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Georgia

Creation of Innovation Ecosystem (GE0046)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Not Attached

Action Plan Cycle: 2016

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: LELP- Innovation and Technology Agency, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia

Support Institution(s): Advisory Body of Georgian Government – Research and Innovation Council; The World Bank

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Education, Infrastructure & Transport, Private Sector, Public Participation, Public Service Delivery

IRM Review

IRM Report: Georgia End-of-Term Report 2016-2018, Georgia Mid-Term Report 2016-2018

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Creation of innovation ecosystem; An idea to take commitment on creating innovation ecosystem derives from the reseach prepared by the World Bank. In order to create an innovation ecosystem, it is important to have a complex infrastructure that would inspire forming innovative society and the knowledge-based economy. By taking the two-component commitment in the framework of this Action Plan, Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (hereinafter,GITA) aims to create easier citizen access to the modern high-tech units, computer technologies and high-speed internet. This will develop computer literacy in the society and relevant skills for business commercialization. Component I – Innovation Agency plans to develop the innovation infrastructure (techno-park) currently available in the capital city and create additional innovation infrastructure in other Georgian regions through financial assistance from the World Bank.The development of innovation infrastructure envisages: 1. Development of innovation infrastructure currently available in the capital; 2. Establishment of regional innovation hubs in the big cities; 3. Establishment of innovation centers (innovation centers will be established on the basis of the available infrastructure (libraries, educational institutions) in close cooperation and with active participation of the municipalitites in the countryside; 4. Increase access to internet in the regions. To measure the results, IT-based beneficiary management system will be developed. A regional innovation hub (center) is a mini-technopark. One regional hub will be established in a big city of a region, which will be connected to a number of district innovation centers. The location of innovation centers will be selected based on the preliminary researches. These hubs will provide various training services. Based on the findings of the skills feasibility study, trainings will be conducted in response to the needs of a particular location. In addition to educational service, the innovation centers will have meeting-rooms to conduct meetings, presentations or monitoring on various topics. The services will be delivered free of charge. Component II – Provides population with increased access to innovation services by conducting trainings, Olympiads, distant learning, consulting services, improves basic computer literacy and relevant skills of individuals and entrepreneurs. Date of Implementation: 2016-2017; Issues to be Addressed: Currently, neither universities nor scientific research organizations conduct applied research focused on finding the needs of bussness sector, or creating and testing new products. Access to the computer facilities, high-speed internet and modern high-tech units is especially limited in the regions. Access to the innovative services (trainings, Olympiads, distant learning, consultation services for entrepreneurs) is also limited for citizens in the regions. It should be noted that along creating internet-infrastructure in the region (to overcome this challenge, the internetization project is underway which will provide access to the high-speed internet across the country), it is also important to increase access to computer technologies, to enhance computer literacy level, as well as relevant skills so that citizens can have better chances of employment. Main Objective: Support individuals and entrepreneurs in innovative activities; establishment of innovation firms; development of innovation awareness in the country skills development and form the knowledge-based economy.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

5. Creation of innovation ecosystem

Commitment Text:

An idea to take commitment on creating innovation ecosystem derives from the research prepared by the World Bank.

In order to create an innovation ecosystem, it is important to have a complex infrastructure that would inspire forming innovative society and the knowledge-based economy.

By taking the two-component commitment in the framework of this Action Plan, Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (hereinafter, GITA) aims to create easier citizen access to the modern high-tech units, computer technologies and high-speed internet. This will develop computer literacy in the society and relevant skills for business commercialization.

Component I – Innovation Agency plans to develop the innovation infrastructure (techno-park) currently available in the capital city and create additional innovation infrastructure in other Georgian regions through financial assistance from the World Bank. The development of innovation infrastructure envisages: 1. Development of innovation infrastructure currently available in the capital; 2. Establishment of regional innovation hubs in the big cities; 3. Establishment of innovation centers (innovation centers will be established on the basis of the available infrastructure (libraries, educational institutions) in close cooperation and with active participation of the municipalitites in the countryside); 4. Increase access to internet in the regions. To measure the results, IT-based beneficiary management system will be developed.

