06TBILISI2698, GOG OFFICIALS INTERESTED IN ESTONIAN MODEL FOR

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06TBILISI2698 2006-10-11 07:17 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Tbilisi

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RUEHLZ RUEHROV RUEHSR RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHSI #2698 2840717
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 110717Z OCT 06
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 4295
INFO RUEHRA/AMEMBASSY RIGA PRIORITY 0283
RUEHTL/AMEMBASSY TALLINN PRIORITY 0289
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC PRIORITY
RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS TBILISI 002698 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/CARC, EB/CBA AND EB/IFD/OIA, INL 
COMMERCE FOR 4231 DANICA STARKS 
TREASURY FOR OIA JEFF BAKER 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: EINV ECON ETRD PGOV KFIN GG
SUBJECT: GOG OFFICIALS INTERESTED IN ESTONIAN MODEL FOR 
REVENUE SERVICE 
 
 
1. The USAID Georgia Business Climate Reform Project (GBCR) 
sponsored and participated in a very successful visit of key 
GoG officials to Latvia and Estonia September 4-14 as part of 
its technical assistance in the establishment of a new 
revenue service.  The new GoG revenue service will unite the 
activities of the Tax and Customs Departments with the 
Financial Police.  Key counterparts of each country's revenue 
service made presentations, provided tours of their 
headquarters and local facilities, and provided details on 
their experiences in forming their organizations. 
 
2. The Latvian State Revenue Service essentially maintains 
the separate identity of the three services -- tax, customs, 
and financial police -- while combining support activities 
including human, fiscal, and information systems management. 
The Estonian Tax and Customs Board integrates tax, customs, 
and financial police activities with no separate services. 
 
3. The Georgian delegation will recommend that the GoG adopt 
a variation of the Estonian model.  The GBCR is working with 
the Estonian Tax and Customs Board to have them assist in the 
development of the new Georgian revenue service. 
Nevertheless, due to sensitivities among the three agencies' 
staffs, the possibility that the Latvian model may be adopted 
still exists. 
 
4. INL sponsored a two-day conference on September 23-24 with 
GoG Tax, Customs, and Financial Police officials to discuss 
improving their relations with the public and substantive 
issues related to the plan to merge the three agencies. 
 
5. GoG officals participating in the visit to the Baltics 
included: 
 
Lasha Gotsiridze, First Deputy Minister of Finance 
Mikheil Giorgadze, Ministry of Finance Head of Reform 
Coordination TEam 
Kakha Baindurashvili, Tax Department Chairman 
Zurab Antelidze, Customs Department Chairman 
David Tsekvava, Ministry of Finance Head of IT Department 
Malkhaz Bitsadze, Deputy Head of Financial Police 
 
TEFFT

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