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Sep 22, 2011

President Atta Mills at Open Government Declaration


President John Atta Mills joined other 45 democratic leaders in the world to launch the Open Government Partnership. Led by the United States of America, the global initiative is to offer more transparent, effective and accountable governments that are alive to the aspirations of their populace. The move has become imperative as more and more citizens demand accountability and democracy from their leaders. The launch was on the sidelines of ongoing 66th General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.

The Open Government Partnership is a new multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments by way of promoting transparency, fighting corruption, empowering citizens and harnessing new technologies to strengthen governance. Ghana’s name came up strongly among the first ten workable democracies in the world, showing commitment to open governance, after democracies like USA, Brazil, Norway, Britain, South Africa and Canada.

Ghana’s shining example is recognized because of President Atta Mills’ personal crusade for good governance, democracy, media freedom, independent judiciary, and a workable legislature among others.

There was a rude awakening in the history of man as civil populations rose up to demand accountability and overthrow undemocratic leaders such as the Arab spring. And this gives those in power the opportunity to deepen democracy and make governance benefit the electorates. For President Obama, new global challenges call for global solutions.

This is why forty-six leaders across the world including President Atta Mills declared the Open Government Partnership which requires greater civic participation in governance, run a responsible and open government, prudent economic management of national resources and to increase access to information.

Clearly, the Open Government Partnership does not only come to complement government’s efforts at deepening democracy but also affords a major breakthrough as their counterparts get on board to ensure freer and better societies for human dignity. 

Source: Castle Osu