Open Government Partnership (OGP)

 

Background

 

The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative for securing concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, fight against corruption and strengthen governance through new technologies. The OGP introduces a domestic policy mechanism through which government and civil society establish an ongoing dialogue on the design, implementation and monitoring of the commitments. Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States are the founding members of the OGP. Current membership of OGP stands at 70 countries. 


Government of Pakistan is committed to the principles of open government, accountability and transparency. After meeting the OGP’s membership eligibility criteria (achieved 15 of the 16 criteria) which cover areas such as budgetary transparency, access to information, asset disclosure and a law being in place for asset disclosure by public officials, the Government of Pakistan initiated the joining process of OGP with the approval of Cabinet and the Finance Minister handed over Pakistan’s Letter of Intent to join OGP to the French President Francois Hollande during the fourth biennial OGP Global Summit held in Paris 7-9 December 2016. 


The Government of France was the host and co-chair of that Summit. Government of France had formally invited the Finance Minister, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar to attend the Summit. Finance Minister and Secretary EAD had participated in the aforementioned Global Summit, which sent positive signals to our development partners and also improved the global image of Pakistan. The Summit was an important follow on to the OGP Asia Pacific Summit 2014, in which Pakistan participated with the Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms, as the head of delegation. 


The next requirement of OGP is to develop a National Action Plan by June 2017. It will be the product of a co-creation process in which government, international organizations, civil society and private sector to define ambitious commitments to foster transparency, accountability and public participation. EAD in order to formulate the National Action Plan, has so far conducted four consultative meetings/events with federal Ministries, Provincial Focal Persons, Civil Society, Development Partners and Private Sectors. EAD has conducted provincial level consultations on NAP in each provincial headquarter with the support of Planning & Development Departments of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan during the month of May, 2017. In addition to these consultations, the civil society including OSF, Accountability Lab and Center for Governance & National Accountability have conducted their consultations in the country.

 

OGP’s Milestones Achieved by EAD

Conducted four consultative meetings/events with Federal Ministries, Provincial Departments, Civil Society Organizations, Development Partners and private Sector. Provinces have accordingly conducted four workshops. EAD has also participated in consultations on OGP across the country organized by Civil Society Organizations.

Requested the Federal Ministries and Provincial Departments to conduct meetings with their line departments and share their inputs by 12th June, 2017. 

A separate link on OGP has been created on EAD’s website.

An OGP Cell in the Paris Club Wing of EAD has been notified.

Requested  OGP Secretariat for directly apply for their visas through respective Pakistan Missions/Embassies;

EAD is holding meeting with the representatives of DFID, Civil Society Organizations, Federal Lead Ministries and Provincial Focal Persons to shape up the draft National Action Plan on 15th June, 2017 at 10.00hrs in EAD.

Upon receipt of the commitments by 12th June, 2017 EAD will prepare the first draft NAP on 13-14 June, 2017 and share the same with DFID/Civil Society Organizations, Federal/Provincial Governments’ Focal Persons on 15th June, 2017 incorporate further inputs from the stakeholders. 

The draft will be ready by 20th June, 2017.

The draft National Action Plan will be placed before the participants of the National Workshop tentatively suggested on 12-13 July, 2017 for further deliberation

 

       

Ms. Anjum Assad Amin, Additional Secretary, EAD chairing the                               Open discussion by participants on OGP in the

Federal Consultative Meeting held on 23rd May, 2017 in EAD, Islamabad.           Federal Consultative Meeting organized by EAD.

    

          

 Ms. Shreya Bassu, Regional Coordinator OGP Support Unit addressing           Mr. Fayyaz Yaseen, Director Accountability Lab briefing the participants

through video link to the OGP Consultative Workshop organized by EAD             of the Punjab Consultative Workshop held on 11th May, 2017 in Lahore.

and Planning and Development Board, Punjab for Government

Departments on 11th May, 2017

 

      

Welcome note address by Mr. Muhammad Anwar, Executive Director CGPA,     Chief Secretary - Khyber Pakhtunkhwa addressing the audience at OGP

at OGP Peshawar Consultative Workshop held on 25th April, 2017                       Peshawar Consultative Workshop held on 25th April, 2017

 

      

Mr. Fayaz – Accountability Lab, speaking at OGP Peshawar                          Mr. Azmat Hanif – RTI Commission, at OGP Peshawar Consultative 

Consultative Workshop                                                                                                  Workshop

      

Participants during group activities at OGP Peshawar Consultative Workshop

 

Open Government Partnership - Pakistan 

 

Mr. Mohammad Ishaq Dar Minister for Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics and Privatization is leading the OGP initiative in Pakistan.

 
1-         Economic Affairs Division
Sr#
Name & Designation
 
Contact Details
1
Mr. Tariq Mahmood Pasha
Secretary
Tel: +92-51- 9212769
2
Ms. Anjum Assad Amin
Additional Secretary-I
Tel: +92-51- 9203815
Email:anjum.assad@gmail.com
3
Mr. Hammad Shamimi
Joint Secretary (Paris Club /US)
Tel: +92-51- 9202429
Email:hammadshamimi@hotmail.com
4
Mr. Muhammad Ishaq Shinwari
Deputy Secretary (Paris Club/OGP/US)
Tel: +92-51- 9103820
5
Mr. Muhammad Ali Mohsin
Section Officer (OGP/Europe-I)
Tel: +92-51- 9214914
Email: muhammad.202@gmail.com
 
2-         Federal Lead Ministries
 
Sr#
Federal Lead Ministry
Thematic Areas
Focal Person
1
Finance Division
Fiscal Transparency
Mr. Sajjad Azhar
Deputy Secretary
 
Tel:+92-51-9209346
Email:sajjadazhar.sgd@gmail.com
2
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,
Access to Information
 
 
3
Establishment Division
Public Officials Asset Disclosure
 
4
Human Rights Division
Citizen Engagement/
Civil Liberties
Mr. Malik Kamran Azam Khan Rajar
Director General
 
Tel: +92-51-9203442
 
5
Law & Justice Division
 
Access to Justice
Mr. Muhammad Umer Aziz
Deputy Secretary
 
Tel: +92-51-9203397
Email: brigade111@gmail.com
6
National Accountability Bureau
Strengthening Accountability
 
 
7
Ministry of Commerce
Improving Business Environment
Mr. Ahmed Fasih
Deputy Secretary
 
Tel: +92-51-9204750
Email: fish79@gmail.com
 
8
 
M/o Information Technology
 
Use of Digital
 
 
3-         Provincial Governments
 
 
Sr#
Name, Designation & Departments
Contact Details
1
Mr. Shahid Farooq, Chief (IT/Governance)
Planning & Development  Board Punjab
 
Tel: +92-042-99213967
Email: shahidfaaruk@gmail.com
2
Mr. Sheharyar Gul, Deputy Secretary
Planning & Development Department Sindh
 
Tel: +92-021-99211427
 
3
Mr. Zahoor Ahmed, Assistant Chief
Planning &Development Department Balochistan
Tel: +92-081-9201364
 
4
Mr. Azizullah Jan, Deputy Director
Planning &Development Department
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Tel: +92-336- 7779222

 

Open Government Partnership Website

https://www.opengovpartnership.org/