Skopje, 6 May 2020 (MIA) – Minister of Information Society and Administration Damjan Manchevski addressed Wednesday the constitutive session of the board in charge of coordinating and monitoring the implementation of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative and the National Open Government Action Plan 2018-2020, and reiterated the government’s commitment to promoting open partnership, inclusivity, and transparency.
Manchevski, the Ministry of Information Society and Administration said in a press release, underlined the success achieved in broadening the scope of the initiative to include Parliament. The next action plan, he underlined, will also aim to include the judiciary in the initiative.
“On the topic of judiciary, we can’t help but talk about challenges, one of which is lack of transparency. The same issue affects local government. Sometimes, problems arise from lack of information or awareness, but others from lack of will. People mistakenly think that challenges come up as a result of the government’s lack of will. This poses a real issue due to the separation of the central government from the local government and the judiciary and will require taking actions in these sectors,” Manchevski said.
He also discussed during the session issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is a new and unexpected challenge. As much as we try to use technology to make sure processes resume uninterrupted, we must prepare for a new way of life. Technology provides endless opportunities, but we have to be open to change and accept that things may never return to the way they were. We have the advantage of being a small country, so it will be easier for us to reorganize,” Manchevski said.
The coordination and monitoring board is set to play an important role in maximizing participation of and cooperation between institutions and civil society, by promoting dialogue between relevant stakeholders and making sure all voices are heard.