The Minister for Public Service and Administration, Ayanda Dlodlo,
participated in the Fifth OGP Global Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia, from the 17
to 19 July 2018.
The OGP is a multi-national initiative dedicated to
strengthening the principles of open and transparent government, enhancing
co-creation and citizen engagement, fighting corruption, as well as
fostering innovation in public service delivery.
The Minister addressed a high-level panel on "Rebooting the Public Service"
during which she focused on the successes of South Africa's innovations,
which are designed to bring the Government closer to the people and improve
public service delivery performance.
"The OGP is an important platform to gain meaningful citizen engagement
strategies that bring citizens closer to government and to also include them
in important government decision-making platforms, from local to national
level. The people's Government must be open, it must be transparent and it
must be inclusive for it to truly be a government by the people for the
people", Minister Dlodlo said.
The Minister was joined by the CEO of GovChat, Eldrid Jordaan. GovChat is
South Africa's largest civic engagement platform, which enables citizens to
speak directly to government and their elected public representatives at no
cost, while also allowing government to receive critical service
delivery-related feedback in real time. This platform is uniquely an OGP
partnership, which the Government is pleased to be a part of.