On 7th July, 2015 the meeting was held between the members of the Parliament of Georgia and the representatives of the Budget Committee of the National Assembly of Armenia organized within the program of GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur lnternationale Zusammenarbeit) about "Public Finance Management in South Caucasia". The visit aimed to discuss and share experiences of two countries about reforms implemented to strengthen the parliamentary oversight and financial control of Government. The First Deputy of the Parliament Speaker – Manana Kobakhidze, the chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee - Tamaz Metchiauri and the first deputy of the chairman of the Committee – Nodar Ebanoidze from Georgia with the representatives of GIZ attended the meeting. The Acting Head of the Parliamentary Budget Office of Georgia – Tatia Khetaguri also attended the meeting.
The guests were interested in reforms implemented for strengthening the parliamentary oversight, including the roles of State Audit Office and the Parliamentary Budget Office in the process. "It is very important for the economy to manage budget, public resources and finances properly. In this regard, co-operation and exchange of experience among Committees are one of the most important factors. I hope such business co-operation will continue. Relations among countries can be developed in the format of business and Parliaments have special roles in developing such relations." – said the First Deputy of the Parliament Speaker.
"Management of public finance, state budget planning, control and activities of State Audit Office are the subjects of interest of the meeting. We are ready to share our experience with them. Moreover, to some degree, we have made achievements in this direction and the system is significantly improved. I mean the functioning of the State Audit Office, the Parliamentary Budget Office and the Finance and Budget Committee." – said at the meeting the chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee - Tamaz Metchiauri.
As the first deputy of the chairman of the Committee – Nodar Ebanoidze appraised, it was a business and interesting meeting and both sides shared their experiences with each other. "It was an interesting meeting. We exchanged information. We made serious steps forward in two years in financial supervisory direction and I think, sharing of our experience in this field will be useful for them." – mentioned Nodar Ebanoidze.
One of the discussed issues in the meeting was the recent reforms of the Parliamentary Budget Office and main achievement and challenges of this institution. As the Acting Head of the Parliamentary Budget Office of Georgia – Tatia Khetaguri said, "The meeting mainly covered the implementation of parliamentary oversight on the budget processes. With focus on the core directions of recent activities of the Budget Office, by which we are trying to make the activities of the Budget Office closer to the international practice."