The Local Self-Governance Congress, organized by IRI was held for the members of the City Assembly.
The Chair of the Regional Policy and Self-Government Committee, Zaza Gabunia opened the Congress:
“We need to be consistent and uninterrupted in reforming. We need the decentralization reform commitment for which was fully expressed by the Parliament and the Government at the General Forum of the Institutional Dialogue of the Central and Local Authorities a few days ago in the Parliament, which was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the first Municipal Elections in Georgia. December 16 is the effective day of the new Constitution.
I was honored to be the member of the Constitutional Commission and this document enacted the new records in favor of the municipalities that the municipalities shall hold the finances, property and the state shall ensure financial compliance of the municipal units with their authorities.
Decentralization reform is the opportunity to better meet the public interests and ensure equal development of the regions”.
The participants made accents on decentralization reform and discussed improvement of the municipal reform in Georgia, development of municipalities and capacity building thereof. The IRI Director, John DiPiro and the US Deputy Chief of Mission, Jeffrey Reneau also addressed the attendees.
Z. Gabunia thanked them for establishment of the Forum as it is the progressive step to democracy of municipalities in Georgia.
“I would like to thank IRI Georgia Office for effective cooperation with our Committee. The Congress of the Assemblies is a successful format for exchange of experience between the representatives of local authorities”.
The Congress was attended by the Congress MPs, representatives of the Regional Development Ministry, Chairs of the Assembly and experts for municipal issues.