Azerbaijan possesses good basic conditions in order to be an active participant in the Open Government Partnership (OGP), which was presented in New York on Tuesday, an independent economist Ingilab Ahmedov told Trend. Azerbaijan joined the official launch of Open Government Partnership (OGP) on Sept. 20, dining the 66lh UN General Assembly, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov's letter to U.S Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. The text of the letter was published on the OGP website.
"I am sure that Azerbaijan will become an active participant of this global initiative, thereby setting an example for other countries," said Ahmedov. He said this is a very good chance for the state, since this process stimulates the improvement of state governance system.
The global initiative, which was joined by the leading countries worldwide, will create an infrastructure of activities of these countries, which will enable to ensure transparency and raise responsibility of their governments in taking crucial decisions through involving civil society.
"Minimum criteria for this initiative are fiscal transparency, free access to information, public availability of data on incomes of officials and civil society involvement in decision-making process," said Ahmedov.
Innovative and technological capabilities, which will provide broad access to information, also assume great importance in Obama's initiative. Countries' accession to the initiative requires access to any information of public importance.
"Thus, all these criteria will ensure the transparency of government's activities, enable to monitor the management of public resources," said Ahmedov.
He said currently Azerbaijan's Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies is actively working to create "E-government", which is very handy in light of providing the necessary technical and technological infrastructure within the initiative.
Azerbaijan's active participation in EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative), where the country takes one of the leading positions, also assumes great importance in joining this initiative.
"The initiative's member countries stated that Azerbaijan already has quite a successful experience of participation in EITI, where the country demonstrates consistently high rates," said Ahmedov.
On the other hand, the fact that the State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan, which has a good reputation in the international arena, can play a leading role in this initiative is of great importance, Ahmedov said.
About 46 countries, including Turkey, Ukraine, Georgia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Spain, Sweden and many other countries have already joined the OGP.