OGP Community Imbizo, Richards Bay

17 September 2015, Canefields Country House, Empangeni, Richards Bay

The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), through the Chief-Directorate: International Co-operation Programme and Public Participation, interacted with different stakeholders on Open Government Partnership (OGP) and African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) at Canefields Country House, Empangeni in Richards Bay on 17September 2015.

In presenting the progress report on APRM and update on the 2nd generation review, Chief Director for Public Participation, Mr. Thokozani Thusi said, "Out of the 35 member states of the APRM, 18 reviews for the first leg have been conducted". Ms. Qinisile Delwa of International Co-operation Programme in the DPSA presented the updates on the OGP Third Country Action Plan.

Mr. Looks Matoto representing the civil society made the presentation about the updates on the civil society organisations activities on OGP.

During the meeting, transparency and accountability as it constitute APRM and OGP was thoroughly discussed in order to have the government that is people centred.

APRM, as the early warning system of the government, identifies events that might happen in the country and make recommendations. "The APRM identified in 2007 the possibilities of xenophobic attacks and reported to the government," said Mr. Matoto.

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