A regional innovation hub (center) is a mini-technopark. One regional hub will be established in a big city of a region, which will be connected to a number of district innovation centers. The location of innovation centers will be selected based on the preliminary researches. These hubs will provide various training services. Based on the findings of the skills feasibility study, trainings will be conducted in response to the needs of a particular location. In addition to educational service, the innovation centers will have meeting-rooms to conduct meetings, presentations or monitoring on various topics. The services will be delivered free of charge.

Component II – Provides population with increased access to innovation services by conducting trainings, Olympiads, distant learning, consulting services, improves basic computer literacy and relevant skills of individuals and entrepreneurs.

Responsible institution: LEPL – Innovation and Technology Agency, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia

Supporting institution(s): Advisory Body of Georgian Government – Research and Innovation Council, The World Bank

Start date: June 2015 End date: December 2017

Commitment Aim:

Citizens living in rural areas of Georgia have limited access to continued education and training resources which in turn contributes to the lack of qualified candidates for the country’s job market and low productivity levels. To address this, the Innovation and Technology Agency committed to supporting entrepreneurship and job creation by developing an innovation ecosystem of techno-parks and innovation centers, which would provide citizens with free access to modern technologies and skill-building. More specifically, the commitment aimed to:

  • Develop innovation infrastructure in the capital, Tbilisi;
  • Establish regional innovation hubs in big cities;
  • Establish innovation centres in rural areas;
  • Increase internet access in the regions; and
  • Enhance public access to innovation services by providing skill-building training for interested citizens and entrepreneurs.  
Status

Midterm: Limited

By the midterm point, the commitment saw limited implementation. The Agency opened one techno-park and three innovation centers instead of the initially planned two techno-parks and 13 innovation centers. This delay in implementation was mainly due to problems related to the lack of funding and the dire conditions of old buildings slated for those centers.

End of term: Limited

The status has not changed since the midterm evaluation. As of October 2018, the Innovation and Technology Agency had not opened any additional techno-parks or innovation centers but planned to open a techno-park in Telavi and two innovation centers in Akhmeta and Rukhi by the end of 2018. [17]

Did It Open Government?

Access to information: Did Not Change

Civic participation: Did not change

Public accountability: Did not change

Despite providing free access to high-tech products, co-working space, and grants for various innovation projects, the techno-parks and innovation centers in their current form are not meant to open up government decision-making processes. According to Agency representatives, these centers occasionally host informative public meetings with local government and private sector representatives; these meetings mostly focus on youth, innovation, online technologies, computer literacy, and entrepreneurship-related issues. [18] However, they do not serve as a platform enabling citizens to voice local concerns directly to their elected representatives or contribute to policy-making around those issues. Neither do the centers conduct surveys to measure user-satisfaction with existing services provided nor solicit feedback on future improvements. Therefore, this commitment fell short of increasing public access to information in the OGP context.

Carried Forward?

The commitment was not carried into the new Action Plan 2018−2019, but the government intends to continue opening techno-parks and innovation centers outside of the OGP process.

[17] Mariam Lashkhi (Head of International Relations Department) and Ana Gugushvili (Senior Adviser to the Head of International Relations Department, Innovation and Technology Agency), email correspondence with IRM researcher, 23 Aug. 2018.

[18] Gugushvili (Innovation and Technology Agency), interview with IRM researcher, 22 Aug. 2018.


