On 23 May 2016 Riga Graduate School of Law (RGSL), in cooperation with the Embassies of the US and Uzbekistan in Latvia, opened the training programme “Implementing Transparency and Good Governance: the Latvian Experience for Uzbekistan”.
As noted by RGSL Rector George Ulrich: “Latvia and the neighbouring Baltic States are now fully fledged members of the European Union and are open and prosperous societies with a promising future. And it is a great pleasure to welcome you to RGSL to share this experience. We are in all our programmes deeply committed to facilitating transparency, good governance and respect for the rule of law. And we greatly treasure our continuing cooperation with the US embassy and Latvian government institutions.”
Representatives from both embassies – Matthew A. Thompson from the US Embassy in Latvia and Ambassador Afzal Artikov from the Uzbek Embassy in Latvia – also welcomed participants to this opportunity to study best Latvian practice in good governance.
The main focus of the project is to empower participants from Uzbekistan with the knowledge and experience that Latvia enjoys in matters of good governance and transparency, and to demonstrate the role of transparency and public control in fighting corruption. Examples from Latvia to be covered during the programme include such topics as effective anti-corruption strategies in government institutions, anti-corruption educational projects and integrity mechanisms in public administration.
Participants will be introduced to specific projects carried out by the Latvian government that enhance transparency of decision making and diminish corruption. Speakers will be from various fields – politics, government, academia – and several networking possibilities will be available. Participants will have study visits to Latvian institutions such as the Cabinet of Ministers, The Supreme Court, and The Saeima (Latvian Parliament)
At the end of the training participants will receive certificates of successful completion of the Programme.