10. Corruption-Free Environment
Eliminating corruption has been a key priority of Georgia’s new government, which was swept into power by the Rose Revolution of November 2006, supported by a citizenry unwilling to continue to abide the rising tide of corruption and criminality that culminated in an attempt to steal the election of 2003. The new government’s efforts have significantly improved fiscal administration, scaled back Georgia’s shadow economy, and produced a significant decrease in corruption in the public and private sectors as measured by international standards:
- The World Bank hails Georgia as the top anticorruption performer in its 2006 “Anticorruption in Transition-3” (ACT3) report.
- The World Bank and EBRD report that the percentage of firms that identified corruption as a significant obstacle fell from 60% to 39% from 2002 to 2005, and the percentage of firms that paid bribes during tax collection fell from 44% to 11% from 2002 to 2005.
- The Millennium Challenge Corporation’s 2007 eligibility indicators for Georgia indicate that Georgia now satisfies the indicator regarding “Control of Corruption.” Georgia now scores above its peer group, an improvement from its 2006 scores.
- 95 % of Georgians surveyed said they had not paid a bribe to receive a public service in the last 12 months according to a February 2007 International Republican Institute Poll.
Source: EBRD-World Bank, Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Survey (BEEPS), Survey of all of the countries in the Former Soviet Union (CIS), Europe and Central Asia (ECA), as well as Turkey.