and of equal competition rules leads to losses and poises corruption risks. Since 2010, Georgia made a big step forward regarding state procurements when it introduced mandatory electronic tenders. All state procurements that require products and services above GEL 5,000 are obliged to be made through electronic open tenders. Technically, Georgian electronic tenders are seen as one of the best in Europe since all tender-related information is made available and transparent to all interested parties.
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22 May, 2014
22 May, 2014
The so-called simplified contracts for state procurements imply legalized corruption risks which allow state officials to strike corruption deals with the private sector without punishment thanks to loopholes in the procurement law. The Georgian Law on State Procurements foresees two ways of state procurement and the cross line between these two means lays on GEL 5,000: state procurements that require products and services with a price exceeding GEL 5,000 must be implemented via open electronic auctions which lately gained international acclaim as one of the most transparent and technically smoothest tenders across Europe.
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22 May, 2014
22 May, 2014
“Produce in Georgia,” a new governmental program focused on the development of Georgian entrepreneurship, will start from 1 June. The program envisages preferential crediting of local entrepreneurs. The preferential credits mechanism is based on state co-financing banking credits disbursed to businessmen. To this end, the program budget has GEL 46 million at its disposal, out of which GEL 30 million will support agricultural credits and GEL 16 million will go to the industry.
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22 May, 2014
22 May, 2014
The Georgian government is intent to work out a unified and transparent system of premium and add-ons for all government members and public officials. The issue became of high public interest lately and Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili ordered the Administration of Georgian government and the National Bureau of Public Service to work out a unified rule of defining premiums and salary add-ons to all state structures alike by the end of coming June. This system should be a flexible and fair system in line with European standards.
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