Open Government Partnership, a movement initiated two years ago, organized annual summit in London on October 30 – November 1, 2013. Open Government Partnership (OGP) is an international initiative aiming at securing government’s commitment on building transparency, combating corruption, empowering citizens, and developing new technology for strengthening governance. Indonesia and other seven countries are founders of the initiative. Indonesia will take lead chair of this initiative with Mexico as co-chair for 2012 – 2014 period.
Participants of the OGP Summit are representatives of government, business, and NGO from 61 countries. Indonesia sent delegation from government (Vice President, legislatives, state secretary, embassy), NGO (INFID, BIGS, PATTIRO, FITRA, Transparency International Indonesia), and media (Tempo, Detik, Kompas, MediaLink). Sinergantara attended the summit as NGO representative. Participants were sharing from each country’s perspective on how openness influences public services, economic growth, corruption eradication, and public’s trust to government.
The two-day summit consists of general sessions and parallel focused sessions. The first day’s agenda includes discussions on building synergy with citizens using open data, openness in many sectors, institutionalization of public participation in public decision-making, technologies for open government, et cetera. Second day’s agenda includes discussions on critical elements of open government, future of open government through youths and children participation, open private sector in delivering social impact and corporate accountability, regional caucus discussion (Africa, Asia, Europe, America), and country action plans per country pair. Sinergantara, currently conducting Research on Open Data Initiative in National Budget Transparency in Ministry of Finance of Indonesia, shared valuable experiences with other countries, particularly in open data discussion group.
Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, head of Indonesian president’s delivery unit, will take leadership of OGP from government partner with Julián Alfonso Olivas Ugalde from Mexico. The summit concluded with announcement of OGP competition in 2014. The competition will seek for the country that best engage with its citizens.
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