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Opposition and human rights defenders in Georgia demand “declassification” of donorship recipients2008-10-24 14:47
Thus the day before the conference in Brussels the Georgian division of Transparency International demanded that the country's government published the report in which "the needs of postwar Georgia" were explained making the basis of international donors' decision on appropriation of funds. "Regardless of the importance of evaluation of needs for the future of Georgia their content remains in secrecy at the request of its authorities", - Transparency International Georgia states in the report.
It is mentioned in the document that it remains uncertain for instance how USD 700 mln out of USD 1 bln appropriated by the USA for "social sector needs" will be assigned. Transparency International Georgia document writers admit that evaluations might contain private sector data that are confidential but "secrecy" must not apply to the entire document.
It is not completely clear to the organization why the Donors' Conference "was held behind closed doors".
"In spite of numerous requests no representative of Georgia except for a small governmental group as well as no independent international observer was permitted to keep track of the conference", - the organization acknowledged before the start of the conference.
About 70 states and international organizations took part in The Donors' Conference chaired by France and the Czech Republic.
It will be observed that the volume of assistance determined by the World Bank and UN at the request of Georgia's authorities amounts to USD 3,5 bln. This amount shall be directed to the stabilization in the budget sphere, social sector and for infrastructure development for the coming 3 years. Donors however have assigned 1 bln more. Well, then, people in Georgia are very much interested how exactly Georgian authorities are going to appropriate these funds.
Before the conference the Head of Georgia's Foreign Office Ekaterina Sharashidze announced that the list of sectors badly needing emergency assistance and where additional international funding would go was prepared. The list however was made public neither before nor after the conference.
As for the funds appropriated by the USA and the European Union earlier according to the Head of Georgia's Foreign Office, USD 1 bln is planned to be channeled to social projects and improvement of living conditions of the refugees, and 2 bln are intended for investments in economy.