OECD: Georgia needs to update anti-corruption policy
Georgia, Tbilisi, April 21 / Trend N.Kirtzkhalia /
Paris hosted the 8th monitoring meeting of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) under the Istanbul Anti-Corruption Action Plan. Representatives of the Georgian government, Young Lawyers Association and "Transparency International - Georgia" also attended the event.
Istanbul Anti-Corruption Action Plan is an OECD initiative on anti-corruption network. The network includes countries in Eastern and Western Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia.
One of the purposes of the meeting was to assess the second round of monitoring of anti-corruption activities in Georgia, conducted in 2008, and approve reports on the monitoring.
The Young Lawyers Association drew attention to several aspects of the report on the results of monitoring.
Particularly, the report says that Georgia should discuss and update anti-corruption policy and ensure participation of civil society and stakeholders in the process. The organization's representatives said a new anti-corruption strategy and action plan should be based on detailed analysis of the implementation of previous documents and research of corruption risk areas.
OECD stressed the need to reform public services. Particularly, Georgia needs to introduce a system of appointment and promotion on merit, and establish and disseminate guidelines for exposing corruption, ethics violations and conflict of interest among officials.
The report also highlighted the issue of freedom of information and encouraged to draw up a list of the information to be posted permanently.
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