Georgia's Commitments

  1. Improved Public Services

    GE0066, 2018, Capacity Building

  2. Citizen Engagement Platform

    GE0067, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. Unified Authentication System

    GE0068, 2018, E-Government

  4. Economic Governance

    GE0069, 2018, E-Government

  5. Environment Portal

    GE0070, 2018, E-Government

  6. Strengthen Anti-Corruption Institutions

    GE0071, 2018, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  7. Monitor SDGs

    GE0072, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. Citizen Engagement Legislation

    GE0073, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  9. Publish Court Decisions

    GE0074, 2018, E-Government

  10. Increasing Transparency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

    GE0075, 2018, E-Government

  11. Citizen Participation in Public Finance

    GE0076, 2018, Audits and Controls

  12. Transparent Public Funding System

    GE0077, 2018, Fiscal Transparency

  13. Public Procurement Improvements

    GE0078, 2018, E-Government

  14. Housing Policy Planning

    GE0079, 2018, Land & Spatial Planning

  15. Openness and Accountability of State-Owned Enterprises

    GE0080, 2018, E-Government

  16. Transparency and Good Governance

    GE0081, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  17. Open Data Collection and Publication

    GE0082, 2018, E-Government

  18. Participation for Disabled Individuals

    GE0083, 2018, Infrastructure & Transport

  19. Participatory Budgeting

    GE0084, 2018, Capacity Building

  20. Your Idea for the Zugdidi Mayor

    GE0085, 2018, Capacity Building

  21. Electronic Services

    GE0086, 2018, E-Government

  22. I. Gov. Zugdidi

    GE0087, 2018, Capacity Building

  23. Service and Citizen Satisfaction Assessment

    GE0088, 2018, Capacity Building

  24. Promoting and Monitoring SDGs

    GE0089, 2018, Legislature

  25. Citizen Involvement in Budget

    GE0090, 2018, E-Government

  26. Technology for Transparency

    GE0091, 2018, E-Government

  27. Citizen Engagement Center

    GE0092, 2018, Capacity Building

  28. Raising Public Awareness About Parliamentary Democracy

    GE0093, 2018, E-Government

  29. Electronic Innovations for More Transparency and Efficiency of Public Procurement

    GE0056, 2016, Capacity Building

  30. Starred commitment Adoption of the Environmental Assessment Code

    GE0057, 2016, Capacity Building

  31. Introduction of a Mobile App as an Alternative Channel to Connect to “112”

    GE0058, 2016, E-Government

  32. Development of Local Councils for Crime Prevention

    GE0059, 2016, Public Service Delivery

  33. Development of a Guidebook for Economic Agents

    GE0060, 2016, Capacity Building

  34. Development and Introduction of the Quality Control Program of Commercial Service

    GE0061, 2016, Capacity Building

  35. Presentation of Company Reports in an Electronic Form and Provision of Their Accessibility

    GE0062, 2016, Capacity Building

  36. Introduction of an Electronic Petition Portal and “Zugdidi-INFO” on the Webpage of Zugdidi Municipality Assembly

    GE0063, 2016, Capacity Building

  37. Transparency of Ozurgeti Municipality Assembly Meetings

    GE0064, 2016, Capacity Building

  38. Creation of Electronic Mechanism for Local Budget Planning in Kutaisi, Ozurgeti, Batumi and Akhaltsikhe

    GE0065, 2016, E-Government

  39. Adapting the Public Service Hall to the Needs of the People with Disabilities

    GE0042, 2016, Capacity Building

  40. Launch of the Unified Healthcare System Information Portal

    GE0043, 2016, Capacity Building

  41. Introduction of Electronic Licensing System in the Field of Natural Resources Application

    GE0044, 2016, Capacity Building

  42. Creation of Spatial (Geographic) Data Web-Portal for the Energy Sector

    GE0045, 2016, Capacity Building

  43. Creation of Innovation Ecosystem

    GE0046, 2016, Capacity Building

  44. Electronic Portal for Registering and Disposal of State Property – Customer’S Module

    GE0047, 2016, E-Government

  45. Development of the Freedom of Information Law

    GE0048, 2016, Legislation & Regulation

  46. Development of a Monitoring and Assessment System of the Government Policy and Legislative Acts

    GE0049, 2016, Capacity Building

  47. Starred commitment Introduction of the Public Officials’ Asset Declarations Monitoring System

    GE0050, 2016, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  48. Establishing Unified Regulations to Publish Court Decisions

