The Open Government Partnership(OGP) Caucus in Ghana’s parliament on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, has been duly inaugurated by the Rt. Hon Speaker of Ghana’s 8th Parliament of the Fourth Republic, S. K. Alban Bagbin

“I now have the honor and the pleasure to declare Parliament’s Open Government Partnership (OGP) Caucus duly inaugurated.” he declared

The OGP globally with a member of 77 countries which Ghana happens to be a member has played significant roles in promoting good governance by advancing the principles of transparency, accountability, and citizen participation. It has brought governments and civil society organizations together to work closely in co-creating effective, transparent, and more responsive governance systems.

Its principle of transparency has encouraged governments to commit to the disclosure of information including budgets and contracts among others. This promotes public trust in state institutions, which helps to prevent corruption and empowers citizens to hold governments accountable.

Senior Presidential Advisor/Chairman of the National OGP steering committee, Hon. Yaw Osafo Maafo in his remarks at the inauguration ceremony stated that it is in the interest of Ghana to promote transparency, openness and if parliament takes it seriously, it will help the whole country to do it easily.

He noted that Ghana having joined the OGP in September 2011, has developed and implemented four action plans and a process is underway to develop the fifth which will be outdoor by the end of December.

“With the inauguration of the OGP caucus, I am confident that parliament will be better positioned to play the oversight role of the National OGP commitment,” he said

In his address and official inauguration of the OGP Caucus, Rt. Hon. S. K. Alban stresses that while Parliament is advocating for open government reforms, especially by the Executive and Judicial arms of government, Parliament must also take steps to design and implement reforms to make the legislature open, transparent, and engaging, when it comes to citizens.

He therefore disclosed that it is for this reason that Parliament is in the process of finalizing its Open Parliament Action Plan to help achieve the commitments and milestones in the Fifth National Action Plan that will be completed this year for implementation.

“I am happy to announce that the plan will soon be finalized and launched” he asserted

Additionally, Members of Parliament he noted can engage OGP stakeholders including civil society organizations, and leverage oversight tools such as parliamentary questions to ensure that commitments made in National Action Plans are implemented.

“Today, we stand at the threshold of making history as one of the few parliaments in the world that has established an OGP Caucus to advance the cause of OGP in Ghana. The Caucus is made up of Members of Parliament who are committed to the principles of OGP and are ready to champion its cause in Ghana. I have no doubt that the work of the Caucus will distinguish the Parliament of Ghana within the OGP community.”

Below is the list of the 10 Members Of the OGP Caucus in Parliament

Hon. Emmanuel Kwasi Bedzrah(MP-Ho West)
HON. AMA POMAA BOATENG(MP-JUABEN)
Hon. Rockson-Nelson Etse Kwami Dafeamekpor(MP-SOUTH DAYI)
HON. DAKOA NEWMAN(MP-OKAIKWEI SOUTH)
HON. KINGSLEY NYARKO(MP- KWADASO)
Hon. Rita Naa Odoley Sowah(MP-La Dadekotopn)
Hon. Hamza Adam(MP-Kumbungu)
HON. AGNES NAA MOMO LARTEY(MP-KROWOR)
HON. SULEMAN ADAMU SANID(MP- AHAFO ANO NORTH )
HON. ALEXANDER AKWASI ACQUAH(MP-AKIM ODA)

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