OGP Launches National Action Plan
Open Government Partnership (OGP) in collaboration with its partners has launched its fourth National Action Plan in a media consultative meeting on Thursday 3rd June 2021 at the Radisson Blu Mamy yoko Hotel, Aderdeen.
In his opening statement, the Chairman for National Council for Civic Education and Development (NaCCED) and also the point of contact for the Open Government Partnership, Kalilu Totangi said that the program was done as a training for Ministries, Departments and Agencies on the implementation of the OGP’s fourth National Action Plan.
The keynote speaker, Chief Minister Jacob Jusu Saffa re-emphasized the government of Sierra Leone’s commitment to the Open Government Partnership, and said that since their assumption of governance in 2018, the leadership of President Bio had been very much supportive of the OGP.
The keynote speaker of the event was Sierra Leone’s Chief Minister Jacob Jusu Saffa who re-emphasized the government of Sierra Leone’s commitment to the Open Government Partnership, and said that since their assumption of governance in 2018, the leadership of President Bio has been very much supportive to the OGP.
“As a government like any other government, we inherited policies, programs, processes and human resources. The good policies, programs and human resource we continue with and promote them and the bad policies, programs and human resources, we do away with them because they are not good for Sierra Leone, he said”. He continued that the OGP was one of the good programs they inherited.
The Chief Minister disclosed that Sierra Leone became a member of the OGP in November 2013; a month after Sierra Leone passed the Right to Access Information Act. He further said that the OGP was in line with their Government’s manifesto commitment to openness, transparency and to Social accountability.
In his address, a Representative of the British High Commissioner said that the British High Commissioner lauded Sierra Leone for its commitment and participation in the OGP and commitment to transparency and accountability.
Presentations were made on “The Role of Government in the OGP process, National Action Plan (NAP) Circle, Development and Implementation Process, The OGP process, possible NAP4 commitments” among others.
Some of the Government’s commitments highlighted by the National Action Plan are Access to Justice, Quality Education, Duty Wavers and Tax Exceptions, Beneficial Ownership, Access to Information, Gender to name a few
In an interview with the Managing Director for SLENA, Madam Yeama Thompson noted the challenges and successes in the implementation of National Action Plans of the OGP.
She said that some of the successes of the OGP included the Right to Access Information Act, the Single Treasury Account to name only two. She ended up saying that since becoming a member of the OGP in 2013, the country had launched three National Action Plans.
The Open Government Partnership was established to make government policies, laws, expenditures, information and other programs which government is involved in open to its citizens and others.
By Emmanuel M. Kamara
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