Kenya to host Open Governance Partnership forum

May 23, 2013
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Permanent Secretary at the Ministry Bitange Ndemo said the conference is aimed at providing a platform to develop a framework to guide African countries' participation in the global OGP/FILE
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry Bitange Ndemo said the conference is aimed at providing a platform to develop a framework to guide African countries’ participation in the global OGP/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 23 – The Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology and the Kenya ICT Board, will host the regional Open Governance Partnership (OGP) Conference from May 29 to 30 in Mombasa.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry Bitange Ndemo said the conference is aimed at providing a platform to develop a framework to guide African countries’ participation in the global OGP.

It will also provide ideas on how to increase public integrity, raise access to information, manage public resources and promote corporate accountability.

Ndemo added that the conference will pave way for discussions around the Open Data Initiative which was launched by the former president Mwai Kibaki in 2011 and how it can be used to promote openness of government information.

“Kenya was invited to join OGP in 2010 following its fast progress in adopting ICT to promote increase transparency and accountability in government as well as increase public service delivery to citizens. The conference is expected to address challenges in regards to government openness, responsiveness and accountability,” said OGP Executive Director Gladwell Otieno.

The conference is a multi-stakeholder alliance of leading governments and civil society organizations which are working together to advance transparency and accountability in governments.

Progress has been noted in increased citizen participation in processes like the budget process, through the Open Budget Index (OBI) from providing more information to significant information.

OGP was launched in September 2011 with eight founding governments including Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States.

The African continent is represented in the OGP by founding member South Africa; Kenya and Tanzania who made their commitments in April and May 2012 respectively. Liberia and Ghana joined in April 2013.

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