Papua New Guinea Starts Work To Formulate Open Government Action Plan

PNG joined Open Government Partnership last year

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Sept. 26, 2016) – Work has begun to formulate a national action plan on ‘Open Government Partnership’ for Papua New Guinea.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is taking the lead on this initiative in PNG after it was globally launched on September 20, 2011 on the margins of the 66th United Nations General Assembly. The founding governments of the initiative are Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa, the UK and the United States.

DFAT acting Secretary William Dihm told participants at the second national workshop on the OGP in Port Moresby this morning that it is time for PNG to deliver to the OGP Secretariat in Washington D.C. after it formally joined and became the 67th member in October last year.

“As you may be aware, Papua New Guinea since becoming a member of the OGP, must now deliver to the OGP Secretariat a national action plan developed with public consultation and commit to independent reporting on its implementation and progress going forward,” he said.

In PNG’s national action plan, four out of the seven OGP clusters of commitment will be reflected. They are extractive resources transparency, fiscal transparency, freedom of information and public participation.

Mr Dihm, while congratulating the PNG OGP steering committee on the effort to put together the national action plan, said the four clusters are relevant to strengthening PNG’s governance institutions and system. This will lead to the creation of new and strengthening of existing mechanisms for the effective delivery of goods and services.

“Furthermore, given PNG’s increasing regional profile and leadership role as an emerging middle power, this enables PNG to be an active partner to the OGP initiative in demonstrating policy leadership on governance issues in the region.”

The workshop today attracted government and civil society representatives including the Media Council of Papua New Guinea. The MCPNG is expected to play a key role in contributing to discussions on the freedom of information cluster.

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