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Liberia At Open Government Summit In Paris
MONROVIA, December 8 (LINA) – Liberia is among about 70 nations attending the 4th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit convening in Paris.
The Liberian delegation is headed by Deputy Information Minister and the Liberian Government OGP Focal Person, Mr. Andrew Tehmeh and includes Liberian Ambassador to France, Dr. C. William Allen, Minister Counselor Isaac C. Yeah, Liberia Agency for Community Empowerment (LACE) Executive Director Julius Sele, and Mr. Darlington Senve Tehmeh of the Ministry of Information.
French President Francois Hollande officially opened the Summit Wednesday, with over a dozen heads of state, thousands of civil society leaders and other high-level government reformers attending.
He called for greater openness in government to serve as a countervailing force to rising authoritarianism and receding civic space in many parts of the world.
President Hollande, who is the current OGP government co-chair and summit host, reminded guests of the current global geopolitical backdrop and called on civil society everywhere to demand more transparency, more consultation by rejecting corruption and fraud in government.
The French President said citizens the world over are demonstrating their desire to engage, to be listened to, to participate in public life and to help build their societies.
Over 3,000 participants are attending the three-day event, to advance crucial open government issues such as the fight against corruption, opening up public contracts, harnessing the data revolution for the collective good, and encouraging public participation in climate change policies.
He said considerable efforts aimed at working together to renew democracy in order to become more open, participatory and impactful, thus making democracy a symbol of hope and change in the lives of citizens of the world.