Government mulls participation in OGP

Kathmandu, December 30

The government has formed a four-member committee led by chief of the National Information Commission, Krishna Hari Baskota, to conduct a study and make recommendations on Nepal’s membership and participation in the Open Government Partnership.

The OGP is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

To become a member of OGP, participating countries must endorse a high-level Open Government Declaration, deliver a country action plan developed with public consultation, and commit to independent reporting on their progress.

A press statement issued by NIC yesterday said other members of the committee are secretary and joint-secretary at the Office of Prime Minister and Council of Ministers (Governance Reform Division) and president of Freedom Forum Nepal.

The statement said the secretariat of the committee will be set up at NIC office.