The Senior Presidential Advisor at the Office of the President, Mr Yaw Osafo-Maafo, has advised stakeholders to integrate Open Government Partnership (OGP) commitment into priority plans and government strategies.
He noted that previous plans have been consistently implemented with modest success due to the broad framing of some of the commitments which hinder implementation and the lack of integration into the government’s priority agenda.
Mr Osafo-Maafo, who is also the Chairman of the OGP Steering Committee, said this last Wednesday at a stakeholder engagement on the implementation of the OGP commitments in the 4th National Action Plan (NAP).
He indicated that the implementing Ministries, Departments Agencies (MDAs), and collaborating institutions often know very little about the OPG and National Action Plans because commitments are sometimes not budgeted for, thus, affecting smooth implementation.
“This notwithstanding, the OGP initiative has demonstrated Ghana’s desire to further expand and deepen the scope of open and accountable governance through the implementation of these Action Plans. In one way or the other, the government has started taking steps to advance accountability and transparency, increase citizen participation and adopt new technologies to improve good governance. The numerous policy and legislative reforms spurred by the Initiative to combat corruption and improve accountability and transparency attest to this,” he added.
He highlighted some of the major legislative and policy reforms, including the enactment of the Right to Information Act, 2019 (Act 989), the State Interests and Governance Authority Act, 2019 (Act 990), the Companies Act, 2019 (Act 992) and the Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2018 (Act 982).
Mr Osafo- Maafo disclosed that efforts have been made since the submission of the 4th National Action Plan in 2021 to sensitize stakeholders, particularly implementing MDAs on their commitments and roles to overcome some of the challenges in the implementation of National Action Plans.
“There was the need to meet key stakeholders in the implementation of the 4th Action Plan at a forum like this to sensitize them on the various commitments and implementation roadmap in the NAP-4, agree on steps to accelerate implementation and inform them about a monitoring framework developed to track implementation. It is, therefore, refreshing that the Natural Resource Governance Institute (NRGI), a CSO representative on the OGP National Steering Committee is collaborating with my Office to hold this engagement. I encourage others to emulate their example,” he said.
He noted that at the end of the engagement, implementing MDAs would be sensitized on the OGP to secure their buy-in, implementing MDAs and collaborating state and non-state actors would be apprised of their roles and responsibilities as contained in the NAP-4, including the agreement on steps to fast-track implementation, a clear modality/framework to hold each other accountable for the implementation of the NAP-4 would be developed, implementing MDAs, their state and non-state actors would work together to accelerate the implementation of commitments.
Patience Anaadem, ISD