Defense and Security reform in Georgia: current state and future approaches
The Defense and Security Committee, Democratic Control of Armed Forces Geneva Center (DCAF) and the Civil Council on Defense Capacity and Security Issues organized the 2-day conference in the Parliament. The conference is participated by the representatives of the legislative and executive authorities, military attachés of diplomatic corps, civil sector and military experts discussing defense and security reforming, changed security challenges, defense sphere institutional changes and international experience.
The Chair of the Defense and Security Committee, Mr. Irakli Sesiashvili addressed the attendees and spoke about his approaches about defense sector reforming. He emphasized financing of the defense system and importance of rational usage of the available resources. “It is important to see our resource usage in complex manner and adopt the system to demonstrate the country and prepare us for any crisis or challenges. It is important to rationally and practically use available resources”.
He spoke about financing of defense instance and noted that the Defense Ministry had a very limited budget during years and instead of consumption of the resources for real system due operation, they were consumed improperly entailing problems. “Improper consumption resulted in problems in the system. Our task is to increase our capacities within the available resources and funds to improve defense capacity”.
He spoke about institutional reform by the new Ministry and noted that Levan Izoria has a very interesting, ambitious and complex plan envisaging elimination of fundamental problems. Reforming will be a painful process but it will result in development of armed forces and defense capacity of the country.
The translation of DCAF publication “Democratic and Effective Oversight of National Security Services” in Georgia was represented at the conference.