Public Access Commitment Database - October 2019
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Commitment Unique IdentifierCountry/LocalityAction Plan NumberCommitment NumberCodeRegionNational Or LocalCommitment DummyYear Of SubmissionThemeCommitment TitleShort TitleFull TextStart DateEnd DateLead InstitutionSupporting Institution(s)Anti-corruption InstitutionsConflicts Of Interest Asset DisclosureAudits & ControlsWhistleblower ProtectionsPublication Of Budget/Fiscal InformationPublic Participation In Budget/Fiscal PolicyOversight Of Budget/Fiscal PoliciesE-petitionsSocial Accountability Measures & Feedback LoopsPublic ParticipationFreedom of AssemblyFreedom of AssociationDefending Journalists and Activists / ExpressionCivic Space and Enabling EnvironmentOpen Contracting & ProcurementBeneficial OwnershipRight To InformationRecords ManagementOpen DataElections & Political FinanceLobbyingLaw Enforcement & JusticePublic Service DeliveryE-governmentCapacity BuildingLegislation & RegulationOpen RegulationsPrivate SectorLegislatureSubnationalJudiciaryMedia & TelecommunicationsEducationHealth & NutritionCitizenship & ImmigrationWelfare & Social SecurityWater & SanitationInfrastructure & TransportSecurityExtractive IndustriesEnvironment & ClimateLand & Spatial PlanningLaborScience & TechnologyGenderSustainable Development GoalsHuman RightsMarginalized CommunitiesAidOGPJusticeOpen Data (Water/Sanitation)Open Data (Health)Open Data (Education)Participation in LawmakingFiscal OpennessChecksumReport Publication Year (Progress Report)CompoundClusterSpecificity_SpecificityOGP Value Access To InformationOGP Value Civic ParticipationOGP Value Public AccountabilityOGP Value Technology_RelevantPotential Impact_Potential ImpactCompletion (Progress Report)_CompletionProgressStarred (Pre-June 2014 Assessments)Starred (2015 Only)Starred (Current Formula) Progress ReportReport Publication Year (End Of Term)Completion (End Of Term)_CompletionEndTermChange In Completion_ChangeCompletionDid It Open Government (Overall)_OpenGovernmentDid It Open Government (Access To Information)
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AF0001Afghanistan11AFGAsia PacificNational12017NARevising and Implementing the Mechanism of Public Partnership in Inspection ProcessMechanism of Public Partnership in Inspection ProcessWhat is the public problem that the commitment will address?: Lack of public participation in the inspection processes has lowered transparency, accountability and public access to information, and undermined public oversight over performance of governmental entities. This situation may pave the ground for corruption, challenging delivery of public services. In absence of public oversight over inspection processes, there are chances that facts are concealed based on conspiracy and compromise between inspectors and authorities under inspection. This eventually increases corruption and undermines public service delivery.; What is the commitment?: High Inspection Office has previously developed a mechanism for public partnership in the inspection process without the involvement of media and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). However, as demanded by CSOs in the consultative meetings of Open Governance Partnership-Afghanistan, the office committed to revising, finalizing and implementing the mentioned mechanism in partnership with CSOs. This mechanism has not been implemented as civil society organizations and media were not involved in its formulation. Revision of the mechanism with the participation of civil society organizations and media will enrich the mechanism and facilitates its implementation. It is expected that implementation of this mechanism ensure public oversight over inspection process, enhancing transparency and accountability in public service delivery to minimize chances of corruption.; How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?: Revision and implementation of this mechanism would enable CSOs and media to participate in the process. Once the commitment is implemented, the mentioned organizations will become part of the process through having oversight over government performance. Additionally, with the implementation of this commitment, training courses will be held for a number of representatives from CSOs and media on their part in the joint inspection process. These courses will enhance their capacities to actively participate in the joint inspection processes during and after the implementation of the mechanism in question. Implementation of this commitment is expected to prevent inspectors and authorities under inspection from any compromise over concealing facts in major cases. This will eventually enhance transparency and accountability in public service through restricting chances of corruption.; Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?: This commitment has relevancy with different values of Open Government Partnership. First, once put into practice, the mentioned mechanism will ensure public participation in inspection processes. Second, engagement of CSOs and media in the inspection processes will result in enhanced transparency and accountability in government’s activities.; Additional information: The necessary fund for implementing this commitment is provided through a World Bank-supported project in Afghanistan, i.e. Fiscal Support Performance (FSP), for a period of four years. This commitment is consistent with Afghanistan Peace and Development Framework and IP-ARTF as one of the benchmarks of World Bank1/1/20188/31/2019High Inspection OfficePublic Accounting Commission at Lower House and World Bank, Civil society organizations and media0000000001100000000000000100000010000000000000000000000004NRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNR
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AF0002Afghanistan12AFGAsia PacificNational12017NAAmendment of the Law on Processing, Publishing and Enforcing Legislative DocumentsLaw on Processing, Publishing and Enforcing Legislative DocumentsWhat is the public problem that the commitment will address?: LPPELD is a law which includes the step-by-step articulations of how a bill should be drafted, processed and turned in to law in Afghanistan. This means that all legislations should be developed and processed based on LPPELD. Unfortunately however, the LPPELD does not include a layer based on which the bills should be consulted with CSOs on behalf of the citizens. Given the notion that what affects public lives should be consulted with public is undermined in the legislation development processes in Afghanistan. This existence can lead to development and passage of laws which can negatively impact public lives and well-being, including social inclusion and rule of law.; What is the commitment?: To remedy this shortcoming, the ministry of justice has been mandated in the Open Government Partnership meetings to amend LPPELD with a purpose to allow CSOs in the scrutiny of all bills. It is expected by amendment of LPPELD CSOs will gain a platform to participate in the scrutiny of all bills in Afghanistan thereby ensuring that the voices of public are represented in the legislative process, ultimately strengthening the rule of law. To do so, the ministry of justice of Afghanistan will take the LPPELD to a consultative meeting with CSO’s in order to identify at what stage of the bill development the CSOs should be involved for scrutiny. Taking the CSOs consultations into account, amendments to the LPPELD will be prepared and put into discussion in the legislative committee meeting of the cabinet. Upon approval of LPPELD by the cabinet, it will be presented to and endorsed by the parliament of the country.; How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?: The amendment of LPPELD as mentioned above will ensure the CSOs long-lasting participation in the legislation making processes in the country, thereby bridging the gap between the public and government, strengthening the rule of law and values of participatory democracy.; Why the commitment is relevant to OGP values?: This commitment represents public participation, holds the legislative process accountable and ensures transparency in the legislation making processes.; Additional information: This commitment will be funded by Ministry of Justice. This commitment is in line with MoJ’s Justice Sector National Reform Program1/1/20188/31/2019Ministry of Justice (MoJ)National Assembly, Relevant CSOs, private sector, Law Practitioners Union, Afghanistan Independent Bar Association0000000000100000000001000010010000000000000000000000000104NRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNR
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AF0003Afghanistan13AFGAsia PacificNational12017NAEstablishing Special Courts to address Violence against Women (VaW) Crimes in 12 Provinces of
the Country
Courts to Address Violence Against WomenWhat is the public problem that the commitment will address?: Given the socio-cultural context of Afghanistan, women would feel comfortable if their VaW cases are addressed through especial VaW courts in presence of female judges. Currently, VaW cases are addressed through Criminal Department (Dewan-e Jaza) in 19 provinces of Afghanistan and in the remaining 15 provinces, VaW cases are addressed by VaW special courts. This situation can undermine inclusive access to justice within the country.; What is the commitment?: In order to address this challenge, Supreme Court of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan committed, during the consultative meetings of Open Government Partnership-Afghanistan Forum, to establish 12 more VaW special courts in 12 provinces of the country in collaboration with CSOs. Established special courts to address VaW crimes are expected to increase women’s access to justice in the mentioned provinces, address and reduce VaW crimes.; How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?: First, implementation of this commitment would contribute to inclusive access to quality judicial services in the 12 provinces. Second, the special courts in the provinces will be supported by legal organizations such as Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA), women rights networks, women rights advocacy organizations, MoWA and AIHRC to ensure women access to justice. Supreme Court of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will organize training sessions for CSOs in Kabul and 12 provinces to raise their awareness about the mandate and jurisdiction of VaW special courts, and will request them to transfer this information to the general public. This will prevent VaW cases from staying on the table and encourage people to use these courts to address VaW crimes. Third, these courts will better address VaW crimes according to applicable laws of Afghanistan, contributing to decreased VaW crimes and enhanced rule of law in the country.; Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?: Establishment of the special courts will ensure that women have unhindered access. Further, the functionality of special courts will prevent the accumulation VaW cases in the supreme court thereby not only increasing access but also the accountability. These courts are mandated to work with AIBA, women rights networks and AIHRC to make sure cases are dealt with in just and timely manner. Moreover, the aforesaid CSOs can attend the trials within the scope of law. Given all said, the commitment is relevant to public participation, accountability and transparency.; Additional information: Necessary fund for implementing this commitment will be provided from the budget of Supreme Court and through international donor agencies. This commitment is relevant with National Justice and Judicial Reform Program.1/1/20188/31/2019Supreme CourtMoWA, AIHRC, AIBA, women rights networks and women rights advocacy networks0000000000100000000000000000001100000000000001000001000004NRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNR
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AF0004Afghanistan14AFGAsia PacificNational12017NADeveloping Public-Police Partnership CouncilsPublic-Police Partnership CouncilsWhat is the public problem that the commitment will address?: In the present situation of the country, there is growing gap and mistrust between police and the public. People have limited collaboration with police in provision of security, public order and law enforcement, owing to lack of structures that can facilitate publicpolice partnership and police accountability. In order to address this challenge, MoI has established and operationalized 23 public-police partnership councils in 23 provinces of the country, which has increased public engagement in provision of security and public order, thereby decreasing gap between police and the public. Based on the lessons learned and as requested by CSOs during consultative meetings of Open Government Partnership-Afghanistan, MoI decided to expand public-police partnership councils to remaining 11 provinces of the country and operationalize them in these provinces. The functions of these councils in the 11 provinces will be expanded to ensure that the police forces are held accountable by the councils.; What is the commitment?: Public-police partnership councils are composed of tribal elders, influential persons, youth, women, university professors, religious scholars and university students. Membership in these councils is based on an elections procedure. Public-police partnership councils collaborate with police in the following areas: prioritizing security and safety challenges at provincial and district level; police reports made available to the councils on the progress made in addressing the security and safety challenges that have been prioritized; council members report on public complaints on police corruption and misconduct to the council and police take the necessary actions and report back to the council on the progress; dispute resolution and decreasing crimes at local level; and facilitating police-initiated awareness programs for citizens. Instead, police will provide information about how its services are delivered, to these councils, and through them, to citizens and demand their collaboration; How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?: This commitment ensures public participation in prioritization of security and safety challenges in their localities. In addition, publicpolice partnership councils will provide appropriate, practical solutions to the security challenges and collaborate with security organs in implementing them. Also, expansion of these councils to remaining 11 provinces will enhance collaboration and joint decision making by public and police authorities. In consultation with these councils, security institutions will be able to identify timely challenges in the related areas and recover public trust in security forces through addressing them. Through this process the loop between the council and the police will be closed as the police will have to demonstrate in their progress reports and actions taken to address security challenges and complaints identified by the public through the council. The feedback received plays a critical role in identifying whether the police are taking appropriate actions or not. This in itself creates a body of documentation, which otherwise, does not exist which can be used as proof of the effectiveness or ineffectiveness of the police. Implementation of this commitment is expected to improve security conditions in provinces and districts, resulting in enhanced public trust in national police through ensuring public engagement in delivering police-related services.; Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?: This commitment is related to public partnership, accountability and transparency: on one hand, the public-police partnership scheme is designed with participation of the public. On the other hand, the general public will play an effective role in identifying local security challenges and implementing solutions to them by using joint decision-making mechanism involving police and security institutions. Moreover, the police reports to the council on the necessary actions taken to address security challenges and public compliant. The minutes of the council’s session will be made available to the public via MoI website.; Additional information: The necessary budget for developing public-police partnership councils will be provided by UNDP’s MoI & Police Development (MPD) project. This commitment has relevancy with Afghanistan Peace and Development Framework as well as national priorities of MoI.1/1/20188/31/2019Ministry of InteriorLocal governance institutions, UNDP’s MoI & Police Development (MPD) project, Civil society organizations, international organizations, provincial councils0000000001100000000000011100001000000001000000001000000008NRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNR
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AF0005Afghanistan15AFGAsia PacificNational12017NARegistering, Publishing and Reviewing Assets of 100 High-ranking Government OfficialsRegistering Assets of Government OfficialsWhat is the public problem that the commitment will address?: Based on article 154 of Afghanistan’s Constitution and article 12 of the Law on Overseeing Implementation of Anti-Administrative Corruption Strategy, the HOOAC is obliged to register and publish assets of high-ranking officials. However, a number of officials have not completed their asset declaration forms for registration and publishing.
Incomplete registration process and lack of timely declaration and publication of officials’ assets undermines performance of the government, adversely affects access to information and paves the grounds for administrative corruption.; What is the commitment?: During a consultative meeting with Open Government Partnership-Afghanistan Forum, HOOAC is committed to registering, publishing and reviewing assets of 100 high-ranking officials who have never registered their assets, who have not followed the annual requirements of updating their registered assets, who have not provided adequate information regarding their assets, and those who lack cooperation in the follow up assessment of their registered assets. The above mentioned four broad areas of criteria correspond with the criteria stipulated in the Constitution of Afghanistan as well as article 12 of the Law on Overseeing Implementation of Anti-Administrative Corruption Strategy. This will promote transparency, public access to information and prevent from corruption in the public sector.
For this purpose, the office is intended to hold a joint session with the collaboration of CSOs for prioritizing 100 high-ranking officials whose assets ought to be registered and published in order to register and publish their assets. Implementation of this commitment is expected to increase transparency, enhance citizen’s access to information, prevent from corruption, and eventually promote public trust in the government.; How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?: Registration and publication of high-ranking officials’ assets will decrease grounds for misuse of office and illegal accumulation of assets by government officials. Additionally, the commitment will lead to increase transparency and public access to information.
In order to implement this commitment, HOOAC will prepare a list of high-ranking officials whose assets are not yet registered and published or need to be re-registered. Consequently, the office will complete the process in collaboration with CSOs once the list is prioritized. The office is intended to give a monitoring role to CSOs and media through publishing the list in its official website. It will then organize an awareness-raising session in order to inform the public from high-ranking officials’ assets. Implementation of this commitment will cause a decline in administrative corruption through enhancing transparency, accountability and rule of law.; Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?: This commitment is relevant to three values of Open Government Partnership: people would gain access to information through the publication of high-ranking officials’ declared assets. Public access to such information will ensure and promote transparency in performance of the government. Additionally, implementation of this commitment is made possible through the participation of CSOs, and access to information would enable the general public to hold the government accountable.; Additional information: The required fund for implementing this commitment is provided from the budget of High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption.
This commitment is consistent with Anti-Corruption Strategy.
1/1/20188/31/2019High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC)HR departments within ministries and governmental agencies, CSOs, citizens and media0010000000100000000000001100000000000000000000000000000004NRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNR
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AF0006Afghanistan16AFGAsia PacificNational12017NADeveloping and Implementing a Scheme for Establishing Health Service Accreditation Entity in
Afghanistan
Scheme for Establishing Health Service Accreditation EntityWhat is the public problem that the commitment will address?: Recent reports show that there is limited access to tertiary health services, while citizens complain about deterioration in service delivery standards and inappropriate attitude of health staff. This situation has declined level of trust between health service providers and their beneficiaries, which, in turn, increases the number of persons who travel to neighboring countries for treatment.; What is the commitment?: Given the abovementioned challenges, Ministry of Public Health of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan committed, during consultative meetings of OGP, to develop the health centers accreditation scheme in partnership with relevant CSOs. MoPH will establish Health Service Accreditation Entity based on this scheme.
It is expected that development of this scheme and consequent establishment of the accreditation entity lead to increased access to tertiary health services in Afghanistan. This will, in turn, increase public trust with health service providers and decrease number of individuals who ought to travel to neighboring countries for treatment.; How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?: MoPH will develop Health Service Accreditation Scheme in partnership with CSOs, including Afghanistan National Public Health Association, Hospitals Association, Afghan Midwives Association, Association of Private Health Institutes, National Public Health Institute, Association of Pharmacies and other relevant organizations that work on transparency and accountability in the public sector.
It is expected that development of this scheme facilitate establishment of Health Service Accreditation Entity. The first step to implement the commitment is to define service delivery standards at national level and deliver training to health centers’ (management and technical) staff. Second, implementation of these standards at health centers will be monitored in order to ensure beneficiaries’ satisfaction with availability and quality of services in each monitored centers. Third, based on monitoring findings, health centers will be ranked by the quality level of their service. Consequently, a ranking results report will be prepared and shared with citizens annually.
This will encourage competition among public and private health centers and cause the quality of health service delivery to increase, followed by increased access of citizens to quality health services.;
Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?: This commitment has relevancy with three values of Open Government Partnership: the health service delivery accreditation scheme is developed in partnership with relevant civil society organizations. On the other hand, conduction of beneficiary survey paves the way for public partnership and enhances transparency and accountability in health service delivery. The ministry of public health and evaluated health service providers will be mandated to make the ranking list of health service providers and fundamental health service standards accessible to public via their websites and through pamphlets.; Additional Information: The necessary fund for implementing this commitment will be provided from MoPH’s budget.
This commitment has relevancy with Goal 3 (ensure healthy lives and well-being) of SDGs.
This commitment is also relevant to Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework.
1/1/20188/31/2019Ministry of Public Health (MoPH)National Public Health Association, National Public Health Institute, Afghan Midwives Association, Association of Hospitals, Private Health Institutes Association, Pharmacies Association, other relevant CSOs that work on transparency and accountability in the public sector and international health organizations0000000001100000000000011110000000100000000000000000000007NRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNR
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AF0007Afghanistan17AFGAsia PacificNational12017NADeveloping Urban Improvement and Rehabilitation National PolicyUrban Improvement National PolicyWhat is the public problem that the commitment will address?: Lack of public service delivery in informal and unplanned urban areas has led to increased vulnerability of citizens; their denial to basic rights; heightened urban poverty; lack of infrastructure; lapse in social status; formation of social identity crisis; and increased environmental risks, and incurred staggering expenditures on the government, urban administration and broader society.; What is the commitment?: In order to address the abovementioned challenges, Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH) decided to develop and approve national urban improvement and rehabilitation policy in consultation with social and civic organizations.
It is expected that development of this policy will provide grounds for recognizing unplanned areas by the government in collaboration with the public. Under this policy, measures will be taken to prevent the growth of unplanned areas, given the factors that are contributing to this growth. This will restore basic rights of citizens and reduce their vulnerability. In addition, development of this policy will pave the grounds for investment and job generation for residents of informal, unplanned areas.; How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?: Development of this policy in collaboration with the relevant public sector departments as well as social and civic organizations will highlight the need for the establishment of Citizens Empowerment Offices at provincial level. Once this policy is approved by the cabinet, then the MUDH will develop an action plan for the policy with inputs from social and civic organizations.
This policy and the consequent action plan will provide legitimacy to implementing a detailed adjustment plan for informal and unplanned areas, under which unplanned areas will be included in planned areas to benefit from public service delivery. It is expected that by formulating and implementing of this policy the basic rights of citizens will be restored and their vulnerabilities will be addressed.; Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?: Since the Urban Improvement and Rehabilitation Policy is to be developed and implemented with public participation, people will be able to effectively take part in good urban governance to identify their socio-economic challenges and suggest and implement alternative solutions in collaboration with the government.
As a result, this commitment has relevancy with public participation as one of values of Open Government Partnership, since CSOs and the related professionals will be involved in development of the mentioned policy. Municipalities, community-based councils, neighborhood representatives and influencers in unplanned areas will take an active role in urban improvement and rehabilitation.
