Giorgi Vashadze

Chairman
Deputy Minister of Justice; Head of Civil Registry Agency
Focus Area(s): 
Civil Service
Critical Tasks: 
Civil service corruption
One-stop shops
Interviewers: 
Andrew Schalkwyk
Country of Reform: 
Georgia
Town/City: 
Tbilisi
Country: 
Georgia
Date of Interview: 
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Abstract 
Giorgi Vashadze,  the Deputy Minister of Justice; Head of the Civil Registry Agency in Georgia, an independent one-stop agency created in 2005 under the Ministry of Justice, discusses the agency's responsibility for issuing citizen identifications, voter registrations, passports, marriage licenses and divorce papers, name changes, and birth and death certificates.  The agency is partially supported by the fees it collects from citizens applying for papers.  The goal is to make it entirely self-supporting financially in the near future.  He describes how the Civil Service Registry was established to eliminate a predecessor process that was highly corrupt and paper-based, and he notes that the process has been computerized and almost all corruption eliminated from the system. The objective in creating the registry was to create a one-stop process for all important papers needed by citizens and to establish a system so that the government knew who was in the country. The system is linked to the process for driver’s licenses and to the Central Electoral Commission. The registry has helped other ministries eliminate corruption by providing software and links to a central information system.
 
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Giorgi Vashadze Interview
Profile: 
At the time of this interview, Giorgi Vashadze was chairman of the Civil Registry Agency of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia.  He began serving in the organization in 2005 as head of one of the local territorial offices in Tbilisi.  In August 2005 he was promoted to deputy chairman of the agency, and he was named agency head in 2006.
Language: 
English
Nationality of Interviewee: 
Georgian
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Keywords 
Voter Registration
training
Reform sequencing
recruitment
promotion
performance management
Pay Reform
Decentralization
corruption
computerization
Capacity building
budgeting