NNA - Minister of State for Administrative Development Affairs, Dr May Chidiac, UNDP Resident Representative, Celine Muero, and Representative of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Katharina Zuegel, on Monday inaugurated a workshop on "The Role of Information Officers in Enforcing the Right of Access to Information Law", within the framework of implementing Lebanon's obligations in the United Nations Convention against Corruption and its quest to join the Open Government initiative.
The workshop was attended by more than 100 employees from the Lebanese public administrations, in addition to Lebanese and international experts.
In her inaugural word, Minister Chidiac highlighted the importance of today's function in sending a positive signal of Lebanon's commitment to fighting corruption and enhancing transparency and integrity.
"We, at the Ministry of State for Administrative Development Affairs, want to move forward as quickly as possible in this regard and we are cooperating with donors, notably the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), to support the government's efforts to implement this law, in order to restore citizens' trust in their state," Minister Chidiac said.
She also emphasized that implementing the "right to access information" law without any delay or unjustified excuses, would enhance transparency.
"We are faced with a challenge, either to keep this law on paper, or to work on implementing it with your cooperation," the Minister maintained.
However, Chidiac underlined: "We, at the Ministry, have taken the decision to implement this law because we no longer have any other option."
================ Lina Younis