08TBILISI519, FISCAL TRANSPARENCY IN GEORGIA

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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
08TBILISI519 2008-03-27 06:07 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY Embassy Tbilisi

VZCZCXRO5739
RR RUEHAG RUEHAST RUEHDA RUEHDF RUEHFL RUEHIK RUEHKW RUEHLA RUEHLN
RUEHLZ RUEHPOD RUEHROV RUEHSR RUEHVK RUEHYG
DE RUEHSI #0519 0870607
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 270607Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY TBILISI
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 9184
INFO RUEATRS/DEPT OF TREASURY WASHDC
RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

UNCLAS TBILISI 000519 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR EUR/CARC, EUR/ACE:MYOUTH, EUR/PGI TCUNNINGHAM AND 
EEB/IFD/OMA:ASNOW, RFIGUROA 
TREASURY FOR OIA 
 
SENSITIVE 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: EAID ECON PREL GG
SUBJECT: FISCAL TRANSPARENCY IN GEORGIA 
 
REF: STATE 16737 
 
1. (U) Pursuant to reftel request, Embassy Tbilisi submits the 
following update of information on fiscal transparency in Georgia. 
 
2. (SBU) Fiscal transparency in Georgia is much improved since the 
Rose Revolution in 2004.  The Law on Budgetary Systems (December 29, 
2004, as amended) specifies in detail how the government's budget is 
prepared, passed by the Parliament and administered by the Ministry 
of Finance.  Article 4 of the law requires all aspects of the 
process, except classified information, to be open to the public and 
the press.  In practice, draft budgets under consideration by 
Parliament and the final budget are available to the public on the 
Internet website of the Ministry of Finance and in the official 
register, the Legislative Messenger.  Parliamentary debates on the 
annual budget and occasional supplementary budgets, as well as the 
terms of the resulting budget law, are widely reported in the local 
media.  The state budget includes all known revenues and 
expenditures of the central government, including those of special 
presidential funds for emergencies.  Before 2007, these funds had 
been extra-budgetary and had raised questions about their 
transparency.  The budget figures are generally considered 
meaningful and accurate.  The 2006 Open Budget Index prepared by the 
International Budget Project (IBP) found that all the budget 
documents it deemed important are available except for a "citizen's 
budget".  However, beginning in 2006, the Government has prepared an 
annual "citizen's guide" to the budget and to government spending 
priorities, expressed in layman's terms.  The IBP report faults 
Georgia for the amount of information supplied in the documents, but 
its conclusions are based on data from 2005 and earlier and do not 
include later developments.   Ministries and other government 
agencies provide significant but varying amounts of detail to the 
public about the main directions and priorities of their spending. 
Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Interior budgets are more 
transparent than in the past.  Clear rules have been adopted to 
govern transfers from the central government to municipalities and 
are in the process of being implemented.  The U.S. Treasury 
Department funds a U.S. citizen resident advisor in the Ministry of 
Finance who provides advice that assists in ensuring transparency of 
the budget.  Georgia has reported to the IMF on its compliance with 
standards and codes covering fiscal transparency, but those reports 
are significantly out of date and refer to periods prior to the 2004 
change of government. 
 
PERRY

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