Gubad Ibadoglu attended to Open Government Summit held in London
The member of Management Board of the Economic Research Center Gubad Ibadoglu participated at the Open Government Partnership London Summit 2012 from October 29 to November 2. Over 1,000 delegates from over 61 countries came together. The chairman of State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of AzerbaijanInamkarimov and the secretary of Commission on Combating against Corruption Vusal Huseynov represented the government of Azerbaijan in this event.
The only representative of the civil society from Azerbaijan at the Summit was GubadIbadoglu and he delivered lecture on “ Perspectives in shrinking world and the challenges” at the Civil Society Day. Besides, he delivered speeches at the panels organized within the framework of the Summit.
At his speech, he touched upon the current state of civil society in Azerbaijan and its involvement in Open Government Partnership ( OGP). Furthermore, Gubad Ibadoglu briefed the participants about the challenges faced during the monitoring of the results of implementation of Action Plan on Open Government promotion in 2012-2015 carried out by the Economic Research Center. He underlined that the Action Plan is targeted for long term period - 3 years and therefore, there are difficulties to conduct annual assessment and monitoring. Besides, the pre-existing of some commitments in the Action Plan, including some obligations are of non-addressing and technical character, all these mentioned features worsen the effective implementation of OGP in Azerbaijan, GubadIbadoglu mentioned.
He also stressed the some state agencies, including local executive committees were not sufficiently informed about “Action Plan on Open Government promotion in 2012-2015” and this created obstacles to acquire information during monitoring. However, this problem was mitigated thanks to the support of Commission on Combating against Corruption and along with this Gubad Ibadoglu talked about the positive outcomes of ASAN state service.
He also highlighted the significance of conducting the monitoring of Action Plan for civil society and publicizing the outcomes of assessment, including networking and mobilizing civil society in this direction and gaining feasible cooperation in both international and regional sphere.
The Prime Minister of United Kingdom David Cameron, US Secretary of State John Kerry as well as the Prime Minister of Indonesia, presidents of Tanzania and Ivory Coast. They talked about the expansion and feasible impact of OGP. On his speech David Cameron said that transparency is like a vaccination in combating against corruption. Moreover, he mentioned that some governments are not tend to be transparent, conceal the revenues coming from natural resources.
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