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PCO’s Maralit moderator at 15th ICIC in Albania

June 14, 2024 People's Journal 125 views

TIRANA, Albania – Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Undersecretary Cherbett Karen L. Maralit served as the rapporteur for a pivotal session “Innovative Landscape of Proactive Transparency” on the first day of the 15th International Conference of Information Commissioners (ICIC) here on June 3.

The session, moderated by Directorio Legislativo Global Executive Director Maria Baron, delved into the dynamic synergy between digital tools and open data initiatives.

Panelists Adrian Alcalá Méndez, President Commissioner of the Institute of Transparency and Personal Data Protection (INAI) from Mexico; Meike Kamp, Berlin Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information; Marie Whelan, Policy Analyst at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); Bruno Lasserre, President of the Commission for Access to Administrative Documents of France (La CADA); and the Director General for Ministry of Culture, Economy, and Innovation, Albania, shared their insights on leveraging technology to shift transparency practices from reactive to proactive mode of access.

“We were reminded that transparency is a never-ending process and that there would be no need for institutions handling reactive disclosure as proactive disclosure would hopefully soon become the norm,” Maralit, undersecretary for operations, administration, finance, and government-owned and -controlled corporations (GOCCs), told fellow information commissioners.

“All of us here have a common goal – to empower citizens and to provide the best public service possible. Pursuing our shared mission to promote transparency, accountability, and inclusivity is also never-ending,” she added.

Among the common benefits of open data and proactive disclosure discussed were the building of trust between the public and government, encouraging positive information acquisition behavior among citizens, and fueling innovation, as evidenced by French startups benefiting from big data.

It was also noted that such practices allow citizens to access relevant information about public administration, facilitating the monitoring and evaluation of government policies and improving public service delivery efficiency.

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