This commitment is also relevant with the principle of accountability. In the current situation, the government fails to provide essential public services in unplanned, informal areas. Development of this policy will pave the ground for delivering urban basic services to all residents in unplanned areas. In addition, people will be able to hold government accountable through participating in urban improvement and rehabilitation processes.; Additional information: The necessary fund for implementing this commitment will be provided from MUDH’s budget. This commitment has relevancy with Urban National Priority Program.
1/1/20188/31/2019Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (MUDH)Ministry of Public Work, Ministry of Transportation, Municipalities, Independent Directorate of Local Governance, Independent Land Authority and Capital Region Independent Development Authority, Social and civic Organizations0000000001100000000000010010000000000010000000000000000005NRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNR
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AF0008Afghanistan18AFGAsia PacificNational12017NADeveloping and Approving a Protection Policy for Women under Conflict and Emergency SituationsProtection Policy for Women Under Conflict and Emergency SituationsWhat is the public problem that the commitment will address?: Conflict and emergency situations disproportionately affect women and there is lack of a specific mechanism the related agencies can use to address the issues women face in these situations such, but not limited to, sexual violence, internal displacement, poverty and loss of access to education and health care services, and psychological trauma. Lack of such a mechanism has adversely affected different aspects of women’s well-being. This situation may harm women more than any other social strata by restricting their access to adequate food, safety, health and mental health provisions and services.; What is the commitment?: In order to reduce vulnerability of women under conflict and emergency situations, MoWA, in collaboration with related ministries, agencies and local governance entities, CSOs, women’s rights organizations, international partner organizations and other relevant actors will develop a protection policy for women under conflict and emergency situations. After finalization of the policy, it will be submitted for approval to Cabinet.; How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?: This commitment will enable the related agencies mentioned above to present their ideas and proposals to be incorporated into the protection policy for women under conflict and emergency situations.
In order to implement this commitment, MoWA will first establish a committee composed of the related government agencies, women rights organizations, CSOs and international organizations. This committee will be responsible for drafting the protection policy for women under conflict and emergency situations.
The established committee will develop the policy and share it with the related governmental and non-governmental agencies for their comments. After collecting all comments, the committee will incorporate them and develop the final draft and will then send it for approval to the Cabinet.
With the approval of this policy, a specific mechanism will be established to protect women under conflict and emergency situations.
The committee will prepare and finalize an action plan to facilitate the implementation of the policy. Consequently, the implementation of the policy and its action plan is expected to reduce vulnerability of women in conflict and emergency situations, and address their needs and issues on a timely basis.; Why is the commitment relevant to OGP values?: This commitment is relevant to OGP values as it is inclusive of public participation, as it leads to the development of a protection policy in consultation with related CSOs, women’s human rights organizations, and women focused international organizations.; Additional information: This commitment will be funded by MoWA and will underscore the Afghanistan’s SDG commitment Goal 5 which stipulates ‘Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.’ This goal includes 5 specific targets which highlight’s Afghanistan’s commitment to Resolution 1325 thereby touching upon the issues mentioned above that affect women in conflict and emergency situations.
1/1/20188/31/2019Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA)Ministry of Interior, State Ministry for Disaster Management, Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations, Ministry of Public Health, IDLG, Ministry of Rural Development and Rehabilitation, and Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, AIHRC, Afghan Women Network, international partner organizations, especially UNDP, UN-Women, USAID and other relevant CSOs 0000001001100000000000010010000000000000000001010000000017NRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNR
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AF0009Afghanistan19AFGAsia PacificNational12017NADeveloping and Implementing Civil Society Monitoring Plan for Transparency and Quality of Education and Higher Education
Civil Society Monitoring Plan for Education and Higher EducationWhat is the public problem that the commitment will address?: Existing reports and evidence show that service delivery in education and higher education sector does not meet the people’s demand and requirements of the job market. In addition, service delivery in these sectors is poor and low-quality.
Statistics and figures indicate that half of the existing students in the country are pursuing their higher studies in private universities and institutes of higher education. The government and the private sector are main education service delivery institutions where lack of transparency and quality is seen within both public and private sector.
According to the assessments, people, Civil Society, private sector, non-governmental organizations have collaborated with MoHE and MoE in long-term and strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation of their activities and projects, identifying challenges, and providing solutions in education and higher education sectors; but these collaborations are not satisfactory.; What is the commitment?: In order to address the abovementioned challenges, MoHE and MoE have decided to develop and approve a plan for civil society oversight over transparency and quality of education and higher education, in consultation with Civil Society and other relevant institutions.
The plan will enable the civil society and its stakeholders to monitor how education and higher education related services are delivered. Oversight by civil society will ensure transparency in education and higher education service delivery and improve their quality in Afghanistan.; How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?: Civil Society and non-governmental institutions’ participation will enable them to further engage in design and devising of long-term plans and identifying existing challenges within education and higher education’s programs and to provide realistic solutions in order to solve them. As CSOs, in the past, were contributing with education and higher education institutions and shared their consultations in formulation of the education and higher education sectors’ strategic plans, CSOs participation will be included within the plans of both ministries and facilitated through development councils in Citizen Charter program, getting membership to leading committees of strategic plan implementation and other programs of the two ministries. Both MoHE and MoE are interested in CSOs active participation for ensuring transparency and quality in education and higher education service delivery.
A committee (National Oversight Committee) composed of representatives from MoHE, MoE, public and private education institutes, and civil society will be established as the first step to implement this commitment. The committee will be responsible to draft the monitoring mechanism to improve transparency and quality in education service delivery. Once drafted, the mechanism will be shared with CSOs during consultative meetings for their feedbacks. The mechanism will be finalized after incorporation of comments from CSOs and the stakeholders. Finally, the mechanism will be submitted for approval to the relevant entities.
Implementation of this commitment will enable civil society to be involved in developing the oversight plan through presenting their insights and concerns with regards to education\higher education service delivery, and to improve transparency and quality in education/higher education delivery through implementing the oversight plan. This will ensure transparency and improved quality in education/higher education service delivery.; Why is the commitment relevant to OGP values?: This commitment has relevancy with public participation and transparency, because CSOs will be involved in developing the oversight plan and will maintain oversight on education/higher education service delivery, which in turn, will bring about transparency in related service delivery.; Additional information: This commitment will be funded jointly by MoHE and MoE.
This commitment is consistent with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4: Quality Education.
1/1/20188/31/2019Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) and Ministry of Education (MoE)Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and the Disabled, and Ministry of Public Health, Relevant CSOs, education/higher education-related unions and other interested organizations 0000000101000000000000010000001001000000000000000000000015NRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNR
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AF0010Afghanistan110AFGAsia PacificNational12017NAPreparing, Approving and Implementing the Plan for the Establishment of a Joint Committee of State agencies and Civil Society for Overseeing the Implementation of the Anti-Corruption Strategy (2017-2020)
Plan for the Establishment of a Joint Committee Overseeing the Implementation of the Anti-Corruption StrategyWhat is the public problem that the commitment will address?: During the last decade, Afghanistan has continued to gain the title of the most administratively corrupt country, ranked between 1st and 8th position, amongst all countries in the World Corruption Perception Index produced annually by Transparency International. Corruption is as problematic as insecurity, terrorism and drug trafficking acting to preventing the strengthening of good governance in Afghanistan.
The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has taken initiatives for the purpose of effectively combating corruption and fulfilling its commitments through accession to the United Nations Convention against Corruption as well as enforcement of the Law on Overseeing the Implementation of Anti-Corruption Strategy.; What is the commitment?: The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has recently prepared and approved the new Anti-Corruption Strategy. In order to effectively oversee the implementation of the Anti-Corruption Strategy in Afghanistan, it was decided in the Open Government Partnership meetings that a joint committee comprised of the public sector and CSOs should be established.
The committee is supposed to oversee the implementation of the Anti-Corruption Strategy and provide necessary recommendations for the High Council on Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption. The committee will also track the progress of the implementation of the recommendations given to the High Council and develop a knowledge product for future enrichment of anti-corruption strategies in the country. The tracking of the progress by the committee, will in part, be based on the reports submitted by the implementing agencies on their actions and achievements on the implementation of the Anti-Corruption Strategy.; How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?: The commitment provides the opportunity for HOOAC and CSOs to oversee the implementation of the strategy on a continuous basis which will compel governmental agencies to fulfill their responsibilities in combating corruption.
First, for the implementation of the commitment, HOOAC will prepare the draft plan on the establishment of a joint committee comprised of state agencies and civil society organizations which will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the anti-corruption strategy. The joint committee will develop an action plan for the oversight of the implementation of the Anti-Corruption Strategy.
The joint committee will enable CSOs to directly engage in the process of overseeing the implementation of the Anti-Corruption Strategy, provision of recommendations and production of knowledge product for further enrichment of anti-corruption efforts.
It is expected that the functions of the committee will facilitate the proper implementation of the strategy and ultimately improve service delivery and Afghanistan’s standing in the World Corruption Perception Index.; Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?: This commitment has relevancy with the OGP values because it will ensure participation of CSOs in the oversight process of the Anti-Corruption Strategy. As the joint committee produces a knowledge product and makes it available to the public, this commitment relates to transparency. In terms of its relevance to accountability, the joint committee provides oversight, tracks the progress and provides recommendations to the implementing agencies.; Additional information: The implementation of this commitment is funded by the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption. This commitment is relevant to the Anti-Corruption Strategy (2017-2020).
1/1/20188/31/2019High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC)Ministries and state agencies, Civil Society Organizations 1000000001100000000000000000000000000000000000000000000003NRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNRNR
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AF0011Afghanistan111AFGAsia PacificNational12017NAEvaluation of information units, preparing the plan to strengthen the Information Mechanism in 60 governmental agencies and its implementationStrengthen the Information Mechanism in 60 Governmental AgenciesEvaluation of information units, preparing the plan to strengthen the Information Mechanism in 60
governmental agencies and its implementation
January 2018 - August 2019
Lead implementing agency/actor Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC)
Commitment Description
What it the public problem that
the commitment will address?
According to the reports published by the Monitoring Commission on
Access to Information, information units have been established in 60
government agencies at national level in Afghanistan. However, these
units are said to be ineffective, as they offer limited access to digital
forms of information due to lack of a comprehensive information
database, deficient documentations system and prolonged waiting
periods to attain requested information.
Therefore, ineffectiveness of the existing information units has led to
continued lack of public and media access to information, undermining
transparency, accountability and responsiveness in governmental
agencies.
What is the commitment? In order to address the mentioned challenges MoIC is intended to 1)
assess the capacities at these units; 2) formulate a capacity development
plan with a purpose to enhance the capacity of these units to deliver their
mandate and 3) to implement the capacity development plan in the MoIC
and Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, Independent Administrative
Reform and Civil Service Commission, and Ministry of Transport as a
pilot project.
It is expected that the implementation of this commitment will ensure
that there is a well-functioning digital and manual system of information
management and dissemination in place. This will ultimately ensure
existence of digitalized data, smooth processing of public requests and
easy public access to the data within the aforementioned ministries.
How will the commitment
contribute to solve the public
problem?
The commitment will enable journalists, research organizations, CSOs
and related agencies to share their insights for improving the plan.
The digitalization of information management within the agencies will
expedite the dissemination of information ensuring that the public gains
easy and timely access to all relevant information.
Another advantage associated with the digitalization of information is
that it will ensure all data requests are formally documented and lodged.
Why is this commitment relevant
to OGP values?
This commitment is relevant to Open Government Partnership values
because it is inclusive of public participation. Moreover, the
implementation of this commitment will enhance public access to
accurate information thereby promoting accountability and transparency
in the public sector.
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Theme: Open Data and Citizens’ Monitoring in Public Procurement
Implement open contracting
Implementing Open Contracting
Theme: Open Data and Citizens’ Monitoring in Public Procurement
Publication and use of contracting information based on open contracting (i.e. open data, feedback loops
and systemic reforms) and the Open Contracting Data Standard in order to pave the path for citizens’
participation in contract decision making and facilitation of citizen-centered governance.
Title: Implementing Open Contracting
Commitment Start and End Date
(E.g. 30 June 2015 - 30 June
2017)
New commitment
(1 Jan 2018 - 31 August 2019)
Lead implementing agency National Procurement Authority
Name of responsible person from
implementing agency Marzia Naderi
Title, Department System Development Manager
Email marzia.naderi@aop.gov.af
Phone 0093 (0) 744 363 507
Name of responsible person from
implementing agency Waheedullah Stanikzai
Title, Department Assistant Expert
Email stanikzai91@gmail.com
Phone 0093 (0) 788 618 430
Other Actors
Involved
Government
Ministries,
Department/Ag
ency
All Procurement Entities
CSOs, private
sector,multilate
rals, working
groups
Integrity watch Afghanistan, Open Contracting Partnership, World
Bank, Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization, and
Transparency International Afghanistan
Status quo or problem addressed
by the commitment
Lack of involvement of citizens and other stakeholders in government
contracts, procurement processes (procurement plan, contracting, and
contract implementation), and unavailability of clear and well defined
mechanism for publishing procurement information and government
contract lifecycle are the main causes of lack of adequate
accountability of authorities to citizens which has led to a widespread
systematic and systemic corruption in procurement system that has
widened the gap of mistrust between citizens and the government.
Moreover, absence of transparency in the procurement processes has
resulted in lack of sense of ownership of citizens for the contracts
being implemented and has decreased the public monitoring of the
contracts. However, in some cases, it is even impossible for public
monitoring due to lack of access to public procurement data and
information.
These problems have, not only, contributed in reduction of quality of
projects, but also, have led in wastage of financial resources, and thus
decreased the utilization rate of government budget.
As a result, we can summarize the consequences of lack of
transparency in procurement processes in the following three areas:
● Inability of gaining the optimal rate of return from the
investments done through implementation of contracts and not
achieving value for the money being spent;
● Monopolization of contract monitoring processes by
government and unavailability of an adequate mechanism and
platform for public monitoring of services provided to
citizens.
● Lack of complete transparency in procurement processes have
made it difficult for citizens, civil society, and other
stakeholders to identify corrupt public and private officials to
monitor their activities and to take corrective and preventive
actions for improvement of these officials performance.
Main objective
The main objective of this commitment can be summarized in the
following points:
· Accessibility to information for paving the way for citizencentered governance
· Ability to increase public monitoring of the procurement
processes
· Reduction in corruption in procurement processes and taking
corrective and preventive actions
· Increase value for money by improving the service delivery
for procurement processes
Brief description of commitment
The National Procurement Authority, as a sole policy maker in the
public procurement sector of the country, signed a trilateral
memorandum of understanding with Integrity Watch Afghanistan
(IWA) and Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) on the sidelines of the
Anti-Corruption Conference held in London, England, in 2016. Based
on that, NPA is committed to provide the mechanism and platform to
publish public procurement information and documents activity for the
interested stakeholders.
The National Procurement Authority is developing a system in
accordance with the Open Contracting Data Standards (OCDS), to
publish contract-related information in machine-readable format.
NPA is committed to publish these information in the following five
stages based on OCDS, Afghanistan Procurement Law and Rules
Procedure with direct involvement of Procurement Entities:
1. Project Planning
2. Project Bidding
3. Contract Award
4. Signed Contract
5. Contract Implementation
In addition, this organization is committed to develop a dedicated
procurement portal through which the procurement entities are able to
enter the contract related information using their accounts and publish
and share the information with citizens.
It is worth mentioning that the disclosing of this information only
covers the supply side of contracting information, the demand side of
this information and involvement of citizen in monitoring and pushing
the Procurement Entities in publishing timely information to increase
transparency and value for money is led by Integrity Watch
Afghanistan. NPA commits to working closely with IWA and other
stakeholders to ensure the information disclosed is accessible, useful,
and used by interested parties.
OGP challenge addressed by the
commitment
As everyone knows, the public procurement makes up to nearly 20%
of gross domestic product-GDP in the country and approximately 50%
of budget of government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is spent
through procurement.
Therefore, reform in public procurement has been the core topic in
Afghanistan Government’s agenda. Since establishment of NPA, a
huge amount of Afghanistan’s high officials’ time have been invested
in procurement reform. Further, the former head of NPA, current
Minister of Public Works Yama Yari, played a key role in
Afghanistan’s joining the OGP, and open contacting was cited in the
country’s letter of intent to join the OGP.
Moreover, transparency in procurement processes (in the various
procurement stages) will not only assist in achieving the goals of
reform, but will also enable the Government of Islamic Republic of
Afghanistan to fulfill its commitments to the international community.
It will also contribute in reducing corruption in the procurement arena
and push the private and public authorities to improve the service
delivery based on the accepted principles and standards.
Clearly, with the implementation of this commitment, the Government
of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan can create transparency in contract
signature, and contract implementation and as a result, it creates
accountability in contracting process.
Through standardized publication of information using the technology
will pave the path for citizen-centric government which is one of the
essential values of open governance.
Relevance
The following results are expected to be obtained by fulfilling this
commitment and publishing timely and required information of
contracts in the specific portals with unconditional access with no time
and geographical restrictions to citizens:
1. Providing the opportunity for public monitoring and citizencentered governance will pave the way for increased sense of
ownership for public project and continual and objective
monitoring. Moreover, this in turn will led to improve in
quality of project, increase value for money, and timely
implementation of project for better and effective utilization
of government budget.
2. Providing transparency in procurement processes and
publishing the information in all stages of procurement
processes will provide information to the private sector on the
investment opportunities, challenges in contract
implementation, service delivery rate and other contracts
related issues. By gaining this information, the private sector
will be able to take informed decision on their investments, as
well as whether or not to bid on public contracts, and deliver
services with high quality in a standardized manner.
3. Contracting information collected at different times and
different areas of Afghanistan are stored in one place, allowing
the researchers, specialists, students and other interested
organizations to access and use this information to conduct
accurate research in order to provide feedback to government
and ultimately improve the service delivery of public projects.
Moreover, by providing machine-readable data, the
researchers and technical companies can analyze the data and
use it for making more informed decisions.
Ambition
Through this commitment, the Government of Republic of
Afghanistan is committed to accomplish and achieve:
· Active engagement of public, CSOs, government agencies,
and researchers in procurement processes
· Active disclosure of linked procurement processes
information to assists the private sector in taking informed
decision in investment, provide relevant information for
researchers and academicians to conduct their research
easily, and pave the way for better service delivery as public
monitoring increases and pressurize the relevant authorities
to conduct their jobs on time and efficiently.
Milestone
Activity with a verifiable deliverable and completion date
Start
Date:
End
Date:
Implementation of OCDS on contract stages and contract implementation 01 June
2018
30 Sep
2018
Together with CSOs, co-development of a pilot program to engage CSOs in the
monitoring of public contracting for integrity, value for money and fairness.
1 Oct
2018
30 Nov
2018
Implementation of OCDS on procurement plan stage 1 Oct
2018
30 Dec
2018
Implementation of OCDS on Bidding and contract award stages 01 Jan
2019
30 June
2019
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National Procurement Authority
Integrity watch Afghanistan, Open Contracting Partnership, World
Bank, Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization, and
Transparency International Afghanistan, All Procurement Entities
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Developing a Public Participatory and Supervision Mechanism for the Planning and
Implementation of Road Network Projects
Public Participation in Road Network Projects
Developing a Public Participatory and Supervision Mechanism for the Planning and
Implementation of Road Network Projects
It will be both monitoring and participation mechanism through people or community engagement
process. In other words, the people will be engaged in planning and implementation phase of the
project to monitor the project in order to ensure transparency in the project execution. In terms of
participation, MoPW is committed to involve and to utilize local labor and local population in
projects particularly maintenance of the project. Hence, the engagement process will be carried out
systemically through involving the local representatives of community. In this regard, MPW has
developed community engagement framework which describes the role of local community
precisely in projects.
