Thursday, 22 March 2012 17:32
As part of the Open Government Day in Skopje, on March 21, 2012, the Minister of Information Society and Administration of Republic of Macedonia Ivo Ivanovski promoted the Draft National Action Plan, as part of the Open Government Partnership Initiative, inviting all stakeholders from the governmental, business, civic and academic sectors to jointly contribute to its completion.
The Open Government Day included a one-day conference with over 100 participants, and parallel discussion via Twitter via the hashtag #opengovmk.
The British Ambassador to Macedonia Christopher Ivon, the Director of World Bank office in Macedonia, Lilia Burunciuc, WB Program Coordinator Oleg Petrov took part in the event opening [mk] alongside Minister Ivanovski. They all emphasized the importance of the open government concept as integral part of development of modern democratic system and the market economy, expressing support for Macedonia's efforts in this area.
During the working part foreign and domestic experts stirred the debate on open government and open data, i.e. public data that the authorities make more accessible through new technologies. Jeff Kaplan from the USA and Andrew Stott from the UK relayed international experiences, while prof. Dimitar Trajanov from FINKI shared the insight of the Macedonia's academic community.
MISA representatives Marija Nikoloska and Irena Bojadžievska presented the OGP Draft-Action Plan [mk, en], followed by discussion with the representatives of various sectors. Some of the main points included that open government and open data are not just IT issues, but related to institution management and legal framework; implementation of Freedom of Information (FOI) Law – The Law on Free Access to Information of Public Character is crucial for the whole process and for the overall advancement of active citizen participation. Important factors include education of the population (related to bridging the digital divides) and the development of trust between all stakeholders.
MISA invited all interested parties to submit their suggestions and remarks about the Action Plan via e-mail (to marija.nikoloska and irena.bojadzievska, both @mioa.gov.mk). The following discussion channels are also open and will continue to serve the OGP process:
- LinkedIn: Macedonia Open Government Community discussion group, with Macedonian, English and Albanian as working languages, part of the global Open Development Technology Alliance, whose member from Macedonia is Metamorphosis Foundation.
- Ping.mk: the group on Open Government opengov [mk], providing means for public documentation of the links to relevant articles and documents, also enabling discussions.
The day after, Free Software Macedonia, one of the NGOs present at the event, posted their contribution to the discussion [mk] publicly online.
Presentations from the event: