Debates on Participatory Politics


Tourism and Tourist Business in Adjara

Is tourism the sole source of income in Adjara? – this question was raised several times during the public discussion organized by the Heinrich Boell Foundation on 18 July 2011 at the Press Café in Batumi.

Challenges to Regional Media in Georgia

Levan Aleksishvili, Executive Director of the TV Company “Gurjaani”
Irakli Absandze, Freelance journalist, Head of the Association “Argomedia”
Ia Antadze, Head of the Civil Development Institute Board
Moderated by Gogi Gvakharia

Functions of the Supreme Council of Adjara

“Functions of the Supreme Council of Adjara” was the topic of the public discussion organized by the Heinrich Boell Foundation on April 15, held in the Press Café. The Supreme Council of Adjara is the highest legislative body of the Autonomous Republic that implements control over the government and approves the budget of the Republic.

The role of media in the development of civil society

On April 14, the South Caucasus Regional Office of the HBF organized a public debate in the city of Poti on the issue of the role of the media in the civil society development process. A major part of the debate was devoted to discussing current problems in this sphere.

Media as a Mechanism of Control in Kakheti

In the public debate held at the Telavi St. University, participants included local journalists from Kakheti region, as well as representatives from the local government and opposition parties. According to the statement of G. Mosiashvili, the head of the Conservative Party Telavi Organizarion, media in Kakheti is especially active. However, he expressed dissatisfaction with regards to the cancellation of “Maestro” broadcasting by Telavi Cable Channel “Gorda.”

Jury Trials Institutes in Georgia

Jury trials, a method of trying court cases that involves engagement of a non-professional jury, are standard practice in many countries around the world. Just recently, this institution was introduced in Georgia.

Challenges to Georgian Economy

According to some data, the Georgian economy contracted 4% in the year of 2009. This year, the growth forecasted by the Georgian Government consisted of 2%. The foreign direct investment in Georgia fell to USD 658.4 million in 2009, 57.8% down from 2008's USD 1.563 billion, according to the data released by the Geostat, the Georgian statistics office.