Ministry of Public Works
Entity/Main
Implementing
Organization
Description of Commitment
Based on the estimations conducted by the Ministry of Public Works, it
indicated that the development and supply of transport infrastructure doesn’t
meet public’s demand. It means that there is an imbalanced development
compared to demand for transport infrastructure.
The second challenge to be addressed remains the poor quality of transport
infrastructure in particular highways, urban roads, bridges and culverts. For
example, roads are being built in Afghanistan, which destroy within six
months or one year.
The third problem is slow development and supply process of transport
infrastructure in Afghanistan. Most of the infrastructure projects are not
executed within specified time period, and last longer than the contracts
period.
The fourth problem is the operation & maintenance of transport
infrastructure. Both government and public have neglected in this regard.
The fifth problem is lack of priority infrastructure projects identification.
Since limited resources are available for development of infrastructure, so
according to financial principles, the limited resources should be allocated to
prioritized projects.
Sixth, political interventions in selection and implementation of road projects
and lack of specific standards in this regard, plus, high cost of infrastructure
development in Afghanistan are the main factor which not only slow the road
development process, but retards the national development as well.
What is the
general problem
that the
commitment
focuses on?
To address the aforesaid problems, MPW is greatly committed to engage
provincial representative and local community in project selection and
execution process. In this regard, MPW has come up with community
engagement framework. Under the framework, MPW is patronizing the
engagement of local communities to identify and select projects. This would
facilitate MPW to strengthen a strong government/communities’ partnership
via injecting the sense of ownership rights to communities having influence on
identification and selection of projects.
In addition to that MoPW is also working to involve civil society particularly
integrity watch of Afghanistan (IWA) to monitor MoPW activities. In this
regard, MoPW has drafted MoU with integrity watch of Afghanistan in order
to ensure transparency in MoPW activities. In coordination with MoPW, local
communities, and volunteers, IWA will monitor all operational activities of
MoPW associated with procurement process, project selection, project
execution, and contract allotment to the bidders in order to ensure that all
processes are being followed in a transparent manner. And MoU will get sign
once finalized. Below is the framework of community engagement
I. Government
As main Infrastructure entity, Ministry of Public Works will embark on
provincial connectivity program by engaging local community in all the
prioritized provinces. This engaging process will be done through provincial
and district representatives. Once the engagement process starts, the local
community will be allowed to vote as to whether agree on government
proposed project (Projects selection indicators) or to propose the desirable
projects in that area.
What is the
commitment?
Community
Engagement/Consultation
Government
(MPW)
•MPW will lead this
consulation by engaging
Provincial and local
presentatives
People's
Representatives
•Provincial rep. will closely work
with MPW in order to enure the
active participation of local
community in project execution
process
Local
Community
•The desirable project will
be identified by the Local
community
Project
Implimentation MPW will
implement
the project
based on
local
community
recommenda
tion
II. People's Representatives
People's Representatives engagement process will play an imperative role in
building relationship between local population and governments. Here,
People’s representatives both provincial and district will closely work with
MPW to facilitate local community engagement in order to ensure active
participation of local population in project selection in each area. Thus, this
process will immensely help to identify the community-based demand in term
of project selection.
III. Local community
Local community has always been a great focus for the government. Therefore,
this process will greatly depend on local population’s demands in terms of
project selection. In this process, the desirable projects will be identified and
selected by the community through local engagement process. Thus, the choice
will be given to local community in term of project selection in their areas by
the government.
IV. Project execution
In this phase, the government will not only implement all those recommended
projects in prioritized districts but also will monitor the project implementation
process in coordination with local community. To do so, MPW and local
community will work closely in project execution phase.
The name of the program is “Provincial Roads Connectivity Program
(PRCP)”. Under this Program the people or community consultation and
engagement will take place through a proper mechanism. MoPW will entice
representatives at provincial and district levels before embarking on projects.
Initially, MoPW will engage the representatives and local community in
project selection process, once the process done; then they will monitor the
implementation phase of projects in order to ensure the transparency in the
project activities. After completion of both selection and implementation
phases, the community will participate in the maintenance of the project by
utilizing local labor and resources. Hence, in this way, the following outcomes
will be derived; (1) people will consider the projects of their own which will
immensely help in completion of the projects at time, (3) will enhance trust in
Government by involving people in the projects, and (3) local economy will
be improved.
Provincial Road
Connectivity
Program
MoPW will work with Civil Society in accordance to memorandum of
understanding. The main objective of the work and meetings are to ensure that
all projects of Ministry of Public Work are done in transparent way. Further,
the suggestions and ideas will be exchanged associated with MoPW operations
such as procurement process, project selection, project execution, and contract
allotment to the bidders, service improvement, and tacking corruption.
Purpose of
Working with
Civil Society
After the thorough prioritization of projects via applying technical
methodology, in which the criteria and indexes have been set. Once, the
prioritization process is being completed; the consultation process will get
start at this stage. Under the consultation process, MoPW will involve people
in the monitoring of the projects in order to ensure transparency in project
delivery.
Purpose of
Public
Consultations
By developing the public participatory and supervision mechanism in
consensus with representatives of civil society and all related entities will not
only set a specific standard for development of transport infrastructure, but
also strengthens Government/public partnership in supervising and
monitoring from start to end process of projects development, including
selection, implementation and maintenance of road network will be feasible.
First; providing opportunity for public participation in projects’ selection will
cause to allocate the resources to projects which are priority on the basis of
defined indicators. Second; public monitoring will lead to development of
road network projects with allocated resources, given time, and certain
quality. Third; Creating a sense of ownership, commitment and
responsibility will encourage public to cooperate in maintenance of
completed road projects with the government.
How does
commitment
work in solving
the problem?
This commitment is linked to public participation and assurance of open
government transparency. First; people and representatives of civil society
get involved in prioritization of projects. The prioritization of projects would
be done with consensus of public and where to allocate the limited financial
resources. This is related to the commitment to open government public
participation.
Second; public monitoring will force in-charge authorities to develop the
projects with specific resources, and with certain time and quality. In this
case, the purpose of transparency of open-governance will be ensured.
Why is this
commitment
linked to the
values of open
government
partnership?
Ministry of Public Works (MPW) in association with Open Government
Secretariat of Afghanistan (OGPA)
Lead
organization
Representatives from civil society and OG P will be the members of this
working group. The MoPWs will have the leading position, the members
selection process will take place in coordination with the stakeholders.
Working Group
Structure
Commitment Pattern (Continuos)
Funds for the implementation of this commitment …….
This commitment relates to sustainable development, strategy of
Ministry of Public Works, and regulation maintenance of public
benefit assets
Additional Information
Important activities (with expected and measurable results) Start Date End Date
Creating a working group to arrange a draft 07/09/2018 20/09/2018
Ministry of Public Works in coordination with its stakeholders such as
Ministry of Transport (MoT), Municipalities, Ministry of Urban
Development and Housing (MUDH), Ministry of Communication and IT
(MoCIT), Ministry of Rehabilitation and Rural Development (MRRD),
and Ministry of Industry and Commence (MoIC) has plan to develop a
joint working group on developing people engagement mechanism At
first phase, the MoPW and its stakeholder will draft a background paper
in this regard in order to develop terms of reference for each stakeholder.
Under the ToR, each stakeholder will have distinguish responsibilities to
engage people in the projects in order to retain transparency. Below are
the responsibilities
No Purpose Organization Date
1 Discussion on people
participation on
regulations
development process
MoT 20/11/2018
2 People participation
on project selection
Municipalities 27/11/2018
3 People participation
on project selection
MUDH 05/12/2018
4 Discussion about the
MoU on joint project
implementation
mechanism
MoCIT 12/12/2018
5 Discussion about the
Urban Development
Policy
MRRD 19/12/2018
6 Public awareness MoIC 27/12/2018
Developing draft of the framework for provincial roads connectivity 20/09/2018 30/10/2018
program in partnership with the people
Engaging people as partner in provincial roads connectivity program will
have the following exclusive outcomes: (1) taking advice of local
population in project selection and implementation process in order to
meet their ultimate demands associated with connectivity, and economic
development, (2) enhancing local cooperation by considering local
population as key partner in the projects, (3) ensuring security of the
projects by engaging local population in the projects, and (4) reducing
poverty ratio particularly at district level by utilizing local labors.
Organizing an advisory meeting with relevant civil society 30/10/2018 20/11/2018
The sole purpose of advisory meetings and working with civil society
particularly Integrity Watch of Afghanistan (IWA) is to retain
transparency in MoPW’s operations. Hence, meeting and working with
IWA will have the following outcomes: (1) engaging people in project
execution phase through a systematic approach at district and provincial
levels in order to ensure transparency in project implementation, (2)
involving IWA in project execution, contract allotment to the bidders in
order to tackle corruption (3) providing people access to information
associated with all operations of MoPW, and (4) publishing the
monitoring and transparency report to the citizens in order to make sure
that the people-oriented services are executed and monitored in a
transparent way.
Arrange an inter-ministerial meeting with involved entities in this regard 20/11/2018 10/01/2019
Despite the community engagement, an appropriate coordination
mechanism need to be established amongst the government entities in
order to implement integrated infrastructure project efficiently. Under this
mechanism, multiple government entities will get together before
embarking on integrated infrastructure projects. In other words, in these
meetings; every entity will share its plans and responsibilities associated
with integrated infrastructure project based on theirs ToR. Hence, these
meetings will immensely help to ensure that all facilities including power,
internet connectivity, water, sanitation, and irrigation are being
considered while implementing integrated infrastructure project.
10/01/2019 25/01/2019
Finalizing the framework
25/01/2019 25/04/2019
Start of public consultation process with 10 priority provinces
Developing budget plan 25/04/2019 10/05/2019
Once the projects are selected and prioritized by applying all technical
criteria/indexes, the projects will be categorized as A, B, and C. Then
the ministry will develop budget plan based on project category. In other
words, the budget will be allotted based on category and importance of
the project.
Contact:
Focal point in executing entity Sakhi Mohammadi
Designation, section or department (Plan and Policy Director of Ministry of Public Works)
Email address and phone number Email: haghjo721@gmail.com Mob:0795663040
Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Urban
Development, Ministry of Justice and Municipalities.
Other related entities, governmental
related entities
Different social entities, Local Councils, Religious Scholars
of Masjids, Medias and International non-governmental
organizations.
Civil society organizations, private
sectors, multi-aspect parties, work
groups
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Ministry of Public Works
Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Urban
Development, Ministry of Justice and Municipalities., Different social entities, Local Councils, Religious Scholars
of Masjids, Medias and International non-governmental
organizations.
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AL0014Albania114ALBEuropeNational12012e-Governance: 2012 and OnwardDigitalization of the file transfer processDigitalization of the File Transfer ProcessAnother initiative in progress within the justice sector is to digitalize the File Transfer Process within and between the various levels of the judicial system. The process will significantly reduce the time needed for registration and other court procedures.NANAMinistry of JusticeNA0000000000000000001000000000000100000000000000000001000002201401.2Medium200111Transformative3Not Started2000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AL0015Albania115ALBEuropeNational12012e-Governance: 2012 and Onwarde-Employment projecte-Employment ProjectThe e-Employment project will be implemented in 2012, with the aim of digitalizing the information in all employment offices. The project will consolidate the databases for the labor market and will create a registry of job seekers and employers.NA2012Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Equal OpportunitiesNA0000000000000000000000001000000000000000000100000000000002201401.2Medium200000Moderate2Substantial4000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AL0016Albania116ALBEuropeNational12012e-Governance: 2012 and Onwarde-Concessions procedurese-Concessions ProceduresThe Public Procurement Agency (PPA) developed the electronic concessions procedures in the opening phase of the offerings. The system enables the submission of the concession procedures offers in an electronic way through the electronic platform of the e-procurement system on the APP’s website.NAAugust 2013Public Procurement AgencyNA0000000000000001000000001000000000000000000000000000000002201401.2High310011Moderate2Complete5110NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AL0017Albania117ALBEuropeNational12012Increasing Public Access in DecisionmakingAmendment of the law “on the right to information for official documents”Amendment of the Law “On the Right to Information for Official Documents”The Ministry of Justice will amend the law “On the Right to Information for Official Documents” (Law No. 8503, dated 30.06.1999).20122013Ministry of JusticeNA0000000000000000000000100010000000000000000000000001000002201401.3High311001Moderate2Limited3000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AL0018Albania118ALBEuropeNational12012Increasing Public Access in DecisionmakingDrafting a new law on "notice and consultation"Drafting a New Law on "Notice and Consultation"The Minister for Innovation and ICT office will draft a special law "On Notice and Consultation". The law will include the legal regulation of the structured consultation processes with civil society actors and interest groups, including economic and social partners.NANAMinistry for Innovation and ICTNA0000000000100000000000000011000000000000000000000000000003201401.3High311001Transformative3Limited3000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AL0019Albania119ALBEuropeNational12012Increasing Public Access in DecisionmakingTracking projectTracking ProjectThe National Agency for Information Society has developed the Tracking Project, a functionality which enables each citizen or business that applies to a State office to follow the progress of their application online, until the official response. Up to now there are three state agencies that have already implemented this service, Public Procurement Agency, National Registration Center and National Licensing Center. e-Tracking can be accessed through the Government Portal, www.e-albania.al. The project's goal is to increase the working efficiency and accountability of the public administration.20122013Ministry of Innovation and ICTNational Agency for Information Society0000000000000000000000001000000000000000000000000000000001201401.3High300111Moderate2Limited3000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AL0020Albania120ALBEuropeNational12012Increasing Public Access in DecisionmakingDigitalization of the notary registerDigitalization of the Notary RegisterThe main objective is to ensure accuracy, promptness and minimum time for providing the service to the citizens. The use of modern technology equipment provides to the notary service structures access to the general data base and consequently accuracy and significant shortening of the time needed by the notary acts.June 2012December 2012Mininstry of JusticeNA0000000000000000000000101000000000000000000000000001000002201401.3High300111Minor1Substantial4000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AL0021Albania121ALBEuropeNational12012Increasing Public Access in DecisionmakingOnline citizens’ claims in the judiciary systemOnline Citizens’ Claims in the Judiciary SystemThe Ministry of Justice (MoJ) implemented the project for the online processing of citizens’ claims at the ministry and the High Council of Justice (HCJ). The goals of the project are to shorten the processing time of claims in the judiciary system, increase the transparency of the processing of claims and avoid overlap between the HCJ and MoJ during judicial auditing.NANAMinistry of Justice; High Council of JusticeNA0000000000000000000000101000000100000000000000000001000003201401.3High300111Moderate2Substantial4110NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AL0022Albania122ALBEuropeNational12012Increasing Public Access in DecisionmakingWork inspection, online complaintWork Inspection, Online ComplaintConcerning work inspection, the State Labor Inspectorate website (www.sli.gov.al), will also be used by citizens this year to make an online complaint or to report violations. The goal is to achieve timely review of the complaint and to take appropriate measures.2012NAMinistry of Labor, Social Affairs and Equal OpportunitiesState Labor Inspectorate (SLI)0000000000000000000000001000000000000000000100000000000002201401.3Medium200111None0Limited3000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AL0023Albania123ALBEuropeNational12012Digitalization to Improve Public ServicesFinancial module of all educational institutionsFinancial Module of All Educational InstitutionsLast year, a system was created to manage the finances and budget of the Ministry of Education and Sciences and all regional education departments in order to built on a central/unique database platform. The second phase of the module has begun in April 2012. The system enhances the quality of interaction, avoids duplication of information, increases transparency and tracks educational institutions’ expenses electronically.2012NAMinistry of Education and ScienceAll regional education departments0000010000000000000000000000000001000000000000000000000012201402.1Low110101Minor1Not Started2000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AL0024Albania124ALBEuropeNational12012Digitalization to Improve Public ServicesAudio and video recording of judicial hearingsAudio and Video Recording of Judicial HearingsThe Ministry of Justice will implement the project of the Audio and Video Recording of Judicial Hearings and also will develop court personnel training for this process. Until April 2013 the project is implemented in 14 Regional Courts.March 2012April 2013Ministry of JusticeNA0000000000000000000000001000000100000000000000000001000002201402.1High310111Transformative3Complete5111NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AL0025Albania125ALBEuropeNational12012Creation of Portalse-Albania portale-Albania PortalA new multi-functional governmental portal is established, e-albania.al. This portal is oriented toward users’ needs, providing updated and easily accessible information for them. In the future, this portal will serve as a single point of contact for e-government services offered to citizens, businesses and public employees.NANAMinistry of Innovation and ICTNational Agency for Information Society (NAIS)0000000000000000000000001000000000000000000000000000000001201402.2High310011Transformative3Complete5111NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AL0026Albania126ALBEuropeNational12012Creation of Portalse-Inspection portale-Inspection PortalThe Albanian government will create a single portal of inspections, "e-Inspection", relevant for the coordination, management, unification and monitoring of inspection procedures.NANAMinistry of Innovation and ICTNational Agency for Information Society; Central Inspectorate0000000000000000000000001000000000000000000000000000000001201402.2Medium210111Moderate2Limited3000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AL0027Albania127ALBEuropeNational12012Creation of PortalsPortal www.gjykata.gov.alPortal Www.Gjykata.Gov.AlThe Ministry of Justice established the www.gjykata.gov.alportal. The Portal enables citizens to download data, including the publication of judicial decisions.NANAMinistry of