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Thursday, September 19, 2013

New Zealand to join OGP

In London following a meeting with Prime Minister Cameron, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key announced
At the request of the UK, New Zealand will formally express its intention to join the Open Government Partnership (OGP) later this year. The UK is the current lead co‑chair of the OGP – a grouping of 58 countries and nine civil society organisations committed to transparent and open government, combatting corruption, and harnessing new technologies. “The OGP’s goals are consistent with New Zealand values and with our goals for international economic and social development, and I was pleased the UK invited us to join,” Mr Key says.

Hopefully, any day soon the new government here will reiterate Australia's intention to join as announced by the previous government in May. Like NZ:
”Australia shares the values of the Open Government Partnership and we have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with other nations in the partnership,” Mr Dreyfus said. “We believe that greater openness and accountability in government promotes public participation in government processes and leads to better informed decision-making.
 The UK and Indonesia are the current co-chairs of the OGP.

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