On June 22, the Anti-Corruption Agency with the support of the OSCE launched a two-day training session on the theme ‘Developing the open data ecosystem, enhancing a culture of openness, transparency and accountability.’
The event is organized in order to fulfill the tasks assigned to the Agency by the recently adopted Decree of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan ‘On measures to introduce a system to increase and assess the level of openness of the activities of government agencies and organizations.’ One of the tasks is the effective organization of training and advanced training of employees of government agencies and organizations responsible for ensuring openness, with the involvement of international organizations and foreign experts.
More than 40 civil servants responsible for ensuring openness from more than 20 ministries and departments take part in the training session.
At the opening ceremony, Akmal Burkhanov, Director of the Anti-Corruption Agency of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and Eni Gjergji, Economic Adviser, OSCE, Office of the Coordinator of Economic and Environmental Activities, delivered a welcoming speech.
The Agency Director noted, Uzbekistan attaches great importance to open data as an important tool for government transparency and a factor contributing to the development of the digital economy. In particular, on June 16, 2021, the President signed the Decree ‘On additional measures to ensure the openness of the activities of government agencies and organizations, as well as the effective implementation of public control.’
By the Decree, the Agency established the Department for ensuring openness of activities of government agencies and organizations. Permanent commissions on issues of information policy and ensuring openness in local government bodies started operating under the regional, district and city Councils of people’s representatives.
The Agency has established a system of continuous monitoring of the timely placement of socially significant information as open data in designated resources approved by the Decree.
On June 14, 2022, another document developed by the Agency was adopted - Decree of the President No154 ‘On measures to introduce a system to increase and assess the level of openness of the activities of government agencies and organizations’, which approved the Methodology for monitoring and assessing the openness of the activities of government agencies and organizations, contributing to the formation of the Openness Index. OSCE experts also provided expert assistance in the development of this methodology.
The Agency’s specialists familiarize the training participants in detail with the content and essence of the Decree, share information on how the Openness Index is formed, in what order the monitoring and assessment of the openness of the activities of government agencies and organizations are carried out, and also talk about the tasks and powers of the Anti-Corruption Agency in these processes.
The two-day training program also includes other important topics aimed at building the capacity of government officials in the field of open data policy and mechanisms for its implementation.
In particular, on the first day, the participants learned about the difference between public and open data, the main stages of introducing open data in public institutions, and open data formats.
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