For Thierry Mandon, France's election to the Steering Committee for the Open Government Partnership is "another step to the digital transformation of the State".
Thierry Mandon and Axelle Lemaire hail France's election to the steering committee of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). A new opportunity has been given to France to have its voice heard at the international level regarding the transformation of the public action, especially digital.
Launched in 2011, this organisation brings together the governments and civil societies of 64 different countries. Its aim is to promote the reform of the State, the transparency of the public action and the open government, to reinforce public integrity, to fight against corruption and to promote digital tools for a more responsive and efficient State.
"This election is an opportunity for France but we will be judged on the results. By joining this committee, we will be able to share the fruit of our experiences and innovations with the member countries. We will thus contribute to expanding the international community of the modernisers of the State; it is both a fine and useful ambition" observed Thierry Mandon, who will represent France at the handover of the steering committee, which will take place in New York on 24 September 2014.
"Transparency of the public action, governance open to public participation and the digital reinvention of public services are essential values to be promoted both in France and internationally. France has a single voice to be heard: it believes in our model of public services, in its future in the digital age and in the alliance between citizens and innovative eco-systems", added Axelle Lemaire.
The election of France, which recently joined the OGP, is recognition of our partners of the progress already made. The Government's commitment to the modernisation of the public action and the transformation of the State, especially thanks to the tools and values of the digital arena, is complete. After having inaugurated, in December 2013, a new version of the data.gouv.fr portal, the first portal providing access to public data open to the contributions of citizens, and then holding the Paris Conference on open data and open government this past April, France is thus continuing with its efforts towards a more open, more transparent and more efficient State. This year, France will be commencing the participative development of an action plan that will then be presented to our partners and assessed by the OGP.