A high-level delegation of the Open Government Partnership or OGP based in the United States of America is expected to visit Liberia shortly to hold talks with senior officials of government, civil society members, and donor organizations.
According to the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism or MICAT, discussions will focus on how Liberia could harness the great potential of open government partnership to help meets her most pressing needs.
Addressing reporters in a regular press briefing held at the Ministry of Information on Capitol Hill, Deputy Information Minister for Administration Andrew Temeh, said his boss Minister Eugene Nagbe believes the OGP provides a vital framework for government and civil society to work together by committing to improving people’s lives.
“We are very excited to be meeting with the OGP team and look forward to discussing how we can build on the progress already made by the government in creating greater transparency and accountability”, Minister Temeh stressed.
The Deputy MICAT boss said, government is especially keen to discuss how it could institutionalize open government in Liberia, and develop transformative reforms in the new OGP National Plan, noting that the open government partnership is composed of 75 national governments, 15 sub-national governments, seven multilateral organizations, and thousands of civil society organizations.
According to him, it was formally launched on September 20, 2011 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, when eight Heads of State, along with nine civil society leaders, endorsed the OGP declaration and published the first cohort of OGP National Plan.
Minister Temeh disclosed that Liberia joined the OGP in 2011 and has created two national action plans with 26 commitments raging from access to information and public accountability to civic participation.
He said land ownership is also a major focus and as a result of an OGP commitment, the National Bureau of Concession in Liberia together with international partners launched an online platform where citizens could find land use contract from all relevant commercial sectors here.
By Lewis S. Teh-Editing by Jonathan Browne