    GE0051, 2016, Judiciary

  49. Development of Transparency and Integrity Strategy and Action Plan in the Field of Regional Development and Infrastructure

    GE0052, 2016, Capacity Building

  50. Improvement of the Database of the Convicted and Transfer of the Penitentiary Department Entirely Onto the Electronic Workflow Management

    GE0053, 2016, Capacity Building

  51. Publication of Phone Tapping Data According to the Nature of the Crime and Geographic Area

    GE0054, 2016, E-Government

  52. Starred commitment Increasing Citizen Participation in Supervision of Public Finances (Public Audit)

    GE0055, 2016, Capacity Building

  53. "Voice of the Consumer"

    GE0013, 2014, Public Participation

  54. JUSTdrive

    GE0014, 2014, Public Service Delivery

  55. Educational Services

    GE0015, 2014, Public Service Delivery

  56. Citizen's Portal (Www.Mygov.Ge)

    GE0016, 2014, Capacity Building

  57. Transformation of Public Libraries for Regional Development

    GE0017, 2014, Capacity Building

  58. Digital Signature and Online Authentication

    GE0018, 2014, E-Government

  59. Open Data Portal (Data.Gov.Ge)

    GE0019, 2014, E-Government

  60. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Draft

    GE0020, 2014, Legislation & Regulation

  61. Georgia's OGP Forum

    GE0021, 2014, OGP

  62. I-Change.Ge

    GE0022, 2014, E-Government

  63. Transparency of Public Service Recruitment

    GE0023, 2014, E-Government

  64. Asset Declaration Monitoring System

    GE0024, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  65. Starred commitment Political Party Financial Declarations

    GE0025, 2014, E-Government

  66. Accessibility of Ministry of Interior's Webpage to People with Special Needs

    GE0026, 2014, E-Government

  67. Starred commitment Proactive Publishing of Surveillance Data

    GE0027, 2014, Civic Space

  68. Public Awareness of the Electoral Process

    GE0028, 2014, Capacity Building

  69. Transparency of Budgetary Processes

    GE0029, 2014, E-Government

  70. Electronic System of Procurement

    GE0030, 2014, E-Government

  71. Digital Human Resource Management System

    GE0031, 2014, E-Government

  72. Digital Preservation System: E-Archive

    GE0032, 2014, E-Government

  73. Openness and Accessibility of National Archives

    GE0033, 2014, E-Government

  74. Electronic Catalogues of Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) Archives

    GE0034, 2014, E-Government

  75. Public Finance Management System

    GE0035, 2014, E-Government

  76. Alternative Channels to "112"

    GE0036, 2014, E-Government

  77. Interactive Statistics and Crime Mapping

    GE0037, 2014, E-Government

  78. Travel Insurance Services

    GE0038, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration

  79. State Property Registration

    GE0039, 2014, Public Service Delivery

  80. Development of Community Centers in Georgia

    GE0040, 2014, E-Government

  81. Introduction of e-Governance in Local Self-Governments

    GE0041, 2014, E-Government

  82. Public Service Hall-Hub of Public Services

    GE0001, 2012, Citizenship and Immigration

  83. e-Governance in Local Governments

    GE0002, 2012, E-Government

  84. Citizens’ Portal

    GE0003, 2012, E-Government

  85. Easily Accessible and Better Healthcare

    GE0004, 2012, E-Government

  86. Launch Ichange.Ge and Data.Gov.Ge

    GE0005, 2012, E-Government

  87. Platform for Participating in the Legislative Process

    GE0006, 2012, E-Government

  88. Citizens and Justice

    GE0007, 2012, Judiciary

  89. Starred commitment Transparent Party Financing

    GE0008, 2012,

  90. Home-Grown Concept of E-Procurement

    GE0009, 2012, E-Government

  91. e-Declarations

    GE0010, 2012, Asset Disclosure

  92. Technology Cares for Safety: ICCMS, Crime Mapping, and Safety in Your Neighbourhood

    GE0011, 2012, E-Government

  93. NGO Forum

    GE0012, 2012, Capacity Building