MEDIA STATEMENTS: Deputy Minister Dlodlo hosts Open Government Partnership Leadership Retreat

Date: 19 Jan 2016

South Africa’s Special Envoy to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and Deputy Minister for Public Service and Administration, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo will this week host a Governance and Leadership Retreat as new Chair of the OGP Steering Committee.

The Governance and Leadership Retreat will be attended by the four chairs of the OGP Steering Committee which is South Africa, France and two representatives of civil society. The Retreat will take place on 20 and 21 January 2016 at Lilieslief Farm and Museum, in northern Johannesburg.

Issues that will be addressed at the Retreat include the priorities of the OGP Co-Chairs for the year ahead including the envisaged event marking five years of the Open Government Partnership that will be hosted by President Jacob Zuma at the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in 2016 and looking to improve ways of working of the OGP structures.

The Open Government Partnership Steering Committee is constituted by representatives from both civil society and government from across the globe. Governments represented on the OGP Steering Committee include Brazil, Croatia, France, Indonesia, Mexico, Philippines, Tanzania, United Kingdom and the United States, with the Steering Committee also receiving participation by members of several civil society formations.

The membership of the OGP has grown to 69 countries, with hundreds of civil society organisations participating in the process at country-level since its establishment in September 2011. To date, Open Government Partnership countries represent one third of the world's population and have made more than 1,000 open government reform commitments.

Issued by the Ministry for Public Service and Administration

For more information contact, Lebohang Mafokosi on 082 312 4641 / 012 336 1017 /

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