Tanzania and Kenya to attend Open Gov Conference

Less than a year after it was launched, the Open Government Partnership will hold its first Annual Meeting in Brasilia, Brazil on April 17 and 18. Tanzania and Kenya are two of the five African countries involved in the initiative. Tanzania's delegation will be led by President Jakaya Kikwete who will speak at the plenary together with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and the Prime Minister of Georgia, Nika Gilauri. Kenya will also send a strong delegation, featuring some of the key people involved in its Open Data work.

More than 400 delegates from 53 countries are expected to participate in the conference. Over the course of the two day meeting, participating countries will present their completed OGP action plans. Delegates will discuss the effective reforms, tools and innovations related to open government and ‘share experiences from their respective countries, providing real examples of how openness can save lives, drive economic growth and reduce widespread corruption around the world,’ according to the OGP website.

Other representatives from Tanzania include Minister Mathias Chikawe who will speak on the panel ‘Lessons Learned in Service Delivery: Government Perspectives,’ several senior governmnet officials from State House and different ministries, and The Foundation for Civil Society Executive Director John Ulanga who will also engage in several panels. Twaweza Head, Rakesh Rajani, who has been involved with OGP from the outset and serves on its Steering Committee, will also participate in the meetings in Brasilia.

For more information and to follow the meeting events, check out the OGP website here.

Read the full speech by Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete, given at the opening session of the OGP annual meeting in Brasilia on 17 April here. Read the statement presented by Warren Krafchik, International Budget Partnership Director, presented at the meeting. And watch an interview with Twaweza Head Rakesh Rajani on OGP, filmed at the Brasilia meeting here.

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