Tunisia has become the latest country to join the Open Government Partnership, signalling its intent to participate in a letter to the co-chairs of the Steering Committee.
Today is the third anniversary of the 2011 revolution. Mr Abderrahman Ladgham, Minister for Governance and Anti-Corruption, wrote: “Tunisia has achieved, since the revolution of January 14th 2011, major steps towards a more democratic and open country. A significant number of measures related to the enhancement of transparency, accountability and citizen participation were introduced in the government program aiming to strengthen openness and good governance in government work.”
On behalf of the four co-chairs, Minister Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Head of the President’s Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight in the Government of Indonesia, said:
“I would like to congratulate Tunisia for their profound efforts to undertake necessary measures in enhancing good and open governance exemplified through various government reforms which include the recent publication of Tunisia’s executive budget for the year 2014. This practice heralds a milestone in Tunisia’s effort to pursue more inclusive governance, particularly in the sphere of fiscal transparency. Tunisia’s commitments and hard work towards this endeavor will set an example across the Arab world and add great value to what OGP seeks to achieve, that is to improve the quality of governance and public services around the world.”
The OECD, an official multilateral partner of OGP, have played a major role in supporting Tunisia to cross OGP's eligibility threshold.
UK Minister Francis Maude, the outgoing government co-chair of OGP, said: “I’m delighted that Tunisia have signalled their intention to join the OGP. We were very pleased to welcome a Tunisian delegation to the Annual Summit in October, following discussions I had with their Prime Minister and Minister Ladgham in Tunis last summer. This is a significant declaration of commitment to reform, openness and citizen engagement and I look forward to working further with the Tunisian government.”
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