JusticeNA0000000000000000000000101000000100000000000000000001000003201402.2Medium210111Transformative3Complete5111NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AL0028Albania128ALBEuropeNational12012Open BudgetDisclosure of the list of payments made daily by the government unitsDisclosure of the List of Payments Made Daily by the Government UnitsBased on the law “On the Right to Information,” as well as the Albanian government’s initiative to fight corruption and increase transparency, the Ministry of Finance’s General Directorate of the Treasury has disclosed the list of payments made daily by all general government units since January 2012. This document reflects such details as: the beneficiary, invoice number, description, the institution to which the treasury branch makes the payment, the respective amount and the date of registration of this bill in the Treasury system. This document is available on the official website of the Ministry of Finance.January 2012July 2013Ministry of FinanceGeneral Directorate of the Treasury0000010000000000010000000000000000000000000000000000000012201403.1Medium210011Minor1Limited3000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AL0029Albania129ALBEuropeNational12012Public Procuremente-Procurement system for all small purchases of public procuremente-Procurement System for All Small Purchases of Public ProcurementThis year, the Public Procurement Agency implemented the e-procurement system for all small purchases of public procurement, below the threshold of 3000 Euros. The e-procurement system enables the submission of offers and their evaluation in an electronic way. This e-procurement platform is a web-based application that enables secure transactions between Albanian public institutions and national and international business. This system provides a secure and transparent administration for the preparation of all tender documents, thus avoiding unnecessary paperwork and providing data about the entire process. In 2009 Albania was the first country in the world that carried out a mandatory electronic procurement system for all public sector procurements above the threshold of 3000 Euros. For implementing this project, Albania received the second prize of the 2010 UN Public Service Award for excellence in public service. In accordance with the statistics, pointed out for the year of 2011, the costs for the performance of public procurement procedures are down 20%. The number of economic operators participating in tenders is up from 2 to 6 on average.NAJuly 2013Public Procurement Agency (PPA)NA0000000000000001000000001000000000000000000000000000000002201403.2High310011Minor1Complete5000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AL0030Albania130ALBEuropeNational12012Public ProcurementImplementation of the EITI recommendationsImplementation of the EITI RecommendationsIn 2012, the Albanian Secretariat for EITI, ALBEITI, will continue to implement the International Secretariat of EITI recommendations’ (the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative), including the reorganization of the Inter-Ministerial Working Group of the ALBEITI.NANAMinistry of economy, trade and energyALBEITI0000000000000000000000000000000000000000100000000000000001201403.3Low110111Minor1Substantial4000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AL0031Albania21.1ALBEuropeNational12014Denouncing CorruptionStandardization of processes on complaints related to corruption- Minister of State for Local IssuesStandardization of Corruption ComplaintsThe Minister of State for Local Issues, in the role of the National Coordinator for Anti-Corruption, will undertake the standardization of the process related to complaints addressing corruption. Currently, although many ministries have been given green lines or forms to denounce corruption, there is no standardized procedure, which ensures transparency in the review of the complaint and concrete deadlines to ensure a good service. Some of the indicators and milestones set for this commitment are the drafting of relevant guidelines for addressing corruption complaints, integrating them in each ministry transparency plan rules, publish them online. Given the specifics and difficulty of the fight and investigation of corruption, this system, through the standardization of processes, can increase confidence in the administration and increase the number of informants. Ministries will have to officially publish relevant standards and inform the public on the progress of specific issues, thus raising the level of accountability of the public administration. This commitment will help improve the transparency regarding the complaint procedures in fact until now there is no clear information on how a citizen can actually address a complaint in corruption cases. The publication of this “standards” will not only create uniformity in the way the complaint will be address but will also serve in raising the efficiency of the public administration while handling corruption complaints.20142016Minister of State for Local Issues (MSLI)Ministries, Parliament10000000000000000000000000100000000000000000000000000000022016NRNRMedium200101Moderate2Substantial41102017Complete5Increase1Marginal2Not Applicable
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AL0032Albania21.2ALBEuropeNational12014NAElectronic Registry of authorizations, permits and agreements issued by the Ministry of Energy and IndustryElectronic Registry of Energy and Industry PermitsThe Ministry of Energy and Industry, in the framework of increasing transparency andaccountability, has undertaken the Electronic Registry initiative, aiming to establish and publish in its web page an Electronic Registry of authorizations, permits and agreements given in the relevant fields and their updated status. Currently there is a lack of information not only on the procedures for obtaining an authorization or permit, but also citizens, interested groups, civil society have no information on the number of permits and authorization given in the energy and industry sector. In order to address this problem and acquire full transparency on the status of the actors operating in these field, the Ministry has initiated a process of identifying the current status, which will also allow an easier monitoring process. This registry system will help improving MEI’s transparency and accountability, but will also allow citizens to access information through the Electronic Registry.20142016Ministry of Energy and IndustryNA00000000000000000000000010000000000000000000000000000000012016NRNRMedium210011Moderate2Limited30002017Limited3No Change0Did Not Change1Did Not Change
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AL0033Albania21.3ALBEuropeNational12014Open Data and e-ServicesImplementation of public expenses module in "open data" format – MSIPA and NAISImplementation of Public Expenses Module in "Open Data" FormatThe National Agency for Information Society in the context of the global initiative "Partnership for Open Governance", will undertake as commitment the implementation of a module that will allow in an open data format, online access to information on budgetary data of the Ministries. This module will be accessed from the government portal e-Albania and the official websites of the respective institutions. This module will provision information in real time of budgetary expenses of the Council of Ministers and Line Ministries in order to guaranty complete and transparent information of the expenses. The indicators such as the functionality of the module, the number of visitors of the web pages or downloaded information will be used to verify the implementation of this commitment. The module of public expenses which will be presented graphically will provide full information in the official web page of the Council of Ministers meanwhile in the official web page of each Ministry will be given information for the respective Ministry.20142016Ministry of State for Innovation and Public Administration (MSIPA) and National Agency for Information Society (NAIS)Ministries00000100000000000001000010000000000000000000000000000000132016NRNRMedium210011Moderate2Substantial41102017Limited3Decrease-1Did Not Change1Did Not Change
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AL0034Albania21.4ALBEuropeNational12014NAPromoting OGP values among local authorities- MSIPA, Minister of Local Affaires and the OGPCCSOPromoting OGP Values Among Local AuthoritiesThe Minister of State for Innovation and Public Administration in cooperation with the Minister for Local Affairs and the open government partnership coalition of civil society organization will undertake together the commitment to promote and engage local authorities in the OGP values. This commitment was proposed by civil society organizations with the aim to introduce and promote the core value of OGP also in the governance of local authorities. The aim is to reinforce the participatory mechanism and built open governance also in the local level. Some of the actions that will be undertaken are promoting activities, legal modifications to promote transparency and other OGP values.20142016Minister of State for Innovation and Public Administration(MSIPA); Minister of State for Local AffairsCSOs Coalition for OGP Albania00000000001000000000000000000010000000000000000000100000032016NRNRNone000000None0Not Started20002017Limited3Increase1Marginal2Marginal
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AL0035Albania22.1ALBEuropeNational12014NAEstablishing the database of government data for economic assistance Database on Economic Assitance BeneficiariesThe Ministry of Social Welfare and Youth, in close collaboration with the State Social Service, in the framework of the reform for poverty alleviation, increase of transparency, service quality and effective use of budgetary funds and exclusion of abusive cases in the economic assistance scheme, has undertaken the initiative to establish the National Electronic Registry of beneficiaries of Economic Assistance. The administration of benefits is hindered by inadequate capacity, lack of information system, supervision and controls. Albania currently has no national electronic registry of economic assistance seekers and the administration of receiving welfare benefits takes place locally with paper documentation. This consequently leads to (a) inefficiency in the application and granting of benefits (higher transaction costs), (b) weaknesses in supervision and control of fraud and error, and (c) monitoring and evaluation of ineffective social policy. The implementation of the new system will help improving the effectiveness of State Social Service by identifying families in need, will improve the evaluation of beneficiaries form applicant families and will exclude abusive cases in the Economic Assistance Scheme20142016Ministry of Social Welfare and YouthState Social Service00000000000000000000000010000000000010000000000000000000022016NRNRMedium200000Moderate2Substantial40002017Substantial4No Change0Did Not Change1Not Applicable
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AL0036Albania22.2ALBEuropeNational12014Open Access on Natural Resources DataElectronic portal on water resources administration and managementElectronic Portal on Water Resources Administration and ManagementThe interested parties applying for a license or authorization for the use of water resources face a complicated and long procedure of application. The lack of a national inventory of permits for the use of water resources is also a disadvantage that causes conflicts between the institutional stakeholders and the interested parties. The Ministry of Environment, through the Directorate of Policies for Water Resources, will undertake the creation of an integrated water management system that will improve the cooperation of public and private actors through the use of new technologies for license applications and control. This system will help increase the transparency on the use of water resources in Albania. This commitment seeks to improve governance of natural resources for a better water management by reducing the cases of corruption, strengthening the public awareness on water management. The creation of an online register of water resources users will positively affect transparence and public access to information.20142016Ministry of EnvironmentNA00000000000000000000000010000000000001000000000000000000022016NRNRMedium210001Moderate2Limited30002017Limited3No Change0Did Not Change1Did Not Change
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AL0037Albania22.3ALBEuropeNational12014Simplified Customs ServicesSingle windowSingle WindowIn order to facilitate and accelerate the procedures for trade in the custom system, the General Directorate of Customs will centralize the administration of requests and procedures through a single window. The utilization of a single window will reduce the time of administrative practices, will reduce the cost and inevitably increase the transparency level. The interface between private sector and the General Directorate of Customs it will be a web portal interface. The institutional cooperation and coordination of actions will be in real time. The single window will raise the transparency level of transactions between the administration and the private sector.20142016General Directorate of CustomsNA00000000000000000000000010001000000000000000000000000000022016NRNRMedium200000Minor1Limited30002017Limited3No Change0Did Not Change1Not Applicable
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AL0038Albania23.1ALBEuropeNational12014Open Access on Natural Resources DataElectronic access to protected areasElectronic Access to Protected AreasElectronic access to a registry of protected areas increases the participation and the inclusiveness of the public opinion and interested stakeholders for activities related to protected areas, hunting areas and national legislative initiatives in the field of nature conservation and biodiversity. The access to the portal will allow consultation of legal documents related to environment protection, a database of new Protected Areas (PA) or extension of existing PA, information on Hunting Areas and associated GIS digital maps. The creation of this portal will strongly contribute in the increase of transparency and public participation; in fact the portal will allow interactive exchange of opinions on draft laws, regulations, and strategies in the field of protected areas.20142016Ministry of EnvironmentNA00000000001000000000000010000000000000000100000000000000032016NRNRMedium211011Moderate2Limited30002017Limited3No Change0Did Not Change1Marginal
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AL0039Albania23.2ALBEuropeNational12014NANational geoportalNational GeoportalThe Ministry for Innovation and Public Administration, in collaboration of the Albanian Authority for geospatial information will undertake the creation of a National Electronic Geoportal, which, for the first time, will provide citizens and institutions, transparent and accurate geospatial information. Through the National Geoportal mapping citizens and interested parties can access to topographic maps, orthophotos, boundary maps, indicative maps of immobile property, and maps of the property value. Some of the steps that will measure the implementation of this commitment are, the interagency coordination in order to enable existing data collection, preparation of the terms of reference for software and hardware infrastructure needed for the realization of this commitment, preparation of the data model for the existing geospatial information, preliminary geo-portal website will make available the existing information, preparation of new geospatial information. Information on land property and value, positioning and boundary maps and data are information that currently is very difficult for citizens to collect. Also the level of corruption in this field has been very high for long time. Through the implementation of this commitment will contribute in facilitating the access to geospatial maps and data in a unique portal..20142016Ministry of State for Innovation and Public Administration (MSIPA); State Authority for Geospatial Information (ASIG)NA00000000000000000010000010000000000000000010000000000000032016NRNRHigh310011Moderate2Limited30002017Substantial4Increase1Marginal2Marginal
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AL0040Albania23.3ALBEuropeNational12014Open Data and e-ServicesE-­Albaniae-AlbaniaE-Albania portal serves as a single contact point for government services, helping to improve the overall accessibility of information to the public. Interoperability Platform on which this portal is based can be extended for other essential governmental services. Until now, information for 170 services offered by the public administration has been published. Services as access to personal data, business data, and online declaration of personal income will soon be added as e-services offered by the portal. E- Albania will be in enriched with various other public e-services. The aim of this commitment is to pass from first level services (informative services) to level 3 and 4, which means public services that are offered entirely online. It is expected that during 2015, 10 new services with be offered entirely online and other 10 will be added in 2016.20142016Ministry of State for Innovation and Public Administration (MSIPA) and National Agency for Information Society (NAIS)Ministries00000000000000000000000110000000000000000000000000000000022016NRNRMedium210011Moderate2Substantial41102017Substantial4No Change0Marginal2Marginal
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AL0041Albania23.4ALBEuropeNational12014Simplified Customs ServicesE-­documente-DocumentForms and documents to be completed for different procedures in the customs system are not only complicated but also numerous. In the aim to facilitate the access to the customs system we shall introduce the e-document. Not only will we facilitate the use of different forms and documents, but we will also contribute in the establishment of a paperless environment. The provision of public services in electronic way through e-documents and e-forms will facilitate the procedures for citizens and business, by reducing the costs and time employed for this services, it will also improve the degree of access to information for citizens thus making the procedures more transparent. E-documents will: 1 Improve public access by making selected documents, transparency and valid information for citizens available online. 2 Streamline citizen services by allowing licensees to submit electronic documents with their online applications. 3 Increase efficiency by eliminating filing, retrieving and re-filing of paper documents, and reducing time spent searching for misplaced paperwork. 4 Reduce the cost and clutter associated with manual, paper-based processes, and the printing and archiving of paper records. 5 Allow the public to submit electronic documents with online complaint forms20142016General Directorate of CustomsNA00000000000000000000000110000000000000000000000000000000022016NRNRMedium200000None0Limited30002017Limited3No Change0Did Not Change1Not Applicable
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AL0042Albania24.1ALBEuropeNational12014Denouncing CorruptionLaw on whistleblowers protectionLaw on Whistleblowers ProtectionCurrently, the trust of the public towards the public administration is low, while the risk that an informant will have when denouncing cases of corruption is very high. In Albania, there is no clear framework which ensures cooperation with informants and protects whistleblowers. This law, together with the awareness campaign that will follow, will ensure that informants that will entrust the enforcement agencies with information regarding corruption in sectors where they work or are involved, will be protected. This law will not only enhance transparency and reporting of cases of corruption, but also the credibility of the administration. A draft law currently exists and is under consultation. The law is in line with the National Strategy on the Fight Against Corruption 2014-2017 which provides for both preventative and awareness-raising objectives. Furthermore, the adoption of the law is also part of the Roadmap Priority Nr. 3 commitment for the fight against corruption in the context of Albania’s integration in the EU. There will be abroad consultation with government agencies and donors, while there are also planned consultation meetings for the civil society and business sector. Following these consultations, the draft will be edited to reflect comments, and after further internal and external consultations, the law is expected to be finalized in fall and adopted before the end of the year.20142016Minister of State for Local Issues (MSLI)Ministries, Parliament00001000001000000000000000100000000000000000000000000000032016NRNRHigh300101Transformative3Limited30002017Complete5Increase2Marginal2Not Applicable
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AL0043Albania24.2ALBEuropeNational12014NAPolice Service OfficesPolice Service OfficesThe Albanian Government in the aim to ensure and facilitate the access to Police Service, will establish “one stop shop” point in each police district with the purpose to: create a unified reception desk for all services delivered, simplify the procedures and limit the number of documents to be submitted. The one stop shop will also improve and make more efficient the cooperation Police Community thus helping in the creation of a safer community and raise public participation. Currently the police district stations are closed areas where the citizens have very little access or not access at all. This commitment aims to open up police services to citizens by offering them not only access but also a transparent service, on time, avoiding bureaucracy and corruption.
Service delivery to citizens through these offices will increase the citizen’s trust to the police, and will affect in the prevention of the corruption phenomena among the police organization. Restoring the communication with the public, through the provision of the administrative and procedural services, aims to be achieved through the electronic registration of their needs and their requests, and forwarding them, together with relevant documentation to the office of reviewing and resolving the problem within the time, as scheduled. The Police Service Offices will be set up and operate in all of police structures, from the General Directorate of Police to the police directorates and commissariats in the districts, which will have open premises for the public and will operate non-stop 24 hours, reception-shaped, for Administrative and Procedural Service. The number of police service offices that will be open, the number of services that will be available for citizens, the number of citizens served will used as indicators to verify the implementation of this commitment.
