MEDIA STATEMENTS

South Africa participates at the Open Government Partnership Global Legislative Openness Week in Georgia, 14 September 2015

Date: 14 Sep 2015

South Africa's Special Envoy to the Open Government Partnership (OGP), Deputy Minister for Public Service and Administration Ms Ayanda Dlodlo will on 14 and 15 September 2015 participate in a Legislative Openness Working Group conference in Georgia.

The conference takes place as part of the OGP Global Legislative Openness Week (GLOW) 2015, which commenced on 7 September and will end 15 September. GLOW is comprised of a series of in-person and online events and activities intended to raise the profile of legislative openness issues and provide an opportunity for engagement across countries and sectors. Several events will take place during GLOW this year, with the Legislative Openness Working Group conference in Georgia as the final event during GLOW 2015.

The Legislative Openness Working Group was launched at the OGP Global Summit in London in October 2013. Co-Chaired by the Congress of Chile and the National Democratic Institute, the Working Group was created with the intention of deepening the exchange of knowledge across governments, parliaments, civil society and international institutions on the opportunities and challenges associated with opening the legislative process.

The conference will focus on the development of commitments or action plans that advance legislative openness, technologies that can improve transparency or opportunities for citizen participation, and international standards that can help support good practice, specifically in the area of legislative openness.

Deputy Minister Dlodlo will address the conference on the Role of the Legislature in Advancing Open Government, as well as share perspectives for the future of the Open Government Partnership in relation to South Africa's upcoming Chairmanship.

South Africa will provide leadership to the OGP when it assumes the position of Chair of the Steering Committee at the Global Summit scheduled to take place in Mexico in October 2015.

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT FOR PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION

For more information contact:

Departmental Spokesperson: Dumisani Nkwamba on 0828859448


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