On December 6, we held a methodological seminar with representatives of the Regional Policy and Self-Government Committee of the Parliament of Georgia, the Parliament Research Center, and the Mountainous Regions Strategic Development Coordinating Council of Administration of the Government of Georgia as part of the “Capacity Development Activity for the Parliament Research Center” project, which is being implemented by the Parliament of Georgia with financial support from the Embassy of Switzerland in Georgia.
The goal of the seminar was to contribute to enhancing the capacity of the Parliament Research Center and the Regional Policy and Self-Government Committee of the Parliament of Georgia by providing technical assistance in planning, and assessing the effectiveness of the Law of Georgia on the Development of High Mountainous Regions. In total, five sessions were staged, aimed at reviewing the planning and assessment tools for normative acts, such as regulatory impact assessments and control of enforcement of normative acts.
“The control of enforcement of normative acts is a fundamental connecting link between the legislative and supervisory functions of Parliament. Therefore, understanding this assessment methodology is an important part of the effective political cycle. This meeting stands out as a great foundation for different entities such as the Parliament Research Center, the Regional Policy and Self-Government Committee , PMC Research Center, and external experts to work collaboratively with this methodology to ensure the efficient assessment of the Law of Georgia on the Development of High Mountainous Regions. This also opens doors for further exchanges of expertise and future partnerships,” said Giorgi Khishtovani, Director of PMC Research Center (PMC RC).
As a part of the project, the Parliament Research Center and PMC RC will review the existing legislation regarding the social, economic, and demographic situation in mountainous settlements, analyze quantitative data to study the dynamics of major economic, social, and demographic indicators before and after the execution of the Law on the Development of High Mountainous Regions, and conduct in-depth interviews and consultations with relevant stakeholders and beneficiaries of the law and analyze the collected qualitative data. Finally, an assessment report will be developed in cooperation with staff from the Parliament Research Center and the Regional Policy and Self-Government Committee, and associated administrative law and local self-government (LSG) consultants, to be presented to relevant stakeholders at the project’s closing event.