At a meeting with Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam on February 1, Chief Executive Officer of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Sanjay Pradhan expressed, that the election of the Sri Lankan government two years back on the board of good governance gives Sri Lanka the chance to assume an imperative part in advancing open government principles.

The Ambassador reviewed that Sri Lanka was welcome to join the OGP in 2015, in acknowledgment of the measures taken by the legislature to reinforce good governance, battle defilement and fortify democracy rules system in the nation since coming into office in January 2015. In October 2015, Sri Lanka partook in the OGP Summit held in Mexico City and turned into a taking part nation by underwriting the OGP Declaration conferring “to encourage a worldwide culture of open government that enables and conveys for residents and advances the standards of open and participatory 21st century government.”

With regards to its OGP duties, Sri Lanka has as of now presented the National Action Plan of Sri Lanka for the OGP to the Washington based OGP Secretariat. At the meeting, Ambassador Kariyawasam gave over a letter from Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, formally passing on the National Action Plan and emphasizing Sri Lanka’s dedication to actualize Open Government Principles.

Launched in 2011, OGP gives a global stage to residential reformers focused on making their administrations more open, responsible, and receptive to nationals. With this point, OGP means to secure solid duties from governments to advance transparency, empower citizens, battle defilement and bridle front line advances to fortify governance. From its underlying eight nations, OGP has now developed to 75 taking part nations.

The OGP National Action Plan was created through a consultative procedure in association with applicable ministries, and civil society accomplices in all territories of the nation. The National Action Plan was drafted by a Joint Working Committee including government authorities and civil society accomplices and will be executed over a time of two years. The Cabinet named a National Steering Committee under the Chairmanship of the President, with the support of the Prime Minister, important Cabinet individuals and individuals from the Joint Working Committee which will supervise and give direction in execution.

Speaking to Sri Lanka in the OGP Summit in December 2016 in Paris, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera watched the significance of OGP qualities to assemble confide in government and highlighted the changes being embraced by the Sri Lankan government to maintain the vision of transparent, comprehensive and participatory governance.