As part of the effective implementation of legislative activities by the Parliament, to further refine the examination of financial impact of the bills mechanism and to facilitate its implementation in practice, in particular, in order to strengthen the capacity of the staff of the Parliamentary Committees to compile a part of financial justification of the explanatory memorandum of the bills, on September 29-30, the Training Center of the Parliament of Georgia conducted a remote training on the topic: "Guiding principles of examination of financial impact of the bills".
In order to facilitate the effective implementation of budgetary authority by the Parliament, and to strengthen the capacity of the Fiscal Environment Assessment and Monitoring by the staff of parliamentary sectoral committees, on September 24-25, the Training Center of the Parliament of Georgia organized a distance training on the topic "Fiscal Environment Assessment and Monitoring".
In order to facilitate the effective implementation of the budgetary authority by the Parliament, on September 22-23 of this year, the Training Center of the Parliament of Georgia organized a remote training on "Macroeconomic Environment Assessment and Monitoring" for the staff of the Parliamentary Sectoral Committees.
The training was led by Vakhtang Chalapeikrishvili, Head of the Macroeconomic Analysis and Tax Policy unit of the Parliamentary Budget Office of Georgia.
The training discussed the macroeconomic framework of the country and the role of the Parliamentary Budget Office, as well as the reporting policy of the Parliamentary Budget Office and the macroeconomic and fiscal forecasts for the medium term prepared within the policy, alternative scenarios, periodic macroeconomic forecasts, monthly, quarterly and annual macroeconomic review documents.
In order to facilitate the maximum awareness of the legislature in the legislative process and to support the use of regulatory impact assessment mechanisms in the legislative process on 9-11 September this year, the Training Center of the Parliament of Georgia organized a remote training for the representatives of the staff of the sectoral committees of the Parliament of Georgia on the topic: "Regulation Impact Assessment (RIA) and cost-effectiveness analysis".
The training was led by Nestan Gaprindashvili and Natia Suarishvili, Chief Specialists of the The Cost Estimates and Legislative Support unit of the Parliamentary Budget Office of Georgia.
During the training, important issues related to the regulatory impact assessment mechanism as evidence-based approach were discussed, as well as regulatory impact assessment documents prepared with the involvement of the Parliamentary Budget Office.
On April 16 2019, the working meeting of the parliament and US Congress staff was organized by the parliamentary training center, national democratic institute (NDI) and international republican institute of Georgia (IRI GEORGIA).
The meeting was attended by Laura Thornton - head of the Georgian National Democratic Institute (NDI), John Dipiro - International Republican Institute - director of the Program of IRI Georgia, Tata Khetaguri - head of the parliamentary budget office of Georgia, Shalanta Yang – secretary general of congress, representative from united states house committee on appropriations and Justin Wayne - deputy secretary general/director of Washington office.
Topics discussed during the training included the history of visual communication as well as human and computer communication, as well as modern methods of data visualization and the possibilities of their implementation. Also, budget office staff received information about practical examples of these methods and got acquainted with existing experience. The expert invited within the project has developed a revised policy of visualization of budget office products that will be gradually implemented.
Tatia Khetaguri, head of the budget office of parliament of Georgia, Shorena Kakhidze, Vakhtang Chalapeikrishvili and Natia Tsikvadze representatives of the budget office met with representatives of the Canadian Parliamentary Center. Guests talked about the role of the budget office of the legislative body of Canadian Parliament. On the other hand, the Georgian side presented information about the role of the budget office of parliament of Georgia, its activities and future plans. The focus was also on the challenges that budgetary office strategy and action plan considers.
"The meeting with Canadian guests was very interesting in terms of sharing experience. Provided information will help us to shape our future plans correctly, "said Tatia Khetaguri, head of the budget office of Parliament of Georgia after the meeting.
From October 9 to November 17, 2018, Nestan Gaprindashvili, employee of the Budget Office of the Parliament was invited to participate in the American Councils Professional Practice Program (PFP). The aim of the program was to learn about the activities of the US legislative process and state institutions, as well as identifying challenges and seeking practical solutions on the basis of sharing experience with young professionals. In the framework of the program, Nestan, on the one hand, undertook intensive training courses in Washington, including the course of Professor Sam Potoliko from Georgetown University, on the other hand, had practical experience directly in the capital of California, Sacramento. At the end of the program attended the Professional Practice of Congress in Washington. The budget office representative has been given the opportunity to get practical experience in the City Auditor Office of Sacramento, which involved engagement in various projects, including the audit of gender and ethnic diversity of the city. Within the framework of the project, meetings were also held with the representatives of the Legislative Analyst's Office of California State and individual committees, involved sharing the legislative process experience between the parliament budgetary office and relevant agencies. Acquired knowledge and practical experience is important for strengthening private professional as well as institutional capacities.
On October 1-3 of this year, Natia Tsikvadze, Coordinator of the Budget Analytics Department of the Budget Office of the Parliament of Georgia participated in working visit for the purpose of sharing international experience in the direction of gender budgeting in Austria (Vienna). The visit was implemented within the frames of the EU project "gender equality, violence against women and domestic violence issues" and it was attended by representatives of the government administration and certain ministries. Within the framework of the visit meetings were held with the representatives of the Vienna city hall, the ministry of finance of Austria and the ministry of state services and sports, as well as representatives of the budget office. Discussed issues included the issues concerning gender aspects in the state budget, such as gender budgeting in the context of outcome oriented budget and the Austrian experience in this direction at central and local level, as well as the role of the above institutions and civil society in gender budgeting process.
We remind you that the budget office of the Parliament of Georgia in April of this year, taking into consideration the obligation defined by the relevant action plan, presented the state budget analysis in the gender aspect to gender equality council of Parliament of Georgia. The research was prepared with the support of USAID's Democratic Development Initiative (GGI) and aimed at:
• Unified framework for gender equality assessment of state budget programs in gender importance form.
• Analysis of the assessment indicators for the goals and results for high gender importance programs indicating recommendation indicators that can be used by the spending institutions to evaluate the results achieved in the gender aspect of the specific program.
You can see the publication in detail on the link: the state budget in the gender context
Tatia Khetaguri, head of the budget office of the parliament of Georgia and representatives of the budget office met with the representatives of budget office of the national assembly of the Republic of Korea.
Within the framework of the visit, the budget office of the Parliament of Georgia visited Kim Chun Schene, head of the budget office of the national assembly of the republic of Korea and representatives of the Budget analysis and economic analysis coordination departments. The meeting was attended by Vakhtang Chalapeikrishvili, head of macroeconomic analysis and tax policy department, Nestan Gaprindashvili and Natia Suarishvili, representatives of the cost estimates and legislative support unit. Discussions focused on the issues related to the activity of the parliamentary budgetary offices, including the practice of fiscal and macroeconomic policy analysis and budgetary impact assessment of legislative initiatives. Guests were interested in preparation of macroeconomic and fiscal forecasts with experience of the budget office of the parliament of Georgia. Meeting also focused on the mechanisms that will help both institutions in communication with internal and external stakeholders.