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Panama End-of-Term Report 2015-2017

By the end of the action plan period, the government improved in the implementation of commitments, some of which significantly improved the quality and quantity of public information. However, the government did not make as much progress in implementing commitments that required inter-institutional collaboration.

Commitment Overview Potential starred? * Major or Outstanding Results? **
3. Standardize digital formats (✪) Standardize public information in an open and digital format that is both compatible with institutions and useful for citizens.

Yes

Yes

4. Disclose public finances Address the lack of public information on the use of public resources allocated to political parties and independent candidates.

No

Yes

16. Citizen assistance center 311 Provide information on government actions that address complaints and requests submitted through the 311 call center.

No

Yes

* Commitment is evaluated by the IRM as being specific, relevant, and potentially transformative

** Commitment is evaluated by the IRM as having major or outstanding results in terms of the ‘Did it Open Government?’ variable

✪ Commitment is evaluated by the IRM as being specific, relevant, potentially transformative, and substantially or fully implemented.

While the co-creation process included participation from multiple CSOs, their participation during the implementation of the plan was limited to consultations on commitments of their interest. It is important to strengthen the commitment monitoring and follow-up process in the next action plan.

Did not act contrary to OGP process

A country is considered to have acted contrary to process if one or more of the following occurs:

  • The National Action Plan was developed with neither online or offline engagements with citizens and civil society
  • The government fails to engage with the IRM researchers in charge of the country’s Year 1 and Year 2 reports
  • The IRM report establishes that there was no progress made on implementing any of the commitments in the country’s action plan
Mostly “governance” civil society Primarily agencies that serve other agencies

Panama completed 4 of the 20 commitments in the action plan, with only one starred commitment. Future action plans should focus on improving ambition and including initiatives related to public accountability.

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