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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Burma/ Myanmar to join OGP; Australia maintains silence

President Obama in a speech at the University of Yangon in Rangoon last week welcomed another entrant from the region seeking to join the OGP. They may have a fair way to go to meet the criteria. We on the other hand don't. We just need a little mettle.  

You would have to think that Australia's non-decision about joining has come up at least once in the many recent top-level meetings between our two governments.
But that kind of growth can only be created if corruption is left behind.  For investment to lead to opportunity, reform must promote budgets that are transparent and industry that is privately owned. 
To lead by example, America now insists that our companies meet high standards of openness and transparency if they're doing business here.  And we'll work with organizations like the World Bank to support small businesses and to promote an economy that allows entrepreneurs, small businesspeople to thrive and allows workers to keep what they earn.  And I very much welcome your government’s recent decision to join what we've called our Open Government Partnership, so that citizens can come to expect accountability and learn exactly how monies are spent and how your system of government operates.

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