Kenya Hosts Regional Open Government Partnership Meeting

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Kenya will  host the first Open Government Partnership (OGP) Africa Regional Meeting at Serena Hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, 0n May 29 and 30, 2013.

The regional meeting will bring together civil society organisations, policy leaders and representatives of industry for a series of workshops, presentations and panel discussions focusing on OGP developments in Africa. It seeks to explore how African countries are achieving open governance and to identify strategies to aid the regions contribution to the global OGP network.

It will focus on various thematic areas such as what should Africa’s vision for open governance be? How to strengthen citizen participation? andWhat is the role of technology in improving service delivery in Africa?

The OGPis a multi-stakeholder coalition of governments and civil society organisationsaimed at securing concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, increase civic participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to make government more open, effective, and accountable.

The initiative formally launched in September 2011 when the eight founding governments (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States), endorsed an Open Government Declaration and announced their countries’action plans. Participating countries in the OGP pledge to deliver country action plans that elaborate concrete commitments on open government. Since its inception, the OGP has grown dramatically, from the founding eight to 58 participating countries from around the world.

The Kenyan the Ministry of Information and Communications is the country’s agency organizing the meeting.