Ghana Joined the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in September 2011.
“The Open Government Partnership is an international initiative that seeks to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, enhance citizen’s participation, promote accountability and adopt new technologies to enhance good governance.
Within the framework of promoting state-civil society collaboration, the OGP is governed by a Global Steering Committee comprising representatives of government and civil society organizations.
The Member of Parliament for Ho West Constituency, Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah is a member of the Steering Committee of the National Open Government Partnership (OGP) and acting as a representative of The Parliamentary of Ghana.
He is the contact person for “Right to Information” and “Anti-Corruption Transparency”
In accordance with the October, 2017 National Action Plan for The Republic of Ghana, the 1992 Constitution of Ghana guarantees to all the right to information, among many other rights. Efforts to pass the Right to Information Bill commenced almost two decades now and the commitment is to pass the Right to Information Bill to enable the right to information.
In regards to The Anti – Corruption Transparency, ‘one of the major strategies initiated by the Government of Ghana to address corruption is a National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACAP) developed and adopted as a non-partisan strategy for a ten-year implementation period. To minimize the misuse of entrusted power for private gain, there is the need to pass all outstanding anti-corruption enhancing bills and also ensure that anti-corruption institutions and quasi security agencies report on their activities. For example, asset declaration by public office holders in its current form is not meaningful when it comes to transparency. Public office holders need to be transparent when it comes to asset declaration. The key issues regarding asset declaration by public office holders relate to asset declaration, verification, and publication’.