Kingston, Jamaica: Friday, January 15, 2021
The Government of Jamaica has signalled its commitment to public sector transformation as Jamaica officially launched the Open Government Partnership (OGP) process today. This is a historic moment as Jamaica becomes the first English-speaking Caribbean country to participate in this initiative. The Open Government Partnership is a forum of countries working to be more open, accountable and responsive to citizens.
While speaking during the virtual launch of OGP Jamaica this morning, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, Minister of Finance and the Public Service acknowledged the role of this initiative in achieving the government's strategic objectives.
"Jamaica's policy development has embraced open government principles over a long period of time. Most recently, the launch of the Public Investment Map, passage of legislation to provide independence to the Central Bank and the tabling of legislation of an Independent Fiscal Commission are tangible presentations of this Government's commitment to principles of accountability and transparency in public administration. Our participation in the Open Government Partnership process enables us to showcase the tremendous strides that have been made. Jamaica also stands to gain and learn from the various innovative approaches to openness undertaken by other member countries."
The Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, which is the lead government entity, hosted several stakeholders from government ministries, departments and agencies, civil society groups, academia and private sector.
Minister Clarke highlighted the importance of civic participation in the success of the OGP process.
"There is a groundswell of domestic support for the principles of transparency, openness, accountability and participation to be embodied in our governancce framework and in our public institutions. Make no mistake, this is domestically driven. The OGP process simply allows us to leverage a multilateral architecture to achieve our national priorities, in full visibility of the international community, and through broad-based local participation and consultation. The Government of Jamaica welcomes the OGP multi-stakeholder consultative process which will allow for the development of an OGP National Action Plan with civil society partners."
The OGP process will be beneficial to the Jamaican citizens as it will provide:
- Better access to information on the performance of government ministries and agencies and on matters of public interest;
- Greater transparency on the allocation and expenditure of public resources;
- Strengthened mechanisms to detect and address corruption in the administration of government and public bodies;
- Greater opportunities for citizens to participate in the determination of government priorities and the monitoring of outcomes.
The GOJ is committed to developing and submitting a National Action Plan (NAP) in August 2021, and monitoring its implementation through August 2023. Prior to the NAP, the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service will be partnering with various civil society groups to plan and implement other communication activities including a multi-stakeholder forum, sensitization sessions and webinars.
For further information contact:
Corporate Communication & Public Relations Branch
Ministry of Finance and the Public Service
30 National Heroes Circle
Tel: (876) 932-4656/4660/4655
Contact: Kimberly McLauglin/Daniel Passley