Kvirikashvili announces new wave of local self-government reforms
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili said one of the priorities of the government is to ensure balance among the different regions of Georgia.
Introducing the regional decentralization strategy, Kvirikashvili said local governments should have both the decision-making authority and the resources for their fulfillment.
According to him, there has been a slight difference among the levels of life in different regions. To encourage the local population remain in their regions, the Government of Georgia aims at eradicating this imbalance.
The eight-year strategy will ensure that the local self-governments have: increased authority; more financial resources for effectiveness; transparency and accountability and public engagement. The PM believes this will bring more tangible results for regional development.
Kvirikashvili said the reform will be carried out through active cooperation between the executive and legislative bodies. However, public engagement and the expertise of international partners is also essential for successful implementation, Agenda.ge reported.