On December 7, 2018 the Parliament of Georgia hosts the General Forum of Central and Local Authorities' Institutional Dialogue dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Municipal Elections in Georgia.
The Speaker, H.E. Irakli Kobakhidze, the Prime Minister Mr. Mamuka Bakhtadze, the Chair of the Regional Policy and Self Government Committee, Zaza Gabunia, Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure, Maia Tskitishvili, Mayor of Tbilisi, Kakha Kaladze, EU Ambassador to Georgia, Kalr Hartzell, Director, Democracy, Governance & Social Development at USAID Georgia, Adam Schmidt, UNDP Democratic Governance Direction Coordinator in Georgia, Gigi Bregadze will address the attendees.
At the Forum, to be attended by more than 120 representatives of the central and local authorities of Georgia, the delegates will discuss the self-government reform. The event is also attended by the Municipal Mayors and Chairs of the City Assemblies from all the region, representatives of central authority, civil society and international organizations.
The Forum has been established in 2018 with the initiative of the Regional Policy Committee. It is the constructive dialogue platform between the central and local authorities on municipal development and decentralization issues and unifies Mayors of 64 Municipalities and Chairs of the City Assemblies, Governors of 12 regions and central authority.
The Forum is supported by: UNDP, USAID, NDI, IRI, World Vision and the Danish, Austrian and Swiss Governments. The self-government reform is an ambitious plan of the Government envisaging higher opportunities for the self-governing bodies and competences in terms of decision making, as well as financial resource disposal.
According to the vision submitted by the Parliament and the Government in March, 2018, the consolidated resources of the municipalities for 2020 shall constitute 7-8% of GDP.