The Cabinet of Ministers on Tuesday (11th October 2016) approved the Open Government Partnership’s National Action Plan submitted by Mangala Samaraweera the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Cabinet of Ministers has also decided to establish a Steering Committee chaired by the President and Prime Minister and comprised of relevant ministers and stakeholders.
Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative which aims government sharing more information about their activities, increase civic participation in decision-making, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. Sri Lanka is the only South Asian participating country in the OGP which now has 69 countries around the Globe.
Open government delivers tangible and lasting benefits. By providing transparency, encouraging participation and facilitating accountability, openness improves public services, drives innovation and business growth and helps builds trust between government and citizens.
All OGP participating governments are expected to develop National Action Plan (NAP) that specifies concrete commitments over a two‐year period. In Sri Lanka too the first National Action Plan was developed over many months involving close engagement between officials and civil society representatives. Transparency International Sri Lanka facilitated the entire process.