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August 11, 2020

Myanmar moves to win OGP membership

Union Minister U Soe Thane highlights Myanmar’s entry to Open Government Partnership (OGP).—MNA
Union Minister U Soe Thane highlights Myanmar’s entry to Open Government Partnership (OGP).—MNA

The government is striving for the realization of good governance and clean government in terms of transparency and accountability, Union Minister U Soe Thane told a conference that was held here on Thursday to discuss Myanmar’s entry to Open Government Partnership (OGP).
Myanmar’s attempt to join the group is aimed at providing better public services and fulfilling public needs, he said, urging people and civil society organizations to join hands with the government in the process.
The minimum eligibility criteria include fiscal transparency, access to information, public officials asset disclosure and citizen engagement. According to the union minister, Myanmar has more fiscal transparency and freer access to information in the time of the incumbent government than the previous one.
The general public now enjoy the right to freedom of expressions, but he stressed the need to do so in the right way.
Speaking at the conference, Mr Andrew, British Ambassador to Myanmar, called the country’s membership of the group a vital step during its transitional period, pledging his assistance to the country.
Mr Alessandro Bellantoni, Project Manager of Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), called for the government to open up and organize more public engagement and urged the people and civil society organizations to make concerted efforts.
The conference, named “International Conference on Open Government: The Way to Membership” was jointly organized by the Leading Committee for Membership of OGP, the British Embassy in Myanmar and the OECD, and will continue on 30 January.

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