20142016General Directorate of State PoliceNA00000000000000000000001110000000000000010000000000010000042016NRNRHigh310111Moderate2Substantial41102017Substantial4No Change0Marginal2Marginal
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AL0044Albania31ALBEuropeNational12016Open Government to increase access to informationImprovement of database/portal with coordinators’ data of the right to information and transparency programsImprovement of Database/Portal with Coordinators’ Data of the Right to Information and Transparency ProgramsCurrently the Commissioner for Freedom of Information and Protection of Personal Data has established a central portal for access to information through which citizens are able to make requests for information online and if this right is not fulfilled, they will be able to also complain online. In this portal there will be an expanded database of transparency programs of public authorities through which public information is provided without request, data for coordinators on the right to information and records of such requests and responses. Under this action plan, the portal will improve its module for the publication of complaints and responses that citizens have addressed to institutions under their programs for transparency, portal will also stay up to date with the latest information for these coordinators at each institution. This commitment means providing the possibility to track electronically information and complaints from the interested parties themselves. In this portal there will be an expanded database of transparency programs of public authorities through which public information is provided without request, data for coordinators on the right to information and records of such requests and responses. Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment: The lack of a central registry of applications, the lack of a database with records of the coordinators of the right to information and transparency programs. Main Objective: Providing the possibility of an electronic tracking of requests for information and complaints from the interested parties themselves. In this portal will be an expanded database programs transparency of public authorities through which will be ensured public information without request, as well as data for coordinators’ rights to information and records of requests and answers.NANACommissioner for Freedom of Information and Protection of Personal Data“Soros” Foundation00000000000000000110000110000000000000000000000000000000042018NRNRMedium210011Moderate2Complete51102019Complete5No Change0Marginal2Marginal
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AL0045Albania32ALBEuropeNational12016Open Government to increase access to informationBudget transparencyBudget TransparencyTransparency in public finances is a key element of the government, so that budget information published on time, be easily accessible and clear to citizens. This commitment further enhances macroeconomic and fiscal stability as well as higher rates of economic growth. In addition, it helps to improve the efficiency of public expenditure. Ministry of Finance has paid great attention to budgeting transparency, placing it on top of its priorities, materialized in Public Finance Strategy 2014-2020. Improving budget transparency through this commitment will be achieved by: • Preparing all necessary documents required for budgeting, in such a format that their structures are clear and comprehensive for citizens; • Publishing on time these documents; • Publishing in the website of the Ministry of Finance and in the media, all the activities conducted by the Ministry, including hearings for budget mid-term programming to achieve the active participation of representatives from various organizations, including citizens, NGOs, civil society, from central and local government at all levels. Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment: Ministry of Finance, within the activities of the Public Finance Management (PFM), fulfilling activities/budget documents which are criteria and required by OBI (Open Budget Index), so that budget information published on time, be easily accessible and clear for citizens, in order to proceed with further progress on Budget Transparency. Transparency is one of the 8 basic principles of "good governance" (Good Governance). According to the OECD budget transparency is defined as "full disclosure of all relevant information on time and budget in a systematic way." Transparency in public finance is a key element of the government, which leads further towards fiscal and macroeconomic stability, as well as determinant for higher rates of economic growth. In addition, it helps to improve the efficiency on public spending, while growth in non-transparency leads to the reduction of fiscal discipline. The Ministry of Finance has paid a very great attention to transparency in budgeting, placing one of its priorities, materialized in Public Finance Strategy 2014-2020. Lack of budget transparency leads to: lack of information to the public, increasing the confidence of the citizens on how public funds are spent, etc.. Problems also occur when there is a lack of published reports monitoring report mid-year report of the budget, "Citizen Budget" which is a pamphlet written in simple language (available also online), which illustrates the main aspects of the annual budget, which must published in time and of course, understandable for citizens. Albania, according to the "Open Budget Survey 2015" results among countries that have seen a decline in the transparency of the state budget, with 38 points out of 100 possible. In addition, it is necessary to advance further the enhancement of budget transparency. Main Objective: The basic purpose of this commitment is to increase budget transparency by: • Preparing all necessary documents required for budgeting, in a format such that their structures be clear and comprehensive to citizens. • Publishing on time these documents. • Online publication on the MoF and the media of all the activities developed by the Ministry. • Active participation of representatives from various organizations based citizens, NGOs, civil society, government units in central and local level.NANAMinistry of FinancePartners Albania, AIS, etc.00000100001000000000000010000000000000000000000000000000132018NRNRMedium211001Moderate2Substantial41102019Substantial4No Change0Marginal2Marginal
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AL0046Albania33ALBEuropeNational12016Open Government to increase access to informationIntegrated Registry of Citizens’ HousingIntegrated Registry of Citizens’ HousingThe registration of citizens housing will enable many services that can be offered to citizens from their house; these services will be redimensioned after the creation of this database. An important aspect of this service is the registration of Albanian emigrants housing. This will enable important information with extensive use of state and private institutions (the vote of emigrants, penalties at home and many other uses). The whole process will ensure the involvement of citizens in order to verify the accuracy and integrity of datas; an example for this is that the data on registration of emigrants will be obtained through selfdeclaration. Also, feedback from citizens will be taken through urban offices and civil registry offices spread across the whole country. Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment There is a lack of the Integrated Registry of Citizens’ Housing. Main Objective The registration of citizens housing will enable many services that can be offered to citizens from their house; these services will be redimensioned after the creation of this database. One aspect of this service is the census of emigrants. This will enable important information with extensive use of state and private institutions (the vote of emigrants, penalties at home and many other uses). - Increase quality of services to the citizens through housing registry - Melting of the National Address Registry with the Civil Status Registry - Populating the addresses of residents.NANAMinistry of Internal AffairsNA00000000000000000010000100000000000100000000000000000000032018NRNRLow100000Minor1Limited30002019Limited3No Change0Did Not Change1Did Not Change
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AL0047Albania34ALBEuropeNational12016Open Government to increase access to informationEstablishment of electronic Registry for public notification and consultationEstablishment of Electronic Registry for Public Notification and ConsultationCreating the registry for public notification and consultation belongs to the implementation of Law No. 146/2014 "On public notification and consultation". In this context, this system is designed as a section in the form of a unique interactive virtual forum of government services e-Albania.al. Any decision-making and legislative institution, through a user that will be act as coordinator of the institution, and the cast will publish for consultation with citizens and interest groups of every draft or draft prior to its adoption. The inclusion of this unique portal registry e-Albania.al government, and the inclusion of public consultation system within it will increase the exposure and access of citizens to the system. This investment is aimed at increasing transparency and increasing public engagement in governance to meet the needs for creating the system functional for public notification and consultation. Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment Creating Registry for public notification and consultation comes under Law no. 146/2014 "On public notification and consultation". The system is conceived as a section in the form of an interactive virtual forum on e-Albania portal. Any decision-making and legislative institution, through a user that will act as coordinator of the institution, and the cast will publish for consultation with citizens and interest groups of any decision or law prior to its adoption. The existence of unique portal e-government Albania, and the inclusion of public consultation system within the e-Albania will increase the exposure and access of citizens to the system. This investment is aimed at increasing transparency and increasing public engagement in governance to meet the needs of the system functional for creating Notification and Public Consultation. Main Objective Through this registry, access and opportunity of communication of all parties concerned will be provided. This form ensures and strengthens equality in terms of access to information and service, taking into consideration the specific needs to certain individuals or groups. This commitment also aimed at increasing transparency and increasing public engagement in governance.NANANational Agency for Information Society (NAIS)Minister of State for Innovation and Public Administration Line ministries; Great impact for CSOs and the public00000000001000000000000010010000000000000000000000000000032018NRNRLow111011Moderate2Complete51002019Complete5No Change0Marginal2Marginal
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AL0048Albania35ALBEuropeNational12016Open Government to increase access to informationDigital archiveDigital ArchiveThe commitment proposed by the Ministry of Urban Development and the Central Archive for Technical Construction has the overall objective of monitoring compliance with the development of the Digital Agenda in Albania and recognized technological standards referred to by similar entities in other countries of the EU, as well as similar institutions in the country. The Archive should turn into a technology-based asset for access, convertible and comparable with European similar archives, improving the effectiveness of the service provided to citizens through: - Providing services online through access on the Internet / intranet citizens or entities and other interested parties who require these services, access to online material opportunities. - Creating opportunities for publication technological and infrastructural services, real-time benefit in their reduction in costs of services, human processes of energy saving automatic. - Reduction of the use of documents and other archival materials of the original by increasing the scale of their use in an electronic form. Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment The lack of state database of the digital archiving will be considered by this commitment. Central Technical Archive of Construction is the only institution in Albania that collects and manages documents of technical construction. For that reason people who have to apply for and obtain archival documentation have to travel to the capital Tirana. Consequently, this leads to: a) Increased costs for citizens; b) Delays in obtaining the required material (because citizens will have to travel in person); c) Finally, payment can only be made by banks. This commitment aims at the overall monitoring and compliance with the development of the Albania’s Digital Agenda and over AQTN at an advanced stage and recognized technological referred Authorities analogue in other countries of the EU, and similar entities within the country. The Archive should turn into a technology-based asset for access, convertible and comparable with European similar archives, improving the effectiveness of the service provided to citizens. Main Objective Improving the effectiveness of service offered to citizens through: - Providing access to online services through Internet / Intranet citizens or entities and other interested parties who require these services, access to online material. - Creating opportunities for publication technological and infrastructural services, real-time benefit in their reduction in costs of services, saving human energies for automatic processes. - Reducting the use of documents and other archival materials of the original by increasing the scale of their use in an electronic form.NANACentral Technical Archive of Construction /Ministry of Urban DevelopmentNA00000000000000000000000110000000000000000000000000000000022018NRNRLow100000Minor1Limited30002019Limited3No Change0Did Not Change1Did Not Change
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AL0049Albania36ALBEuropeNational12016Open Government to increase access to informationCreating a database for archiving and publication of research funds and programs in AlbaniaCreating a Database for Archiving and Publication of Research Funds and Programs in AlbaniaThe Albanian government will be committed to maximizing access to information related to researches funded by public and private funds to promote greater cooperation between the scientific community, public institutions and private sector. Activities proposed in this context are the following: - Development, adoption and promotion of open standards for science in Albania. - Completion of legislation through a bylaw to enable one-stop search for publications and data resulting from scientific work undertaken by the Albanian institutions and researchers (supported by albanian and other funding resources). Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment In Albania there is few cooperation (or nonexistent) between the scientific community and the private sector and the scientific community and public institutions about policy-making based on evidence. One of the main negative consequences is the lack of research’s results produced in Albania. Currently, there are a number of programs in the country (with public funds or donor’s funds) that support research. But the lack of a unique portal, which should contain all research deliverables and calls, hinders the development of this cooperation. Main Objective The Albanian Government is committed to maximize access to research financed by public and non-public funds to promote greater cooperation between the scientific community, public and private sector institutions. Activities proposed: - The development, adoption and promotion of standards for Open Science in Albania. - Creation of an online service to provide one stop search for publications and data resulting from scientific work undertaken by the Albanian institutions and researchers (supported by Albanian funding or others)NANAMinistry of Education and SportAgency for Research, Technology and Innovation; IDM00000100000000000010000110000000000000000000100000000000152018NRNRHigh310011Moderate2Not Started20002019Limited3Increase1Did Not Change1Did Not Change
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AL0050Albania37ALBEuropeNational12016Open Government to increase access to informationCommitment to publish online central and local government legislation in open systems and for freeCommitment to Publish Online Central and Local Government Legislation in Open Systems and for FreeInfocip considers that access to the central and local legislation is a public service that does not need improvement, despite more explicit legal requirements. The commitment to publish online in open systems free national and local legislation includes: - Regarding the central legislation, the government is committed to the publication of legislation in the official websites of the line Ministries, free of charge, in the section: Legislation. - Regarding local government legislation, Infocip offers vendime.al as online national platform, unique in its kind, which may be adopted as a reporting mechanism. Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment INFOCIP considers that access to the central and local government legislation is a public service, which is provided, for free in a bad quality and for many years, despite explicit legal requirements. INFOCIP proposed GoA to commit in publishing online in open systems and for free this kind of legislation. For central government legislation, a coherent system should be adopted (the oldest is lacking efficiencies and consistency). For local government, INFOCIP offers vendime.al as a national platform, unique in its kind, which is adopted, it is reported directly as a significant contribution of civil society within the new commitment, but also the reporting mechanism. Main Objective This commitment’s main objective is to publish online in open systems and for free, central and local government legislation.NANAMinister of Local AffairsINFOCIP00000000001000000010000111110010000000000000000000000000082018NRNRMedium210001Moderate2Limited30002019Substantial4Increase1Major3Major
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AL0051Albania38ALBEuropeNational12016Open Government to increase access to informationCommitment to Open Standards for Contracting, public contracts to be published in open data formatCommitment to Open Standards for ContractingAIS organization is as an organization that promotes open data and transparency, simultaneously engaged as a member of the Coalition for Open Government Partnership for Albania. In this term, AIS proposed several commitments to the Government and its partners, to be included in the 2016-2018 national action plan, including: online publication of concession and PPP contracts in which the GoA is part. The governmental institution engaged in this commitment is the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade, Tourism and Entrepreneurship. The Albanian government is engaged in the use of open standards for contracting. This is a current trend of the efforts of nations and stakeholders to access information on public contracts and the way they proceed to their finalization. The Concessionaire Register has to be built on the basis of the Law on Concessions and PPP, and DCM is deemed delivering in an open data format by also ensuring trade or intellectual secret. The Concession Treatment Agency has undertaken this commitment to create the Electronic Registry of Concessions and Public Private Partnership pursuant to Law No. 125/2013, as amended, and the Council of Ministers Decision Nr. 211 dated 16.03.2016 "On the establishment and administration of the Electronic Registry of Concessions / PPP". This institution is currently collecting data on all contracts and PPP concession by all contracting authorities in the Republic of Albania. The database that will be created as a result of this commitment will be public and accessible to all. Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment Currently there is contrats on concessions, PPP contracts are not published online in their entirety. Main Objective The Albanian government is engaged in the use of open standards for contracting. This is a current trend of the efforts of nations and stakeholders to access information on public contracts and the way they proceed to their finalization. The Concessionaire Register is to be built on the basis of the Law on Concessions and PPP, and DCM is deemed delivering in an open data format by also ensuring trade or intellectual secret. The Concession Treatment Agency has undertaken this commitment to create the Electronic Registry of Concessions and Public Private Partnership pursuant to Law No. 125/2013, as amended, and the Council of Ministers Decision Nr. 211 dated 16.03.2016 "On the establishment and administration of the Electronic Registry of Concessions / PPP". This institution is currently collecting data on all contracts and PPP concession by all contracting authorities in the Republic of Albania. The database that will be created as a result of this commitment will be public and accessible to all. This institution is currently collecting data on all contracts, PPP and concessions by all contracting authorities in the Republic of Albania. The database that will be created as a result of this commitment will be public and accessible to all.NANAMinistry of Economic Development, Trade, Tourism and EntrepreneurshipConcession Treatment Agency; AIS00000100000000010011000010001000000000000000000000000000162018NRNRMedium210011Moderate2Limited30002019Substantial4Increase1Marginal2Marginal
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AL0052Albania39ALBEuropeNational12016Open Government for creating safer governmentsImplementation of the Law "On protection of whistleblowers", capacity building, amendments and its bylawsImplementation of the Law "On Protection of Whistleblowers", Capacity Building, Amendments and Its BylawsIn May 2014, NCAC and the Ministry of Justice, with the assistance of the Dutch government that is channeled through Utrecht University, began drafting the Law “On whistle blowers and the protection of whistleblowers”. This law serves at increasing transparency of public and private institutions by creating a better environment for employees to step up and denounce corruption cases. The law defines corruption related offences, delineates the competences of the internal mechanisms, and pinpoints which body should serve as the external reporting mechanisms and defines how the protection of whistleblowers should be ensured. In addition, the law applies both to the public and private sector. It was adopted in Parliament on June 2, 2016. By Decree of the President of the Republic No.9647 dated on 20.06.2016, the law was published in the Official Gazette No.115 on June 23, 2016 and it entered into force on July 8, 2016. Its legal effects extend from October 1, 2016 with the exception of legal effects for internal whistleblowing for private subjects, which start on July 1, 2017 (Note: this was a commitment of NAP 2nd 2014-2016). Objectives for this NAP’s commitment: - Drafting of bylaws, relevant instructions and reporting forms for the prosecution and investigation by HIDAACI for successful implementation of this law; - Consultations with stakeholders in Tirana and other districts for the introduction of bylaws, consultation and recommendations thereof; - Capacity building through trainings and technical assistance for staff of HIDAACI and other public administration staff about the successful implementation of the law, bylaws and regulations, preparation of job descriptions for staff responsible for receiving alerts and pursuits; - Awareness and education campaigns in the media of the law and the importance of its implementation in the fight against corruption. Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment The 2 year process of drafting the Law “On protection of whistleblowers”, as an important preventive tool and reporting of corrupt practices within the public authorities and private entities, has come to an end. The draft law was approved by the Council of Ministers on December 16, 2015; On February 17, 2016, the bill was introduced by Minister Çuçi at the Parliamentary Commission for Legal Issues, Public Administration and Human Rights, where discussions were held first in principle on the content of the draft law among the members of the Commission (rapporteur: V. Hysi) and representatives from the Ministry of Local Affairs. On March 1, 2016, the draft was discussed in principle in the Parliamentary Commission of National Security and was approved in principle. On March 7, 2016, the Parliamentary Committee for Legal Issues, Public Administration and Human Rights, in accordance with the Rules of Parliament, held a hearing with representatives of independent institutions, civil society organizations and international organizations to review the draft law "On protection of whistleblowers" (rapporteur: V. Hysi). Independent institutions that have participated directly in the Commission were: General Prosecutor, the Ombudsman, HIDAACI and Commissioner for Protection against Discrimination, and civil society representatives also took part, the Albanian Helsinki Committee, Institute for Democracy and Mediation, the Albanian Institute of Science, Partners Albania and Flag. However, comments on the draft came also from OSCE, EUD, etc. MLA, in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice as co proposers of the bill, have considered comments received from all stakeholders and reflected them in the draft. On 29 and 30 March 2016, the bill was approved in principle and article by article in the Parliamentary Commission for Legal Issues, Public Administration and Human Rights. The draft law was approved by the Parliament and comes into force in October 2016. In the forcoming, it is also expected: (i) issuance of bylaws; (Ii) strengthen capacities of HIDAACI with 7-8 people that will implement the bill. Drafting of this bill has become part of the fulfillment of the Roadmap for the five priorities recommended by the European Commission, approved by Council of Ministers Decision No. 330, dated 28.05.2014 and in fulfillment of the Crosscutting Anti Corruption Strategy for 2015-2020, approved by the Council of Ministers Decision No. 247, dated 20.03.2015. This law stipulates creation of a new mechanism of denunciation of corruption practices in the workplace by employees of a public authority or private entity in the Republic of Albania. There are some several key factors that will influence the governance of public and private institutions, increase transparency for the public and discourage corruptive practices as a result of the adoption of this law: (i) encouraging the public to actively use mechanisms of reporting and preventive corruption in the workplace; (Ii) increase transparency in public administration activities and private enterprises; (Ii) encourage cooperation with the institutions of justice; and (iii) protection of whistleblowers against retaliatory measures. Main Objective Increasing number of reports on cases of corruption in public authorities and the protection of ‘whistleblowers’.NANAMinister for Local Affairs (MLA), Ministry of Justice, etc.Partners Albania, media, businesses10001000000000000000000001100000000000000000000000000000042018NRNRHigh311101Transformative3Complete51112019Complete5No Change0Marginal2Did Not Change
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AL0053Albania310ALBEuropeNational12016Open Government for public service modernisationProvision of electronic servicesProvision of Electronic ServicesThis commitment aims at delivering e-services through an electronic forms management system (Eforms). This will help institutions involved to reduce manual paper work which is much slower than electronic processing of information using electronic forms of communication with citizens. The system will also help citizens and businesses to reduce time for obtaining services. Form’s processing time will be reduced because eForms will be submitted in electronic format. The system will increase the efficiency of government employees, which will serve citizens faster and better. Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment Currently there are available 248 electronic services in level 3-4. National Agency for Information Society aimed at building an electronic forms management system (Eforms). This will help the institutions involved in the project to reduce manual paper work which is much slower than electronic processing of information using electronic forms for communication with citizens. The system will also help citizens and businesses to reduce the time for obtaining services. Forms processing time will be reduced because eForm will be submitted in electronic format. The system will increase the efficiency of government employees, which will serve faster and better citizens. NAIS has undertaken the project for the digitization of 36 services of Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The objective of this project comprises in: 1. Publication and digitalisation of services provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the diplomatic and consular services in the unique governmental portal e-albania.al 2. Standartisation of websites of every consulate elements: virtual percussion, virtual tour in 3D for each consulate, the Minister of MFA video that welcomes visitors and directs them to the package of services. Another project is the service that detects electronic e-permits. This electronic service offers the possibility of applying for a construction permit online through the e-Albania portal over the range of the following permits: • Application for the issuance of a development permit; • Application for issuance of a building permit by category including construction permit for a new building or additional breach in the existing building; • Request for issuing a preliminary statement for performing work; • Request for deferment of the construction permit; • Application for a permit for a review of the ndënimit Iejes conditions; • Application for a permit to change the activities and / or functions of the individual unit; • Request for issuance of certificate of use. • Request for completion of documentation • Application to change the subject of the building permit The main difficulties encountered for the above projects are a lack of computerized systems in some institutions. Main Objective The provision of new electronic services in e-government portal Albania, will: • Reduce manual work with papers circulating between institutions involved, which is much slower than electronic processing of information using electronic forms for communication with citizens; • Reduce cost and time for citizens and also the administration; • Improve public services for citizens; • Reduce possibilities of corruption.NANANational Agency for Information Society (NAIS)Line ministries and their subordinate institutions, local authorities, independent institutions In total, over 85 institutions that provide services through the E – Albania. Citizens / business / public administration employee In total, 214 041 registered users (citizens / businesses) Users: Staff of public administration 15,00000000000000000000010000111000000000000000000000000000000042018NRNRLow100000Minor1Complete50002019Complete5No Change0Marginal2Marginal
