Over the past few days, business and banking sector representatives and citizens alike have expressed their readiness to engage in the program for restoring the forest burned following the recent devastating wildfire in the Borjomi Gorge, with several social campaigns already in full swing.
To sustain this commendable spirit among our citizens, and to consolidate and coordinate resources, the Administration of the Government will facilitate a unified e-platform to reflect all activities and initiatives under the program for the Borjomi forest restoration.
In addition, the Finance Ministry's Treasury Service has opened special bank accounts in both national and foreign currencies in order to finance firefighting operations and to restore the forest in the Borjomi Gorge.
Said e-portal will enable us to ensure the openness and transparency of deposit and expenditure operations, so that every citizen may trace the spending of each tetri donated by them for the restoration of the forest in the Borjomi Gorge.
Individuals, private sector and business representatives, and our compatriots abroad alike can donate money and deposit sums into the accounts listed below.
The Investigation Department of the Ministry of Finance released a statement today, on November 7, 2016, according to which, the Public Defender’s statement about the alleged offense committed by financial police officers is biased, does not reflect the actual circumstances of the case and misleads the public.
The Public Defender, after questioning citizen Sh.K. and studying his arrest and medical documentation, called on the Prosecutor's Office to launch an investigation into the alleged case of ill-treatment. According to the medical documents, citizen Sh.K. had been suffering from concussion, broken nose and other injuries.
Results of the examination conducted by the Public Defender does not rule out the content of the statement of the Ministry of Finance, including alleged commission of a crime by
Sh.K., though the grounds and goal of the Public Defender's appeal to the Prosecutor's Office was conduct a timely, thorough and objective investigation.
The Public Defender reminds the public, including the Ministry of Finance, that the Public Defender is not authorized to carry out a criminal investigation, while the abovementioned factual circumstances provide grounds for launching an investigation by the Prosecutor's Office - if the detainee is suffering from injuries, impartial and comprehensive investigation will establish whether he had been ill-treated by law enforcement officers and whether excessive and/or disproportionate force was used. The positive obligation of the state undertaken by the national and international law is to carry out an objective investigation.
The Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, Tamaz Mechiauri, the Committee members, the representatives of the Ministry of Finance and Audit Service held the meeting with the Sub-Committee on Audit of German Bundestag. The parties discussed specifics of the Committee and the issues requiring exchange of experience. The Deputy-Chair, Nodar Ebanoidze spoke about the aim and importance of the meeting and noted that “the meeting was very interesting, planned to allow the Committee, working group, the Finance Ministry and Audit Service expressing their opinions on some issues”.
The recommendations issued by German colleagues are very important. The parties spoke about efficiency of budgetary sum consumption and more transparency and considered the recommendations by AS in terms of budget implementation and state debt.
As the Deputy-Finance Minister, Giorgi Kakauridze noted, the Ministry cooperates with the AS. “The greater part of the recommendations is already implemented and we will jointly work on the rest of them. The Action Plan is endorsed by the Government envisaging the term and the methods of implementation of the recommendations”.
The visit of the German MPs covers Georgia and Armenia, the countries implementing GIZ program. Tomorrow, the Delegation along with the representatives of the Ministry of Finance and the State Audit Service, will attend the Committee sitting to hear the reports on efficiency of Audit Service