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On 12 December 2017, the project “Institutional Strengthening of the State Audit Office of Georgia” held a launch event in Tbilisi. The 24 months project with a total budget of GEL 6.5 million funded by the European Union (EU) was launched at the State Audit Office of Georgia (SAO) in May 2017.
The overall objective of project is to further enhance the SAO in its independence and professional capacity and thereby contribute towards improved accountability over the use of public funds.
During the ceremony the Strategic Development Plan of the SAO for the years 2018-2021 was presented by the Auditor General, Mr Erekle Mekvabishvili. The plan, incorporating the recommendations submitted through the project, encompasses the future practical steps for further improvement of the SAO.
Mr Vincent Rey, Head of Cooperation Section at the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia, said at the opening, "Over the last decade we witnessed a gradual transformation of the State Audit Office into a modern institution closer to best European an international standards. With EU support, the State Audit Office now delivers a better service to the public by fostering greater accountability and efficiency of spending institutions. We commend the new strategy of the SAO and look forward to continuing this work in the coming years with our future programme."
The project team presented its plans, future activities and envisaged goals. The project is funded through the EU’s European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) supporting democratic development, rule of law and good governance. It directly corresponds to the sub-article 1.2 of the Georgia-EU Association Agreement aiming “to contribute to the strengthening of democracy and to political, economic and institutional stability in Georgia”.
The project is implemented by the consortium led by GFA Consulting Group GmbH, Germany (GFA) and supported by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit International Services, Germany (GIZ-InS) and the State Audit Office of the Republic of Latvia, Latvia (SAO of Latvia).
For more information please contact:
Ms Rusudan Shamugia, Head of Press and Public Relations Unit, State Audit Office of Georgia
E. firstname.lastname@example.org; +995 577 47 99 99
Mr Ferdinand Pot, Team Leader “Institutional Strengthening of the State Audit Office of Georgia”