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AL0054Albania311ALBEuropeNational12016Open Government for public service modernisationEstablishment of multifunctional centralized system for building permitsEstablishment of Multifunctional Centralized System for Building PermitsThis commitment foresees the establishment of a multifunctional system to simplify the procedure of building permit applications and their proccesing by providing citizens and businesses the opportunity to apply only online for those permits. The purpose of this project is the construction of a multifunctional system and centralized to simplify procedures for license applications development and construction, providing citizens and businesses the opportunity to apply online. Being a centralized system is intended to be accessed electronically from all units of the central government and all other institutions involved in the decision making process through the respective accounts. This project aims to implement electronic communication between the National Territorial Planning Agency registry with the electronic records of other institutions to checks and/or automatically revocate applicants' data through the the government interoperability platform; also tracking status of the application at any stage of the procedure. Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment This kind of permit is only provided ‘offline’ asking for businesses to receive lots of documents from other public institutions and submit everything at the premises of the National Territorial Planning Agency (situated in Tirana). This process includes extensive efforts and time ‘til the provision of the permit. Main Objective This project aims at implementing electronic communication registry NTPA with the electronic records of other institutions for vetting or making automated database of applicants, through the platform governmental interaction and tracking the status of the application at any stage via eTracking system. This project will also adapt the current registry in accordance with the latest legal changes. The system will be introduced for the first time in the Albania and will include the application for development permit applications through the system fully online. It is very important the close cooperation with local authorities to achieve this multifunctional centralized system.NANANational Agency for Information Society (NAIS)Ministry of Urban development/ National Territorial Planning Agency, Local government units00000000000000000010000111000000000000000000000000000000042018NRNRMedium200000Moderate2Complete50002019Complete5No Change0Did Not Change1Did Not Change
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AL0055Albania312ALBEuropeNational12016Open Government for public service modernisationEstablishment and distribution of digital countersEstablishment and Distribution of Digital CountersThrough the distribution of digital counters e-Albania portal aims at providing access and easier navigation on the Internet for all Albanian citizens who can run on a single point of public access to information or public services online that are provided through the unique e-government portal. Digital counter will offer public services 24/7. Presentation for the first time of digital counters will bring increased transparency to provide the administration services. Through electronic delivery, NAIS intends to improve availability, quality and transparency of public services and reduce time of implementation of procedures and public administration costs. Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment In order to improve public services provided to the citizens and to promote latest technologies, NAIS has taken the initiative to spread digital counters throughout the country. Presentation for the first time of digital counters will bring increased transparency to provide the administration services. Through electronic delivery, NAIS intends to improve availability, quality and transparency of public services and reduce time of implementation of procedures and public administration costs. Main Objective Through the distribution of digital counters e-Albania portal aims at providing access and easier navigation on the Internet for all Albanian citizens who can run on a single point of public access to information or public services online that are provided through the unique e-government portal. Digital counter will offer public services 24/7.NANANational Agency for Information Society (NAIS)Close cooperation with private sector00000000000000000000000110000000000000000000000000000000022018NRNRLow100000None0Complete50002019Complete5No Change0Did Not Change1Did Not Change
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AL0056Albania313ALBEuropeNational12016Open Government for public service modernisationService passport standardizationService Passport StandardizationAgency for the Delivery of Integrated Services Albania (ADISA) is commited to preparing service passports for each administrative service, based on experience with customer service standard’s delivery in the private sector. This commitment comes as a result of the public service reform, based on a lack of necessary information, transparency, accountability and efficiency in the way of the delivery of public services in the Republic of Albania. Service passports will be used for all citizens of the Republic of Albania for the delivery, simplification and unification of information for all public services. This will bring a clear picture to the citizens on the manner of how public services are delivered. Each service has his unique service passport, stating data associated with: name of the institution, name of service, code, description, necessary documentation, document delivered, validity of the document, beneficiaries of the service, the time of receipt of service, fee, payment, provision of online services, legal basis, address the office, complaints system, the description of the application procedure in the reception office, call center. The main objectives of the service passport are as follows: • Simplifying of information for citizens on how to benefit public services; • Unification of organizing information for public services; • Standardization of its intended use not only in offices but also in the call center and the e-government portal. Currently, ADISA is focused on 10 institutions and is working on the completion of 400 service passports, which are in the final phase of adjustments and coordination to be delivered. Further on ADISA will work upon standartization of 700 service passports already agreed with institutions that provide public services, which will be completed by the end of 2017. Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment Service passport’s standardization to be issued by ADISA is based on Law No. 13, dated 18.02.2016 "On the provision of public services at the counter in the Republic of Albania", and DCM. No. 343, dated 05.04.2016 "On establishing the authority responsible for drawing up models." In connection with the foregoing, ADISA cooperates with state institutions that provide public services at the counter to obtain relevant information, therefore the Service Passsport content. For each service, the service passport, will contain the following information: a) Code of service; b) Name of service; c) Documentation required for the service requested; d) Fee for obtaining the service; e) The time limit of delivering the service from the institution. There are 371 service passports standartized currently provided by 10 state institutions. Under this commitment, 700 more service passports are to be delivered. Service passport will be accessible online as well as in the service counters. Main Objective The service passport is intended to serve as a unique public document to increase transparency, citizen access, speed of service, service delivery, continuous improvement, performance and provides alternative means to fight corruption.NANAAgency for the Delivery of Integrated Services Albania (ADISA)Ministry of Innovation and Public Administration and all line ministries; With impact at the CSOs and private sector00000000000000000010000111000000000000000000000000000000042018NRNRMedium200000Minor1Substantial40002019Complete5Increase1Marginal2Marginal
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AL0057Albania314ALBEuropeNational12016Open Government for public service modernisationCitizen CardCitizen CardMinister of State for Innovation and Public Administration, in cooperation with the Agency for the Delivery of Integrated Services Albania (ADISA) undertook the creation of a public document, which, for the first time, will be provided to guarantee citizens and institutions, information on baseline standards for public service delivery at the counter. Institutions and citizens did not know this kind of information previously. This commitment is to be fulfilled by ADISA, as the authority responsible for standardizing methods of delivering public services at the counter, creating the Citizen's Card, which will include for each service/information on ways/channels for obtaining the service: • Rules of conduct at the physical counters; • Rules for the application at the physical service counters; • Rules for obtaining answers to the physical counters; • Rules for appeal; • Models of visual representation at the physical counters; • Service’s necessary elements at the physical counters; • Rules of communication and organizating of information on services; • Rules on the use of shapes and functionality of different channels for delivery of public services from the point of view of natural and legal persons; • Classification of services; • Codification of services; • Forms for service application. Drafting and publication of the card extensively in print or electronic format would ensure increase of transparency, speed of service, service delivery, continuous improvement, performance and it provides alternative means to fight corruption. Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment Develop the Citizen Card is based on Law No. 13, dated 02.18.2016 "On the provision of public services at the counter in the Republic of Albania", Article 35, which provides that: Standardization of delivery of public services at the counter made by national models, as well as European and international models, are based on DCM. No. 343, dated 05.04.2016 is ADISA. The term "model" means: • Rules of conduct at the physical counters; • Rules for the application at the physical service counters; • Rules for obtaining answers to the physical counters; • Rules for appeal; • Models of visual representation at the physical counters; • Service’s necessary elements at the physical counters; • Rules of communication and organizating of information on services; • Rules on the use of shapes and functionality of different channels for delivery of public services from the point of view of natural and legal persons; • Classification of services; • Codification of services; • Forms for service application. Every standard consists of several processes, guaranteeing the standard itself. Finally, processes are measured through indicators whether standards are at the appropriate levels. Main Objective Citizen’s card aims at ensuring increase of transparency, speed of service, service delivery, continuous improvement, performance and it provides alternative means to fight corruption.NANAAgency for the Delivery of Integrated Services Albania (ADISA)Ministry of Innovation and Public Administration and all line ministries; With impact for CSO-s and private sector00000000000000000000000101100000000000000000000000000000032018NRNRHigh310001Minor1Substantial40002019Complete5Increase1Marginal2Marginal
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AL0058Albania315ALBEuropeNational12016Open Government for public service modernisationElectronic system of registration of e-prescription in the Republic of AlbaniaElectronic System of Registration of e-Prescription in the Republic of AlbaniaThis commitment is intended to replace medical prescription on papers to electronic prescription nationwide. Fulfilling this commitment brings increased efficiency of drug reimbursement medical funds and accuracy of determining medical drugs impacting directly on improving the quality of patients' health and health care. Among other things, e-prescriptions will bring: • Reduced possibility of errors resulting from misunderstandings in writing between physicians and pharmacists; • Reduced administrative time communication between patient - physician, patient - pharmacists, pharmacist - Compulsory Insurance Health Care Fund (CIHCF); • Increased level of compliance of drugs given to a patient and increase patient's comfort and in accessing these medicines; • The system will enable gathering of a historical record of actual medication that the patient received. Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment So far, the generation of medical prescriptions has been performed only on paper. The volume of processing recipes on paper is difficult to manage since it has increased significantly. Ministry of Health after successfully piloting the electronic prescription system in the district of Durrës, will extend this system all over Albania. The lack of a computerized registry for the registration of prescriptions issued by doctors favors: • Possibility of high performing errors; • Errors of interpretation in delivering drugs; • Requires very large volume of work with prescriptions on paper; •Extensive efforts in data entry of recipes on paper in a register for calculating pharmacy reimbursement for reimbursable drugs. Main Objective The objective of this commitment is to substitute medical prescriptions on paper to electronic prescriptions nationwide. Through this system we aim to achieve: 1. Increase the efficiency of drug reimbursement funds and accuracy of determining medical drugs impacting directly on improving the quality of patients' health and healthcare. 2. Reduce the possibility of giving false medical drugs for patients. 3. Reduce the possibility of errors that result from writing misunderstandings between doctors and pharmacists. 4. Reduce administrative time communication between • Patient - Doctor • Patient - Pharmacist • Pharmacist - (CIHCF) 5. Increase the level of compliance of drugs given to a patient and increase patient comfort and in accessing these drugs. 6. The system will enable establishment of a historical record of actual medication that the patient received. 7. Conveniences and profitabilities for pharmacists are, as follows: o Reduce chance of errors; o Increase accuracy in delivering drugs; o Reduce paper work with prescriptions.NANAMinistry of HealthPharmacies00000000000000000010000110000000001000000000000000000000042018NRNRLow100000Minor1Limited30002019Limited3No Change0Did Not Change1Did Not Change
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AL0059Albania316ALBEuropeNational12016Open Government to protect the environmentElectronic Monitoring System of ForestsElectronic Monitoring System of ForestsThis commitment aims at the creation of an integrated system that will enable monitoring of illegal activities and the timely identification of fire as one of the strategic objectives of the government program regarding forestry. This commitment aims to: - Establish an integrated system for monitoring of forests to prevent illegal cutting of forests; - Real-time detection of fires that may occur in the points to be covered by the system; - Monitoring during 24/365, set out the key points to prevent and control transport of illegal cutting wood material from forests towards urban centers where it is collected and marketed. - Improving quality of service for the prevention of violations of forest cutting. - Real time information exchange with other structures responsible for monitoring and prosecution of the perpetrators of actions against legitimate. - Reduce corruption in this area. Status quo or problem addressed by the commitment Illegal cutting of forests is one of the illegal activities of major impacts on forest ecosystems and damage to the environment as a whole, causing a chain of negative consequences that result in serious injuries to forests, land and national economy. Despite continuous efforts made by state structures for the prevention and suppression of this activity again present problems in some districts. Currently, the State Inspectorate of Environment, Forestry and Water Management has no computerized system for monitoring and recording illegal activities or forest fires in every region of the Republic of Albania. Installation of monitoring cameras and the establishment of a system suitable for information analyzing and responsive measures on accrual illegal crossing, will significantly increase the effectiveness of the work of the Inspectorate of Forestry Police, identifying evidence for the initiation of proceedings documenting of violations and punishment of perpetrators. The establishment of this system will reduce costs of inspections and a better appreciation of the work of the Inspectorate of Police Inspectors Forestry and Environmental Guards who have responsibility forested areas. Given that some of the cameras will be placed at prominent points of the terrain and within the National Park they will serve as surveillance and reconnaissance systems of forest fires. Continuous monitoring will have an impact and reduce the level of corruption in the forest sector. Main Objective Establishment of an integrated system that enable the monitoring of illegal activities and the timely identification of fire as one of the strategic objectives of the government program for forests. This commitment aims to: - Establish an integrated system for monitoring of forests to prevent illegal cutting of forests; - Real-time detection of fires that may occur in the points to be covered by the system; - Monitoring during 24/365, set out the key points to prevent and control illegal prerejve transport wood material from forests towards urban centers where it is collected and marketed. - Improving quality of service for the prevention of violations of forest cutting. - Real time information exchange with other structures responsible for monitoring and prosecution of the perpetrators of actions against legitimate.NANAMinistry of EnvironmentState Inspectorate of Environment and Forests10000000000000000010000111000000000000000110000000000000072018NRNRHigh300000Minor1Not Started20002019Complete5Increase3Did Not Change1Did Not Change
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AL0060Albania317ALBEuropeNational12016Open Government to protect the environmentIntegrated electronic system for professional licensing of individuals and legal entities that will operate in the field of study design and supervision of commissioning of construction worksIntegrated Electronic System for Professional Licensing of Individuals and Legal Entities That Will Operate in the Field of Study Design and Supervision of Commissioning of Construction WorksCurrently, Ministry of Urban Development does not have a software application to manage applications for professional licensing in the above areas, and every practice is currently being proccesed only by paper. This project will provide online applications for professional licensure through the unique interoperability government getaway and their provision at e-albania.al, being in line with the initiatives of the GoA for the delivery of digital services to citizens and businesses. The system will improve service delivery to citizens, facilitate procedures, accelerate and further increase transparency of the system within the ministry, between ministries and other public institutions and also among the public. The system will utilize the entire database of information and minimize as much as possible human intervention in the process, during performance of arithmetic and logical control. Status quo or problem Ministry of Urban Development is responsible for the design and implementation of legislation, strategies and policies (among others) in the 41 addressed by the commitment field of occupational licensing of individuals and legal entities that operate in the field of design and supervision of construction commissioning works. Currently, Ministry of Urban Development does not have a software application to manage applications for professional licensing in the above areas, and every practice is currently being proccesed only by paper. Main Objective The main objective of this commitment is to improve services provided to beneficiaries regarding professional licensing of individuals and legal entities that operate in the field of study of the design and supervision of commissioning of construction works. In this way, citizens, businesses and other stakeholders will be able to refer to substantial information and validated in terms of individuals and legal entities that operate in the field of study of the design and commissioning supervision of construction works. • Online service for professional licensing applications through ealbania; • Exchange information in real time to verify the status of the application; • Improving capacity for monitoring.NANAMinistry of Urban DevelopmentNA00000000000000000000000110100000000000000000000000000000032018NRNRMedium200000Minor1Substantial40002019Substantial4No Change0Did Not Change1Did Not Change
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AL0061Albania41ALBEuropeNational12018NAOpen Government to Increase Transparency in Government Reporting and Improve Accessibility to InformationTransparency of Government ReportingComponent I: Open Government to Increase Transparency in Government Reporting and
Improve Accessibility to Information
The policy objective of this activity is to guarantee a public finance system that promotes
transparency, accountability, fiscal discipline and efficiency in the management and use of public
resources to improve the quality of service delivery and economic development.
COMPONENTS I: OPEN GOVERNMENT TO INCREASE TRANSPARENCY IN
GOVERNMENT REPORTING AND IMPROVE ACCESSIBILITY TO INFORMATION
Leading institution Ministry of Finance and Economy
Other steakholders Government The Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign
Affairs, Public Procurement Agency, Public Procurement
Commission, the High State Control, INSTAT, the General
Directorate of Taxation and the General Directorate of Customs
Civil society,
private sector
Status quo or problem / issue being
addressed
The vision of the PFM reform strategy is to guarantee a system of public
finances that promotes transparency, accountability, fiscal discipline and
efficiency in the management and use of public resources for the provision
of improved services and economic development
In the first half of 2018, MoFE launched the Mid-Term Review (MTR)
of the 2014-2020 Public Finance Management Strategy. The MTR's
objectives are to identify progress, achievements, challenges and gaps to
plan the next agenda and SMART approach to PFM reform.
The mid-term evaluation report of the PFM strategy contains a brief
description of the methodology followed, the progress of each component
of the pillar strategy during the years 2014 to the first half of 2018;
addressing the recommendations issued by international evaluation
reports; setting priorities for each pillar as well as describing a new
framework for revision of the strategy.
The Ministry of Finance, in the framework of Public Finance Management
(PFM) activities, fulfilling budget activities
/ documents that are criteria and required by the Open Budget Index (OBI)
so that the information on the budget is published on time, easily
accessible and understandable to the citizens, has undertaken to continue
further the progress on Budget Transparency.
Transparency is one of the eight basic principles of "Good Governance".
According to the OECD, budget transparency is defined as "full disclosure
of all relevant budget information in time and systematically".
Transparency in public finances is a key element of governance, which
leads to macroeconomic and fiscal stability, and determines higher rates
of economic growth. In addition, it helps to improve the efficiency of
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public spending, while the increase of non-transparency leads to the
reduction of fiscal discipline.
The Ministry of Finance has paid attention to the transparency of the
budget, placing it in one of its priorities, materialized in the 2014-2020
Public Finance Strategy.
Lack of budget transparency leads to: lack of availability of required
information, lack of public information, reduction of citizens' confidence
in how public funds are spent, etc. Problems also arise when there is a lack
of publication of the monitoring reports, mid-year report, year-end report,
"Citizens Budget", which is a simple language pamphlet that illustrates the
main aspects of the annual budget, which should published on time and of
course, understandable to citizens.
However, despite the measures taken in this context, Albania, according
to the "Open Budget Survey 2015" report, is among the countries that had
declined in the state budget transparency, ranked first in the region, with
a score of 38 points 100 possible. In addition, it is necessary to further
advance with the improvement and increase of Budget Transparency.
Main objective / Purpose of the
policy
The policy objective of this activity is to guarantee a public finance
system that promotes transparency, accountability, fiscal discipline
and efficiency in the management and use of public resources to
improve the quality of service delivery and economic development.
OGP challenge affected by this meaure Improving
public
services
More
efficient
management
of public
resources
Increas
e
public
integrit
y
Increasing
corporate
accountabilit
y
Creating a safer
community
X X X
It is important in order to improve: Transparenc
y
Responsibilit
y
Citizen Participation Technology and
Innovation
X X
Measurable and
verifiable
achievements to
accomplish this
measure
Result
Indicators
Output
Indicators
Responsible
Institution
New or
continued
engagement
from the 2016-
2018 action
plan
Start
Date
End Date
1.1 Establish a
comprehensive
statistical system
covering the needs of
budgetary and semibudgetary entities.
1. Improved
statistical
system
2. The
standard skid
model
Drafting of
National
Government
Accounts
according to
International
Methodologi
es (ESA
INSTAT Continuous
engagement
2014 2022
1.2 Creating
standardized
information
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1.3 Creating
alternative methods
for gathering
information
1. New
methods
developed
for the
exchange of
data
3. Standard
formats /
models
4. Report on
approved
results
2010 and
GFS 2014)
1.4 Integration of
Additional
Information on the
Treasury System
(AGFIS)
1.5 Integration into
New Templates for
Exchange of
Information
1.6 Compare the
results and approve
new information
1.7 Drafting a
detailed statement of
fiscal risks and
inclusion in the
budget
documentation
Statement of
Fiscal Risks
MFE Continuous
engagement
2014 2022
1.8 Monitor public
institutions regarding
the implementation of
FMC requirements
FMC
applications
applied
All budget
units will
use the
Internal
Financial
Control
requirement
s to improve
the internal
control
system and
to achieve
the
objectives
and results
MFE Continuous
engagement
2014 2022
1.9 Implementation
of FMC funds in
public sector entiti
NA12/31/2022Ministry of Finance and EconomyThe Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Europe and Foreign
Affairs, Public Procurement Agency, Public Procurement
Commission, the High State Control, INSTAT, the General
Directorate of Taxation and the General Directorate of Customs
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AL0062Albania42ALBEuropeNational12018NAOpen Governance to Modernize Public Services and E-Gove-GovernmentComponent II: Open Governance to Modernize Public Services and E-Gov
The policy goal of this activity is the development of electronic governance and the provision of
interactive public services for citizens and businesses.
COMPONENT II: OPEN GOVERNMENT TO MODERNIZE PUBLIC SERVICES AND E-GOV
GOVERNANCE
Lead Institution The National Agency of Information Society
Other participants Government Line Ministries and their dependency institutions, local
government, and independent institutions
Civil society
Private sector
Citizens / business / employees of public administration
Status quo or problem/the issue to be
addressed
E-Governance is today a tangible reality in Albania which is managed and
coordinated by the National Agency of Information Society (below
NAIS). Since 2013, NAIS has become the most important institution in
the development and implementation of projects in the field of
information technology and electronic communications. From November
2017, NAIS operates on the basis of the Decision of Council of Ministers
No.673, dated 22.11.2017 "On the Reorganization of the National
Information Society Agency", on the basis of which it provides policies,
strategies and regulates the ICT sector, excluding the field of electronic
communications. Since the beginning, this agency had a strategy, linking
systems to one another and exchanging real-time data as a necessary step
for facilitating the services and reducing the number of documents
required by the citizen or business in the counters.
The governmental portal e-Albania, a project of the Albanian
Government, which is based on the online institutional interaction, is the
typical example of digitalization of state services, where facilitated direct
communication means are provided for authenticated individuals in the
system by avoiding therefore obstacles of a wide spectrum. The Albanian
government, as a promoter of the transformation of physical services to
online services, turned e- Albania into an example and managed to build
a serious image of the state and restore citizens' trust in institutions. The
e-Albania government portal, through various projects, has significantly
increased the number of electronic services, with a total of 1363 services
out of which 590 electronic services. The e-Albania portal has been
created on the principle of the Open Government Partnership and is
orientated towards the service to the citizens.
Nowadays, a large range of public services that were previously offered
only in the traditional model, requiring submission to the respective
offices, paper application, waiting in line, filling in forms, etc., are now
taken electronically, with a counter, from a smartphone camera, a home
computer. In this regard, all the technological achievements behind this,
have to meet the goal of providing public services that consist in:
simplification of procedures, electronic applications for public services,
security, speed and functionality to the maximum of time and most
importantly with 24/7 access regardless of location.
