Deputy for Administrative Office of the President, Mr. Abdul Subhan Raouf, and Strategic Advisor for National Procurement Authority Mohammad, Suhail Kakar, announced the membership of Afghanistan in Open Government Partnership (OGP) at the Government Media Information Center this afternoon.
“This membership will encourage more foreign investments in Afghanistan and build the reputation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan”, said Sayed Akram Afzali, Head of Integrity Watch Afghanistan
Mr. Raouf said that Afghanistan has made four major commitments to the OGP;
1. To increase access to information concerning government activities
2. To support Civil Society Participation
3. To enforce World Class standards in professional honesty in the government offices
4. To make improvements in the use of new technologies to strengthen governance
Mr. Kakar asserted that this new membership would help improve access to information to all the contracts processed by National Procurement Authority. Accepting that corruption is a major issue in Afghanistan, he said that access to project information regarding procurement processes will help reduce bribery and patronage. He added that NPA will also monitor the execution of any contracts processed and approved through NPC.
To become a member of Open Government Partnership, participating countries must endorse a high-level Open Government Declaration, deliver a country action plan developed with public consultation, and commit to independent reporting on their progress going forward.
The Open Government Partnership formally launched on September 20, 2011, when the eight founding governments - Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States - endorsed the Open Government Declaration, and announced their country action plans. Since 2011, OGP has welcomed the commitment of 67 additional governments to join the Partnership.
In total, 75 OGP participating countries have made over 2,500 commitments to make their governments more open and accountable.