Dar urged to get membership of Open Government Partnership restored

ISLAMABAD: A civil society organisation has written to the Minister for Finance and Revenue Ishaq Dar to get Pakistan’s membership of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) restored.

In the letter, Executive Director Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) Mukhtar Ahmad Ali expressed concerns regarding the revocation of Pakistan’s OGP membership due to the government’s failure to submit its National Action Plan (NAP) within the given deadline.

“As a civil society organisation that advocates for transparency and accountability in the government sector, CPDI considers OGP an essential platform for highlighting reforms that can open public sector institutions for greater public participation and accountability,” letter stated.

The letter acknowledges the positive steps taken during Ishaq Dar’s previous tenure as Finance Minister such as joining the OGP in 2016 and publishing the tax directory of elected representatives to promote transparency and accountability in the country.