Developing a second MCC compact in Georgia: next steps

14 March, 2011

On January 5 the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) approved Georgia’s eligibility for a second five-year compact. The first compact, worth USD 395.3 million, is expected to come to a close in April 2011. Georgia is one

Bureaucratic mistake and confiscated lands in Gonio

01 March, 2011

The land ownership certificates of 221 citizens residing in Gonio, a settlement on Georgia’s Black Sea coast, were abolished on November 9, 2010. The Property Rights Commission of the Khelvachauri Municipality announced on that day that the lands wer

Fact-checking the State of the Nation address: IDPs

28 February, 2011

Housing for displaced persons featured prominently in President Saakashvili’s February 11th State of the Nation address and in the following speeches made by MPs Giorgi Akhvlediani (Christian Democrats) and Paata Davitaia (By Ourselves). Among a list

Zurab Zhvania – 6 years after

03 February, 2011

Six years ago today Georgia’s Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania was found dead. A leading force for reform and democracy during Shevardnadze’s presidency, Zhvania, then Speaker of Parliament, was one of leaders of Rose Revolution in 2003. Zhvania was a ma

New Tax Ombudsman may face conflict of interest

03 February, 2011

This post was updated on: February 7 The new Georgian tax code, in force since January 1st, established the position of Tax Ombudsman. Last week the Prime Minister announced that George Pertaia will hold the new position. Pertaia has served as Senior

Chamber of Control publishes some key audit results

03 February, 2011

Georgia's supreme audit institution has published its findings and follow-up actions on 25 cases. However, no information is published online on most of the Chambers’ audits of state entities. it still remains very difficult to assess the impact of t