|Activity type||Online TA|
|Title||TA on law on official statistics, Georgia|
|Participants||Geostat staff members from HR department and legal unit|
This activity was originally planned as a physical mission by the expert to Georgia. However, due to COVID-19, it was decided to start the work online through submissions of emails and online meetings.
Following engagement of the expert by the Contractor in April 2020, he familiarised himself with the detail of the earlier work and reviewed/reported on the comments on the law on official statistics in the 2019 Global Assessment report funded by the EU. The majority of the comments from the Global Assessment were already reflected in the initial draft law produced in 2018 and the concerns about the Geostat Board responsibilities were clarified in a subsequent note by the expert.
In the meantime, a Geostat Working Group led by Boris Ezugbaia, Head of Strategic Planning, Coordination and Communication Department, and including the Geostat lawyer, Tea Edisherashvili, had reviewed the initial draft law and compiled a list of proposed amendments, additions and issues for clarification and comment by the expert.
The expert subsequently discussed these enhancements to the earlier draft law with the Working Group over a series of Zoom meetings and email correspondence, leading to an agreed version of a new draft law on 29 May 2020, which could then be discussed more widely in Georgia.
Geostat will now consult a wide range of stakeholders on the new draft law, an exercise they estimate will take 2-3 months. The expert will remain available to advise Geostat on issues arising from the consultation exercise. Thereafter, Geostat expect to move to the legislative stage before the end of 2020, when the expert will again be available to provide advice.