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It is worth pointing out that after hundreds of electronic services that are
offered electronically by the Albanian public institutions, lies a complex
architecture (Governmental Interoperability Platform); a continuing
process of building new systems, improving existing systems, digitizing
physical archives, building physical support infrastructure, setting up
specified platforms where electronic signatures / sealed documents should
circulate, creating dedicated electronic archive capacities, equipment of
all actors with electronic signature and seal in order to anticipate and
involve all steps and links in this process. Concerning the Governmental
Interoperability Platform (GG), which is the basic architecture that
enables the interconnection of electronic registers with one another and
the exchange of real-time data in a secure and reliable form, by
guaranteeing electronic services to citizens, businesses and public
administration, as a result of the investments made by NAIS during this
period, 49 electronic systems are connected to GG and exchange data in
real-time, unlike in the year 2013, where only 6 electronic systems were
connected to GG.
An essential element in completing the e-Governance framework in
Albania is that any administrative document such as certificates,
certificates, testimonies, etc. have the same legal value as when they are
generated by online state offices (or in this case, from the portal ealbania), as well as when physically handled on paper in their counters.
Relevant legal and sub-legal acts approved by the Decision of Council of
Ministers no. 495, dated 13.09.2017, "On the approval of regulations for
the benefit of electronic public services", opened the way for the
authentication of the electronic seal, giving legal validity to the
administrative documents generated through the e-Albania portal. Based
on the decision, the sending and receiving of data is carried out in full
compliance with the legislation regulating electronic identification and
trusted services, whereas the stamping of electronic administrative
documents, generated by electronic transmission, guarantees the
authenticity of the document in electronic format. Since September 2017
when the electronic seal became legitimate, the e-Albania portal enables
the download of administrative documents of legal value 24/7, by
therefore making these documents available every hour of the day and
every day of the week, regardless of the opening hours of the counters. At
present, 33 documents with electronic seal are offered on the portal, a part
of which are provided only electronically, eliminating their printing on
paper at the physical counters of the institutions.
In addition to the electronic seal, another novelty of the portal is the use
of the e-Albania portal for public administration employees to obtain
certificates and documents that are used as portal services for completing
the accompanying documentation of the service requested by the citizen
and will no longer be required himself to him. Today, it is the employee
of the public administration and not the citizen, the one who has the task
of collecting documents with electronic seal from the portal e-albania and
their attachment to the application file of the citizen. Simply said: the
ordinary itinerary from office to office for a certificate, document etc., has
come to an end. Over 2.6 million documents with electronic seal are easily
obtained from citizens and businesses, eventually avoiding corruption and
delays.
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These are the rhythms that are bringing a transformation, from which
benefits come not only to state institutions but especially to citizens and
business, who are benefiting through this process and services raised.
These developments have affected the improvement of the Index of eGovernance Development (EGDI) which is an index that assesses the
development of e-governance at the national level. In 2016, Albania
ranked 82 out of 193 countries with regard to the EGDI index with a value
of 0.5331. In 2018, Albania ranks 74th among states such as Hungary,
Bulgaria, Croatia, etc. with index value 0.6519. From the three
components of EGDI, according to the report the greatest impact on its
growth came from the component of Online Services Index (OSI) with a
value of 0.7361 in 2018, compared with 0.5942 in 2016. The eParticipation Indicator (EPI) is at 0.7584 level, making Albania approach
countries such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, etc., with the eparticipation index "Very High", from "High" as classified in 2016.
Albania has progressed faster compared to the timing of the process and
the progressive expansion of services already offered in electronic form
or systems interconnection.
In this context, NAIS has continued to work on identifying new public
services that will be digitized, for the addition and promotion of electronic
services for citizens, business and administration. The priority will be to
increase transparency and improve public services in the public
administration, as according to the principles of the Open Government
Partnership initiative.
The Albanian Government is committed to working for a better, quality,
open and transparent governance. Transparency is one of the three key
priorities set out recently by the leaders of the G8 countries. They signed
in June 2013 some principles specified for "Open Data" in the “Open Data
Charter” document. Open data support and encourages innovation and
provide greater accountability for improving democracy.
The data is powerful, they affect transparency and help in the exact control
of each activity. Many countries have launched programs to government
transparency and public offices through the publication of data "Open
Data" online. The development policies for Open Data have taken a rapid
development in the last five years in different countries. Initiatives for the
realization of open data are of different forms in different countries
ranging from the development of specific portals and data in the
framework of the development of e-government towards the most
ambitious projects for having real "open data". The European Union has
adopted several documents for the implementation of "Open Data" and
has created the portal for open data at the EU level. Many countries have
adopted action plans and national policies for the realization of open data.
In fact, with the increasing demands of the public for a transparent and
accountable government and the ongoing efforts of the Government of the
Republic of Albania to ensure a better and more open communication with
citizens and civil society, NAIS, also within this Global Initiative, in 2016
has implemented the Electronic Register of Public Notifications and
Consultations. The implementation of open data and the creation of a
government portal for open data is an important government engagement,
part of the action plan drafted under the Open Government Partnership
(OGP) global initiative.
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For the above, the National Agency of Information Society (NAIS), based
on Law no. 119/2014 dated 18.09.2014 "On the Right to Information", as
well as Law no. 146/2014 dated 30.10.2014 "On Notification and Public
Consultation" engages in the construction of the portal opendata.gov.al,
which through its three main modules will serve as an information
window for the progress of the OGP project for Albania, as a consultation
place among citizens and decision-making institutions in Albania, as well
as a unique point of publication of open government data.
The main purpose of the implementation of 'open data' is a more efficient
and effective governance, economic growth and innovation, transparency
and accountability, promoting the reuse of public information while
respecting the right to intellectual property and personal data protection.
Through the creation of a government portal for open data, the aim is to
increase transparency and increase public engagement in governance.
Main objective / Purpose of the policy The policy goal of this activity is the development of electronic
governance and the provision of interactive public services for
citizens and businesses.
OGP challenge affected from this
engagement
Improvin
g public
services
More
efficient
manageme
nt of public
resources
Increasing
public
integrity
Increasing
corporate
accountabil
ity
Creating a safer
community
X X X X
It is important for the improvement of: Transpar
ency
Accountabi
lity
Citizen participation Technology and
innovation
X X X X
Measurable and
verifiable
achievements for the
fulfillment of the
commitment
Result
Indicators
Output
Indicator
s
Responsib
le
Institution
New or
continued
engagement
from the
2016-2018
action plan
Starting
date
End date
2.1.1 Developing
the information
section on the Open
Government
Partnership (OGPOGP)
Open Data
Portal
Increased
public
engagem
ent in
governan
ce
NAIS,
LM/Agen
cies
New
engagement
2018 2019
2.1.2 Development
of the "Open Data"
section for
transparency on the
activity of public
institutions
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2.1.3 Identification
and collection of
data in the
appropriate format
from the public
administration
institutions
Improvin
g
evidence
in order
to
improve
policies
and
increase
governm
ent
transpare
ncy
2.1.4 Integration of
data into the portal
2.2.11 Implementing
new electronic
services on the eAlbania portal
Adding new
electronic
services to the
e-Albania
portal
Increasin
g access
to public
services
for
citizens,
businesse
s and
public
administr
ation
NAIS,
LM/Agen
cies
New
engagement
2019 2020
2.2.2 Data Exposures
to the Government
Interaction Platform
Reduce
bureaucr
acy, cost
and time
to
citizens
and
businesse
s
1/1/201812/31/2020The National Agency of Information SocietyLine Ministries and their dependency institutions, local
government, and independent institutions, Citizens / business / employees of public administration
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AL0063Albania43ALBEuropeNational12018NAOPEN GOVERNANCE FOR “BETTER REGULATION”Improved Business RegulationCOMPONENT III: OPEN GOVERNANCE FOR “BETTER REGULATION”
The policy objective of this activity is the development of a public administration that provides
high quality services to citizens and businesses in a transparent, effective and efficient manner,
through the use of modern technologies and innovative services, and complies with European
integration requirements through impartial, professional and accountable civil servants, part of
the efficient structures.
A transparent policy-making, inclusive, policy-making system that ensures alignment with the
acquis.
COMPONENT III: OPEN GOVERNANCE FOR “BETTER REGULATION”
Leading institution Department for Development and Good Governance, PMO
Other participants Government Ministry of Finance and Economy, The National Agency of
Information Society, Albanian School of Public Administration, Line
Ministries, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
Civil society
Private Sector
Partners for Change and Development in Albania, Institute for
Research and Development Alternatives, Institute for Co-operation
and Development, Foundation "Open Society for Albania", Institute
for Promotion of Social Economic Development
Status quo or problem / issue being
addressed
Policy and strategy development is based on the Integrated Planning System
(SPI). IPS is the national decision-making key system for defining strategic
directions and resource allocation (the World Bank refers to the Albanian SPI
as one of the best practices in the region). The IPS's main goal is to draft a
strategic, integrated, structural and accountable plan for Albania, including
harmonizing the adaptation of existing planning and monitoring systems within
the new system and reorganizing structures under the new system. IPS aims to
avoid drafting ad hoc policies and strategies, avoid overlapping, and ensure
compliance with financial planning processes.
The IPS institutional framework is further consolidated with the restructuring
of the Prime Minister's Institution and the strengthening of the monitoring and
strategic planning capacities in this institution through the establishment of the
Development and Good Governance Policy Unit at the Department of
Development and Good Governance and the Regulatory Acts Programming
Unit at the Regulatory and Compliance Department.
Information systems are being set up for different components of SPI. Since
2007, the Medium Term Budgeting System (MTBP) is functioning for all line
ministries, while the Government Financial Information System (AFMIS), the
Foreign Assistance Management Information System (EAMIS) and the
Information System for the Integrated Planning System (IPSIS). Regarding the
legislative process and the quality of the legislation, there are efforts to improve
the analysis, plan the measures and their fulfillment. In general, the process of
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drafting the legislation is accompanied by insufficient transparency and lack of
stakeholder consultation. In 2014, the Law on Public Consultation of Political
and Legislative Acts was adopted, as well as a new law on the right of
information, for which the necessary measures for full and qualitative
implementation should be taken. In few cases there have been genuine ex ante
and ex post assessments of the consequences of legislation.
Challenges:
Consolidating the framework of the Integrated Planning System remains a
challenge. Moreover, it is necessary to consolidate the capacity of the new
structures related to the functioning as a whole of the entire system
mechanisms. Increasing system efficiency needs to be addressed through its
consolidation.
Establishing information systems for IPS components requires a clear
implementation of business core processes related to policy, budget, and
investment planning. On the other hand, the capacity building of the institutions
involved is necessary
In terms of improving the regulatory system:
➢ Policies aim at strengthening the system of integrated planning, policy
and legislation monitoring, reporting and evaluation, which transforms
government priorities into concrete actions; increasing the
transparency of government's strategic documents and monitoring
them; enhancing the capacity of ministries to develop good policies
and legislation in line with the acquis.
Policies in this sector will also aim at increasing efficiency in strategic planning
and monitoring the performance of implemented policies; establishment of
information systems for public policy and public finance planning systems;
capacity building and improvement of horizontal coordination and cooperation
between ministries, as well as within line ministries; as well as the
establishment of mechanisms for controlling the effectiveness of legislation.
Main objective / Purpose of the
policy
The policy objective of this activity is the development of a public
administration that provides high quality services to citizens and
businesses in a transparent, effective and efficient manner, through the use
of modern technologies and innovative services, and complies with
European integration requirements through impartial, professional and
accountable civil servants, part of the efficient structures.
A transparent policy-making, inclusive, policy-making system that
ensures alignment with the acquis
OGP challenge affected by
engagement
Improving
public
services
More
efficient
manageme
nt of
public
resources
Increase
public
integrity
Increasing
corporate
accountabil
ity
Creating a safer
community
X X X X
It is important to improve: Transparen
cy
Responsib
ility
Citizen Participation Technology and
Innovation
X X X X
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Measurable and
verifiable
achievements to
accomplish
engagement
Result
Indicators
Output
Indicators
Responsi
ble
Institutio
n
New or
continued
engagement
from the
2016-2018
action plan
Start date End date
3.1 Drafting a
methodology for the
preparation of
strategic documents
(strategies, programs,
action plans, policy
documents, etc.).
IPSIS goes
live in 2019 as
a functional
system
Methodolo
gy
prepared
DDGG/I
PSIS
New
engagement
2018 2019
3.2 Drafting a legal
package for the
functionality of the
IPSIS system
A complete
regulatory
package
drafted and
approved
(1 MCD
for IPSIS
as an eregister; 1
MCD for
IPSIS
functionalit
y; 2 PM
Orders for
IPSIS
modules in
connection
with the
preparation
of
strategies,
action
plans,
monitoring
reports,
programs;
IPS
Calendar;
Amendmen
ts to the
MTBP
Guidelines)
DDGG/I
PSIS
New
engagement
2018 2019
3.3 Improve the
capacity of the
Department of
Development and
Good Governance &
line ministries in
Nr. of
policy staff
trained in
line
ministries
DDGG/I
PSIS
New
engagement
2018 2019
26
terms of monitoring
policies / strategies /
action plans /
development
programs, in
accordance with
IPSIS & AFMIS
methodologies 3.4 Review of the
Legal Basis and
Regulatory
Framework for the
Functioning of
IPMGs and / or
SWGs to Address
Challenges in
Government
Structures and
Change of Functions
No. of high
level
meetings for
each IPMG
in the pilot
sectors and
the
establishmen
t of new
IPMGs
Revised
documents
DDGG New
engagement
2018 2018
3.5 Preparation of
standard tools (tool
kit) for the
functioning of IPMG
for Good Governance
& Operational
Guidance / Progress
IPMG (reviewing the
regulatory framework
for the functioning of
IPMG for Good
Governance)
Prepared
Toolkit
DDGG New
engagement
201
8 2018
3.6 The systematic
functioning of the
Policy Group's Policy
Group and the
establishment of a
policy
-making
network with policy
units in line
ministries
Nr. of G.T
meetings
on Policy
Making
No. Of
meetings
for the LM
policy
-
making
network
DDGG New
engagement
2018 2018
3.7 Preparation of
Operational
Guidelines for line
ministries for
carrying out the
public consultation
process and
functioning of the
Operational
Guide
Designed
DDGG 2018 2018
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public consultation of
e-register.
3.8 Training /
Capacity Building for
Responsible Staff in
Line Ministries for
the Use of Public
Consultation ePlatform
No. of
trained
staff
NAIS 2018 2018
3.9 Regular
monitoring of the
implementation of the
public consultation
process
The drafted
monitoring
reports (the
first report
prepared in
ThM I
2019)
DDGG New
engagement
2018 2020
3.10 Establish rules
that make the
implementation of the
Impact Assessment
process mandatory
Amending
MCD 584
dated
28.08.2003
, adoption
on 08.2003
with
amendment
s approved
RCD New
engagement
2018 2018
3.11 Strengthening
capacities, through
various employee
training (RIA
Network) in line
ministries and the
Prime Minister’s
Office, in order to
improve the process
of regulatory impact
assessment
Number of
trained
employees
ASPA New
engagement
2018 2019
3.12 Improve the
planning process of
drafting legal acts by
defining the general
terms and conditions
of the PPAP drafting
process
% of legal acts
drafted and
approved in
accordance
with the
General
Analytical of
draft acts
New
Design
Procedures
RCD New
engagement
Every
year
Every year
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Information Society, Albanian School of Public Administration, Line
Ministries, Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Partners for Change and Development in Albania, Institute for
Research and Development Alternatives, Institute for Co-operation
and Development, Foundation "Open Society for Albania", Institute
for Promotion of Social Economic Development
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AL0064Albania44ALBEuropeNational12018NAOpen governance for creating safe communitiesSafe CommunitiesCOMPONENT IV: Open governance for creating safe communities
The policy goal of this activity is:
• Control and denunciation of corrupt practices in public institutions by the AntiCorruption Task Force
• Increasing the transparency of the National Coordinator against Corruption in
monitoring the implementation of the Cross-Sectorial Anti-Corruption Strategy.
• Encourage citizens to use mechanisms for denouncing and preventing corruption
• Improving the handling of counter-corruption denunciations
• The strengthening of anti-corruption prevention mechanisms
COMPONENT IV: OPEN GOVERNANCE FOR CREATING SAFE COMMUNITIES
Leading institution Ministry of Justice
Other participants Government CAC /MJ
ADB
DPPSH
ILDKPKI
Civil society
Private Sector
“Open Society for Albania” SOROS
INFOCIP
Status quo or problem / issue being
addressed
Corruption is the main obstacle to the path of sustainable political,
economic and social development of states. In 2013, Albania marked
again for the third year last country side from the countries of the region
in the ranking of the global corruption perception index, thus taking the
mark as the most corrupt country in Europe. Decline - the rise of public
perception over the last 10 years, objectively, coincides with
committed or lacking governance reforms. For this reason, the
government considers public perception of corruption not only as an
indicator of its (corruption) state of affairs but also as a measure of the
success or failure of government policies and programs in the fight
against corruption.
Against this background of facts and this political and social
awareness, with the ultimate goal of modernizing governance in the
country, the government is committed to uncompromising and zero
tolerance against corruption by giving this public policy the priority it
deserves.
The priority of the government in this area is best suited to the
conditionality set by the European Union to open negotiations for EU
membership. The fight against corruption is one of the five policies that
our country is advised to follow with priority in the country's European
integration process. Likewise, prevention and punishment of
corruption is an obligation deriving from Albania's adherence to
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international instruments for the fight against corruption such as the
United Nations Convention against Corruption, the Council of Europe
Criminal Convention against Corruption, the Council of Europe's Civil
Conven- tion against Corruption etc.
In response to the country's development needs and legitimate
expectations of our public and our international partners, the
government aims to undertake an anti-corruption effort that includes a
threefold preventive, punitive and aesthetic approach. Commitments
undertaken and set objectives are in line with the obligations stemming
from the Stabilization and Association Agreement and EC
recommendations for Albania to join the European Union.
Corruption and its fight continue to be one of the major challenges and
one of the major crosscutting priorities for Albania. During 2007-2010,
governmental reforms have aimed at modernizing state administration
and its work processes, thus contributing to preventing corruption in
areas where corruption was at very high levels and where the impact
on the country's economy was significant.
Thus, through regulatory reforms in the field of auditing, the creation
of an electronic procurement system in order to increase transparency
in the field of public procurement, increased the performance of the
government in these areas, as evidenced by the composite indicators of
various international institutions. Likewise, the establishment of the
National Business Registration Center, the National Business
Licensing Center, and the establishment of E-Tax and E-Customs
systems, has considerably alleviated the relevant administrative
procedures and reduced the personal contacts of service users / seekers
with the administration, and has contributed to reducing the level of
corruption in these sectors.
Main objective / Purpose of the policy The policy goal of this activity is to control and denunciation the
corrupt practices in public institutions by the Anti-Corruption
Task Force
OGP challenge affected by engagement Improvin
g public
services
More
efficient
manageme
nt of public
resources
Increase
public
integrity
Increasing
corporate
accountabil
ity
Creating a
safer
community
X X X X
It is important to improve: Transpar
ency
Responsibil
ity
Citizen Participation Technology
and
Innovation
X X
Measurable and
verifiable
achievements to
accomplish
engagement
Result
Indicators
Output
Indicator
s
Responsib
le
Institution
New or
continued
engagement
from the
2016-2018
action plan
Start date End date
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4.1.1 Establish
control groups
No. of control
groups of
control reports;

No. of the
measures taken
at the end of
the controls;

No. of the
cases referred
to the
prosecutor
Improve
the
corruptio
n
perceptio
n index
CAC MJ New
engagement
April
2018
Continues
4.1.2 Draft a
calendar / control
plan
New
engagement
April
2018
Continues
4.1.3 Conduct audits
in public institutions
New
engagement
April
2018
Continues
4.1.4 Finding /
compiling the audit
report
New
engagement
April
2018
Continues
4.1.5 Proposed
measures
2
Main objective / Purpose of the policy The policy goal of this activity is to increase the transparency of
the National Coordinator against Corruption in monitoring the
implementation of the Cross-Sectoral Anti-Corruption
Strategy.
