To Move up to a New Stage – Open­ness Rank­ing

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - TODAY IN UZBEKISTAN - Igor Ch­ernykh

En­sur­ing the open­ness of the ac­tiv­i­ties of pub­lic au­thor­i­ties and gov­er­nance is one of the im­por­tant mech­a­nisms for de­moc­ra­ti­za­tion of the sys­tem of pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion in Uzbek­istan. In the Strat­egy of Ac­tions, the open­ness of gov­ern­ment bod­ies, in­tro­duc­tion of modern forms of pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion re­lat­ing to the rights, free­doms and le­git­i­mate in­ter­ests of in­di­vid­u­als and cor­po­rate en­ti­ties is de­fined as a pri­or­ity.

The nor­ma­tive ba­sis for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of large-scale mea­sures in this sphere are the con­sti­tu­tional norms that en­sure the open­ness of the ac­tiv­i­ties of gov­ern­ment agen­cies, as well as the Law on the open­ness of the ac­tiv­i­ties of pub­lic au­thor­i­ties and ad­min­is­tra­tion, adopted in 2014. It pro­vides le­gal guar­an­tees for cit­i­zens’ ac­cess to socially sig­nif­i­cant in­for­ma­tion, de­ter­mines the forms and methods for en­sur­ing the trans­parency of state bod­ies, es­tab­lishes clear mech­a­nisms for in­for­ma­tion in­ter­ac­tion be­tween state bod­ies and so­ci­ety.

With a view to im­ple­ment­ing this law, in­creas­ing the ef­fec­tive­ness of gov­ern­ment agen­cies, a Cab­i­net of Min­is­ters res­o­lu­tion has been adopted aimed at im­ple­ment­ing the pro­vi­sions of the men­tioned le­gal act. In ac­cor­dance with the doc­u­ment, a Pub­lic Coun­cil for the co­or­di­na­tion and mon­i­tor­ing ac­tiv­i­ties was formed to en­sure the open­ness of the gov­ern­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tion bod­ies, and methods of mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion of the open­ness of pub­lic au­thor­i­ties and ad­min­is­tra­tion units have been worked out, so have reg­u­la­tions to en­sure trans­parency of gov­ern­ment agen­cies.

Pub­lic Coun­cil car­ried out work on the mon­i­tor­ing and eval­u­a­tion of the open­ness of pub­lic au­thor­i­ties and man­age­ment bod­ies, and sys­tem­at­i­cally pub­lished rat­ings of “open­ness in­dex” of gov­ern­ment agen­cies as of Jan­uary 1 and July 1, 2017, and Jan­uary 1, 2018.

It is im­por­tant to note that at the first stage the method­ol­ogy was used, the main pur­pose of which was the im­ple­men­ta­tion of in­cen­tive mea­sures for the cre­ation and de­vel­op­ment of in­sti­tu­tional and in­fras­truc­tural bases for en­sur­ing open­ness in state bod­ies. At the same time, more at­ten­tion was paid to the is­sues whether es­sen­tial reg­u­la­tory acts have been adopted in state in­sti­tu­tions that en­sure the open­ness of their ac­tiv­i­ties, if there are any stands for post­ing in­for­ma­tion on ac­tiv­i­ties, whether the web­site of the gov­ern­ment body is in com­pli­ance with the re­quire­ments of the leg­is­la­tion.

Anal­y­sis of the open­ness in­dex of gov­ern­ment bod­ies shows that mon­i­tor­ing of the pro­cesses of open­ness yields pos­i­tive re­sults. Thus, from mea­sure­ment to mea­sure­ment, the av­er­age value of the in­dex for all agen­cies has been grow­ing, and now it ex­ceeds the re­quired min­i­mum ac­cept­able fig­ure.

In ac­cor­dance with the de­ci­sion of the ex­pert com­mit­tee of the Pub­lic Coun­cil, all this makes it nec­es­sary to move to the sec­ond phase of the eval­u­a­tion sys­tem, aimed at im­prov­ing qual­i­ta­tive and quan­ti­ta­tive in­di­ca­tors. In the frame­work of this method­ol­ogy, em­pha­sis will be placed on the ac­ti­va­tion of ac­tiv­i­ties to en­sure open­ness: hold­ing a large num­ber of press con­fer­ences and brief­ings by the heads of bod­ies, pub­lish­ing ma­te­ri­als in the me­dia, ef­fec­tive pres­ence in so­cial net­works, and dis­sem­i­na­tion of in­for­ma­tion in elec­tronic for­mats.

Ac­cord­ing to this method, the ac­tiv­i­ties of state bod­ies will be eval­u­ated as early as July 1, 2018. The rat­ing of the open­ness in­dex will con­tinue to be pub­lished on the gov­ern­ment por­tal of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan and on the of­fi­cial web­site of the Pub­lic Coun­cil at the ad­dress: www.ochiq­lik.uz.

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