DPSA IN THE MEDIA: UNPAN Open Government Data workshop folds on a high note

Date: 15 Oct 2012

The three-day international knowledge and information-sharing summit of the United Nations Public Administration Network (UNPAN) that started on 10 October 2012 in Cape Town closed today.

The UNPAN promotes the sharing of knowledge and information throughout the world by means of information communication technologies.

Throughout the three days delegates engaged on a number of collaborations on the use of UNPAN and how it can continue getting support from different countries and also developing strategies on citizen's engagement as key in Open Government data initiatives, learning from different countries and sharing data through the UNPAN portal.

Making a presentation at the second day of the summit on Thursday, Mr John Kipchumbah from Kenya said transforming the service delivery around the continent was essential and that Open Data was a good action plan taken by his government to open up channels and sources of information required by citizens and other civic centres.

"Open Government is a government that is receptive, accommodating, responsive and accountable to its citizenry," he said.

Discussions also concerned implementation and monitoring of Open Government Data initiatives.

Officials from countries like Kenya, Brazil, Canada, Mauritius and South Africa took a turn in sharing the tools developed by the UN and presented successfully implemented case studies of Open Data related projects.

Mapula Hloaela

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