The Deputy Minister for Public Service and Administration Ms Ayanda Dlodlo led the South African delegation to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Anniversary Celebration that took place in New York on the 26 September 2012. The OGP, of which South Africa is a member, is a multi-stakeholder coalition of leading governments and civil society organisations working to advance transparency and accountability in government - with the goals of increasing the responsiveness of government to citizens, countering corruption, promoting economic efficiencies, harnessing innovation, and improving the delivery of services.
The OGP has a membership of 55 countries from across the world. South Africa and Tanzania are the only African members of the Steering Committees. Others are the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway and the Philippines. Besides the Anniversary the Deputy Minister had a busy schedule on matters relating to the OGP which included:
A call and discussions with the South African Consular General Committee met with the United Nations represented by Ms Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi and the World Bank. A bilateral was held with the Minister of the Philippines on the Peer Learning and Support sub-committee of the OGP.
Open Government Partnership participating countries are required to:
All these meeting produced commitments to the OGP process, more importantly a recognition of South Africa's work in the continent and the need to provide resources in support of this objective. Officials accompanying the Deputy Ministers were: Dr. Mataywa Busieka, Mr Ismail Davids, Ms Fungi Rakoena and Ms Tsholofelo Mathabathe.Dr Mataywa Busieka