Kyrgyzstan joins Open Government Partnership

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Bishkek, Nov. 22, 2017 / Kabar/. Kyrgyzstan joined the Open Government Partnership, the press service of the Kyrgyz Government reported.

"The Open Government Partnership (OGP) International Initiative is pleased to announce that the Kyrgyz Republic has become the first country in Central Asia to join this initiative," the report said.

The Open Government Partnership is an international platform that unites 74 states and 15 subnational (regional) governments.

OGP is a multilateral initiative aimed at realizing the obligations of governments to ensure transparency, empowerment of citizens, fight corruption and use new technologies to strengthen governance. OGP seeks to support both the government and civil society, raising the principles of open government to the highest levels of political discourse, thereby creating a community of like-minded reformers in different countries around the world.

"We are very proud to have become part of the Open Government Partnership. We are honored to be the first country in Central Asia, and, on this path, we understand the importance of our responsibilities," Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sapar Isakov said.

"The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic is firmly convinced that only openness and transparency will lead us to sustainable development. Success in the economy, improvement of the investment climate, the further construction of a democratic society and the confidence of citizens in our work depend entirely on progress in creating an open, accountable and transparent Government. We are striving to provide wider access to information, ensure the implementation of an open data policy and transparent public procurement procedure, as well as provide high-quality and efficient government services," Isakov said.

"We are pleased to announce that the Kyrgyz Republic will be the first country in Central Asia to join the OGP. This is an important step forward for the country, as it strengthens democratic processes through openness and transparency and increases people's trust in the Government. We are ready to support Kyrgyzstan in the process of creation and are pleased with the appearance of an open government in a new corner of the world," said Sanjay Pradhan, Director General of OGP.

The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, headed by Prime Minister Sapar Isakov, will start the process of creating a national Action Plan within the framework of partnership with civil society. After large-scale consultative processes, the implementation of the Plan will begin on August 31, 2018 and will last for two years.

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a unique multilateral initiative aimed at ensuring concrete commitments by governments to increase transparency, expand civic engagement, combat corruption and use new technologies to make governments more open, effective and accountable to citizens.

The OGP initiative was launched on Sept. 20, 2011 during the session of the UN General Assembly, when eight heads of state announced the signing of the Declaration and submitted their national Action Plans.

Since then, the OGP has evolved into a platform with more than 70 national governments (representing one third of the world's population), 15 subnational entities, seven multilateral bodies and hundreds of civil society organizations.

The OGP Independent Reporting Mechanism calls governments to account for the implementation of the stated obligations, creating detailed and impartial reports that track progress in the implementation of national Action Plans.

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