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2018 Open Government Partnership held in Seoul to shed light on participatory democracy

Arirang News
Arirang News
'2018 열린정부파트너십 아태 지역회의', 참여 민주주의 활성화 방안 찾는다

The goal of Open Government Partnership is to improve citizen participation in politics.
This week, in Seoul, the OGC held its first Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting for 2018.
Yoon Jung-min sheds light on some of the key discussion topics.
As more and more citizens around the world are taking an active part in politics, reformers are looking for ways to ensure dialogue between governments and society.
The Open Government Partnership Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting 2018 takes place in Seoul on Monday and Tuesday, with participants discussing ways to promote citizens' involvement in political decisions.
This year's OGP meeting was jointly organized by South Korea's interior and safety ministry. Some 600 participants including government officials, lawmakers, professors and citizens discussed ways to promote democracy.
The Korean government also shared its efforts toward an open government.
"After inauguration, our government opened Gwanghwamun 1st Street... a communication platform for citizens... at Gwanghwamun Square. Some 1.2 million citizens proposed 180 thousand policies over a 100-day period."
This year's meeting also encompasses other democratic issues... including raising public access to the legal system, improving governance to improve the quality of life, and fighting against corruption.
"...With the idea that if you carefully listen to what citizens have to say, what they want out of the government, and you respond to that as a government, you will get a better government, more effective government, credible government."
"...People with technology and IT infra, so open data and e-government is providing the resources and a platform for citizen participation in their own way."
The Open Government Partnership hopes this year's meeting will provide more practical advice for citizen engagement in politics.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.

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