Kenya hosted more than 16 African countries last week at forum in Mombasa to promote government transparency and information sharing with the public. The open government forum allowed delegates from governments, civil societies and NGOs to share their experiences in rolling out open data initiatives.
“We are proud to be hosting this forum that brings together top brains from different countries to help improve the standards of this initiative both as individual countries and as a region,” said Communications Permanent Secretary Dr. Bitange Ndemo.
Kenyan officials added that citizens play an important role in the effort to improve open governance.
“Citizens must be engaged in developing solutions for effective public sector delivery,” said Dr. Fred Matiangí, Cabinet Secretary for Information and Communication Technology (ICT). “We must use our own experiences and recent history to contribute to the discourse on open governance and knowledge society.”
Kenya is a member of the Open Government Partnership, an initiative which helps governments to become more transparent and increase access to information.