Wednesday, 29 June, 2022

Minister of Justice, Rati Bregadze Discusses Implemented and Ongoing Public Service Reforms with UNDP Resident Representative, Nick Beresford

The Minister of Justice and the Head of UNDP in Georgia discussed the current directions of cooperation and discussed possible areas for deepening relations. Rati Bregadze informed Nick Beresford about the innovations that are being introduced to further improve the availability of services.

The Minister of Justice noted that public service halls and community centers have been opened in 5 districts over the past year - Gardabani, Tskaltubo, Sighnaghi, Kaspi and Chkhorotsku; Construction is underway in 6 more municipalities - Zestaponi, Samtredia, Terjola, Khashuri, Akhmeta and Supsa.

Particular attention was paid to the Mobile Public Service Hall project, which was launched in villages where branches of the Public Service Hall are not yet operational. The Public Service Hall minibus - Mobile Public Service Hall - provides the population with all the services that required a visit to the public service halls and community centers. This service is already available in 7 districts.

Work is already underway on a Digital Public Service Hall project that will allow citizens to access more than 450 Public Service Hall services through a mobile app.

The result of the success of the reforms is that, according to a survey conducted by UNDP and UK aid, services are easily accessible to 96% of citizens, and the service satisfaction rate is 97%.

Rati Bregadze thanked Nick Beresford for UNDP support in creating a unified public service development strategy in Georgia for the first time. The document has already been approved by the Georgian government. The goal of the strategy is to further simplify public services and increase their accessibility.

Rati Bregadze and Nick Beresford also discussed the export of Georgia's innovative projects in the field of public services.

The meeting was held at the Ministry of Justice and was attended by Deputy Ministers of Justice. Tamar Tkeshelashvili and Beka Dzamashvili.

Minister of Justice Presents Annual Report in Rustavi

The Minister of Justice continues presentation of the annual report on the work of the agency in the regions. After Tbilisi, Kutaisi and Borjomi, the event was held in Rustavi this time. Rati Bregadze spoke about the reforms carried out to strengthen the priority areas of the Ministry.

One year after the presentation of the Development Strategy of the Ministry of Justice, a number of promises have been fulfilled:

The innovative project - the Mobile Public Service Hall has been introduced and is successfully operating in 7 regions; Electronic probation service system - PROBBOX was installed in 6 big cities of Georgia; Systemic land registration reform has been launched in 59 municipalities of Georgia, land is being measured and registered according to the time plan.

Infrastructural works continue - 5 new public service halls and community centers were opened; Construction is underway in 6 more municipalities; An additional public service hall will be opened in Hualing, Tbilisi; Samtskhe-Javakheti Regional Archive building was opened in Akhaltsikhe.

The bilingual magazine Justitia was founded and published; The largest electronic legal framework HeinOnline became available to the Ministry of Justice; Memoranda of Understanding have been signed with the Ministries of Justice of Turkey, Israel, Hungary, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Switzerland.

Notary services became available in administrative units - Saguramo, Gamarjveba, Martkopi, Shuakhevi, Adigeni, Aspindza, Kachreti, Keda, Khobi, Zestaponi, Sighnaghi and Ambrolauri; Soon, citizens will be able to receive online notary services through a mobile application.

Significant reforms in the penitentiary and probation systems - employment programs for prisoners have been accelerated; Encouragement of sports activities in penitentiary institutions continue; sports squares have been repaired; Regular exercises are being held, probation bureaus are being opened in Sighnaghi, Terjola, Kutaisi and Zestaponi; the referral center opened in Kutaisi; Memoranda of Understanding have been signed with the municipalities for the employment of convicts.

The presentation of the report was attended by State Representative in Kvemo Kartli Region, Giorgi Dokhturishvili, representatives of local authorities, Deputy Ministers of Justice, employees of LEPLs subordinated to the Ministry and invited guests.


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