OGP challenge affected by engagement Improvin
g public
services
More
efficient
management
of public
resources
Increase
public
integrity
Increasing
corporate
accountab
ility
Creating a safer
community
X X
It is important to improve: Transpar
ency
Responsibili
ty
Citizen Participation Technology and
Innovation
X X X X
Measurable and
verifiable
achievements to
accomplish
engagement
Result
Indicators
Output
Indicator
s
Responsible
Institution
New or
continued
engagemen
t from the
2016-2018
action plan
Start date End date
4.2.1 Online CAC
communications on
TF CA control cases
CAC
Reporting
Publication of
dhënave të
kontrollit
Informin
g the
public
about
rastet e
korrupsi
onit me
mjete
audiovizuale,
etj
CAC/MJ New
engagemen
t
April
2018
Continuing
4.2.2 Publication and
Accessibility of
publikut dhe grupeve
të interesuara për
gjetjet e kontrolleve
të kryera
New
engagemen
t
April
2018
Continuing
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3
Main objective / Purpose of the policy The purpose of the policy of this activity is to encourage citizens
to use mechanisms for denouncing and preventing corruption
OGP challenge affected by engagement Improving
public
services
More
efficient
manageme
nt of
public
resources
Increase
public
integrity
Increasing
corporate
accountab
ility
Creating a safer
community
It is important to improve: Transparen
cy
Responsib
ility
Citizen Participation Technology and
Innovation
X X
Measurable and
verifiable
achievements to
accomplish
engagement
Result
Indicators
Output
Indicators
Responsib
le
Institution
New or
continued
engagemen
t from the
2016-2018
action plan
Start Date End date
4.3.1 Periodic
reporting of ADB on
platform
denunciations
Peridic ratio
produced and
made public
Public
informatio
n on
corruption
cases with
audiovisual
means,
etc.
ADB New
engagemen
t
October
2018
Continuing
4
Main objective / Purpose of the policy The policy goal of this activity is to improve the treatment of
denunciations against corruption
OGP challenge affected by the
commitment
Improving
public
services
More
efficient
manageme
nt of
public
resources
Increasing
public
integrity
Increasing
corporate
accountab
ility
Creating a safer
community
X X X X
It is important to improve: Transparen
cy
Responsib
ility
Citizen Participation Technology and
Innovation
32
X X X X
Measurable and
verifiable
achievements to
fulfill the
commitment
Result
Indicators
Output
Indicators
Responsib
le
Institution
New or
continued
committme
nt from the
2016-2018
action plan
Start date End date
4.4.1 Improved
handling of
denunciations against
corruption
Tracking,
investigating
and
prioritizing
treatment by
specialized
structures
against
corruption of
citizens'
denunciations
Keeping
comparable
data on highlevel
corruption
offenses
Interinstitutional
reconciliation
for the
criminal
offenses of
high-level
corruption
investigation
Increasing
the
number of
complaint
s against
corruption
in the
administra
tion;
Increase
of interinstitution
al
cooperatio
n in
investigati
ng highlevel
corruption
cases
DPPSH New
engagemen
t
Trimester
4, 2018
2020
5
Main objective / Purpose of the policy The policy goal of this activity is to strengthen anti-corruption
prevention mechanisms
OGP challenge affected by
committment
Improving
public
services
More
efficient
manageme
nt of
public
resources
Increase
public
integrity
Increasing
corporate
accountab
ility
Creating a safer
community
X X X X
It is important to improve: Transparen
cy
Responsib
ility
Citizen Participation Technology and
Innovation
33
X X X X
Measurable and
verifiable
achievements to
fulfill the
commitment
Result
Indicators
Output
Indicators
Responsib
le
Institution
New or
continued
committme
nt from the
2016-2018
action plan
Start date End date
4.5.1 Completion of
the procurement
procedure and
signature of the
software
development contract
The
declaration of
assets online
by declaring
subjects
The
declaratio
n of assets
online by
declaring
subjects
ILDKPK
I
New
committme
nt
Tremeste
rI, 2018
Tremester I,
2018
4.5.2 Completion of
procurement
procedure and
signing contract for
hardware
infrastructure
Tremeste
r 3, 2018
Tremester 3,
2018
4.5.3 Software design Tremeste
r 4, 2018
Tremester 4,
2018
4.5.4 System
development and
infrastructure
building
Tremeste
r4, 2018
Tremester 4,
2018
4.5.5 Implementation,
virtualization /
termination of the
operating system,
installing
4/1/201812/31/2020Ministry of JusticeCAC /MJ
ADB
DPPSH
ILDKPKI, CAC /MJ
ADB
DPPSH
ILDKPKI
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AM0001Armenia11.2ARMAsia PacificNational12012NAReviewing the regulatory normative legal acts (Regulatory Guillotine Project)Reviewing the Regulatory Normative Legal Acts (Regulatory Guillotine Project)The Government of Armenia has embarked on a broad regulatory simplification reform known as the “regulatory guillotine.” The guillotine makes use of best international practices to count, review, and streamlines the national regulatory frameworks affecting business activity and the daily lives of citizens. The reform aims at eliminating or simplifying legal norms that are not needed or are not business friendly. This quick framework plan will result in an improved business environment creating better opportunities for FDI and promoting economic development and job creation in Armenia. Moreover, a Draft Law on state registration of legal entities, state record of legal entity’s separate units, establishments, individual entrepreneurs as well as other draft laws related to betterment of business environment have been submitted to the Government for its consideration.NAApril 2012Council for Reformation of Legal Acts Regulating Economic SectorArmenian Development Agency, Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe, World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, United States Agency for International Development0000000000000000000000000010100000000000000000000000000002201401.2Low100000Minor1Complete5000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AM0002Armenia11.3ARMAsia PacificNational12012NAImproving Internal Audit System for the Public SectorImproving Internal Audit System for the Public SectorThe government will continue enhancing the audit system to achieve a greater degree of transparency in managing public resources. It is planned to start the implementation of the new internal audit system from the second quarter of 2012. By the end of 2012 the internal audit system must be implemented in all central governmental entities, town communities and commercial and non commercial government organizations. This requires introducing effective methods and procedures for risk assessment and internal audit methods and tools complying with the international standards and best practices, as well as training of relevant staff. Further developments in the area of internal audits will also require the development and implementation of an internal audit qualification system and continuous training and development programs for internal auditors.April 2012December 2013Ministry of FinanceFour Assist Development Consulting Limited0001000000000000000000000100000000000000000000000000000002201401.3Medium200000Minor1Complete5000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AM0003Armenia11.4ARMAsia PacificNational12012NAImproving Procurement ProceduresImproving Procurement ProceduresTo ensure transparency, accountability and lawfulness of public procurement, the government embarked on improving further the existing procurement system and enhancing the institutional capacity of public procurement bodies. It planned to introduce a reporting system by the authorized body to disclose more detailed information about procurements made by contracting entities. Additionally, to minimize the risks of conflicts of interests and exercise better control over compliance with public procurement procedures, it planned to develop code of conduct for procurement officials. Meanwhile, continuous training and development programs will be developed and introduced. Also, by the end of 2013 it is planned to fully implement and ensure effective use of e-procurement systems to enhance transparency and competition in public procurement. The official websites www.gnumner.am and www.armeps.am will be improved in order to function more effectively and provide complete information on procurement procedures.January 2011December 2013Ministry of FinanceSupport for Improvement in Governance and Management (SIGMA), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development,Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit(GIZ) Gmbh0100000000000001000000001100000000000000000000000000000004201401.4Medium210111Moderate2Limited3000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AM0004Armenia11.5ARMAsia PacificNational12012NAImproving budget planning and reporting systems through full utilization of program budgetingImproving Budget Planning and Reporting Systems Through Full Utilization of Program BudgetingTo ensure evidence-based policy formulation embedded in budget decisions, the government will fully introduce program budgeting by 2014. In parallel to budget formulation improvements, the new systems will improve reporting and accountability on the use of public funds through transparent reporting on sector/ministry performance (rather than on finances only). These reforms will also contribute to improvements in internal and external auditing systems.January 2011December 2013Ministry of FinanceAll government institutions0001010100000001000000000000000000000000000000000000000014201401.5High310101Transformative3Limited3000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AM0005Armenia12.2ARMAsia PacificNational12012NAPromoting Transparency and Objectiveness in Tax AdministrationPromoting Transparency and Objectiveness in Tax AdministrationBy the end of 2013 it is planned to amend the code of professional ethics and liability in tax administration, and to introduce the system of professional conduct oversight and conflict of interest management within the tax administration services. It is also planned to fully switch to an online regime process, which means that at least 90 percent of all taxpayers’ reports should be processed online. To raise public awareness and improve customer care, customer service and information centers will be established to provide assistance to taxpayers. By the end of 2013 it is planned to increase the number of customer service users by 15 percent as compared to the baseline. Relevant guidelines for taxpayers will be available online and updated regularly.May 2011December 2013State Revenue CommitteeWorld Bank, USAID0100010100000000000000001000000000000000000000000000000014201402.2Medium200101Minor1Complete5000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AM0006Armenia12.3ARMAsia PacificNational12012NAFight Against CorruptionFight Against CorruptionTo stimulate effective cooperation between law-enforcement bodies and civil society fighting corruption and institutional bribery, the Government will regularly discuss with civil society organizations the results on monitoring and research for assessing the level and extent of corruption, as well as the impact of anti-corruption measures taken by the Government conducted by the mentioned organizations. Based on these discussions, the Government will make necessary corrections in the formulation and implementation of its anti-corruption policies. A unit (Secretariat) will be established to assist the Council on the Fight against Corruption and its Monitoring Commission to perform efficiently their functions. It will also facilitate the establishment of cooperation between state bodies and civil society organizations.NADecember 2012NANA1000000000000000000000000100000000000000000000000000000002201402.3Medium201101Minor1Limited3000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AM0007Armenia11.1.aARMAsia PacificNational12012NAIntroduction of a unified payment system (portal)Introduction of a Unified Payment System (Portal)Introduction of a unified payment system (portal): A single payment system of state fees (licenses, permits, services, etc.), which will allow payment by bank credit card or a terminal. Through this system the amount paid will be available for observation by the state body.January 2012April 2012Ministry of FinanceProject Implementation Unit in charge for judicial reforms0000000100000000000000001000000000000000000000000000000012201401.1High300000Minor1Complete5000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AM0008Armenia11.1.bARMAsia PacificNational12012NAState car inspection improvementsState Car Inspection ImprovementsState car inspection improvements; vehicle registration, provision of drivers’ licenses, electronic system of penalties and payments. The one-stop shop principle for car registration, driver's license provision, fine payment, tracking the process with 12-digit code.NAMay 2012PoliceWorld Bank, EU0000000000000000000000000000000000000010000000000000000001201401.1Low100000Minor1Complete5000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AM0009Armenia11.1.cARMAsia PacificNational12012NAImplementation of an electronic system for consular servicesImplementation of an Electronic System for Consular ServicesImplementation of an electronic system for consular services: The electronic system of consular services (provision and exchange of passports, passport validity extension, providing background check information and certificates of return, etc.).November 2011April 2012Ministry of Foreign AffairsPolice0000000000000000000000001000000000010000000000000000000002201401.1Medium200000Minor1Substantial4000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AM0010Armenia11.1.dARMAsia PacificNational12012NAImplementation of Mail-Armenia systemImplementation of Mail-Armenia SystemImplementation of Mail-Armenia system: A personal e-mail address will be provided to citizens who apply for a passport for the first time. All types of state notifications will be submitted to that address.December 2012July 2013EKENG CJSC (E-governance Infrastucture Implementation Unit)Al Partnership LTD0000000000000000000000001000000000010000000000000000000002201401.1Medium200000Minor1Limited3000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AM0011Armenia11.1.eARMAsia PacificNational12012NAIntroduction of e-statistics systemIntroduction of e-Statistics SystemIntroduction of e-statistics system: State statistical service reports via electronic filing systemNAMay 2012National Statisitcal ServiceState Revenue Committee, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Territorial Administration0000000000000000000000001000000000000000000000000000000001201401.1None000000Minor1Limited3000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AM0012Armenia11.1.fARMAsia PacificNational12012NAIntroduction of e-documentation sharing system in urban communitiesIntroduction of e-Documentation Sharing System in Urban CommunitiesIntroduction of e-documentation sharing system in urban communities: All 48 urban Administrations of Armenia will be connected to the Mulberry electronic documentation sharing system.January 2011March 2013Ministry of Territorial AffairsNA0000000000000000001000001000001000000000000000000000000003201401.1High300000Minor1Complete5000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AM0013Armenia12.1.aARMAsia PacificNational12012NAEnsuring Transparency of Asset DeclarationsEnsuring Transparency of Asset DeclarationsEnsuring Transparency of Asset Declarations: Asset and income declarations of high-ranking officials will be published in a publically accessible way, such as on the Internet website of the newly established Ethics Commission, which is also in charge of analyzing the content of declarations.July 2012December 2013Ethics Commission of High-Ranking OfficialsFreedom of Information Center of Armeni, Transparency International Anti-Corruption Center, Hetq investigative journalists0010000000000000000000001000000000000000000000000000000002201402.1High310111Transformative3Limited3000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AM0014Armenia12.1.bARMAsia PacificNational12012NAStandardization of Offical Websites ContentStandardization of Offical Websites ContentStandardization of Official websites’ content: The standardization process will be designed to ensure a unified structure for government websites (including budget related information in data formats that will support public expenditure analysis), the publication of essential information on government websites, and the successful usability of the sites for all target audiences. The standards will also ensure regular publication of information prescribed by the “Law on Freedom of Information”, such as budgets, budget implementation reports, vacancies, contact information of officials, etc.May 2012December 2013Ministry of Transport and CommunicationNA0000010000000000010000001000000000000000000000000000000013201402.1High310111Moderate2Limited3000NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AM0015Armenia12.1.cARMAsia PacificNational12012NAImprovement of Knowledge and Skills of Public Servants on Access to InformationImprovement of Knowledge and Skills of Public Servants on Access to InformationImprovement of Knowledge and Skills of Public Servants on Access to Information: In cooperation with non-governmental organizations, training sessions for civil and community servants will be regularly organized. These training sessions will help public servants to work openly and accountably with the public, as well as to appropriately process and respond to information requests.March 2012December 2012Freedom of Information Center of Armenia (CSO)Ministry of Territorial Administration, Civil Service Council, Union of Armenian Government Employees0000000000000000010000000100000000000000000000000000000002201402.1High300101Moderate2Complete5110NDNDNDNDNDNDNDND
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AM0016Armenia21ARMAsia PacificNational12014NADigitization and publication of data in the “Republican Geological Fund” SNCODigitization and publication of data in the “Republican Geological Fund” SNCOIt is planned to fully digitize the information of the fund, at the same time ensuring the digitization of new materials (maps, financial and non-financial reports and other documents).
The program is expected to digitize over 12,000 geological reports on approximately 750 mines and 600 mineral occurrences and 8,000 mapping and drawing packages, to create a website where all the materials will be posted (in PDF, JPG, EXEL and other formats), using the information search principle. Besides, site interactive map will be created to facilitate the exploration of materials posted on the website and the materials will be pinned to the respective RA areas.
The following information will also be posted on the above-mentioned website: on the issued mining rights of subsurface for the purpose of extracting minerals, mining rights to extract minerals from the geological study of subsurface rights, on mining rights for the extraction of underground mineral waters and metal minerals map, which is now published on the website of the RA Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (http://www.minenergy.am). Thus the access to information for the public will be improved.
December 2014December 2016Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of ArmeniaUSAID (upon consent)00000000000000000011000000000000000000001000000000000000032016NRNRMedium210011Moderate2Not Started20002016Substantial4Increase2Marginal2Marginal
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AM0017Armenia22ARMAsia PacificNational12014NAEnsuring transparency in mining Ensuring Transparency in MiningThe current situation in the mining sector does not meet the contemporary requirements presented by the state and the society, particularly, the level of accountability of mining companies and the state on expenses and revenues needs improvement.
Joining the initiative will increase the transparency in the sector, will ensure high level of accountability, as well as improve the investment environment.
July 2015December 2016Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the RA, Ministry of Justice of the RA, Ministry of Economy of the RA, Ministry of Finance of the RA 00000000000000000000000000000000000000001000000000000000012016NRNRMedium211001Moderate2Limited30002016Substantial4Increase1Marginal2Did Not Change
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AM0018Armenia23ARMAsia PacificNational12014NAEnsuring public awareness about health care financing Ensuring Public Awareness About Health Care FinancingTo create healthcare system financial portal where people, professionals and the public may obtain information on the state-guaranteed funding, on the basic package of services, when the payment for services is due for the patient, and when not, how they can get recipes subject to state-guaranteed payment, on financial and non-financial reports and other information. September 2014September 2015Ministry of Health of the Republic of ArmeniaNA00000000000000000000000010000000001000000000000000000000022016NRNRMedium210011Minor1Limited30002016Complete5Increase2Did Not Change1Did Not Change
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AM0019Armenia24ARMAsia PacificNational12014NAEnsuring transparency of asset and income declarations of the RA high-ranking officials Ensuring Transparency of Asset and Income Declarations of the RA High-Ranking OfficialsThe list of data of declarations on property and income of high-ranking officials subject to publicity established by the Government Decision N 1835-N of December 15, 2011 does not provide a fully transparent list of all operations of property of high-ranking officials and their affiliated persons included in the declarations. In particular, those are restricted by the price thresholds of operations. The Commission plans to reduce such restrictions and want to expand the list of available data to public and thus increase the accessibility of declarations to the public. Ensuring transparency of declarations of property and income of the RA High-ranking officials November 2014June 2015Ethics Commission of High-Ranking Officials (upon consent)Ministry of Justice of the RA, Ministry of Finance of the RA
“Freedom of Information Center” NGO (upon consent), “Transparency International” anti-corruption center (upon consent)
00100000000000000000000000100000000000000000000000000000022016NRNRMedium210001Minor1Complete50002016Complete5No Change0Did Not Change1Did Not Change
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AM0020Armenia25ARMAsia PacificNational12014NAOnline broadcasting of the State Procurement Appeals Board sessions Online Broadcasting of the State Procurement Appeals Board SessionsEnsuring transparency of Procurement Appeals Board decision-making. The monitoring results of the organization certify that the decisions of the Procurement Appeals in many occasions give way to concerns, to address which only making them public is not enough, and it is also necessary to indicate how they were adopted during the board sessionsMay 2015June 2015Staff of the Government of the Republic of ArmeniaNA00000000000000010000000010001000000000000000000000000000032016NRNRMedium210011Minor1Complete50002016Complete5No Change0Marginal2Marginal
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AM0021Armenia26ARMAsia PacificNational12014NACommunity microsurvey introduction in 10 communitiesCommunity Microsurvey Introduction in 10 CommunitiesCommunity micro surveys are an affordable and unique tool that will strengthen communication between the community and local self-governance bodies and will ensure the transparency in the decision-making process.February 2015December 2016Marzeptarans (Regional administrations) , RA communities (upon consent)Ministry of Territorial Administration of the RA
UNDP (upon consent)
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AM0022Armenia27ARMAsia PacificNational12014NAEnsuring open, transparent, participatory and accountable process of state policies and legislative reforms Ensuring Open, Transparent, Participatory and Accountable Process of State Policies and Legislative ReformsMaking amendments in the agenda of the boards/councils of Ministries of the RA established by the protocol decision N 47 of November 20, 2008 of the RA government decision , that will:
• Separate and clarify the functions of boards and councils, will further specify the list of participants, their rights and responsibilities,
• Define open and transparent formation procedures and activities of councils, as well as the standards of CSO representation and professional qualification,

• Determine the introduction of electronic accountability system on the official websites of the RA Government and Ministries for making transparent and available the public proposals and official comments thereon, the annual reports of participatory and consultative bodies
August 2014August 2015Ministry of Justice
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