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Tuesday, June 16
Liberty Bank and TBC Bank open special accounts to help disaster victims

Special accounts have been opened by Liberty Bank and TBC Bank to help disaster victims.

The Ministry of Finance thanked the banks for their support.

According to the Finance Ministry, starting with June 15, anyone can transfer money to these accounts.

The account numbers are as follows:

Liberty Bank

For domestic transfers (in GEL) - GE27LB0010045017001717 LBRTGE22

For international transfers (in USD, EUR, GBP) - JSC LIBERTY BANK

Swift - LBRTGE22 GE27LB0010045017001717

TBC Bank:

Transfers in GEL - GE67TB1100000036082020

Transfers in USD - GE67TB1100000036082020

Transfers in EUR - GE34TB1100000361808808

Swift: TBCBGE22

Minister of Infrastructure meets representatives of KFW

Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia, Nodar Javakhishvili met Lars Oermann, Regional Bureau Director of the German Reconstruction and Development Bank (KFW) and other members of delegation. The sides discussed ongoing infrastructure projects supported by KFW and prospects of the future cooperation. They paid special attention to the current and planned projects in the fields of solid waste management and rehabilitation of water supply systems.

German Reconstruction and Development Bank (KFW) provides assistance to the Ministry of Regional Development and Infrastructure and its sub-organizations in several areas. In particular, "Solid Waste Management Company" constructs the new international standards regional sanitary landfills in Imereti, Samegrelo and Kakheti regions by KfW- financial support. In addition, the Municipal Development Fund has built 10 apartment buildings in Zugdidi for IDPs, funded by KFW.

Meeting with Students regarding Parliamentary Openness

On June 12th, Iakob Gogebashvili Telavi State University, hosted a meeting in order to support the parliamentary transparency, openness and citizen participation within the scopes of the project - “Supporting Parliament of Georgia Involvement in Open Government Partnership”.

The project is implemented by the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI) with the partnership of the Parliament of Georgia within the scopes of the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) joint project "Strengthening the System of Parliamentary Democracy in Georgia".

The meeting was conducted by the representatives of the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information (IDFI), by the head of research - Giorgi Khistovani and Project Coordinator Davit Maisuradze. They spoke about the importance of the Open Government Partnership and implementation of the Principles of Parliamentary Openness in Georgia

Representative of IDFI Giorgi Khistovani talked with the students and university employees about the 'Open Government Partnership'. OGP is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empowerment of citizens, fight against corruption.

Georgia became a member of the Open Government Partnership in 2011 and is a member of the OGP-Steering Committee since 2014. In 2012 the Government of Georgia carried out the first Action Plan that was implemented in 2012-2013.

Giorgi Khistovani spoke about the commitments regarding the Second Action Plan of Parliament of Georgia in 2014-2015 , that includes 27 commitments. The Non-governmental and International organizations, along with IDFI are actively participating in this initiative. The Director of IDFI is a co-chair of the Open Government Forum in Georgia , along with the Head of the Analytical Department of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia.

Davit Maisuradze talked about Open Parliament Working Group. The members of Working Group are the non-governmental and international organizations.

The meeting was interactive, students asked interesting questions regarding the OGP.

IDFI plans to organize public discussions and meetings, in the future as well, within the scopes of the project, regarding the Parliamentary Openness.