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“Transparency Azerbaijan” Anti-corruption Public Association, the local chapter of “Transparency International”, presented the monitoring report on implementation of the “Open Government Partnership Initiative National Action Plan 2012 – 2015”. The report was produced within the framework of Azerbaijan Partnership for Transparency Project funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The purpose of the event was to present the outcomes of the monitoring report to public and to arrange constructive discussion on the initiatives of the government on combating corruption, with the participation of representatives of the state agencies, members of the Platform of the Azerbaijan Partnership for Transparency and representatives of other civil society organizations.
Rena Safaralieva, Executive Director of Transparency Azerbaijan, made opening speech and gave general information about the report. She noted that 2015 was the final year of the implementation of the Open Government Initiative National Action Plan for 2012-2015 (NAP) approved by the Presidential decree. The present report assessed the implementation status of all commitments in accordance with the appropriate monitoring methodology.
The OGP expert group of Transparency Azerbaijan presented the report, explained its methodology and revealed the results and further recommendations. Rejeb Imanov, a member of the expert group noted that according to the monitoring results, two areas out of nine have received maximum scores and they are: “Increase in transparency of tax control and examination” and “increase of transparency in extractive industry”. The results of the implementation in these areas were equal to the average scores. The lowest score was recorded in the 1st area, “facilitation of access to information” – the average score here was 3, but the result of the monitoring was 1.4.
The second part of the roundtable with the participation of representatives of governmental and non-governmental institutions was organized in an interactive mode. The authors of the report addressed the questions and comments by the participants. Participants emphasized the importance of the report in terms of increasing transparency in different state agencies. The Commission on Combating Corruption of the Republic of Azerbaijan and other governmental and non-governmental institutions were provided with the copies of the report.