Georgia: Anti-corruption achievements must become sustainable

 

Georgia has significantly reduced its levels of corruption over the past four years. Reforms should continue to strengthen the Anti-Corruption Interagency Council and improve judicial integrity. These are among the findings of a  new report by the Istanbul Anti-Corruption Action Plan (IAP) adopted on 31 March.

 

The IAP is an initiative launched in 2003 to support anti-corruption reform efforts in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan as part of the OECD Working Group on Bribery outreach work in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 

 

To ensure Georgia’s anti-corruption reforms are sustainable and institutions held accountable, the IAP recommended that Georgia:

  • Continue public administration reform efforts;
  • Step up efforts to educate public officials and inform on government-wide anti-corruption efforts;
  • Ensure active and autonomous investigation and prosecution of corruption cases at all levels; and
  • Involve civil society more in the implementation and monitoring of national anti-corruption policies.

 

Georgia is one of the first countries in the region to establish legislation that holds Georgian companies criminally liable for bribery.

 

The report also commended Georgia on:

  • Establishing an Anti-Corruption Interagency Council, tasked with developing a new national anti-corruption strategy;
  • Criminalising active and passive bribery and enforcing its criminal legislation; and
  • Cracking down on corruption in the public sector by better disclosing public officials’ assets, strengthening whistleblower protections, and improving public financial control and procurement measures.

 

The full report and recommendations on Georgia are available here

 

Georgia’s efforts to implement the recommendations included in the IAP report will continue to be monitored. IAP is a key sub-regional initiative of the OECD Working Group on Bribery regional initiative Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

 

For further information, you can contact Ms. Inese Gaika at the OECD’s Anti-Corruption Division at + (33) 1 45 24 13 19 or anti-corruption.contact@oecd.org.