PHNOM PENH, October 16, (Khmer Times) – Civil Society Organizations have encouraged the government of Cambodia to take measures that will enable the country to join the Open Government Partnership (OGP).
OGP is an international organization promoting the multilateral “commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.”
Pech Pisey, program director at Transparency International Cambodia, said that in order to pursue OGP membership, the government of Cambodia must pass laws on the freedom of access to information and witness protection. These laws are vital in the fight against corruption, he said.
Cooperation Committee for Cambodia’s Soeung Saroeun added that joining the OGP would enhance the reputation of the government and increase the confidence of the citizenry. It also promotes equity, improves the economic environment and encourages sustainable development.
“I hope that Cambodia will become a member of OGP soon because the government is working hard on reforms,” Mr. Soeung Saroeun said.
Independent analyst Kem Ley said that membership in OGP would bring numerous benefits to Cambodia. “OGP is a tool to enhance the efficiency of good governance by the Royal Government of Cambodia,” he said.
Attending the event were representatives from the Cooperation Committee for Cambodia, Transparency International Cambodia, the SILAKA Organization, The Advocacy and Policy Institute and the Khmer Youth Association.
According to a report, seven government representatives also attended the conference, but left during the first coffee break.