Advancing Open Government Values; Contributory factor for Good Governance and Sustainable Development of Sri Lanka - Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera, at the “Open Government Partnership Summit”, Paris 2016
The Open Government Partnership Global Summit convened in Paris from 7th to 9th December 2016, with the participation of over 80 governments and hundreds of civil society organizations around the world. Mangala Samaraweera, Minister of Foreign Affairs representing Sri Lanka at the Summit and in the subsequent Ministerial round-tables highlighted the importance of building trust in Government – through advancing OGP values. Minister Samaraweera, commented on many of the far-reaching state reforms undertaken and the consultative processes underway on key policy initiatives of the government thereby capturing the diversity of various viewpoints and interests to uphold the vision of the transparent, inclusive and participatory governance.
Sri Lanka became a signatory to the Paris Declaration for Open Government Partnership; Collective Action for renewal of our democracies launched at the end of the Summit in singing up to country specific commitments and pledged solidarity to take concrete measures to move forward the process. Sri Lanka is also a signatory to the London Declaration of the London Anti- Corruption Summit and has taken a range of domestic measures to strengthen legal and institutional measures to combat corruption. Sri Lanka became a member of the “Open Government Partnership” in 2015.
Along with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Tilak Ranaviraja, Mr Harim Peiris, Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Ministry officials and Embassy officials comprised the delegation of Sri Lanka to the Paris Summit.
Embassy of Sri Lanka
16th December 2016