RI-Georgia Agree To Promote Public Service Reform And Correctional Institution Cooperation

The Indonesian Minister of Law and Human Rights held a working visit to Georgia in order to meet the invitation from the Minister of Correction of Georgia (Kakha Kakhisvili) to talk about the two countries cooperation potential in the correctional field (3-4/4). In this working visit, the RI Minister of Law and Human Rights also had an opportunity to meet with the Minister of Internal Affairs (Giorgi Mghebrishvili) and Acting Minister/First Deputy Minister of Justice (Alexandre Baramidze) to exchange point of view on issues related to law field of mutual concern and also learn the success of the institutional reform and public services in both the ministries.

My encouragement to fulfill this invitation is considering Georgia is one of the former Soviet Union that has successfully positioned itself to be one of developed countries in Europe through reform efforts in various fields.

In the field of correctional, Minister Kakha Kakhisvili explained reform strategies undertaken by Georgia since 2012 in handling the prison overcapacity, empowerment of inmates through online shopping that sells the inmates’ products and parole program in order to prepare the inmates to return to society. One of the breakthroughs that really helped in addressing the issue of prison overcapacity was by granting amnesty to the convicts categorized as drug users.

Another impressive reform was the establishment of Public Service Hall (PSH) which is an integrated service management system to the society of more than 450 (four hundred and fifty) services types, such as driving licence, Passport, Visa, Apostille, birth certificate , Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Business Activity Enrollment Service, ID Card and Citizenship. Citizens get a certainty of time on the document making service through that facility.

Besides formal meetings, the visits to the correctional facility and Public Service Hall (PSH) is more convinced me in the success of the reform which is still being conducted by the Georgian Government.

During the meeting, the Indonesian Delegation also had an opportunity to watch the innovation in the emergency services by establishing a unit called 112 - the Emergency and Operative Center is a rapid response central and control of emergencies situation which integrates into the police services, health/ambulance, and fire brigade through line 112.

On the way back to Jakarta, for 1 hour transiting in Baku Azerbaijan, I was accompanied by the RI Ambassador for Azerbaijan took the time to meet with the Deputy Minister of Justice of Azerbaijan to talk about the follow up on the proposal of Azerbaijan related to the creation of MoU between Indonesia and Azerbaijan. The scope of the MoU is related to the issues which become the authority of the Ministry of law and Human Rights and the Ministry of Justice of Azerbaijan.

Same as Georgia, now, Azerbaijan is doing a reformation in the field of correctional management institution especially in handling over capacity. Some of the inmates in the Azerbaijan prison are drug offenders who the majority are users in a small-scale. After going through a various consultation process with the stakeholders and society, finally, Azerbaijan adopted a policy to grant an amnesty for the inmates. For those given a rehabilitation program which brings the impact in the decreasing number of drug users.

Both of our partners in Georgia and Azerbaijan are enthusiastic to follow up the cooperation agreements which can contribute to the improvement of the public services in both countries as well as handling of overcapacity in the correctional institution. (Source: KBRI Kyiv)